Young Forever

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For the album by Aberfeldy, see Young Forever (album). For the song by The Ready Set, see Feel Good Now (EP). For the song by Nicki Minaj, see Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.
"Young Forever"
Single by Jay-Z featuring Mr Hudson
from the album The Blueprint 3
Released January 11, 2010
Format Digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre Alternative hip hop
Length 4:14
Label Roc Nation
Writer(s)
  • Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter
  • Bernhard Lloyd
  • Marian Gold
  • Frank Mertens
Producer(s) Kanye West
Jay-Z singles chronology
"On to the Next One"
(2009)
"Young Forever"
(2010)
"Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)"
(2010)
Mr Hudson singles chronology
"White Lies"
(2009)
"Young Forever"
(2010)
"Playing with Fire"
(2010)

"Young Forever" is the fourth single by American hip hop rapper Jay-Z from his album The Blueprint 3 off the Roc Nation label. The song was produced by rapper Kanye West. It is a mild rework of Alphaville's 1984 song "Forever Young": the original melody is retained, Mr Hudson sings the original lyrics (primarily during the chorus), and Jay-Z raps in place of the verses.

It was released as the third official single in the United Kingdom ("Death of Auto-Tune" was never officially released there). In that country, the song was originally scheduled to be released on the same day as Mr Hudson's other collaboration with N-Dubz, "Playing with Fire", but the single was pushed back until January 25, 2010.

The song has been performed several times by Jay-Z accompanied by his wife, R&B singer Beyoncé in place of Mr Hudson, such as at the 2010 Coachella festival where Jay-Z was a headline act. Jay-Z brought out Beyoncé as a surprise guest and performed the closing song of the night. The couple also performed the song on New Year's Eve in 2010 at a concert at the Las Vegas Cosmopolitan Hotel.[1][2]

Background[edit]

"Young Forever" was first released in the UK on January 11, 2010. It was later serviced to Rhythm/Crossover and Top40/Mainstream radio stations in the United States on January 26and February 23, 2010 respectively.[3][4]

Music video[edit]

The music video was released on December 22, 2009 on Jay-Z's official YouTube channel.[5] Directed by Anthony Mandler, the video is black-and-white and shows various aspects of youth across America, intercut with scenes of Jay-Z and Mr Hudson performing the song, sometimes in concert. Singer Rita Ora makes a cameo appearance in the video. Concert scenes were filmed at Alexandra Palace, London on November 4, 2009.[6] The video is produced by Andrew Listermann of Riveting Entertainment.

Chart performance[edit]

After strong coverage on the radio throughout December 2009 and January 2010, "Young Forever" began to receive increasing digital downloads.

Following the release of the album, the song debuted at number seventy five on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached number forty one due to strong digital downloads the following week . Following its release as a single, the song re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number ninety seven and went on to peak at number ten, giving Jay-Z his 17th top ten single, reaching a new record previously shared with Ludacris as the rapper with the most Top 10 hits.[7]

In the United Kingdom, the single entered at number twenty seven on the UK Singles Chart. The next week, "Young Forever" climbed eight places to number nineteen. A few weeks later, the song peaked at number ten on the chart.

In Ireland, the single entered at number thirty six the Irish Singles Chart. A week later, "Young Forever" climbed five places in the chart to number thirty one. The single later climbed to its current peak of #14.

The song was the world's nineteenth most digitally sold song of the first half of 2010 with over 1,606,000 units sold,[8] as of July 2010 it has sold 2,050,000 copies.[9]

"Young Forever" was certified platinum in May 2012 by the Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana.[10] In 2014, following the performance of the song at the last two concerts in Paris, France on September 13 during the On the Run Tour, the song managed to debut on the French Singles Chart the following week at the position of 168.[11]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009–2010) Peak
position[12]
Australian Singles Chart 28
Belgian Ultratip (Flanders) Singles Chart[13] 3
Belgian Ultratip (Wallonia) Singles Chart[14] 4
Canadian Hot 100[15] 21
Dutch Top 40 2
Eurochart Hot 100[16] 28
French Singles Chart[17] 129
Irish Singles Chart 11
Israeli Airplay Chart[18] 9
Italian Singles Chart[19] 5
New Zealand Singles Chart[20] 32
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 20)[21] 1
Portugal Airplay Chart [22] 5
Slovakian Airplay Chart [23] 31
Swedish Singles Chart[24] 40
Swiss Singles Chart 44
UK Singles Chart 10
UK R&B Chart 2
US Billboard Hot 100 10
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[15] 86
US Pop Songs[15] 10
US Rap Songs[15] 16

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Position
UK Singles Chart[25] 199
Chart (2010) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[26] 50
Canadian Hot 100[27] 71
Italian Singles Chart[28] 32
UK Singles Chart[29] 100

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Radio Industry News, Music Industry Updates, Arbitron Ratings, Music News and more!". FMQB. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
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  13. ^ "Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart". Retrieved 2014-10-06. 
  14. ^ "Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart". Retrieved 2014-10-06. 
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  17. ^ "French Singles Chart". Retrieved 2014-10-06. 
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  21. ^ "Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Airplay Top 20. Retrieved 2011-12-10.
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  23. ^ ds. "Sns Ifpi". Ifpicr.cz. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  24. ^ "Swedish Singles Chart ''Sverigetopplistan''". Sverigetopplistan.se. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  25. ^ "Charts Plus Year end 2009" (PDF). Charts Plus. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  26. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/year-end/2010/hot-100-songs?begin=41&order=position
  27. ^ "Charts Year End: Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  28. ^ "FIMI - Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana - Ricerche e dati di mercato". Fimi.it. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  29. ^ http://www.ukchartsplus.co.uk/UKChartsPlusYE2010.pdf

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