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"I Need to Know" is a song by Marc Anthony, and was released as the lead single of his first English language album Marc Anthony, in August 1999.

Song information

The song was written and produced by Marc Anthony and Cory Rooney, and also a Spanish version (titled Dímelo) was released with the collaboration of Robert Blades and Angie Chirino, and the lyrics are about a man wants who to know about a woman's feelings for him, going with the title "I need to know". Both versions of the track were very successful in the United Statesmarker. The English version peaked at number 3 in the Billboard Hot 100 and at number-one in the Hot Latin Tracks for 5 consecutive weeks.

This track received three Latin Grammy nominations, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, winning for Song of the Year at the Latin Grammy Awards of 2000. Also on the Grammy Awards received a nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, which lost out to Sting's "Brand New Day".

"I Need To Know" was included on the compilation album NOW: That's What I Call Music Vol. 4 . "Dímelo" was included on the compilation album released for the 1st. Latin Grammy Awards, since it was nominated for "Record of the Year" .

The opening of the song is featured in the 2008 US Nissan Versa commercial.

In 2009, the song features in the episode American Dad, Wife Insurance as a way to seduce Colombian women.

Critical reception

The review of the single by Billboard magazine was a very positive one:

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On the Entertainment Weekly's Chart Flashback by Whitney Pastorek, posted on December 1 2006, analyzing the Billboard Hot 100 chart of December 4 1999, she gave the single a "B" grade:

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Video release

The music video was directed by Paula Walker. In the video Marc Anthony is performing the song along with five female dancers in front of the audience of a crowded club, with a few extra scenes with Marc performing the song in a window and under a staircase to his love interest. The video can be seen in You Tube following this link.

Tracklisting

CD Single #1 (B000046PT1)
  1. I Need to Know (Album version)
  2. I Need to Know (Track Masters Remix)
  3. I Need to Know (Pablo's Miami Mix Radio Edit)
  4. I Need to Know (D'Ambrosio Club Mix Radio Edit)


CD Single #2 (B00001QELW)
  1. I Need to Know (Pablo's Club-Dub)
  2. I Need to Know (Pablo's Miami Mix Radio Edit)
  3. I Need to Know (Trackmasters Remix)
  4. I Need to Know (D'Ambrosio Hectic Dub)
  5. I Need to Know (D'Ambrosio Club Mix Radio Edit)


Chart performance

The single entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 70 in the week of September 11 1999. On its fourth week the track rocketed to number 10, jumping 46 notches, and peaked at number 3 for two weeks . The single spent 19 weeks in the Top 10 and 40 weeks total in that chart and ranked at number 79 on the Year-End Chart of 1999 and at number 23 on the 2000 recap .

"Dímelo", the Spanish version of the song, also debuted on the Hot Latin Tracks chart on September 11 1999 at number 31 , climbing to number-one three weeks later (the fastest for any single by the performer), spending five consecutive weeks at pole position . The single became his third chart topper in the Latin Market and spent 23 non-consecutive weeks within the Top 10 and 40 weeks total in the chart.

Chart (1999)/(2000) Peak

position
USmarker Billboard Hot 100 3
USmarker Billboard Hot Latin Tracks 1
USmarker Billboard Hot 100 Singles Recurrents 1
USmarker Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 5
USmarker Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 1
USmarker Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks 7
USmarker Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 21
USmarker Billboard Top 40 Tracks 4
USmarker Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 12
U.K. Singles Chart 28
Swiss Singles Chart 16
Austrian Singles Chart 16
Dutch Singles Chart 18
Swedish Singles Chart 19
Finish Singles Chart 8
Norwegian Singles Chart 11
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 20
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 20


Blake Lewis version

Blake Lewis, the runner-up of the sixth season of American Idol, performed the song on the show on April 6, 2007. Anthony's spouse Jennifer Lopez was the guest mentor. Lewis' studio version was released on the American Idol official website and later included on his Blake Lewis - EP, as well as in the American Idol Season 6: The Collector's Edition, the compilation of the studio versions of song performed by the finalists of Idol.

Chart (2007) Peak

position
USmarker Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 19


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