As Long as You Love Me (Caleb Johnson song)

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"As Long as You Love Me"
As Long As You Love Me.jpg
Single by Caleb Johnson
from the album Testify
Released May 2014
Format Digital download
Recorded 2014
Genre Hard rock
Label 19
Songwriter(s) Justin Hawkins
Caleb Johnson singles chronology
"As Long as You Love Me"
(2014)
"Only One"
(2014)

"As Long as You Love Me"
(2014)
"Only One"
(2014)

"As Long as You Love Me" is the debut and coronation song for American rock singer and American Idol season thirteen winner, Caleb Johnson.[1] The song was written by The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins in 2010 and will serve as a bonus track from Johnson's debut album, Testify.[2] The song failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 making it the first American Idol winner's single to do so.

Background[edit]

"As Long as You Love Me"
Song by Mark Haze
from the album Where Angels Fear to Fly
Released 2012
Recorded 2012
Length 3:10
Label Universal Music South Africa
Songwriter(s) Justin Hawkins
Producer(s) Theo Crous

It was originally recorded in 2012 by an Idols South Africa finalist and season 7 runner-up Mark Haze, appearing on his debut album Where Angels Fear to Fly in 2012[3] It was produced by Theo Crous[4] and released on Universal Music South Africa.[5] although his recording of the song was never released in the United States.[6]

Original American Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson[6] also wanted the song, but was not able to record it in time and the license was granted to Caleb Johnson who laid down the track as his own winning song. Back in 2012, Hawkins told Yahoo Music, "I think she liked it," "Kelly Clarkson had a song [of mine] on hold, but unfortunately, within the lyrics, it talks about my mustache. So it needs a slight rewrite. She liked the tune, but I'm not sure if she was really feeling the subject matter." "The song was considered by Kelly, but ultimately 'unexploited', as we say in songwriting world."[7]

Chart performance[edit]

The song debuted at No. 41 on the Hot Rock Songs chart and No. 26 on the Rock Digital Songs chart. The song sold 10,000 copies in the US in its debut week.[8]

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