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LoveStoned

"LoveStoned/I Think She Knows"
Single by Justin Timberlake
from the album FutureSex/LoveSounds
Released June 29, 2007 (2007-06-29)
Format
Recorded Thomas Crown Studios (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
Genre
Length 5:26
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Timbaland
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Nate "Danja" Hills
Justin Timberlake singles chronology
"Give It to Me"
(2007)
"LoveStoned/I Think She Knows"
(2007)
"Ayo Technology"
(2007)

"LoveStoned/I Think She Knows" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake for his second studio album, FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006). It was written and produced by Timberlake, Tim "Timbaland" Mosley and Nate "Danja" Hills. In contrast to the album's theme about sexual innuendos with themes of love, "LoveStoned" contains sexually suggestive lyrics. Musically "LoveStoned" is an upbeat dance song, contrasting with the interlude of "I Think She Knows" which has a more slow, quiet, guitar-driven sound.[1]

BackgroundEdit

"LoveStoned" was recorded at the Thomas Crown Studios, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia (pictured).

After the release of his debut solo album Justified in 2002, Timberlake thought he "lost his voice" in the sense that he did not like what he was doing.[2] He felt "burnt out" after Justified; this partly changed his career's direction, wherein he took a break from the music industry and instead appeared in films.[2] The first role he took during this time was as a journalist in the thriller Edison Force, which was filmed in 2004 and released on July 18, 2006.[3] He also appeared in the films Alpha Dog, Black Snake Moan, Richard Kelly's Southland Tales, and voiced Prince Artie Pendragon in the animated film Shrek the Third, released on May 18, 2007.[4]

When he felt inspired to compose songs again, he did not choose to reunite with his former band 'N Sync, although he considered doing it after his first record.[5] Instead, he went to former Justified collaborator Timbaland's studio in Virginia Beach, Virginia to begin sessions for his second album.[2][6] However, not one of them had an idea of what the album would be–no plan for it and even a title.[6] "LoveStoned / I Think She Knows" was written by Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, and Nate "Danja" Hills as a sexual love song.[7][8] In an interview with MTV News, while promoting his second album, FutureSex/LoveSounds, Timberlake revealed that the first half of the album generally focuses on sex. "LoveStoned" contains sexually suggestive lyrics, with the line, "She's going home with me tonight".[9]

CompositionEdit


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"LoveStoned/I Think She Knows" is an R&B and art rock song.[10] The song is composed in the key of F minor and is set in time signature of common time with a tempo of 120 beats per minute.[11] The first part of the song, "LoveStoned", starts off to "a boast" and the interlude "I Think She Knows" transitions into "an adoring two-minute love song about someone special".[9] The song also includes "human beatbox sounds".[12] The musicscape features string arrangements on both songs and includes Timberlake's "famous falsetto".[9] In an interview with Rolling Stone, Timberlake admitted that the "drony guitar interlude" featured in "I Think She Knows" was inspired by the alternative rock band Interpol.[13] The Guardian's Alexis Petridis said of the unexpected shift in tone, "the sweaty, slap-bass funk vanishes, in favour of vigorously strummed, vaguely Sonic Youth-ish guitars, luscious strings and a gorgeous Kraftwerk-inspired counter-melody."[14] Martin Turenne of The Georgia Straight described "LoveStoned" as "a space-age disco track in which he [Timberlake] rhapsodizes about a statuesque goddess who casts a lustfully narcotic spell, leaving him defenceless against her predatory wiles".[15] Russell Baillie of The New Zealand Herald reported that the song has a "prowling funk" sound.[16] Jon Pareles of The New York Times noted that the sound was similar of recording artist Michael Jackson's 1983 song "Billie Jean". Pareles concluded that the track's "pulsating guitar arrangement" were those similar to rock band U2.[17]

Christy Lemire of the Associated Press described the theme of the song as, "Justin sees a gorgeous girl on the floor and longs to bring her back to the VIP Room and/or just cut to the chase and take her directly home".[7] Barry Schwartz of Stylus magazine interpreted Timberlake's point of view, citing that "LoveStoned" is "high from sex".[18] Cameron Adams of the Herald Sun said that FutureSex/LoveSounds is a "bedroom" album and included "LoveStoned" as part of it.[19] Turenne concluded that the single is not just a song, "its the start of an S&M porno script".[15]

Critical responseEdit

Justin Timberlake performing "LoveStoned" during his 2007 FutureSex/LoveShow concert tour

In the Entertainment Weekly review of the album, critic Chris Willman wrote: "Superior tracks, like 'LoveStoned' and 'What Comes Around', suggest a happy middle path, where Timberlake can equally embrace Timbaland's canny beats and his own vocal helium."[20] Tim Finney of Pitchfork Media described the song as "brilliantly ... tight, clipped disco funk" and went onto say that it "descends precipitously into the gorgeous melancholy of 'I Think That She Knows', all MOR-rock guitar churn and weightless strings, the same chorus ... transformed from infatuation to the paranoid and elegiac admission of an addict".[21] Lauren Murphy of Entertainment.ie noted "LoveStoned" as excellent and "a sexy, layered affair with inspired violin intervals, and the consecutive interlude is a classy sliver of deftly-produced pop".[22] Lucy Davies of the BBC wrote: "'Lovestoned' is a great track, with chopping violins, beatboxing, and bongos. 'I Think She Knows', the interlude which follows, is quite beautiful, shimmering, and brilliantly constructed."[23] Jonah Weiner of Blender wrote, "From the grinding 'SexyBack' to the percolating 'LoveStoned' ... the vibe is all infectious, feverish build-up."[24] Rolling Stone believed that "LoveStoned/I Think She Knows" was the "madcap peak" of the "historic creative roll" of Timberlake and Timbaland, describing the song as "flowing from hip-hop bump-and-grind to an ambient wash of Interpol-inspired guitar drone."[25]

