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
ReleasedMay 2014
FormatDigital download
Songwriter(s)Justin Hawkins
Caleb Johnson singles chronology
"As Long as You Love Me"
"Only One"

"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 served 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.


"As Long as You Love Me"
Song by Mark Haze
from the album Where Angels Fear to Fly
LabelUniversal 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]


  1. ^ iTunes: "As Long As You Love Me" - Caleb Johnson
  2. ^ Liberman, Mark. "Caleb Johnson's debut album has a title: 'Testify'". USA Today. Retrieved June 23, 2014.
  3. ^ Mark Haze News Archived May 22, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Mark haze website: Where Angels Fear to Fly Archived February 26, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ iTunes: Where Angels Fear to Fly - Mark Haze
  6. ^ a b American Idol Net: Caleb Johnson - "As Long As You Love Me" – American Idol Top 2
  7. ^ Parker, Lyndsey (May 20, 2014). "As Long As You Love Me" Originally Pitched to Kelly Clarkson". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 23, 2014.
  8. ^ Emily White (May 29, 2014). "Coldplay Collects Third No. 1 On Top Rock Albums". Billboard.

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