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Loverboy

Loverboy

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It is sort of like the girls' version of [Candy]

- Mariah Carey

Written by Mariah Carey, Larry Blackmon & Thomas Jenkins
Produced by Mariah Carey & Clark Kent
Samples “Candy” by Cameo

OFFICIAL MIXES

3:49     Album Version featuring Cameo - Listen on Apple Music
4:31     Remix featuring Da Brat, Ludacris, Twenty II & Shawnna - Listen on Apple Music
9:05     Club of Love Remix
4:15     Dreamy Club of Love Radio Edit
6:37     Drums of Love
8:14     Dub Love Remix
6:06     MJ Cole London Dub Mix
5:56     MJ Cole Remix
5:55     MJ Cole Remix Instrumental

ABOUT THE SONG

  • Although she was unwilling to divulge who all the guests are just yet, one song Mariah did talk about is the first single, the uptempo party number “Loverboy." The song, which alternates a bouncing funky bass with rock guitars, features cameos from rappers Da Brat (who also stars in the film), Ludacris, 22 and Shawna. Funk legends Cameo, who also appear on the track, went into the studio to re-sing the chorus of their 1986 hit "Candy," a song Mariah said has always been one of her favorites. "I felt like a little kid again, like, 'Please just sing this how you did it on the remix,'" Mariah said she told them. "And then I felt bad because I didn't want to be overstepping my boundaries. It's like reliving a childhood moment.” - MTV News “Mariah Carey Gets ‘Glitter’ In Her Eyes” by Gil Kauman May 18, 2001

  • "The song is based on a loop from Cameo's 'Candy', which is one of my favorite all-time songs. And Cameo actually came back into the studio and re-laid their vocals which I couldn't believe. So it is sort of like the girls' version of that song." - Top Of The Pops with Joe Mace, July 19, 2001

  • Yet nothing could prepare her for the thrill of having '80s funk group Cameo in the studio with her to re-create portions of their hit "Candy" for her Clark Kent-tracked "Loverboy" single. Though the song had started out using a loop of another obscure classic, she feels her connection with Cameo was meant to be. "It was so exciting for me to sit there like a fan of the song 'Candy,' and everything dating back to 'She's Strange,'" she says of the in-studio experience with the veteran outfit. "They were so cool and so nice, and I'm sitting there like, 'Okay, this is Cameo.' So, this project has basically let me relive my childhood memories, and insert a sort of new-ness to them." As everyone no knows, the radio remix of "Loverboy" features rappers Da Brat and Ludacris trading off verses with newcomers Twenty II and Shawnna. - Black Beat “Mariah Shines On With ‘Glitter’” August 18, 2001

MUSIC VIDEOS

AVAILABILITY

2001 Released on the Glitter soundtrack.
2003 Remix included on The Remixes compilation.

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