If I Ever Fall in Love

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This article is about the song. For the album, see ...If I Ever Fall in Love.
"If I Ever Fall in Love"
Single by Shai
from the album ...If I Ever Fall in Love
Released September 28, 1992
Format CD Single
Recorded September 10, 1992 [1]
Genre R&B
Length 3:09
Label Gasoline Alley, MCA
Writer(s) Carl Martin
Shai singles chronology
"If I Ever Fall in Love"
(1992)
"Comforter"
(1993)
"If You Ever"
Single by East 17 featuring Gabrielle
from the album Around the World (the Journey so Far) and Gabrielle
Released September 1996
Format CD Single
Recorded 1996
Genre Pop, R&B, Soul
Length 4:15
Label Go Beat, Universal Records, London Records
Writer(s) Carl Martin
Producer(s) Mike Rose & Nicholas Foster
East 17 chronology
"Someone to Love"
(1996)
"If You Ever"
(1996)
"Hey Child"
(1997)
Gabrielle chronology
"If You Really Cared"
(1997)
"If You Ever"
(1997)
"Walk On By"
(1997)
Alternative cover
UK CD: 2 cover. Limited edition format.
"If You Ever"
Single by AVRI feat. Noam
Released 12 October 2010
Format CD Single
Recorded 2009
Genre Pop, Dance, House
Length 4:32
Label KULT RECORDS
Writer(s) Carl Martin
Producer(s) Avri Levi

"If I Ever Fall in Love" is an a cappella song by Shai, which reached #2 in the US charts in 1992, and spent one week at number-one on the US R&B chart.[1] Its eight weeks at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, which was held off from the top slot due to the massive success of "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston, in the US meant that it held the record for the second-most weeks at number two in the chart's history at the time, behind Foreigner's "Waiting for a Girl Like You". The record has since been equalled and surpassed, and "If I Ever Fall In Love" is now in joint ninth place with a number of more recent songs.

The song was also their only Top 40 hit in the UK, peaking at #36.[2]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1992/1993) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[3] 2
U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[3] 1
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[4] 4
Canadian Singles Chart[5] 53
Dutch Top 40[4] 11
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart[4] 5
UK Singles Chart[2] 36

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1993) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[6] 7

End of decade charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[7] 66

East 17 and Gabrielle version[edit]

"If I Ever Fall In Love" was covered in 1996 as a duet by East 17 and Gabrielle (with a backing track), and renamed "If You Ever". It reached #2 in the UK, behind Say You'll Be There by the Spice Girls, and #4 in Latvia. It was also one of only three songs by Gabrielle to reach the Top 20 in Australia, peaking at #16.

The song was the first single from East 17's first Greatest Hits compilation Around the World Hit Singles: The Journey So Far, and was also the fourth single from Gabrielle's second self-titled album. It was the highest charting single from both aforementioned albums. The song was also the 11th biggest selling boyband single of the 1990s in the UK selling 510,000 copies and has received a Gold sales status certification.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Belgian (Wallonia) Chart 35
Danish Singles Chart 9
Dutch Singles Chart 38
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[8] 17
French Singles Chart 19
German Singles Chart 31
Irish Singles Chart 4
Japanese Singles Chart[9] 11
Swedish Singles Chart 5
Swiss Singles Chart 20
UK Singles Chart 2

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1996) Position
UK Singles Chart 18

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified
UK[10] Gold 1996 510,000

Track listings[edit]

UK CD 1 (LONCD 388)

  1. "If You Ever" (Smoove 7" mix)
  2. "If You Ever" (Ruff mix)
  3. "Deep" (live)
  4. "Steam" (live)

UK CD 2 (LOCDP 388)

  1. "If You Ever" (Smoove 7" Mix)
  2. "Stay Another Day" (live)
  3. "Around the World" (live)
  4. "It's Alright" (live)

AVRI Feat. Noam Version[edit]

"If I Ever Fall In Love" was covered again in 2010 by AVRI and his vocalist Noam. Yet again it was renamed "If You Ever". The song was the first single of AVRI in the American dance label "KULT RECORDS".

Track listings[edit]

  1. "If You Ever" (Radio Mix)
  2. "If You Ever" (Extended Mix)
  3. "If You Ever" (Micky Friedmann & Alex Botar Remix)
  4. "If You Ever" (Acapella)

Other cover versions[edit]

  • Rapper Lil Romeo sampled the song's chorus on his song "My Cinderella" (2004).
  • Overboard (Castaways, 2008).
  • JLS - it was used as their audition piece on The X Factor and has been a subsequent a cappella feature of their live sets.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 519. 
  2. ^ a b Warwick, Neil; Kutner, Jon; Brown, Tony (2004). The Complete Book Of The British Charts (3rd ed.). London: Omnibus Press. p. 977. ISBN 978-1-84449-058-5. 
  3. ^ a b "Shai - Charts & Awards - Billboard Singles". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  4. ^ a b c "Shai - 'If I Ever Fall in Love'". Ultratop. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  5. ^ "RPM 100 Singles". RPM (RPM Music Publications Ltd.) 57 (3). 1993-01-30. ISSN 0315-5994. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  6. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1993". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  7. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  8. ^ http://books.google.ca/books?id=tQkEAAAAMBAJ&lr=&rview=1
  9. ^ Oricon Singles Chart Oricon Singles Chart (Retrieved 2 November 2012)
  10. ^ UK certifications Bpi.co.uk (Retrieved 30 March 2009)

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