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"I Look to You"
Single by Whitney Houston
from the album I Look to You
Released July 23, 2009
(see release history)
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded 2009
Genre Pop, soul, gospel
Length 4:26
Label Arista
Writer(s) Robert Kelly
Producer Harvey Mason, Jr., Tricky Stewart
Whitney Houston singles chronology
"One Wish (for Christmas)"
(2003)
"I Look to You"
(2009)
"Million Dollar Bill"
(2009)

"I Look to You" is a song performed by American R&B recording artist Whitney Houston, from seventh studio album[1][2] also titled I Look to You. It was released as a worldwide promotional single[3] and as the first US single for the album also titled I Look to You on July 23, 2009 on US radio following highly favorable reviews at pre-release album listening parties.[4]

The single is one of two songs written by R Kelly which appear on the album and was produced by Tricky Stewart and Harvey Mason, Jr.. Following its preview on US radio the single was released fully for airplay on July 27, 2009.[5] On July 30, just one week after its premiere (and 3 days after its promotional release) the song has so far reached number 19 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Chart, becoming her 30th top 20 hit. The song has since become her highest charting single in the United States in nine years, so far charting at #70.

Contents

Background

Initially Vibe magazine reported that another song titled "I Didn't Know My Own Strength" penned by Diane Warren and produced by David Foster would be released as the lead single.[6] However on July 14, 21 and 23 Houston held 3 pre-release album listening parties in which 9 of the 11 songs where previewed, "Call You Tonight" was described as a possible lead single by mentor Clive Davis.[7] Swizz Beatz producer of the song "Million Dollar Bill" (written by Alicia Keys) said that his record was definitely a potential comeback record and with critical acclaim at all three parties it was widely expected that the song would succeed the others as the lead single. However both Rap-Up and Houston's official website have confimed the title song will indeed be the first US single[3] whilst "Million Dollar Bill" is being released as the worldwide lead single (second US single, almost simultaneously with first single). "I Look to You" will be the second single from the album in the UK, where it will be released on 14 December 2009 [8].

Music video

The video for "I Look to You" premiered on September 10, 2009 on Whitney Houston's official website[9] and on Entertainment Tonight.[10]

The video, also directed by Melina Matsoukas, features the singer in front of a plain beige and gray backdrop with different angles of her. She is sitting on a concrete pillar with a spotlight focused on her. Toward the end of the video, a shower of flowers are shown falling all around her. Houston is wearing a white dress in mood of the beige and grey background.

Promotion

Reception

Houston says that the powerful piano ballad that sums up the album and is all she wants to say at this stage of her life.[7] From the album parties Rolling Stone said that with the two tracks from R Kelly (the chippy kiss-off "Salute" and the steely title track produced by Tricky Stewart, Emanuel Kiriakou and Harvey Mason, Jr.) Houston seems to be aiming for a younger audience and the radio.[11] Showbiz411's Richard Freidman called R Kelly's contributions "excellent tracks, including the beautiful title song"[12] Billboard magazine's Mark Surtherland wrote "The overall feel of the album was notably contemporary, while retaining Houston's trademark vocal flourishes. Clive Davis praised Houston by saying that on songs like "I Look to You" it is not difficult to say she is 'the premium balladeer of our time'.[13]

Billboard's Monica Herrera gave the song a positive review, writing that Houston is "both vulnerable and in control". She adds that "the minimalist production, which features a lone, sullen piano and soft synths, exists purely to cushion Houston's moving vocal performance". Lastly, she stated that it "stands firmly in the tradition of her most emotive hits ("Greatest Love of All," "I Will Always Love You") and signals the long-awaited return of a true diva".[14]

