Case of the Ex


Case of the Ex

Infobox Single
Name = Case Of The Ex


Artist = Mýa
from Album = Fear of Flying
Released = November 14, 2000
Format = CD single, CD maxi single, 12" single, digital download
Recorded = 2000
Genre = R&B
Length = 3:56
Writer = Christopher "Tricky" Stewart T.Hale Tab
Label = Interscope Records
Producer = Christopher "Tricky" Stewart
Certification = Platinum (US/AUS)
Last single = "The Best Of Me"
(2000)
This single = "Case of the Ex"
(2000)
Next single = "Free"
(2001)
Misc = Extra album cover 2
Upper caption = Alternate covers
Type = single


Lower caption = UK cover
Extra album cover 2


Lower caption = European cover

"Case of the Ex (Whatcha Gonna Do)" is a song by American R&B singer Mya. It was written by Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, Traci Hale, and Tab for Harrisons' sophomore album Fear of Flying. The track was produced by Christopher "Tricky" Stewart. Released as the second single from the album in November 2000, it reached number two on Billboard Hot 100 (spending a total of 4 months on the chart), number one on the Australian Singles Chart, and number three on the UK Singles Chart. The song became Mya's biggest hit to date and most successful as an solo artist. It's her second highest charting single, following Lady Marmalade. The single has been certified platinum by the ARIA and RIAA.

Tracklisting

US CD Single
#Radio Edit
#LP Version
#Instrumental

European CD Single
#Radio Edit
#2-step Mix
#Take Me There
#Ghetto Superstar

UK CD Single
#Radio Edit
#Sovereign Remix
#Main Version
#Video

ong&Lyrics

"Case of the Ex" (which was co-written by Traci Hale and Tab) was a dominant radio hit, featuring its unmistakable, keyboard hook and its unique, lyric theme (about a strong woman who won’t tolerate her man returning to his ex-girlfriend). It was in fall that Stewart co-wrote "Case Of The Ex" with Traci Hale and Tab. "Traci and Tab are two of my writing partners, and we got together to write a song specifically for Mya," said Stewart. "We kicked around some subjects which Mya could potentially sing. We wanted to create a lyric theme that would keep her young, yet would show that she was growing up. Then Traci came up with the lyric idea, which was inspired by a relationship she was going through at the time. Traci and Tab wrote most of the lyrics, and I wrote most of the music and played all of the tracks, with Traci singing on the original demo." This initial demo also featured the compelling, percussive, keyboard hook which became the song’s musical trademark. "I followed an old philosophy, which is to try to catch the listener’s attention," explained Stewart. "I wanted to make a statement with that hook, creating a special sound that people would react to and remember. It was like a loud, horn blast, which was derived from a sampled sound, and then enhanced with my K-25 keyboard."Soon after completing the demo, Stewart played the song for Mya, and she immediately loved it. The following day, Mya recorded her vocals at Stewart’s studio for the master version. "Mya did a great job with her vocals; she truly brought the song to life," said Stewart. [http://www.songwriteruniverse.com/tricky.htm]

Chart performance

The single debuted at #1 on the Hot Singles Sales [http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=353&cfgn=Singles&cfn=Hot+Singles+Sales&ci=3039930&cdi=7654730&cid=12%2F02%2F2000] . Despite this, the single peaked at #2 on the "Billboard" Hot 100, being held off from the #1 spot only by Destiny's Child's song "Independent Women Part 1", which was in the middle of an eleven-week run at the top, and also was #1 on the Hot 100 Airplay Chart for 9 weeks, in which, "Case of he Ex" only peaked at #11. It remains Mýa's highest-charting solo single on the Hot 100 to date. The song reached number one on the ARIA Chart in Australia.

Charts

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