Forever Love (Gary Barlow song)

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"Forever Love"
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Single by Gary Barlow
from the album Open Road
A-side "Forever Love"
B-side "I Miss It All"
Released 8 July 1996
Format CD
Recorded 1996
Genre Pop
Length 4:36
Label BMG
Songwriter(s) Gary Barlow
Producer(s) Gary Barlow
Gary Barlow singles chronology
"Forever Love"
(1996)
"Love Won't Wait"
(1997)
"Forever Love"
(1996)
"Love Won't Wait"
(1997)

"Forever Love" is the debut solo single released by British singer-songwriter Gary Barlow, taken from his debut solo album Open Road (1997). The song was also used as the official theme for the film The Leading Man (1996).

Chart performance[edit]

The song entered the UK Singles Chart at number one where it stayed for one week, before being dethroned by the Spice Girls' debut hit Wannabe; thus making Barlow the first member of Take That to top the charts with a solo record. It remained in the Top 75 for a total of 16 weeks[1] selling 512,294 copies and being certified as Gold by the BPI.[2]

Music video[edit]

The official music video of Forever Love is shot in black and white and begins with Gary Barlow waking up alone and looking out of a window which critics believe symbolises the start of a new chapter in Barlow's career. He is then shown to partake in a number of day-to-day activities and finally ends up in a downtown cafe where he witnesses all types of love that exist between people before returning to his studio.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Forever Love" - 4:36
  2. "I Miss It All" - 4:02
  3. "Forever Love" (Instrumental) - 4:37

Charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
Position
Australia (ARIA)[4] 7
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 75)[5] 11
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Vlaanderen)[6] 5
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonie)[7] 4
Denmark (Tracklisten)[8] 3
Europe (Top 100)[9] 3
Finland (SNEP)[10] 6
France (SNEP)[11] 27
Germany (Media Control AG)[11] 5
Iceland (Tonlist)[12] 38
Ireland (IRMA)[13] 3
Italy (FIMI)[4] 5
Japan (Oricon)[14] 8
Latvia (EHR)[15] 1
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[16] 6
Norway (VG-lista)[17] 9
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[18] 2
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[19] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[20] 12
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 5
Taiwan (IFPI)[22] 1
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)[23] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[24] Platinum 70,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[25] 2× Platinum 40,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[26] Gold 400,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ChartArchive - The Chart Archive". Chartstats.com. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  2. ^ [1] Archived 24 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Gary Barlow - Forever Love". YouTube. 2011-12-18. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  4. ^ a b Steffen Hung. "Gary Barlow - Love Won't Wait". italiancharts.com. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  5. ^ Steffen Hung. "Gary Barlow - Forever Love". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  6. ^ "Gary Barlow - Open Road". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  7. ^ "Gary Barlow - Open Road". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  8. ^ "Hits of the World: Denmark (IFPI/Nielsen Marketing Research) 08/17/96". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. 108 (33): 55. 31 August 1996. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  9. ^ Billboard - Google Books. 2000-01-01. Retrieved 2014-03-31 – via Google Books. 
  10. ^ Steffen Hung. "Discography Gary Barlow". finnishcharts.com. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  11. ^ a b "Charts-Surfer". Charts-surfer.de. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  12. ^ "Tonlist Top 40". DV. Retrieved 2017-02-09. 
  13. ^ Jaclyn Ward - Fireball Media Group. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  14. ^ Oricon Singles Chart Oricon Singles Chart (Retrieved 2 November 2012)
  15. ^ "M-1 TOP 40". M-1.fm. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  16. ^ Steffen Hung. "Discografie Gary Barlow". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  17. ^ Steffen Hung. "Discography Gary Barlow". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  18. ^ "Archive Chart: 1996-07-14". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  19. ^ [2][dead link]
  20. ^ Steffen Hung. "Discography Gary Barlow". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  21. ^ Steffen Hung. "Discography Gary Barlow". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  22. ^ "IFPI Taiwan - Single Top 10 (1996/01)". Web.archive.org. 1998-02-24. Archived from the original on 1998-02-24. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  23. ^ "UK Top 40 Chart Archive, British Singles & Album Charts". Everyhit.com. 2000-03-16. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  24. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1997 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  25. ^ "Spanish single certifications – Gary Barlow – Forever Love" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España.  Select single under "Chart", enter 1997 in the field "Year". Select '' in the field "Semana". Click on "Search Charts"
  26. ^ "British single certifications – Gary Barlow – Forever Love". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Forever Love in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search

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