"Take Control" is an R&B–funk song written by Cee-Lo Green, Mike Caren, and Amerie for Amerie's third studio album, Because I Love It (2007). Released as the album's lead single in late 2006, the Caren-produced song contains excerpts from Tom Zé's 1971 song "Jimmy Renda-Se", written by Tom Zé and Waldez, and elements of Hall & Oates' 1980 song "You Make My Dreams", written by Daryl Hall, John Oates, and Sara Allen.
According to Amerie, "Some Like It" was originally chosen as the first single from Because I Love It; after the release of similar-sounding singles by Kelis ("Bossy"), Fergie ("London Bridge"), and Justin Timberlake ("SexyBack"), and because Amerie thought "Take Control" was "kind of different", the decision was made to release it as the lead single instead. The single debuted at number seventy-two on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and peaked at number sixty-six; it failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. After the failure of the single, the U.S. release of Because I Love It was pushed back repeatedly. In the UK the song debuted on the C-list section of BBC Radio 1's playlist and was Scott Mills's "Record of the Week" from March 26 to April 1, before moving up to the A-list. "Take Control" peaked at number ten on the UK Singles Chart, remaining in the top forty for six weeks.
The music video was shot in late October 2006 and was premiered on the Internet on December 3. It was released to television in the United States on January 15, 2007 and was selected as MTV Jams's "Jam of the Week". Directed by Scott Franklin, it borrows greatly from Michelangelo Antonioni's 1966 film Blowup, with some of the key scenes recreated in a contemporary setting. Unlike the film, however, flashing captions onscreen make the assassination involved more obvious. Amerie and some acolytes are shown removing the photographer's blowups from his apartment, which is implied but not shown in the film. The video has a short introduction that involves Amerie singing another song from Because I Love It, "That's What U R". A writer for Entertainment Weekly called the video "nonsense, just the way I like my music videos to be" and "the stuff that music video dreams are made of ... [it] pretends to make sense by taking on something more complex than Amerie shimmying around in hot pants and heels, but don't let it fool you. The hair tossing and strut-strutting is the same here as it is in "1 Thing", just on location this time ... Love it!".
At the end of March 2007, a remix of "Take Control" by DJ Camille Starr, and featuring British-Asian vocalist S-Endz, began to circulate on the internet. It is a bhangra-fused club remix of the song. The official radio remix featuring South Korean singer Se7en was aired in May 2007, and it is only to be featured on the Asian editions of Because I Love It. Other versions include Tracy Young's Taking Control mix and the Karmatronic mix.
|U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs||66|
|European Hot 100 Singles||25|
|Finnish Singles Chart||9|
|French SNEP Singles Chart||52|
|German Singles Chart||64|
|Irish Singles Chart||23|
|Lithuanian Airplay Chart||8|
|LCC Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs||1|
|New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart||40|
|Norwegian Singles Chart||19|
|Slovak IFPI Airplay Chart||50|
|Swiss Singles Chart||67|
|Turkish Airplay Chart||19|
|UK Singles Chart||10|