This Time I Know It's for Real

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"This Time I Know It's for Real"
Single by Donna Summer
from the album Another Place and Time
B-side "Whatever Your Heart Desires" (Europe)
"If It Makes You Feel Good" (U.S.)
Released March 31, 1989 (US)
Format 7" single, 12" single, CD single
Recorded 1988 at PWL, London
Genre Dance-pop, synthpop, house
Length 3:38
Label Warner Bros. (Europe), Atlantic (U.S.)
Writer(s) Donna Summer, Matt Aitken, Mike Stock, Pete Waterman
Producer(s) Donna Summer, Stock, Aitken & Waterman
Certification Gold (US)
Gold (UK)
Donna Summer singles chronology
"All Systems Go"
(1988)
"This Time I Know It's for Real"
(1989)
"I Don't Wanna Get Hurt"
(1989)

"This Time I Know It's for Real" is a song originally recorded by Donna Summer, and released in 1989 as the first single from her album Another Place and Time. Like the rest of the album, the song was written and produced by the British Stock Aitken & Waterman team, though Summer also had a hand in writing this song, as well as three other songs on the album from which this single was culled.

It became Summer's biggest hit in the UK since the 1970s (during which time she had been the most popular female disco artist), reaching number three[1] and spending a total of 14 weeks in the Top 75,[1] longer than any of her other singles there. It also reached #7 in both the U.S. (where it was certified Gold) and Canada, making it Summer's first transatlantic hit since 1979. It was her 14th and final US Top 10 hit. It was also the last Top 40 hit of Summer's career.

This was Summer's first U.S. single to be released on Atlantic Records, a division of Warner Bros. Records. Since 1980 she had been signed to Geffen (also a division of Warner Bros.) but her work across Europe had always been distributed by Warner Bros.' main label. This would continue to be the case following her signing to Atlantic.

The video was directed by Dieter Trattmann.

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 2004, British singer Kelly Llorenna reached number fourteen on the UK singles chart with her version of the song.[1]
  • The song was covered as a hi-NRG/eurodance version by Melanie Wilson on the compilation Almighty Presents: We Love Stock Aitken Waterman. An audio sample can be heard on the official Almighty Records website.[2]

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "This Time I Know It's for Real" — 3:34
  2. "Whatever Your Heart Desires" — 3:50
12" maxi
  1. "This Time I Know It's for Real" (extended version) — 7:20
  2. "Whatever Your Heart Desires" — 3:50
  3. "This Time I Know It's for Real" (instrumental) — 3:34

Charts and certifications[edit]

Young Divas version[edit]

"This Time I Know It's for Real"
Single by Young Divas
from the album Young Divas
Released May 6, 2006
Format CD single
Recorded 2006
Genre Dance-pop, house
Label Sony BMG
Writer(s) Donna Summer, Matt Aitken, Mike Stock, Pete Waterman
Producer(s) George Papapetros, Max Kourilov
Certification Platinum (ARIA)
Young Divas singles chronology
"This Time I Know It's for Real"
(2006)
"Happenin' All Over Again"
(2006)

Australian girl group Young Divas' covered "This Time I Know It's for Real" to coincide with nationwide tour dates from July to August 2006.[12] The song was produced by George Papapetros and Max Kourilov and released as a CD single on May 6, 2006 to attract attention for the tour.[13] "This Time I Know It's for Real" peaked at number two on the ARIA Singles Chart and spent 14 weeks in the top ten.[14] It was certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), for shipments of 70,000 copies. The song was later included on their self-titled debut album Young Divas. Due to an overwhelming response of the Young Divas' version of "This Time I Know It's for Real", a music video was filmed to accompany the song's release.[15]

Track listing[edit]

CD single[16]
  1. "This Time I Know It's for Real" (Radio Edit)
  2. "This Time I Know It's for Real" (Extended Remix)

Credits and personnel[edit]

Source[16]

Weekly chart[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
ARIA Singles Chart[14] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Rank
ARIA Singles Chart[17] 6
Australian Artists Singles Chart[18] 2

Certification[edit]

Country Certification
Australia (ARIA)[19] Platinum

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Roberts, David (Managing Editor) (2005), British Hit Singles & Albums (Edition 18), Guinness World Records Limited, ISBN 1-904994-00-8
  2. ^ http://www.almightyrecords.com/product/ALMYCD077/
  3. ^ a b c d "This Time I Know It's for Real", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved February 21, 2008)
  4. ^ Canadian Singles Chart [1] (RPM Magazine, July 31, 1989)
  5. ^ "dutchcharts.nl - Discografie Donna Summer". © 2006-2011 Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-03-14. 
  6. ^ German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved December 12, 2008)
  7. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved February 21, 2008)
  8. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved February 21, 2008)
  9. ^ a b c d Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved February 21, 2008)
  10. ^ UK certifications Bpi.co.uk (Retrieved December 12, 2008)
  11. ^ U.S. certifications riaa.com (Retrieved December 12, 2008)
  12. ^ "Australia's Fab Four Femmes Unleash The Young Divas!". Sony BMG. May 1, 2006. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  13. ^ "CD Releases: This Time I Know It's for Real". Sony BMG. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  14. ^ a b "Young Divas – This Time I Know It's for Real". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Young Divas Know It's For Real! Single Goes Gold; New Video Airs This Weekend". Sony BMG. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  16. ^ a b "Young Divas – This Time I Know It's for Real (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  17. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 100 Singles 2006". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  18. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 50 Australian Artist Singles 2006". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  19. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2006 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 


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