In November 2007, musician John Mayer wrote in his blog that he very much preferred the interlude. "Not so much for the 'LoveStoned' part, but for the 45 seconds of ultimate sonic bliss that is 'I Think She Knows'."[26] Mayer went onto say that the song was Timberlake's "breakthrough moment as an artist" and complimented him on the musical style of the song.[26] At the 50th Grammy Awards, "LoveStoned" won a Grammy Award in the category of Best Dance Recording.[27][28] It was ranked at the number four spot on Entertainment Weekly's "Best Songs of 2007".[29] Timberlake performed the song live at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards.[30]

French electronic duo Justice released a remixed version of "LoveStoned" in July 2007.[31] Dutch musician Tiësto was asked to remix "LoveStoned" and released his version of the song on his weekly radio show titled Tiësto's Club Life,[32] which he then later released on iTunes.[33] Guitarist Kaki King recorded a cover portion of "I Think She Knows" for Engine Room Recordings' compilation album Guilt by Association Vol. 2, which was released in November 2008.[34] "Penn Masala", the popular South Asian fusion a cappella group, recorded an a cappella cover of "LoveStoned" fused with the song "Ya Ali" from the Bollywood film, "Gangster (film)" The song was chosen for Best of A Cappella (BOCA) 2010.[35]

Commercial performanceEdit

In North America, the single was officially solicited to radio in June 2007. "LoveStoned" appeared on the Billboard Hot 100, and debuted at number 17,[36] the same result in the Hot Digital Songs chart. It appeared on Billboard's Pop 100 in the number seven position.[36] "LoveStoned/I Think She Knows" reached the number one spot on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play and Hot Dance Airplay.[36] Upon release, "LoveStoned/I Think She Knows" was downloaded 39,000 times on iTunes.[37]

The track peaked within the top ten in nine countries. "LoveStoned" appeared in the UK Singles Chart on June 23, 2007 in the number 63 position.[38] It peaked at number 11, spent nineteen weeks on the chart, before retiring at number 95.[38] The song attained top five positions in the Netherlands, South Africa, and Turkey,[39][40] and entered the top ten in Denmark, Finland, Italy, and Sweden.[39]

Music videoEdit

Directed by Robert Hales, filming for the music video took place at Web Studios in Salford, England.[41][42] In order for the lighting effects, Timberlake and Hales were required to use 600 kilowatts of lighting power, the most the studios ever used.[43]. Visual effects for the video were produced by the multi-disciplinary design studio, Blind. [44]

In the video, Timberlake is illustrated in the form of a blue frequency. Throughout this portion of the video, a woman and a heart are also seen in this form. Mid-way in the song, Timberlake can be seen playing an electric guitar. Also, the first half of the "I Think She Knows Interlude" is cut out in the video. At the end, Timberlake is shown singing in a white background with electronic pulses traveling along the hills behind him.

The video for "LoveStoned/I Think She Knows" premiered on Yahoo! Music on June 13, 2007, and on MuchMusic's MuchOnDemand on June 14, 2007.[42] Total Request Live (TRL) premiered the video on June 18 and it debuted at number nine on June 19.[45][46]

ChartsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[47] 11
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[48] 21
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[49] 14
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[50] 29
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[51] 5
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[52] 17
Denmark (Tracklisten)[53] 12
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[54] 7
France (SNEP)[55] 28
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[56] 4
Hungary (Dance Top 40)[57] 13
Ireland (IRMA)[58] 12
Italy (FIMI)[59] 10
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[60] 5
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[61] 17
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[62] 22
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[63] 9
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[64] 19
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[65] 11
US Billboard Hot 100[66] 17
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[67] 4
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[68] 1
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[69] 28

Year-end chartsEdit

Charts (2007) Position
Australian Singles Chart[70] 75
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[71] 21

Release historyEdit

List of release dates, showing country, format and record label
Country Date Format Label
France[72] June 29, 2007 Digital download Universal Music Group
United Kingdom[73] RCA Records
United States July 10, 2007 Rhythmic radio[74] Jive Records
July 17, 2007 Mainstream radio[75]
Germany July 20, 2007 CD single[76] Universal Music Group
Maxi single[77]
United States[78] August 7, 2007 12" single Jive Records
Canada[79] August 14, 2007 Universal Music Group
France[80] September 11, 2007 Digital download — Remixes Universal Music Group
United Kingdom[81] RCA Records
United States[82] Jive Records
Germany[83] January 22, 2008 12" single Universal Music Group

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