Swear It Again

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"Swear It Again"
Single by Westlife
from the album Westlife
B-side "Forever"
Released 12 April 1999
Format CD single, cassette
Recorded Rokstone Studios, London
Genre Pop
Length 4:07
Label BMG, RCA
Writer(s) Steve Mac, Wayne Hector
Producer(s) Steve Mac
Certification Platinum (UK)
Gold (U.S.)
Westlife singles chronology
"Swear It Again"
(1999)
"If I Let You Go"
(1999)
Music video
"Swear It Again" on YouTube
Music video
"Swear It Again (Car Wash Version)" on YouTube

"Swear It Again" is a song by Irish boy band Westlife, released as the first single from their debut album Westlife. It peaked at number one in the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in May 1999.[1] It moved to 182,000 units in the first two weeks of its release and spent 13 weeks on the charts.[2] This made it the first of fourteen UK number-one singles. To date, it is Westlife's only single to have charted in the U.S., peaking at number 20 and number 75 on the Billboard Hot 100 Year End Chart in 2000. The song was performed live on Miss Teen USA 2000. The single has sold over 365,000 copies to date in the UK and the US and also achieved gold status there.[3][4]

Background[edit]

"Swear It Again" is notable for being, along with "Flying Without Wings", one of the first two songs that Steve Mac wrote for both Westlife and Simon Cowell. The success of the two tracks led to Mac becoming Cowell's first choice producer and songwriter.[5] The song's B-side, "Forever", was a significant choice because it was the song - as originally recorded by Damage - that first alerted Cowell to the talent of Steve Mac and then led to the producer working with Westlife.[5]

Music video[edit]

The British video features the band in a mini theatre, singing on a stage fitted with lighting panel flooring while facing a screen with black and white videos of their studio recording process. This version was directed by Wayne Isham and aired in May 1999.[6] The United States video features the band at a car wash and subsequently washing a white car. This version was directed by Nigel Dick and aired in June 2000.[6]

Tours performed at[edit]

  • Where Dreams Come True Tour (2001)
  • World of Our Own Tour (2002)
  • Unbreakable Tour (2003)
  • Turnaround Tour (2004)
  • The Number Ones Tour (2005)
  • Face To Face Tour (2006)
  • Back Home Tour (2008)
  • Where We Are Tour (2010)
  • The Farewell Tour (2012)

Track listing[edit]

  • United Kingdom
CD1
  1. "Swear It Again" (Radio Edit) - 4:04
  2. "Forever" - 5:05
  3. "Interview" (Video)
CD2
  1. "Swear It Again" (Radio Edit) - 4:04
  2. "Swear It Again" (Rokstone Mix) - 4:07
  3. "Interview" (Audio) - 3:36
  • Japan
  1. "Swear It Again" (Radio Edit) - 4:04
  2. "Until The End Of Time" - 3:12
  3. "Forever" - 5:05
  4. "Everybody Knows" (Demo Version) - 4:09
  5. "Let's Make Tonight Special" - 4:57
  6. "Don't Calm The Storm" - 3:47
  7. "Interview" (Audio) - 3:36
  • America
  1. "Swear It Again" (Radio Edit) - 4:04
  2. "Album Snippet Medley" - 4:55

Release history[edit]

Region Date
United Kingdom 12 April 1999 (1999-04-12)
United States February 25, 2000 (2000-02-25)

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"...Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears
Irish IRMA number one single
3 April 1999 - 8 May 1999 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"No Scrubs" by TLC
Preceded by
"Sometimes" by Britney Spears
New Zealand Singles Chart
25 July 1999 to 1 August 1999 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"If You Had My Love" by Jennifer Lopez
Preceded by
"Perfect Moment" by Martine McCutcheon
UK Singles Chart
25 April 1999 - 9 May 1999 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"I Want It That Way" by Backstreet Boys

Personnel[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

American boyband, WoW, has a remake of the song which became the band's single in mid-2010. The band also supported Westlife on their 2010 world tour, Where We Are.

References[edit]

External links[edit]