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“The Lover in Me” is a song by Scottish singer Sheena Easton for her ninth studio album of the same name (1988). Released as the album’s lead single on 11 October 1988, the song became Easton’s first top-20 hit in the United Kingdom after a seven-year hiatus. The song was also Easton’s final top-10 single on the US Billboard Hot 100.
“The Lover in Me” was written by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Antonio “L.A.” Reid and Daryl Simmons, and produced by Reid and Babyface, who were at the peak of their success at the time as a songwriting and production team.
“The Lover in Me” reached number two on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming her biggest hit there since “9 to 5 (Morning Train)”, and it stayed on the chart for 25 weeks. It also peaked at number two on the Billboard Dance Club Play chart.
The accompanying music video for “The Lover in Me” was directed by Dominic Sena and features Easton singing and dancing in a nightclub.
A1. “The Lover in Me” (extended version) – 6:59
B1. “The Lover in Me” (radio edit) – 5:20
B2. “The Lover in Me” (instrumental) – 6:59
Chart (1988–1989) Peak position
Australia (ARIA) 88
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 17
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 17
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100) 29
Ireland (IRMA) 12
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 12
Netherlands (Single Top 100) 11
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 25
UK Singles (OCC) 15
US Billboard Hot 100 2
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard) 43
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard) 2
US Dance Singles Sales (Billboard) 1
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) 5
West Germany (Official German Charts) 26
Chart (1989) Position
Netherlands (Single Top 100) 74
US Billboard Hot 100 41
Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United States 11 October 1988
Japan 28 November 1988
United Kingdom 9 January 1989