Track listing

Digital download
  1. "I Look to You" — 4:25
German double A-side single
  1. "I Look to You" — 4:25
  2. "Million Dollar Bill" - 3:24
UK digital single [15]
  1. "I Look to You" - 4:25
  2. "I Look to You" (Giuseppe D. Club Mix) - 7:39
  3. "I Look to You" (Johnny Vicious Warehouse Club Mix) - 8:52
  4. "I Look to You" (Johnny Vicious Club Mix) - 9:08
  5. "I Look to You" (Christian Dio Club Mix) - 7:53
UK digital remix EP [16]
  1. "I Look to You" (Johnny Vicious Warehouse Radio Mix) - 4:08
  2. "I Look to You" (Johnny Vicious Warehouse Club Mix) - 8:52
  3. "I Look to You" (Johnny Vicious Warehouse Mixshow Mix) - 5:50
  4. "I Look to You" (Johnny Vicious Club Radio Mix) - 3:52
  5. "I Look to You" (Johnny Vicious Club Mixshow Mix) - 6:06
  6. "I Look to You" (Johnny Vicious Club Mix) - 9:08
  7. "I Look to You" (Christian Dio Radio Mix) - 4:01
  8. "I Look to You" (Christian Dio Mixshow Mix) - 5:51
  9. "I Look to You" (Christian Dio Club Mix) - 7:53
  10. "I Look to You" (Giuseppe D. Tune Adiks Radio Edit) - 3:47
  11. "I Look to You" (Giuseppe D. Club Tune Adiks Mix) - 7:39
  12. "I Look to You" (Giuseppe D. Tune Adiks Mixshow Mix) - 5:52

Charts

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[17] 47
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[18] 21
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[19] 14
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[20] 68
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[21] 65
Germany (Media Control AG)[22]
Double-A-Side with "Million Dollar Bill"
41
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[23] 40
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[24] 33
Switzerland (Media Control AG)[25] 16
United Kingdom (Official Charts Company)[26] 115
US Billboard Hot 100[27] 70
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[28] 16
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[29] 22
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs[30] 35
U.S. Billboard Jazz Songs[31] 21
U.S. Billboard Hot Gospel Songs[32] 14

Release history

Country Release date Format Label
North America July 23, 2009 [5] Premier/debut Arista Records, Sony Music
Austria July 27 until
July 31, 2009 [4]
Limited free download Sony Music Entertainment
Germany
Italy
North America Arista Records, Sony Music
Spain Sony Music Entertainment
Sweden
United States August 11, 2009[33] Airplay Arista Records
August 4, 2009[34] Digital download
Germany October 2, 2009[35] Double A-side Single Sony Music Entertainment
United Kingdom November 6, 2009 Digital Download (Single remix EP)[36] RCA Records
December 14, 2009[37] Digital Download (5-track single)[38]

