“1 Thing“ by soul\R&B singer Amerie was released as the lead single to her second album entitled “Touch” in March 2005. The track was produced by Rich Harrison who had also worked with Amerie on her previous album “All I Have“. Surprisingly Amerie‘s record label Columbia\Sony Urban Music felt the track sounded incomplete and didn’t share the artists and management’s vision and so asked them to rework the track several times. Eventually Amerie & Rich Harrison decided to leak “1 Thing“ to radio stations where it received continuous airplay across the USA. Initially Columbia Records attempted to suppress and play down the track as an unofficial release partly because another of their artists Jennifer Lopez had shown interest in the song. However after seeing the response and popularity that “1 Thing“ had received Columbia Records changed their mind and began promoting it as a single. “1 Thing” has been Amerie‘s biggest single to date reaching number one on the US billboard hot R&B\hip hop chart in 2005. It was also voted as one of the top 25 tracks of the noughties decade by Rolling Stone Magazine.
Amerie “1 Thing” 2005 Columbia Records
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“1 Thing” contains a sample from a composition called “Oh Calcutta” written by Stanley Walden and replayed by classic funk artists The Meters for their second album “Look-ka py py” that was released in 1970. The Meters “Look-ka py py” album has been widely Continue reading