In this song, the singers are bragging to their girls that they are the ‘only ones’ for them. Especially Quavo, he recorded his verse in just 5 minutes, Khaled told Billboard Magazine: “I hit Quavo up, like ‘Yo I got this record, I’m telling you it’s gonna be big. I need you on it.’ He’s like, ‘Khaled whatever you need I got you.’ So we went into the studio, and we actually recorded in the studio where Michael Jackson recorded ‘Thriller’ So Quavo and the whole Migos came through. I played “the beat” for Quavo and he was like, ‘This is crazy.’ The man really took five minutes. Five minutes listening to the beat, and then he went into the booth and just knocked the verse out.” Back in January 2017, Khaled called his friend Justin Bieber and told him about the song. Bieber then invited him to his place. After Bieber listened to the song in his truck with Khaled, he challenged him to a game of ground Hockey in order for him to agree, Khaled laughed and said: “I took the beating for the song”. Khaled then talked about how he always wanted to work with Bieber and this song was the one he had been waiting for, he said: “Let me tell you some. I’ve always wanted to work with Justin Bieber. Justin Bieber, first of all, is my friend, a very good person and he’s very big, he’s a super, he’s a megastar. I told myself ‘I’m not gonna ask Justin Bieber to do a record with me until I feel like I’m at a certain point in my career.’ I won’t play myself, because you know the answer I think is probably going to be ‘No,’ but not in a disrespectful way – because he really don’t do features. So I waited to get where I’m at now. I said ‘Bieber, I got this dream I wanna play for you, I feel we’re good about it.’ And he was like ‘Man, let me hear it.’ And I played the phone and he loved it. You know he knocked out.”
Release Date: April 28, 2017
Songwriter/s: Khaled Khaled – Jason Boyd – Justin Bieber – Quavious Marshall – Robert Brackins lll – Chancelor Bennett – Dwayne Carter Jr. – Nicholas Balding
Label: We the Best – Epic
Chart Rankings: In the US, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 charts, the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and the Rhythmic Charts. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified Triple Platinum for sales over 3 million copies. In the UK, ‘I’m the One’ topped the Singles Charts and was certified it Platinum by The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for sales over 600.000 copies. Worldwide the song topped the charts in 4 different countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Scotland. In Germany, it peaked at number 4 and in Netherlands it reached number 2 on the Dutch Top 40. ‘I’m the One’ received several certifications such as Triple Platinum in Sweden, Double Platinum in Australia, and Platinum in Belgium, Denmark, Italy and New Zealand.
Artist’s age on Release Date: Khaled Mohamed Khaled was 41, Justin Drew Bieber was 23, Quavious Keyate Marshall was 26, Chancellor Johnathan Bennett was 24 and Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. aka Lil Wayne was 34 years old.
Cover Versions: Dominik Klein – Emma Heesters – Macy Kate – Walk off the Earth – Bart Baker – Alexander Stewart – Ranz Kyle and Niana – Rajiv Dhall – Christian Collins and Madilyn Bailey – other amateur artists covered this song on Youtube.