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"I'll Be Missing You"
Single by Puff Daddy featuring Faith Evans & 112
from the album No Way Out
B-side "We'll Always Love Big Poppa",
"Cry On"
Released May 27, 1997
Format CD single, maxi single
Recorded 1997
Genre East Coast hip hop
Length 5:43 (Album Version)
3:29 (Short Edit)
4:08 (Video Version)
Label Bad Boy
Writer(s) Sting, T. Gaither, Faith Evans
Producer Puff Daddy, Stevie J
Certification 3x 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)

"I'll Be Missing You" is a Grammy Award Winning song and hit single recorded by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112, in memory of fellow Bad Boy Records artist Notorious B.I.G. who was murdered on March 9, 1997. Released as the second single from Puff Daddy and the Family's No Way Out album, "I'll Be Missing You" sampled the melody of The Police's "Every Breath You Take" from 1983.

The song was listed at #84 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of All Time.[1]

Contents

Background

The song, a rap ballad, had already been completed before permission was granted to use the sample from the 1983 song. As well as these artists, Sting (vocalist from The Police) joined in at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards. Sting owns 100% of the publishing royalties[2]. The single however was not written by Puff Daddy but by Terry "Sauce Money" Carroll, a rapper from the Marcy Projects in Brooklyn who received a Grammy for his efforts in 1997.

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 beginning), another without the choir and an instrumental version. In the extended version, the song the choir is heard singing in the beginning is "Adagio for Strings" by Samuel Barber.

A slightly altered version of the song was performed by Diddy at the Concert for Diana in Wembley, United Kingdom.

Chart performances

"I'll Be Missing You" topped many charts across the world. It reached number one in the U.S., UK, Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, and New Zealand. This song is one of the few to debut at #1 in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100.

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 #1.

Blender magazine ranked the song at #25 on its list of the "50 Worst Songs Ever".[3] calling it "exploitive" and lacking "originality".

Uses in the media

  • The song was featured in the 2001 film, Rush Hour 2 when Lee (Jackie Chan) thought Carter (Chris Tucker) was killed in a bombing at the Hong Kong Police station where Lee worked.
  • The song was also used in the Catherine Tate Christmas Show broadcast on Christmas Day 2007. The song was played whilst friends of character Lauren Cooper stood by her grave after Lauren was killed in a kayaking accident.

Formats and track listings

Single
  1. Puff Daddy & Faith Evans featuring 112 - "I'll Be Missing You"
Maxi-single
  1. Puff Daddy & Faith Evans featuring 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]

Certifications

Country Certification Date Sales certified
Australia[4] 2 x Platinum 1997 140,000
Austria[5] 2 x Platinum September 19, 1997 60,000
Canada[6] Platinum October 27, 1997 100,000
France[7] Gold October 6, 1997 250,000
Germany[8] 3 x Platinum 1999 1,500,000
Netherlands[9] 2 x Platinum ? 80,000
Norway[10] Platinum 1997 10,000
Sweden[11] 2 x Platinum November 14, 1997 40,000
Switzerland[12] Platinum 1997 50,000
UK[13] 2 x Platinum August 1, 1997 1,200,000
U.S.[14] 3 x Platinum July 23, 1997 3,000,000

Charts

Chart (1997) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[15] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[15] 1
U.S. Billboard Rhythmic Top 40[15] 1
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[15] 11
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[16] 1
Austria Singles Chart[16] 1
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[16] 1
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[16] 3
Canadian Singles Chart 1
Dutch Singles Chart[16] 1
Finnish Singles Chart[16] 3
French SNEP Singles Chart[16] 2
German Singles Chart[17] 1
Irish Singles Chart[18] 1
Italian Singles Chart[19] 1
Latvian Airplay Top 1
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart[16] 1
Norwegian Singles Chart[16] 1
Singapore Singles Chart 1
Swedish Singles Chart[16] 1
Swiss Singles Chart[16] 1
UK Singles Chart[20] 1
Chart (2009) Peak
position
UK R&B Chart 22
End of year chart (1997) Position
Australian Singles Chart[21] 4
Austrian Singles Chart[22] 2
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[23] 4
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[24] 13
French Singles Chart[25] 8
Swiss Singles Chart[26] 2
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
"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

References

  1. ^ http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/specials/hot100/charts/top100-titles-90.shtml Billboard.com
  2. ^ FOXNews.com - Is Diddy's 'Vote or Die' Dead or Just Sleeping? - Celebrity Gossip | Entertainment News | Arts And Entertainment
  3. ^ Run for Your Life! It's the 50 Worst Songs Ever! from Blender.com(Retrieved May 3, 2008)
  4. ^ Australian certifications aria.com (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  5. ^ Austrian certifications ifpi.at (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  6. ^ Canadian certifications cria.ca (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  7. ^ French certifications Chartsinfrance.net (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  8. ^ German certifications musikindustrie.de (Retrieved March 11, 2010)
  9. ^ Dutch certifications nvpi.nl (Retrieved December 9, 2008)
  10. ^ Norwegian certifications Ifpi.no (Retrieved August 9, 2008)
  11. ^ Swedish certifications Ifpi.se (Retrieved September 11, 2008)
  12. ^ Swiss certifications Swisscharts.com (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  13. ^ UK certifications Bpi.co.uk (Retrieved August 9, 2008)
  14. ^ U.S. certifications riaa.com (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  15. ^ a b c d Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved August 9, 2008)
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "I'll Be Missing You", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved August 9, 2008)
  17. ^ German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  18. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  19. ^ Italian Single Chart Hit parade Italia (Retrieved May 30, 2008)
  20. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  21. ^ 1997 Australian Singles Chart aria.com (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  22. ^ 1997 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  23. ^ 1997 Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  24. ^ 1997 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  25. ^ 1997 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  26. ^ 1997 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved April 20, 2008)







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