If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of Time Essay

Not to be confused with If I Could Turn Back Time or Turn Back the Hands of Time.

"If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" is a song by R. Kelly, released as the fifth single from his 1998 album, R..[1] The song is a sweeping ballad about a man wishing he could go back in time and repair his relationship with his girlfriend. The song was a top 10 hit on the pop charts of several countries, while in the United States it finished just outside the top 10, peaking at number 12.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by F. Gary Gray.

Success and legacy[edit]

The song has sold 660,000 copies in the UK and is one of his biggest hits in many countries, in the Belgium the song is one of the best selling and biggest recordings there, selling triple Platinum. The song was certified Gold in the United States.[2] The song has been covered by several artist including Ed Sheeran and also sung at talent shows.[3] Rapper Mims sampled the song for his debut album Music Is My Savior on the track "I Did You Wrong".[4]

Later samples[edit]

Later covers[edit]

  • "Hands of Time" by Sanchez from the album Simply Being Me(2000)
  • "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" by Deja Vu feat. Tasmin from the album Handbag Heaven. Against All Odds(2000)
  • "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" by Kesse(2010)
  • "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" by Ed Sheeran(2013)
  • "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" by Martin Yates(2014)

Live performance[edit]

Kelly does not perform this song very often, he performed this song for the first time on live television when he was in England on the show Top of the Pops.[5] He seems to perform this song more when he does a show in Europe than in the US, reason for that is that this song was highly successful there.

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^"R Kelly - R. CD". 
  2. ^"RIAA - Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - December 06, 2015". www.riaa.com. Archived from the original on March 29, 2015. 
  3. ^Ed Sheeran - If I Could Turn Back The Hands of Time (R.Kelly Cover). 13 July 2013 – via YouTube. 
  4. ^"Mims's I Did You Wrong sample of R. Kelly's If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time - WhoSampled". WhoSampled. 
  5. ^R. Kelly- If i could turn back the hands of time live at top of the pops. 12 September 2009 – via YouTube. 
  6. ^"Austriancharts.at – R. Kelly – If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  7. ^"Ultratop.be – R. Kelly – If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^"Ultratop.be – R. Kelly – If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  9. ^"R. Kelly Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.
  10. ^"Lescharts.com – R. Kelly – If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" (in French). Les classement single.
  11. ^"R. Kelly - If I Could Turn Back the hands of Time". GfK Entertainment. 
  12. ^"The Irish Charts – Search Results – If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time". Irish Singles Chart.
  13. ^"Italiancharts.com – R. Kelly – If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time". Top Digital Download.
  14. ^"Dutchcharts.nl – R. Kelly – If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  15. ^"Charts.org.nz – R. Kelly – If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time". Top 40 Singles.
  16. ^"Norwegiancharts.com – R. Kelly – If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time". VG-lista.
  17. ^"Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  18. ^"Swedishcharts.com – R. Kelly – If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time". Singles Top 100.
  19. ^"Swisscharts.com – R. Kelly – If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time". Swiss Singles Chart.
  20. ^"Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  21. ^ abcd"R. Kelly". 
  22. ^"End of Year Charts: 1999". 
  23. ^"Swiss year-end chart". swisscharts.com. 1999. Archived from the original on March 1, 2012. Retrieved November 22, 2017. 
  24. ^"End of Year Charts: 1999"(PDF). UKChartsPlus. 
  25. ^"End of Year Charts: 2000". 
  26. ^"Swiss year-end chart". swisscharts.com. 2000. Retrieved November 22, 2017. 
  27. ^"Austrian single certifications – R. Kelly – If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" (in German). IFPI Austria. Enter R. Kelly in the field Interpret. Enter If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time in the field Titel. Select single in the field Format. Click Suchen
  28. ^"Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2000". Ultratop. Hung Medien. 
  29. ^"French single certifications – R Kelly – If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  30. ^"Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (R. Kelly; 'If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  31. ^"Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2000"(PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. 
  32. ^"The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (R. Kelly; 'If I Could Turn Back the Time')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. 
  33. ^"British single certifications – R. Kelly – If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time". British Phonographic Industry. Enter If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time in the search field and then press Enter.
  34. ^Myers, Justin (November 14, 2014). "Number 1 today in 1999: Robbie Williams – She's the One". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 6, 2015. 
  35. ^"American single certifications – Kelly, R. – If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  36. ^"Best-Selling Records of 1999". Billboard. BPI Communications Inc. 112 (4): 63. January 22, 2000. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 

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Had I had the power to go back in time, I would go back to the time where Bill Gates had invented the first computer. I would invent it before him by myself. I would also back in time to the time where Coca-Cola company had just opened. These two companies and many other companies who are successful I would go back in time and open them too. This would lead me to being the richest person in the world as I opened all the main companies and I would own them all. I would basically open only those companies that will do well as I have an idea of what will happen in the future of these businesses as I had already seen the future, now I am going back in time.

I would then do a similar thing when it comes to studying. I would go to the future and see what the tests and exams look like.

And study exactly that. This would then lead me to getting 100% for all my tests and exams. I would do that in university too. This would lead me to coming out 1st in both school and in university. I would also discover cures by seeing what cures people are finding in the future and do it in the past. This would lead me to a person who keeps discovering cures and win me many awards. I would have people study on me as I would become so famous in the world. People all over the world would study my things because of my cheatings.

After finishing my schooling years, I would then go into the sporting field and do well there too. I would play all the sports. I would go back in time and see how people did...


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