Back & Forth

Aaliyah

About Back & Forth

"Back & Forth" is the debut single performed by American singer Aaliyah for her debut studio album Age Ain't Nothing but a Number. The song was written and produced by R&B singer R. Kelly, and lyrically the song is about a teenager's excitement for partying on the weekend with friends. "Back and Forth" has been described as being a Dance cross over song with Pop and R&B influences. Vocally on the song she sings in a subtle "Laid Back" way. Blackground and Jive released the song as the album's lead single on April 8, 1994. Upon its release the song was met with generally positive reviews with many critics praising the song's lyrical content and Aaliyah's vocal delivery on the record. Commercially "Back & Forth" performed well peaking at number 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on the week ending on July 2, 1994. The song was just as successful on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart where it ended R. Kelly's 13 week reign at number 1 when it topped the charts on the week ending on May 21, 1994. The song would eventually spent a total of 3 weeks at number 1 on the chart. The song also topped the Rhythmic top 40 charts on the week ending on July 9, 1994. On June 9, 1994 the song was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Towards the end of 1994 Billboard reported that the song had sold over 700,000 copies. Internationally "Back & Forth" performed moderately well peaking within the top 20 at number 16 on the UK's official chart. Also in the UK the song peaked within the top 20 at number 16 on the Official Dance Chart. Elsewhere in Europe the song peaked within the top 40 at number 38 in the Netherlands. The song's accompanying music video was directed by Millicent Shelton in Aaliyah's hometown of Detroit. The actual video location was at Aaliyah's high school and on the day of the video shoot many local teens were recruited to be in multiple scenes of the video. 


Year:
1994
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Let me see you go back
Let me see you come forth
Now let me see you go back
Let me see you come forth
Let me see you go back
Let me see you come forth
Let me see you go back
Let me see you come forth

It's Friday and I'm ready to swing
Pick up my girls and hit the party scene
Tonight, oh it's alright
So get up and let this funky mellow groove
Get you in the mood
Cause you know it's alright

So Mr.DJ keep the music groovin' (keep on groovin')
Don't stop movin' (don't stop movin')

Let me see you, let me see you go

Back, back, forth and forth
Back, back, forth and forth
Back, back, forth and forth
Back, back, forth and forth

Now's the time for you to make your move
To the dance floor
So throw your hands in the air
And wave 'em round like you just don't care
Who it's the L-I-why-A-H, rippin' up the stage
I got jazz personality, G mentality, beats to soul train

So Mr.DJ keep the music groovin'
Don't stop movin'

Now let me see you back and forth, back and forth

Back, back, forth and forth
Back, back, forth and forth
Back, back, forth and forth
Back, back, forth and forth

Hey, here's the formality, get up on the floor you see
Show your personality, be who you want to be
Tell me

So can you feel the groove movin' way down to you
Hey, I want to keep this party goin' on all night

So Mr.DJ keep the music groovin (keep on groovin')
Don't stop movin' (don't stop movin')
Now let me see you go back and forth, back and forth

Back, back, forth and forth
Back, back, forth and forth
Back, back, forth and forth
Back, back, forth and forth

Back, back, forth and forth
Back, back, forth and forth
Back, back, forth and forth
Back, back, forth and forth

Who it's the L-I-Y-A-H?

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Aaliyah

Aaliyah Dana Haughton (January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001), who performed under the mononym Aaliyah ( /ɑːˈliːə/), was an American recording artist, dancer, actress and model. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was raised in Detroit, Michigan. At the age of 10, she appeared on the television show Star Search and performed in concert alongside Gladys Knight. At age 12, Aaliyah signed with Jive Records and her uncle Barry Hankerson's Blackground Records. Hankerson introduced her to R. Kelly, who became her mentor, as well as lead songwriter and producer of her debut album, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number. The album sold three million copies in the United States and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). After f… more »

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Written by: BERNARD WORRELL, DAVID LEE SPRADLEY, GARRY MARSHALL SHIDER, GEORGE CLINTON JR., GEORGE EVERETT CLINTON III, PHILLIP WYNN, ROBERT S. KELLY, WILLIAM EARL BOOTSY COLLINS

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