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I'll Be Missing You

"I'll Be Missing You"
Single by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112
from the album No Way Out
B-side "We'll Always Love Big Poppa",
"Cry On"
Released May 27, 1997
Format CD single, cassette single, 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1997
Genre Hip-hop, R&B
Length 5:43 (album version)
5:01 (radio edit)
4:08 (video version)
Label Bad Boy
Writer(s) Faith Evans, Sauce Money, Sting, Albert E. Brumley (not credited on album)
Producer(s) Puff Daddy, Stevie J
Certification 3× Platinum (RIAA)
Platinum (CRIA)
Puff Daddy singles chronology
"Can't Nobody Hold Me Down"
(1997)
"I'll Be Missing You"
(1997)
"It's All About the Benjamins"
(1997)
Faith Evans singles chronology
"You Could Be My Boo"
(1996)
"I'll Be Missing You"
(1997)
"How's It Goin' Down"
(1998)
112 singles chronology
"Cupid"
(1997)
"I'll Be Missing You"
(1997)
"All Cried Out"
(1997)

"I'll Be Missing You" is a song recorded by American rapper Puff Daddy and American singer Faith Evans, featuring R&B group 112, in memory of fellow Bad Boy Records artist Christopher "The Notorious B.I.G." Wallace, who was gunned down on March 9, 1997.

Released as the second single from P. Diddy and the Family's No Way Out album, "I'll Be Missing You" samples The Police's 1983 hit song "Every Breath You Take", with an interpolation chorus sung by Evans. The track also features a spoken intro over a choral version of Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings". In 1998, the song won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. With worldwide sales likely over 8 million, including shipments of 3 million copies in the United States and over 1 million in both Germany and the United Kingdom, the song has become one of the best-selling singles of all time. It is currently ranked the 94th biggest song of all time according to Billboard.

Contents

  • Background 1
  • Reception 2
  • Music video 3
  • Chart performances 4
  • Formats and track listings 5
  • Charts 6
    • Peak positions 6.1
    • Year-end charts 6.2
    • Decade-end charts 6.3
    • All-time chart 6.4
    • Certifications 6.5
    • Chart successions 6.6
  • See also 7
  • References 8

Background

The song, a rap ballad, had already been completed before permission was granted to use the sample from The Police's "Every Breath You Take". Sting (vocalist from The Police) ultimately participated in a performance of "I'll Be Missing You" at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards. Sting owns 100% of the publishing royalties.[1] As well as using the melody and arrangement of "Every Breath You Take", the single also borrows the melody from the well-known American spiritual "I'll Fly Away".

There are several different versions of this song, one being an extended version (choir at the beginning), another without the choir and an instrumental version. In the extended version of the song the choir is heard singing in the beginning of "Adagio for Strings" by Samuel Barber..

Reception

Entertainment Weekly gave the song a grade of D, and described it as a "maudlin 'tribute' to the Notorious B.I.G., [in which] the late rapper's former mentor (Puff Daddy) and wife (Faith Evans) team up to say their farewells to the big man on a song that 'samples' (regurgitates is more like it) the Police's 'Every Breath You Take.' With lyrics like "Know you're in heaven, smiling down/Watching us as we pray for you,' 'I'll Be Missing You' gives the lie to those who claim hip-hoppers are above self-serving sentimentality." [2]

Music video

The music video was shot on April 6, 1997 in Chicago, and was directed by Hype Williams.

Chart performances

"I'll Be Missing You" topped many charts across the world. It reached number one in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and Poland.

The song is one of the few to debut at No. 1 in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100, and the only rap song by a male to do so until Eminem's "Not Afraid" debuted at the top spot 13 years later in 2010. The song spent a record breaking 11 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100, making it the longest running No. 1 hip-hop song in history until Eminem's "Lose Yourself" spent 12 weeks at No. 1 in 2002.

The song re-entered the UK Singles Chart at #32 on July 8, 2007, ten years after it had its full physical release and 10 years after it was No. 1.

Formats and track listings

Single
  1. Puff Daddy featuring Faith Evans and 112 - "I'll Be Missing You"
Maxi-single
  1. Puff Daddy featuring Faith Evans and 112 - "I'll Be Missing You"
  2. The Lox - "We'll Always Love Big Poppa"
  3. 112 - "Cry On"
  4. Puff Daddy & Faith Evans featuring 112 - "I'll Be Missing You" (Instrumental)
  5. The Lox - "We'll Always Love Big Poppa" (Instrumental)

Charts

Chart successions

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"G.H.E.T.T.O.U.T." by Changing Faces
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number-one single
June 11, 1997 – August 2, 1997 (8 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Never Make a Promise" by Dru Hill
Preceded by
"MMMBop" by Hanson
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
June 14, 1997 – August 23, 1997 (11 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Mo Money Mo Problems" by The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Puff Daddy and Mase
Preceded by
"MMMBop" by Hanson
UK number-one single (first run)
June 28, 1997 – July 19, 1997 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"D'You Know What I Mean?" by Oasis
Preceded by
"MMMBop" by Hanson
German number-one single
June 27, 1997 – September 5, 1997 (11 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Men in Black" by Will Smith & Coko of SWV
Preceded by
"Hero" by Toen ik je zag
Dutch number-one single
July 5, 1997 – August 30, 1997 (9 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Leven na de dood" by Freek de Jonge and Stips
Preceded by
"MMMBop" by Hanson
Irish IRMA number-one single (first run)
July 5, 1997 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"D'You Know What I Mean?" by Oasis
Preceded by
"MMMBop" by Hanson
"Men in Black" by Will Smith
Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single
July 19, 1997 – September 13, 1997 (9 weeks)
September 27, 1997 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Men in Black" by Will Smith
"Something About the Way You Look Tonight" / "Candle in the Wind 1997" by Elton John
Preceded by
"D'You Know What I Mean?" by Oasis
UK number-one single (second run)
July 26, 1997 – August 9, 1997 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Men in Black" by Will Smith
Preceded by
"MMMBop" by Hanson
Swiss number-one single
July 20, 1997 – September 7, 1997 (8 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Men in Black" by Will Smith
Preceded by
"MMMBop" by Hanson
Austrian number-one single
July 20, 1997 – September 21, 1997 (10 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Something About the Way You Look Tonight" / "Candle in the Wind 1997" by Elton John
Preceded by
"D'You Know What I Mean?" by Oasis
Irish IRMA number-one single (second run)
July 26, 1997 – August 16, 1997 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Men in Black" by Will Smith
Preceded by
"MMMBop" by Hanson
New Zealand (RIANZ) number-one single
July 6, 1997 – August 3, 1997 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Men in Black" by Will Smith
Preceded by
"Bailando" by Paradisio
Swedish number-one single
July 11, 1997 – August 29, 1997 (8 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Barbie Girl" by Aqua
Preceded by
"Bailando" by Paradisio
Norwegian VG-lista number-one single
29/1997 - 38/1997 (10 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Something About the Way You Look Tonight" / "Candle in the Wind 1997" by Elton John
Preceded by
"MMMBop" by Hanson
Australian (ARIA) number-one single
August 3, 1997 – August 31, 1997 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Barbie Girl" by Aqua
Preceded by
"MMMBop" by Hanson
"Alane" by Wes
Belgian (Flanders) number-one single
August 9, 1997 – August 30, 1997 (4 weeks)
September 13, 1997 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Alane" by Wes
"Something About the Way You Look Tonight" / "Candle in the Wind 1997" by Elton John

See also

References

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