Forever and for Always

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"Forever and for Always"
Single by Shania Twain
from the album Up!
B-side "Nah!"[1]
Released April 7, 2003 (Country)
August 4, 2003 (U.S. Pop)
Format Maxi single, 5" CD single, 3.5" CD single
Recorded 2002
Genre Country, pop, world
Length 4:04
Label Mercury Nashville
Writer(s) Robert John "Mutt" Lange, Shania Twain
Producer(s) Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Certification Gold (U.S.)
Shania Twain singles chronology
"Ka-Ching!"
(2003)
"Forever and for Always"
(2003)
"Thank You Baby! (For Makin' Someday Come So Soon)"
(2003)

"Forever and for Always" is a song co-written and recorded by Canadian country music singer Shania Twain. It was the third country single from her album Up!. The song was written by Mutt Lange and Twain. The single was released in the United States radio on April 7, 2003. The video debuted on Country Music Television on April 26, 2003. The song was also used for Febreze: Scentstories promotion, in which Twain took part. In 2006, "Forever and for Always" was certified gold for 500,000 digital downloads in the U.S. by the RIAA.[2]

"Forever and for Always" was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2004, Best Country Song and Best Female Country Vocal Performance; however it lost in both categories. The song was also named Song of the Year at both the 2004 BMI Country Songwriter Awards and 2004 European BMI Awards.[3]

Background[edit]

Twain said there is something inspirational to her about people who start relationships when they are kids, and are still in love when they are older.[4] Twain really enjoyed doing the video for the song, because she was able to realize that visually.[4] She said it is one of her favorite songs.[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Forever and for Always" was shot at Bethells Beach in New Zealand in March 2003. It was directed by Paul Boyd, who shot her "When You Kiss Me" video around the same time also in New Zealand. It debuted on Country Music Television (CMT) on April 26, 2003. The video shows two children at the beach together, then shows them as teens, and eventually seniors, visualizing the theme of the song of staying together forever. The video was released with both the 'red' and 'green' versions, with each also having an 'all performance' video of Shania at the beach alone. The video released a 'blue' version internationally as well. The video won the Female Video of the Year Award at the 2004 CMT Flameworthy Awards, and was nominated for Video of the Year at the 2003 Canadian Country Music Awards, but lost to another song by Twain, "I'm Gonna Getcha Good!". The video is available on select singles and the DVD-Audio version of Up!.

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard magazine contrasted the song against the previous two singles saying it "relies less on cutesy gimmicks (and exclamation marks) and focuses thematically on steadfast love", while comparing it to Shania's earlier singles "From This Moment On" and "You're Still the One".[5] About.com ranked the song 95th for the top 100 pop songs of 2003.[6]

Chart performance[edit]

"Forever and for Always" debuted on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart the week of April 12, 2003 at number 60. The single spent 26 weeks on the chart and climbed to a peak position of number four on September 6, 2003, where it remained for one week. "Forever and for Always" became Twain's 14th top ten single and 19th top 20 single.

On the adult contemporary chart, "Forever and for Always" debuted at number 30 the week of May 10, 2003. The single spent 77 weeks on the chart and slowly climbed to a peak position of number one on November 15, 2003, where it remained for six non-consecutive weeks. "Forever and for Always" became Twain's third number one, sixth top ten single and seventh consecutive top 20 single.

Twain's fourth most successful single on the Billboard Hot 100 is "Forever and for Always". It debuted on May 24, 2003, at number 75. It spent 23 weeks on the chart and peaked at number 20 on September 6, 2003, where it remained for one week. The single reached number 17 on the airplay chart. "Forever and for Always" became Twain's fourth top 20 single, and ninth top 40 single.

"Forever and for Always" proved to be successful internationally, becoming Twain's fifth biggest single in the UK. It debuted on June 14, 2003, at its peak at number six. This made it her seventh consecutive, eighth overall, top ten single. It remained on the entire chart for 10 weeks.[7] In all, "Forever and for Always" hit the top ten in six countries: Austria, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Romania, and the UK.

Official versions[edit]

Audio versions[edit]

  • Red Album Version (4:43)
  • Green Album Version (4:43)
  • Blue Album Version (4:51)
  • Red Radio Edit (4:03)
  • Green Radio Edit (4:03)
  • Live from Up! Live in Chicago

Video versions[edit]

  • Red Video
  • Green Video

Release history[edit]

Country Release date
United States (country version) April 7, 2003 (2003-04-07)
United Kingdom June 2, 2003 (2003-06-02)
Canada June 24, 2003 (2003-06-24)
Australia July 7, 2003 (2003-07-07)
United States (pop version) August 4, 2003 (2003-08-04)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[8] 45
Austrian Singles Chart 6
Canadian Singles Chart 5
Dutch Singles Chart[9] 44
European Hot 100 14
German Singles Chart 9
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[10] 37
Irish Singles Chart 6
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart[11] 17
Polish Airplay Chart 27
Romanian Singles Chart 8
Swiss Singles Chart[12] 26
UK Singles Chart 6
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 20
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[14] 4
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[15] 1
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[16] 30

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[17] 57
US Country Songs (Billboard)[18] 14

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 196. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ http://www.riaa.com/gp/database/default.asp RIAA website
  3. ^ http://www.shaniatwain.com/about-awards.asp Shania Twain awards
  4. ^ a b c Twain, Shania (2004). Up! Close and Personal (DVD). Universal Music Group Nashville. 
  5. ^ Billboard, May 3, 2003
  6. ^ Lamb, Bill. "Top 100 Pop Songs 2003". About.com. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  7. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20110719105647/http://www.chartstats.com/songinfo.php?id=26081 Chart Stats
  8. ^ Australia Singles Chart Peaks "Forever and for Always". Australian-Charts. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  9. ^ "Forever and for Always". Dutch Charts. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  10. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ – Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 2010-12-08.
  11. ^ "Forever and for Always". New Zealand Charts. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  12. ^ "Forever and for Always". Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  13. ^ "Shania Twain Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Shania Twain.
  14. ^ "Shania Twain Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Shania Twain.
  15. ^ "Shania Twain Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Shania Twain.
  16. ^ "Shania Twain Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Shania Twain.
  17. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 2003". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  18. ^ "Best of 2003: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2003. Retrieved July 13, 2012. 
Preceded by
"Drift Away" by Uncle Kracker
"Calling All Angels" by Train
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single by
November 15, 2003 (first run)
December 6–13, 2003 (second run)
February 14, 2004 (third run)
February 28 - March 6, 2004 (fourth run)
Succeeded by
"Drift Away" by Uncle Kracker
"Unwell" by Matchbox 20
"Calling All Angels" by Train
"You Raise Me Up" by Josh Groban