“You & I (song)”
April 18, 2014
John Ryan, Julian Bunetta, Jamie Scott
Julian Bunetta, John Ryan
You & I was a top 20 single in the UK and a top 10 single in Ireland. The song has been performed on the Where We Are Tour and the On The Road Again Tour. The song is widely considered to feature Zayn Malik's standout vocal performance.
Lyrically, the song describes a strong love.
One Direction announced You & I was to be the fourth single from Midnight Memories through a seven second YouTube video on April 11, 2014. The band was seen filming the video on March 24th in Somerset. The video was directed by Ben Winston ("Best Song Ever", "Story of My Life"). They also offered fans the chance to remix their own version of the track, upload it onto SoundCloud, and then Liam would be picking a few for a special 1D playlist, also on SoundCloud.
The official audio for the radio edit was uploaded to YouTube on April 14th ahead of the single release on April 18th. A short video message by Liam announced pre-orders for You & I bundle on iTunes would also come with a special message from the band, as well as an exclusive "Big Payno Remix".
Australian band Clubfeet claimed the music video plagiarized their own video for a song called "Everything You Wanted". As a result, fan opinion of the video is low, with many considering it One Direction's worst, due to the plaigiarism claims, Winston's odd direction choices and the unsettling, subpar special effects.
Some fans have speculated if the song references same sex relationships, similar to Made in the A.M track "End of the Day". The lyrics allude to someone comparing their relationship to others and realizing they don't want to be like other couples. Fans who believe Liam and Zayn were once, or are still, a couple noted Liam's "I figured it out" tattoo, a lyric from the song, which he got before the song's release. Fans who believe Harry and Louis were/are an item, have noted they often face each other when performing the song live, and noted lyrics such as "They see things in a different light" and "Nothing can come between you and I" could be interpreted as references to discrimination.
|Released||April 18, 2014|
|Filmed||24 March 2014|
|Location||Clevedon, Somerset, England|
|VEVO views||318,661,579 (as of June 30, 2017)|
In 2015, the music video won a BRIT Award for "Best British Video". The band did not attend the awards ceremony.
- Writers - John Ryan, Julian Bunetta, Jamie Scott
- Producers - John Ryan, Julian Bunetta
- iTunes "You & I" EP by One Direction
- Instagram Video by One Direction
- YouTube You & I single announcement
- onedirectionmusic.com You & I Single Release And Remix
- YouTube One Direction - You & I (Radio Edit) [Official Audio]
- YouTube.com Pre Order You & I Now!