Always Remember Us This Way

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"Always Remember Us This Way"
Single by Lady Gaga
from the album A Star Is Born
ReleasedJanuary 4, 2019 (2019-01-04)
Recorded2017
StudioEastWest Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
VenueCoachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
Genre
Length3:30
3:26 (radio edit)
LabelInterscope
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Lady Gaga singles chronology
"Shallow"
(2018)
"Always Remember Us This Way"
(2019)
"I'll Never Love Again"
(2019)
Music video
"Always Remember Us This Way" on YouTube

"Always Remember Us This Way" is a song from the 2018 film A Star Is Born and its soundtrack of the same name, performed by the film's star Lady Gaga. It received a limited released starting January 4, 2019 as the second single from the soundtrack in selected territories. The song was written by Lady Gaga, Natalie Hemby, Hillary Lindsey, and Lori McKenna, and produced by Dave Cobb and Lady Gaga.

The song has received widespread critical acclaim and has reached the top of the record chart in Iceland and the top ten in Belgium (both Flanders and Wallonia), Hungary, Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Sweden and Switzerland, the digital charts of Luxembourg, Slovakia and the combined European chart. The track has also reached the top twenty in Denmark, Estonia, France, Malaysia, and on the digital chart of Czech Republic. It also reached the top twenty of the Australian and New Zealand charts, while achieving Platinum certification from the respective governing bodies.

The song received a nomination for the Grammy Award for Song of the Year,[1] the second Song of the Year nomination from the album preceding "Shallow" which was nominated for the year before.

Background and release[edit]

Natalie Hemby smiling while looking to her left.
Lori McKenna singing onstage.
Hillary Lindsey singing onstage.
Natalie Hemby, Lori McKenna, and Hillary Lindsey (left to right) co-wrote the song with Lady Gaga.

"Always Remember Us This Way" was written by Lady Gaga, Natalie Hemby, Hillary Lindsey, and Lori McKenna, and produced by Dave Cobb and Gaga.[2][3] It also features background vocals from Hemby, Lindsey and McKenna.[4] Bradley Cooper had approached Cobb for crafting the sound of the album, after listening to the latter's work. Cobb flew out to Los Angeles and met Gaga and Cooper for a writing session. He played the track "Maybe It's Time" (written by singer-songwriter Jason Isbell), which impressed Gaga and Cooper and set the tone for the soundtrack. They asked Hemby, Lindsey and McKenna to come down to Los Angeles and start composing tracks.[5]

"Always Remember Us This Way" was released to Italian radios on January 4, 2019.[6] A music video for the song was released previously, showing the sequence from the film when Gaga sings the track after being introduced by Jackson onstage, who sweetly tells her, "I love you, I'll always remember us this way". A vertical-shaped version of the clip was released to Spotify.[7] Brooke Bajgrowicz from Billboard explained that the "reflective video" showed Ally and Jackson "falling in love with each other", while interspersed with scenes of the couple going on a motorbike ride, kissing in a parking lot and performing music together. The clip ends with the crowd chanting Ally’s name, and Jackson walks over to embrace her.[8]

Recording and composition[edit]

The song was mixed at Electric Lady Studios in New York City.

"Always Remember Us This Way" was recorded immediately after the songwriters finished composing it. They also provided backing vocals as Gaga recorded her vocals in the studio. Cobb said, "It was pure magic when that went down and you can hear it in the film—the energy and the excitement that was happening. It's amazing to hear that kind of voice come through headphones." Lindsey, who had previously collaborated with Gaga on her fifth studio album, Joanne (2016), recalled that the singer had imbibed in the character of Ally she was playing in the film completely. "She was living in the hurt and ache of Ally losing the love of her life. We all just wanted to hug her. She was so broken up and in so much raw pain," Lindsey added.[5] McKenna described the songwriting as a powerful moment because the lyrics made them all tearful, and they decided that if "Maybe It's Time" was Cooper's character Jackson's song, then "Always Remember Us This Way" belonged with Ally.[9]

According to Cobb it was magical when "[Gaga] got in the vocal booth on the microphone and the writers were in the control room. I was playing with the band, and it just happened. Her voice was as big as the house. All of us had goosebumps. That happens very seldomly."[9] The song is a piano-driven country ballad,[10][11] which is "pushed along" by Gaga's raw, powerful vocals.[8] Following the first verse being on piano, the guitars and drums kick in from the second verse and Gaga's vocals build up to the final chorus uttering the lines, "When the sun goes down/ And the band won't play/ I'll always remember us this way".[12] The song is composed in the time signature of common time and is performed in the key of A minor with a slow tempo of 65 beats per minute. It follows a chord progression of Am–F–C–G, and the vocals span from G3 to E5.[13]

