I Wanna Love You Forever
|"I Wanna Love You Forever"|
|Single by Jessica Simpson|
|from the album Sweet Kisses|
|B-side||"I Can, I Will" "You Don't Know What Love Is" "Final Heartbreak" "Woman In Me" "I've Got My Eyes On You" "Your Faith In Me"|
|Released||September 28, 1999|
|Format||CD single, cassette single|
|Writer(s)||Louis Biancaniello, Sam Watters|
|Producer(s)||Louis Biancaniello, Sam Watters|
|Jessica Simpson singles chronology|
"I Wanna Love You Forever" is a song recorded by American recording artist Jessica Simpson for her debut studio album, Sweet Kisses (1999). The song was written by producers Louis Biancaniello and Sam Watters. The song was released on September 28, 1999 by the label as the lead single from the album. "I Wanna Love You Forever" is a darkly bittersweet love ballad which incorporates elements from pop and soul.
Upon its release, "I Wanna Love You Forever" received generally favorable reviews from contemporary music critics. Commercially, the single achieved international success, and established Simpson's name in the music industry. The song reached top 10 in every country it charted, and number three on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Simpson's first, and to date only, top ten single, and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), having sold more than 1.4 million copies in the country. To date, "I Wanna Love You Forever" has sold over 5 million copies worldwide.
An accompanying music video for "I Wanna Love You Forever" was directed by Bille Woodruff. An accompanying music video does not follow the dramatic story told in the song at all and instead centers on Jessica in a photo shoot.
The single is generally considered to be one of her signature songs, and is her most successful single in the United States to date.
Simpson first developed and nurtured her talent in her local Baptist church, where her father also worked as the congregation's youth minister. At age twelve, she unsuccessfully auditioned for The Mickey Mouse Club. While attending a church camp, at the age of 13, Simpson sang Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" and an arrangement of "Amazing Grace". One of the camp's visitors was launching a Gospel music record label and saw great promise and profits in her voice. It was during this time, while attending J. J. Pearce High School, Simpson signed to Proclaim Records, a minor Gospel music record label. She recorded an album, Jessica, but Proclaim went bankrupt and the album was never officially released except for a small pressing funded by her grandmother. This small pressing gained her minor attention which led her to performing at concerts with other gospel legendary acts such as Kirk Franklin, God's Property, and CeCe Winans. When she was sixteen years old, Columbia Records executive Tommy Mottola heard Jessica, he was impressed with Simpson’s musical talent and skill. Mottola instantly thought Simpson sounded like Mariah Carey. Simpson was immediately signed to the label. She dropped out of high school but later earned her GED.
Due to the mainstream success of teen pop artist Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, the label felt Simpson's debut album would perform just as well, if not better than Spears' and Aguilera's. Simpson immediately began working with producers such as Louis Biancaniello, Robbie Nevil, Evan Rogers, and Cory Rooney. Biancaniello worked with Simpson on three of the album's eleven tracks, including "I Wanna Love You Forever".
Even though Biancaniello and Watters are credited jointly for writing and composing the song, at present, it is not known exactly which of the two wrote its lyrics and which composed its music. According to the sheet music book published by Hal Leonard Corporation in Musicnotes.com, "I Wanna Love You Forever" is a common time signature song, with a beat rate of 132 beats per minute. It is set in the key of B minor with Simpson's voice ranging from the tonal nodes of F3 to F5, which is 2 octaves. The song follows a basic sequence of I–II–IV–II–VV progression.
"I Wanna Love You Forever" was released on September 28, 1999 in the United States. It was initially a success in late 1999 in North America. The single entered at number sixty-nine position on Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and is ranked at number three the following weeks, remaining in that position for five consecutive weeks, with a total of twenty weeks on the music list, eighteen of them among the top forty, the path is the third longest recorded so far by a single singer. The single also positioned number one for four consecutive weeks in the Hot 100 Singles Sales, being certified Platinum by the RIAA after overcoming 1,400,000 units sold. It also became Simpson's best-selling physical single to date.
The single also experienced a significant level of airplay, entering the top 20 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart. The single also became a huge success in the Top 40 radio, quickly entered the top ten positions of the Top 40 Tracks and Rhythmic Top 40, and was positioned at number one for five consecutive weeks in the Top 40 Mainstream.
Europe and Australia
In Europe "I Wanna Love You Forever" successfully entered the charts. The single was positioned at number six for 3 non-consecutive weeks on the Hot 100 Singles European, with fourteen weeks on the music list. In the United Kingdom the single entered directly into the top 10 on March 27, 2000; it managed to reach position number 7. The single stayed for eleven weeks in the music list, the second longest path recorded by a single singer after "These Boots Are Made for Walkin". In Sweden the single number five positions for three consecutive weeks, was certified Gold by the local IFPI have passed the 20,000 units sold, remained for twenty-two weeks on the music list, and became so far the most successful single singer. In Belgium the single entered on April 30, 2000 at the number seven position, remaining for two consecutive weeks.
In Oceania "I Wanna Love You Forever" was a resounding success. In Australia the single entered the February 15, 2000 at number twenty position, ascending in its fourth week of stay in the music list at number nine position, where it remained for two consecutive weeks. The single eventually stayed for five consecutive weeks in the top ten positions in the music list, was certified Platinum by the ARIA after passing 70,000. In New Zealand the single entered the February 14, 2000 at number forty-six position, ascending to the next week to the sixteenth position.
As her debut video, careful attention was made to make sure that Jessica's virginal image would be used as the "anti-sex appeal" to draw viewers in. Directed by Bille Woodruff, the video does not follow the dramatic story told in the song at all and instead centers on Jessica in a photo shoot. The photo shoot starts out with Ms. Simpson being photographed in front of a giant airplane as she wears a white outfit with a blue jacket. The song then shifts to a new scene in which Ms. Simpson has removed her jacket and is now in front of sunflowers.
The video seems to take things slowly, but in a dramatic turn of events, the sunflower scene is literally pushed over, to reveal the song's final scene: Simpson covered only in black on a dramatic soundstage lighted with blue lights. The video also features shots intercut with the making of the video of Jessica and her personal girlfriends. One of those girlfriends in the video is Jessica's little sister Ashlee Simpson. Although the video shoot is commonly believed to be a fake one, it appears that the video breaks the fourth wall as photos of the photographer taking photos apparently exist.
Jessica once spoke of the idea for a second video but this one was never made.
The video debuted on TRL on November 23, 1999 at #10.
|United States||September 28, 1999|
|Japan||November 26, 1999|
|Australia||February 7, 2000|
|Germany||February 14, 2000|
|Europe||February 14, 2000|
|United Kingdom||March 13, 2000|
Formats and track listings
These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "I Wanna Love You Forever".
US CD Single(Cat #38K 79262)
Australian CD Single(Cat #667803 2)
German Promo CD(Cat #SAMPCS 8276)
European CD Single (Cat #6688532)
UK CD Single (Cat #6691272)
UK CD 2 (Cat #6691275)
UK Cassette (Cat #6691274)
Soul Solution Remix Mexican Promo(Cat #PRCD 97956)
French Promo CD(Cat #SAMPCS 85151)
Charts and certifications
End of year charts
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