Miss Me

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"Miss Me"
Drake - Miss Me.jpg
Single by Drake featuring Lil Wayne
from the album Thank Me Later
Released June 1, 2010 (2010-06-01)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre
Length
  • 5:06 (album version)
  • 4:26 (radio edit 1)
  • 4:16 (radio edit 2)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Drake singles chronology
"Find Your Love"
(2010)
"Miss Me"
(2010)
"Fancy"
(2010)
Lil Wayne singles chronology
"Roger That"
(2010)
"Miss Me"
(2010)
"Right Above It"
(2010)

"Miss Me" is the third single[1] by Canadian recording artist Drake from his debut album Thank Me Later. The song features label mate Young Money and founder Lil Wayne. It was produced by Drake's long-time collaborators Boi-1da and 40. It peaked at number fifteen on US Billboard Hot 100, becoming the third consecutive track to attain chart success from the album. It was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[2]

Background[edit]

The song was originally by rapper Bun B featuring Drake for his 3rd album, Trill OG, with a different chorus, entitled "All Night Long." [3] This version was never released, but a version with Drake's and Bun B's verses and the final chorus was released as the "OG Mix", which is the official remix of the song, on September 13, 2010 on Bun B's Twitter page. The song samples "Wildflower" by Hank Crawford.[4]

Meaning[edit]

Drake told MTV News: "It's a song about being away from what you love and hoping that when you're gone, doing you, somebody out there misses you."[5]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Anthony Mandler. Drake shot his scenes on July 15, 2010.[6] Shots of Lil Wayne were filmed in early 2010 by director David Rousseau before Wayne went to jail.[7] The video premiered at 8 PM Eastern Standard Time on August 19, 2010 on MTV.[8]

Mandler told MTV that the video was a particular challenge because Lil Wayne's footage was shot prior to Mandler coming on board as director: "It wasn't shot the way I would have shot it, so I had to come up with a world where I had ultimate control. I think with Drake, we're always looking for overarching themes. We're always looking for bigger themes to hang our hat on. With 'Miss Me,' what was interesting to me was not the idea of 'miss me because Wayne was going to jail.' Because it was deeper than that. It was the attainability versus the unattainability. And how stars and people who are public figures are expected to sit on a platform and be grabbed and watched and photographed and controlled. The idea for me was, what happens if it's not that clear, everything is a click off, all these unrelated scenarios are related by a textual theme and trying to play that into that, rather than some straight narrative, because we didn't have control... 'cause we didn't have Wayne".

The director said he incorporated a set where everything was slightly off. The set was built with a converging ceiling, in order to appear smaller. The lead actress in the video was never fully shown. The Young Money star appears but then quickly disappears. The video closes with a memory of a lost friend.[9]

Chart performance[edit]

As a promotional single, "Miss Me" shot onto the Billboard Hot 100 at number 15 for its debut, making it his highest charting U.S debut off Thank Me Later. It then fell to number 76 in the next several weeks, but once it was released as an official single it rebounded to number 39. The single was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of a million digital copies in the United States.[10]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[11] 73
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 15
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[13] 3
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[14] 2

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[15] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Concepcion, Mariel (2010-05-28). "Drake's Leaked 'Fireworks' Addresses Rihanna Relationship". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2010-05-28. 
  2. ^ "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database – March 13, 2013". RIAA. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  3. ^ "Bun B Clarifies Drake Collabos". Rap Radar. 2010-05-21. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  4. ^ "Drake feat. Lil Wayne's Miss Me sample of Hank Crawford's Wildflower". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  5. ^ "Miss Me explained by Drake". Songfacts. Retrieved September 1, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Pics: Drake & Young Money On The Set Of "Miss Me" Video Shoot". Young Money HQ. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  7. ^ Rodriguez, Jayson (2010-09-16). "Lil Wayne's Glow-In-The-Dark Tattoos Are 'For Real,' Director Says – Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV.com. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  8. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2010-08-19). "Drake And Lil Wayne's 'Miss Me' Video Premieres – Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV.com. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  9. ^ Rodriguez, Jayson (2010-08-23). "Drake's 'Miss Me' Video Shoot Complicated By Lil Wayne's Absence – Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV.com. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  10. ^ "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database – March 13, 2013". RIAA. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  11. ^ "Drake Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved November 19, 2011.
  12. ^ "Drake Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved November 19, 2011.
  13. ^ "Drake Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 19, 2011.
  14. ^ "Drake Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 19, 2011.
  15. ^ "American single certifications – Drake – Miss Me". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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