Critical reception[edit]

The song received universal acclaim. Jon Pareles of The New York Times describe the song as a "hushed-to-heroic", Elton John-inspired "showstopper".[14] Rolling Stone's Brittany Spanos and The Washington Post's Emily Yahr called the song "explosive" and "haunting", respectively.[3][15] Maeve McDermott of Chicago Sun-Times said "Always Remember Us This Way" was the soundtrack's "most intriguing entry".[4] The paper's Patrick Ryan said the song "ranks up there with 2009's "Speechless" and 2013's "Dope" as one of Gaga's best ballads".[10] The Plain Dealer's Joey Morona wrote, "Her considerable vocal prowess and control are ... on full display on the heartfelt slow jam".[16]

Chart performance[edit]

Following the soundtrack's release "Always Remember Us This Way" debuted at number-two on the US Digital Songs chart.[17] The song consecutively debuted at number 41 on the Billboard Hot 100 along with four other tracks from the album charting.[18] It was present on the chart for a total of nine weeks.[19] As of February 2019, the track has sold 248,000 copies in the United States and accumulated 71 million streams.[20] The track debuted at number 32 on the Canadian Hot 100 while entering their Digital Songs chart at number-two.[21][22] In Australia, the song entered the ARIA Singles Chart at number 18, and by next week reached a peak of number 12.[23] The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) certified it Platinum for selling over 70,000 units in the country.[24] Similarly in New Zealand, the song entered the singles at number 39, and after a few weeks reached a peak of number 14.[25] The Recorded Music NZ (RMNZ) certified it Platinum for selling over 30,000 units in the country.[26]

"Always Remember Us This Way" entered the UK Singles Chart at number 39 with sales of 11,029 units on the chart dated October 12, 2018.[27] By its third week on the chart, the track had moved up to reach a peak of number 25 while selling 16,815 units, being present within the top 100 for eleven weeks.[28][29] As of February 2020, it has sold 69,800 downloads and acquired 55.7 million streams in the country. [30]

In Ireland the song reached number three on the chart in its third week. That same week first single "Shallow" held the top-spot on the Irish Singles Chart while album track "I'll Never Love Again" also reached the top-ten.[31][32] "Always Remember Us This Way" also reached the top-ten of the charts in Scotland, Sweden and Switzerland (number-one in the french-speaking part of Romandie), in the latter two in the same week.[33][34][35]

Cover versions[edit]

American singer Sabrina Carpenter covered the song on piano and uploaded a black-and-white video, where she sang the first verse and chorus.[36] In January 2019, the song was performed on Indonesian television MNCTV by singer Yohana Tarigan, during the live duet sections of the third season of Rising Star Indonesia reality competition. Tarigan's duet partner Igan Andhika sang "You Are the Reason" by Calum Scott.[37]

In January 2020, singer Zorah Lagerwerf sang the song during the first round of The Voice of Holland.[38]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of A Star Is Born.[39]

Management[edit]

Personnel[edit]

  • Lady Gaga – songwriter, producer, primary vocals, piano
  • Natalie Hemby – songwriter
  • Hillary Lindsey – songwriter
  • Lori McKenna – songwriter
  • Dave Cobb – producer
  • Gena Johnson – recording
  • Eddie Spear – recording
  • Bo Bodnar – recording assistant
  • Benjamin Rice – additional recording
  • Tom Elmhirstmixing
  • Brandon Bost – mixing engineer
  • Randy Merrill – audio mastering
  • Chris Powell – drums
  • Brian Allen – bass
  • Maestro Lightford – keyboards
  • LeRoy Powell – steel pedal guitar

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[24] Platinum 70,000double-dagger
Belgium (BEA)[83] Platinum 40,000*
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[84] Platinum 90,000double-dagger
France (SNEP)[85] Diamond 333,333double-dagger
Italy (FIMI)[86] Platinum 50,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[26] Platinum 30,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[87] 3× Platinum 180,000double-dagger
Portugal (AFP)[88] Platinum 10,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[89] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[90] Platinum 248,000[20]

*sales figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Release date and format for "Always Remember Us This Way"
Region Date Format Label Ref.
Italy January 4, 2019 Contemporary hit radio Universal [6]

See also[edit]

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