Don't Turn Around

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"Don't Turn Around"
B-side to "Typical Male" by Tina Turner from the album Break Every Rule
Released 1986
Genre Pop, rock
Length 4:16
Label Capitol
Writer Albert Hammond, Diane Warren
Producer Bryan Adams, Bob Clearmountain

"Don't Turn Around" is a popular song written by Albert Hammond and Diane Warren. It was originally recorded by Tina Turner as the B-side to the single "Typical Male" in 1986. Warren is said to have been disappointed that Turner's record company treated the song as a B-side and never included it on one of her albums. However it has since been included on the rarities disc of the 1994 compilation The Collected Recordings – Sixties to Nineties.

It has been covered by a number of artists, most notably Aswad in 1988 and Ace of Base in 1994.

Aswad version[edit]

"Don't Turn Around"
Single by Aswad
Released February 10, 1988 (1988-02-10)
Recorded 1987
Genre Pop, reggae
Length 3:51
Label Mango, Island
Writer(s) Albert Hammond, Diane Warren
Producer(s) Chris Porter
Aswad singles chronology
"Hooked On You"
(1987)
"Don't Turn Around"
(1988)
"Give a Little Love"
(1988)

British reggae group Aswad heard Luther Ingram's version and made a cover of it. It was released on February 10, 1988 and went to number one on the UK Singles Chart in March 1988.[1] It also reached number 45 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in the US that same year.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[2] 34
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 6
Germany (Official German Charts)[4] 29
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 4
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 5
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[8] 10
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[9] 13
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 1
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[11] 45

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[12] Silver 250,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales/streaming figures based on certification alone

Ace of Base version[edit]

"Don't Turn Around"
Single by Ace of Base
from the album Happy Nation and The Sign
B-side "Young and Proud"
Released March 15, 1994 (Europe)
May 3, 1994 (US)
July 1, 1994 (UK)
Format CD single, 12" single, 7" single
Recorded 1993;
Tuff Studios, Gothenburg, Sweden
Genre Pop, dance, reggae fusion
Length 3:51 (album Version)
Label Arista (US, Japan)
Mega (Europe)
Writer(s) Albert Hammond, Diane Warren
Producer(s) Tommy Ekman, Per Adebratt
Ace of Base singles chronology
"The Sign"
(1993)
"Don't Turn Around"
(1994)
"Living in Danger"
(1994)

In 1993, Swedish pop group Ace of Base recorded a minor key version of "Don't Turn Around" for their US debut album, The Sign. It was also included on the re-release of Happy Nation the same year. The song reached number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number five on the UK Singles Chart. Ace of Base filmed a music video, directed by Matt Broadley.

Track listing[edit]

  • UK CD single
  1. "Don't Turn Around" (The 7" Aswad Mix)
  2. "Don't Turn Around" (Stretch Version)
  3. "Young and Proud"
  • German 4-track CD
  1. "Don't Turn Around" (Radio Groove Mix)
  2. "Don't Turn Around" (The Aswad Mix)
  3. "Don't Turn Around" (Groove Mix Extended)
  4. "Happy Nation" (Moody Gold Mix)
  • European 2-CD set

CD 1:

  1. "Don't Turn Around"
  2. "Don't Turn Around" (Stretch Version)
  3. "Young and Proud"

CD 2:

  1. "Don't Turn Around" (The 7" Aswad Mix)
  2. "Don't Turn Around" (Turned Out Eurodub)
  3. "Don't Turn Around" (Groove Mix Extended)
  4. "Happy Nation" (Moody Gold Mix)

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Vocals by Linn Berggren, Jenny Berggren and Ulf Ekberg
  • Backing Vocals by Linn Berggren and Jenny Berggren
  • Written by Albert Hammond and Diane Warren
  • Produced by Tommy Ekman and Per Adebratt
  • Recorded and produced at Tuff Studios, Gothenburg
  • Mixed at Park Studios, Stockholm

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Germany (BVMI)[26] Gold 250,000^
United States (RIAA)[27] Gold 500,000[28]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Other cover version[edit]

Kim Goody released a single version in 1987. Despite being featured in several episodes of her Saturday morning show No. 73, the song failed to get into the UK Singles Chart.

Bonnie Tyler released her version on her 1988 album Hide Your Heart, while soul singer Luther Ingram had a US Billboard R&B chart No. 55 hit with his interpretation.

Loretta Chandler also sung this song on the "Mr. Wacky's World" episode of the 1980s TV show Fame (Ep. 6.8, 1986).

In 1990, a little-known rock band called Eyes, which featured Jeff Scott Soto on lead vocals, covered the song on their self-titled album. It was released under the Curb Records label.

In 1992, Neil Diamond recorded a version of "Don't Turn Around", which made the Top 20 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Also in 1992, Swedish pop singer Tone Norum recorded a version, which is included on her album, Don't Turn Around.

In 1998, the Argentinean dance-pop group El Simbolo recorded a Spanish language cover titled "No Llores Más" from their album No Pares.

In 2010, Albert Hammond, co-writer of the song, recorded the song for his album Legend.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 486. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Aswad – Don't Turn Around". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  3. ^ "Ultratop.be – Aswad – Don't Turn Around" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  4. ^ "Chartverfulgong > Aswad > Don't Turn Around – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  5. ^ "Chart Track: Week 1, 1988". Irish Singles Chart.
  6. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Aswad – Don't Turn Around" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  7. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Aswad – Don't Turn Around". Top 40 Singles.
  8. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Aswad – Don't Turn Around". VG-lista.
  9. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Aswad – Don't Turn Around". Swiss Singles Chart.
  10. ^ "Archive Chart: 1988-03-26" UK Singles Chart.
  11. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/aswad-mn0000603590/awards
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  14. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Ace of Base – Don't Turn Around" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
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  16. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5. 
  17. ^ "Lescharts.com – Ace of Base – Don't Turn Around" (in French). Les classement single.
  18. ^ "Chartverfulgong > Ace of Base > Don't Turn Around – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  19. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Ace of Base – Don't Turn Around" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  20. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Ace of Base – Don't Turn Around". Top 40 Singles.
  21. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Ace of Base – Don't Turn Around". Singles Top 60.
  22. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Ace of Base – Don't Turn Around". Swiss Singles Chart.
  23. ^ a b c d Allmusic. Ace of Base | Billboard Singles.
  24. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2014-03-30. 
  25. ^ "1994: Year-End USA Charts (Singles)". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2009-06-12.  (archived by Top40-Charts.com)
  26. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Ace Of Base; 'Don't Turn Around')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  27. ^ "American single certifications – Ace Of Base – Don't Turn Around". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 28, 2015.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  28. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1994". Billboard (BPI Communications) 107 (3): 57. January 21, 1995. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 5, 2015. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"I Should Be So Lucky" by Kylie Minogue
UK number one single (Aswad version)
March 20, 1988 (for 2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Heart" by Pet Shop Boys
Preceded by
"Breakaway" by Big Pig
New Zealand RIANZ number-one single (Aswad version)
June 5, 1988 (for 2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Alphabet Street" by Prince
Preceded by
"I Swear" by All-4-One
Canadian Singles Chart number-one single (Ace of Base version)
July 11, 1994 (for 1 week)
Succeeded by
"Wild Night" by John Mellencamp and Me'shell Ndegeocello