External links

References

  1. ^ "((( Whitney Houston > Discography > Main Albums )))". allmusic. 1963-08-09. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:wifqxqe5ldae~T2. Retrieved 2009-09-06.  
  2. ^ http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/whitney-houston/discography/albums/4849
  3. ^ a b Billboard I Look To You Review
  4. ^ a b "Album gets bumped up and free download". official website. July 28, 2009. http://www.whitneyhouston.com/.  
  5. ^ a b "the first single". Rap-Up Magazine. July 24, 2009. http://www.rap-up.com/2009/07/24/new-music-whitney-houston-i-look-to-you/.  
  6. ^ "WHITNEY HOUSTON NEW SINGLE CONFIRMED". Vibe magazine. April 5, 2009. http://www.vibe.com/news/online_exclusives/2009/04/whitney_houston_new_single_confirmed/.  
  7. ^ a b "Preview: Whitney Houston - ‘I Look to You’". Rap-Up Magazine. July 23, 2009. http://www.rap-up.com/2009/07/24/preview-whitney-houston-i-look-to-you/.  
  8. ^ [ http://www.glasswerk.co.uk/news/national/6975/Whitney+Houston+Annouces+Extra+Tour+Dates+Due+To+Public+Demand Whitney Houston Announces Extra Tour Dates Due To Public Demand]
  9. ^ "::That Grape Juice // ThatGrapeJuice.net::.. || In Loving Memory Of Michael Jackson". Thatgrapejuice.net. 2007-03-25. http://www.thatgrapejuice.net/2009/09/exclusive-whitneys-music-video-premiere.html. Retrieved 2009-09-06.  
  10. ^ "::"I Look to You" Video Premier; The Official Whitney Houston Site". Arista Records. 2009-09-10. http://www.whitneyhouston.com/us/news/i-look-you-video-premiere. Retrieved 2009-09-10.  
  11. ^ "Whitney Houston Returns: Diva Debuts “I Look to You” in New York". Rollingstone Magazine. March 7, 2009. http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2009/07/22/whitney-houston-returns-diva-debuts-i-look-to-you-in-new-york/.  
  12. ^ "Whitney Houston Debuts New CD, Gets ABC Special". Showbiz411. July 21, 2009. http://www.showbiz411.com/whitney-houston-look-to-you-abc-special.  
  13. ^ "Whitney Houston Premieres New Album In London". Billboard Magazine. July 14, 2009. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/whitney-houston-premieres-new-album-in-london-1003993624.story.  
  14. ^ "New Music Releases, Music Reviews, Album Releases & Song Releases". Billboard.com. http://www.billboard.com/new-releases#/new-releases/whitney-houston-i-look-to-you-1004002203.story. Retrieved 2009-09-06.  
  15. ^ Whitney Houston: I Look To You: Amazon.co.uk MP3 Downloads
  16. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/I-Look-To-You-Remixes/dp/B002VWJE5M/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1261010130&sr=8-14
  17. ^ Ö3 Austria Top 40 Whitney Houston - I Look To You Austriancharts.at Austriancharts.at Hung Medien
  18. ^ Ultratop Belgium (Flanders) Whitney Houston - I Look To You Ultratop.be Ultratop.be Ultratop and Hung Medien
  19. ^ Ultratop Belgium (Wallonia) Whitney Houston - I Look To You Ultratop.be Ultratop.be Ultratop and Hung Medien
  20. ^ Billboard Whitney Houston Album & Song Chart History Canadian Hot 100 for Whitney Houston Billboard
  21. ^ GFK Whitney Houston - I Look To You Dutchcharts.com Dutchcharts.com Hung Medien
  22. ^ Media Control Musicline.de - Chartverfolgung - Houston,Whitney - I Look To You musicline.de PhonoNet GmbH
  23. ^ Billboard Whitney Houston Album & Song Chart History Japan Hot 100 for Whitney Houston Billboard
  24. ^ Sverigetoplisttan Whitney Houston - I Look To You Swedishcharts.com Swedishcharts.com Hung Medien
  25. ^ Media Control AG Whitney Houston - I Look To You Swisscharts.com Swisscharts.com Hung Medien
  26. ^ CHART LOG UK: NEW ENTRIES UPDATE - 31.10.2009 (wk43)
  27. ^ Billboard Whitney Houston Album & Song Chart History Billboard Hot 100 for Whitney Houston Billboard
  28. ^ Billboard Whitney Houston Album & Song Chart History Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Whitney Houston Billboard
  29. ^ Billboard Whitney Houston Album & Song Chart History Billboard Adult Contemporary Songs for Whitney Houston Billboard
  30. ^ Billboard Whitney Houston Album & Song Chart History Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play for Whitney Houston Billboard
  31. ^ http://www.billboard.com/#/song/whitney-houston/i-look-to-you/14004697
  32. ^ http://www.billboard.com/#/song/whitney-houston/i-look-to-you/14004697
  33. ^ "R&R :: Going For Adds :: CHR/Top 40". Radio & Records. August 08, 2009. http://gfa.radioandrecords.com/publishGFA/GFANextPage.asp?sDate=08/11/2009&Format=1.  
  34. ^ "I Look To You (Single): Whitney Houston: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/I-Look-To-You-Single/dp/B002JQUNGO/ref=dm_ap_alb1?ie=UTF8&qid=1251645579&sr=8-1. Retrieved 2009-09-06.  
  35. ^ http://www.amazon.de/Look-You-Million-Dollar-Bill/dp/B002NZJMPO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1255305359&sr=8-2
  36. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/I-Look-To-You-Remixes/dp/B002VWJE5M/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1261010130&sr=8-14
  37. ^ http://www.whitneyhouston.com/uk/news/incredible-week-whitney
  38. ^ Whitney Houston: I Look To You: Amazon.co.uk MP3 Downloads
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