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"Me & U"
Single by Cassie
from the album Cassie
Released May 16, 2006
Format Digital download (U.S.)
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 3:12
Label Bad Boy, NextSelection
Writer(s) Ryan Leslie
Producer Ryan Leslie
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Cassie singles chronology
"Me & U"
(2005)
"Long Way 2 Go"
(2006)

"Me & U" is a song by Cassie, and produced by Ryan Leslie for her eponymous debut album, Cassie (2006). It was released as the album's first single in 2005 and reached number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 2006. It remained in the top forty for nearly five months.

The song's "Bad Boy" remix features Sean "Diddy" Combs and Yung Joc and the song's "The Inc" remix features Ja Rule and Harry-O. The single has been a successful debut as a top three single in the U.S., a top five single in New Zealand, a top ten hit in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and France, and a top twenty song in Australia. A remix featuring Ray-J was also created. There are also remixes featuring Ryan Leslie, Young Blaze, The Ying Yang Twins, Streetz & Young Deuces, Maino, Dons & Tricosta, Lil Fizz, and a club dance version featuring 50 Cent.[citation needed] This song is featured on DANCE! Online, a multiplayer online casual rhythm game.

The single was certified platinum by the RIAA on December 14, 2006.[1]

Contents

Remixes

  • "Me & U" (Bad Boy Remix) features Sean "Diddy" Combs and Yung Joc
  • "Me & U" (NextSelection Remix) features Ryan Leslie and has a different instrumental
  • "Me & U" (The Inc Remix) features Ja Rule and Harry-O
  • "Me & U" (Remix) features Ray-J
  • "Me & U" (Reggaeton Remix) features Hector "El Father"
  • "Me & U" (Siik Remix) is a mash-up with Ratatat's "Crips" off the album Ratatat

There are also remixes featuring Ryan Leslie, Young Blaze, The Ying Yang Twins, Streetz & Young Deuces,Maino, Dons & Tricosta, Lil Fizz, and a club dance version featuring 50 Cent.[citation needed]

Chart performance

The single became Cassie's most popular single to date, peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 a short while after the song was released. It also reached the top of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. In the UK, the song entered the UK Singles Chart at number twenty-three and, within a week's time, rose to and peaked of number six, remaining there for a week before dropping down to number nine. The song also did well around the rest of Europe, including France, Germany, and Ireland.

Music video

In the music video, Cassie comes in with her phone which is playing part of the chorus to "Me & U" while improvising some lyrics that were not in the original song. She puts the song on and begins to dance and sing along, hurting herself while doing a spinning move, changing her outfit, and then being able to successfully complete the spinning move later on. The video is directed by Norwegian-born director Ray Kay.

In July 2006 an unreleased, low-budget and suggestive video for "Me & U" appeared on YouTube. This video was in stark contrast to the more polished video that was shown on mainstream media outlets. Initially, it was removed from most websites but continued to appear on file sharing networks and eventually appeared again on the internet. Cassie has gone on record to denounce the original video (directed by Little X), which depicts her singing to an unidentified male at a night club before taking him to a hotel room where Cassie is depicted kneeling below him while caressing his genital region and then unbuckling his pants in night vision. Cassie's management maintains that the low-budget, risqué version was released only for European audiences.

Charts

Chart (2006)[2][3] Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 12
Ö3 Austria Top 40 34
Belgian Ultratop 50 Singles (Flanders) 16
Belgian Ultratop 40 Singles (Wallonia) 15
Danish Singles Chart 17
Dutch Top 40 36
European Hot 100 Singles[4] 9
Finnish Singles Chart 4
French SNEP Singles Chart 8
German Singles Chart 12
Chart (2006) Peak
position
Global Dance Tracks[5] 2
Irish Singles Chart 9
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 4
Russian R&B Top 50 1
Swedish Singles Chart 2
Swiss Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 6
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 3
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 1
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 1

References

Preceded by
"Snap Yo Fingers" by Lil Jon featuring E-40 and Sean Paul of the YoungbloodZ
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number-one single
August 5, 2006
Succeeded by
"Shoulder Lean" by Young Dro featuring T.I.
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