Forward (song)

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Song by Beyoncé featuring James Blake
from the album Lemonade
RecordedConway Studios, Los Angeles
  • James Blake
  • Beyoncé Knowles
  • Blake
  • Knowles
Lemonade track listing

"Forward " is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her sixth studio album, Lemonade (2016). It was written by James Blake and Beyoncé, who is also featured in the song. The song's music video is part of a one-hour film with the same title as its parent album, originally aired on HBO.

Upon release of the album, "Forward" charted in the United States, United Kingdom and Scotland. The song was Beyoncé's 54th entry on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at 63.[1]

Writing and recording[edit]

The song was written by James Blake, who is also the producer and featured artist, with additional collaboration from Beyoncé. In an interview for The Guardian, he revealed that Beyoncé had brought her four-year-old daughter Blue Ivy to hear him working. Every time Blake sang the song's hook, Blue Ivy sang: "Forward!" "That's how you know it's catchy," said Beyoncé.[2] The song was recorded at the Conway Studios in Los Angeles, California.[3] The instrumentalization consists of voice and piano, played by Blake.[3]

Commercial performance[edit]

After the release of Lemonade, "Forward" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 63 and the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at number 30.[1] The song also charted in other countries: France at 150, Scotland at 91, and the United Kingdom at 85.[1]


Chart (2016) Peak
Australia Urban Singles (ARIA)[4] 20
France (SNEP)[5] 150
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[6] 91
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 85
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[8] 32
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 63
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[10] 30


  1. ^ a b c "All 12 of Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' Tracks Debut on Hot 100". Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  2. ^ "James Blake: 'I'm the opposite of punk. I've subdued a generation'". The Guardian. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Beyonce's 'Lemonade': A Deep Dive Into the Star-Studded Album's Credits". Billboard. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  4. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 40 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  5. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés". SNEP. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  6. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  7. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  8. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  9. ^ "Desiigner Holds Off Drake Atop Hot 100, Prince & Beyonce Hit Top 10". Billboard. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  10. ^ "Beyonce Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 19, 2016.

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