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I Want You to Know
I Want You to Know
Featured Artist(s) Zedd
Selena Gomez
Album True Colors
Released February 23, 2015
Genre EDM
Length 3:59
Label Interscope
Writer(s) Anton Zaslavski, Selena Gomez, Ryan Tedder, Kevin Nicholas Drew
Producer(s) Zedd

I Want You to Know is a single by Zedd which features Selena Gomez. Its name was first revealed via Zedd's Facebook. The song was co-written by OneRepublic lead singer Ryan Tedder.[1] The music video premiered on Zedd's VEVO channel on March 10, 2015. The song is featured as the second track of his second album, True Colors, which was released on May 18, 2015.

Background and composition

"I Want You to Know" is a EDM track described as a electropop ballad written by Zedd, Ryan Tedder, and KDrew. Tedder and Zedd had previously worked together on Clarity album track "Lost at Sea". Tedder called Zedd when he had an idea of a track. Zedd and Gomez first met by accident on December 4, 2014, with Zedd stating: "Our studios are right across the street from each other, and I just went to the bathroom and ran into her at the studio."[2]

Critical reception

The song has received generally positive reviews. Nolan Feeney of Time applauded the collaboration between Zedd and Gomez saying they "make beautiful music together". He explained: "Zedd's futuristic synthesizers recall 'Break Free,' his literally-out-of-this-world collaboration with Ariana Grande, but Gomez [...] keeps the track from becoming a lifeless carbon copy." Jason Lipshutz of Billboard wrote that Gomez "finally hit her mark" with the song. "Gomez has never been known as a vocal powerhouse, but she deftly handles patently overdramatic lines [...] with the proper amount of yearning and unflappability. When that first drop does arrive about 80 seconds in, Zedd provides a swiveling party scene with a whiff of Daft Punk's maximalist disco thrown in for good measure." Writing for the same publication, Dan Hyman awarded the song two stars out of a possible five, stating that it "never finds its footing, and never rises above the cliched EDM formula it follows to a T".[3]

Music Times praised the song: "The duo's real life chemistry is present in "I Want You to Know," with Gomez's voice weaving perfectly through the beat, and it's a wonder why she hasn't ventured much into the world of EDM before." Inquisitr called this song "underwhelming given all the hype." Idolator also wrote a mixed opinion "Zedd borrows his tried-and-true EDM formula that doesn’t bring anything new to the genre, while Gomez’s vocals churn around the rhythms like clothes on auto-spin. It is not the most exciting track, but it will have people bopping at the nightclubs."[4]

Commercial performance

Two days after its release, the song debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Digital Songs chart and No. 9 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. On the chart dated March 14, 2015, "I Want You to Know" debuted at number 24 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart (the highest debut on the chart that week) and at number 22 on the Billboard Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart. On the week of March 14, the song debuted at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100.[5] Despite the lack of promotion, the song manages to obtain a moderate commercial success in the charts staying in Top 30 in Billboard 100 for several weeks. It also reached No. 1 in 24 countries on debut. It peaked at number 14 in UK Singles Chart. As of July 2015, "I Want You To Know" has sold 1,000,000 copies in the US.[6] It has been certified Platinum in the United States and Sweden. It has also been certified Gold in Australia, Denmark and Italy.

Music video

The music video was released on March 10, 2015 on Vevo. It was directed by Brent Bonacorso and edited by Anthony Chirco. Zedd said: "It's gonna be a sexy 70s video with a lot of very interesting effects. Really cool." It shows, Gomez goes to a party club and dancing. Zedd appears as a hologram. The disco scenes are alternated to scenes, where Zedd and Gomez are together illuminated by strobe lights.

Awards

The song won a Teen Choice Award in the category ''Choice Theme Song''[7] and a Latin American Music Awards in the category ''Favorie Dance Song''.[8]

Lyrics

[Partial Chorus:]
I want you to know that it's our time
You and me bleed the same light
I want you to know that I'm all yours
You and me run the same course

[Verse 1:]
I'm slippin' down a chain reaction
And here I go, here I go, here I go, go
And once again, I'm yours in fractions
It takes me down, pulls me down, pulls me down low

[Pre-Chorus:]
Honey, it's rainin' tonight
But storms always have an eye, have an eye
Tell me your cover tonight
Or tell me lies, tell me lies, lies, lies...

[Chorus:]
I want you to know that it's our time
You and me bleed the same light
I want you to know that I'm all yours
You and me, we're the same force
I want you to know that it's our time
You and me bleed the same light
I want you to know that I'm all yours
You and me run the same course

[Post-Chorus:]
I want you to know that it's our time
You and me bleed the same light

[Verse 2:]
I'm better under your reflection
But did you know, did you know, did you know, know
That's anybody else that's met ya
It's all the same, all the same, all the same glow

[Pre-Chorus]
Honey, it's rainin' tonight
But storms always have an eye, have an eye
Tell me your cover tonight
Or tell me lies, tell me lies, lies, lies...

[Chorus:]
I want you to know that it's our time
You and me bleed the same light
I want you to know that I'm all yours
You and me, we're the same force
I want you to know that it's our time
You and me bleed the same light
I want you to know that I'm all yours
You and me run the same course

[Drop:]
You and me run the same course

Videos

References

  1. Billboard - The Selena Gomez/Zedd Single Will Likely Come Out in February, Says Ryan Tedder
  2. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/07/15/arts/ap-us-music-zedd.html
  3. http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6494734/best-and-worst-singles-of-the-week-kanye-west-kacey-musgraves-carly-rae-jepsen-zedd-selena-gomez
  4. http://www.idolator.com/7582205/selena-gomez-zedd-i-want-you-to-know-listen
  5. http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/6487594/chart-highlights-mark-ronson-bruno-mars-top-adult-pop-songs-nate
  6. http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/6634614/ask-billboard-are-there-an-unusually-high-number-of-new-acts-in?page=0%2C1
  7. http://www.teenchoice.com/article/wave-2-nominees
  8. http://www.eonline.com/news/704676/2015-latin-american-music-awards-selena-gomez-demi-lovato-more-snag-an-award-see-the-complete-winners-list

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