Promises (Nero song)

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Single by Nero
from the album Welcome Reality
Released 5 August 2011
Format Digital download, 12" vinyl
Genre Dubstep, electropop, drum and bass, electro house, breakbeat
Length 4:17
Label MTA Records, Mercury
Writer(s) Daniel Stephens, Joe Ray, Alana Watson
Producer(s) Nero
Nero singles chronology
"Crush on You"

"Promises" is a song by the British electronic trio Nero from their debut album, Welcome Reality. It was released as the fourth single from the album on 5 August 2011. The song debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the group's first chart-topping single.[1] It sold 46,700 copies in its first week, the lowest first-week sales for a number one in 97 weeks.[2] ‘Promises‘ has been nominated for an Ivor Novello Award in the category of Best Contemporary Song. The song was also featured on an HP laptop television commercial in the United Kingdom, France, United States and Latin America, giving it a broader audience and more recognition. Additionally, it was also featured in trailers from the video game Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. At the later, also featured in the 2013 video game Saints Row IV.

Music video[edit]

A music video to accompany the release of "Promises", directed by Ben Newman, was uploaded to YouTube on 7 July 2011 at a total length of four minutes and sixteen seconds.[3] It shows a woman in a dystopian regimented future society with mandatory drug consumption. What looks very much like the movie Equilibrium. By March 2013, it had surpassed 20 million YouTube hits.

Critical reception[edit]

Robert Copsey of Digital Spy gave the song a positive review stating:

"Promises, and they still feel oh so wasted on myself," she admits with her high-wired vocals over a thick, head-banging melody, fuzzy synths and pulsating basslines wobblier than our man's dodgy left knee. The result is the sharpest, most head-spinning of their releases to date - and given that we're in the year of dubstep-goes-pop, should leave fans fully equipped to handle the g-force levels of their first long player. 4/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download EP
No. Title Length
1. "Promises"   4:17
2. "Promises" (Skrillex & Nero Remix) 4:28
3. "Promises" (Calvin Harris Remix) 5:59
4. "New Life"   4:33

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2011-12) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[5] 33
Australian Dance (ARIA)[6] 9
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[7] 58
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[8] 27
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[9] 7
France (SNEP)[10] 89
Germany (Media Control Charts)[11] 67
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[12] 26
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[13] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 34
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[15] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[17] 42


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[18] Gold 35,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[19] Gold 7,500*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Ireland[20] 5 August 2011 Digital download MTA Records, Mercury Records
United Kingdom[22]


  1. ^ "Nero delivers Promises". The Official Charts Company. 14 August 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Jones, Alan (15 August 2011). "Nero continue UK domination with Promises". Music Week. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Nero - Promises - Official Video YouTube". 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2011-09-01. 
  4. ^ Robert Copsey. "Nero: 'Promises'". Digital Spy. 
  5. ^ " – Nero – Promises". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Nero – Promises –" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  8. ^ " – Nero – Promises" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  9. ^ " – Nero – Promises" (in French). Ultratip.
  10. ^ " – Nero – Promises" (in French). Les classement single.
  11. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche –" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  12. ^ " – Nero – Promises". Top 40 Singles.
  13. ^ "Archive Chart". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  14. ^ "Nero – Promises –". Swiss Singles Chart.
  15. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Dance Chart.
  16. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "Nero Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Nero.
  18. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2012 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  20. ^ Promises - EP by Nero iTunes
  21. ^ "Promises - EP by Nero iTunes". Retrieved 2011-09-01. 
  22. ^ "Promises - EP by Nero iTunes". 2011-08-05. Retrieved 2011-09-01. 

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