I Love You Always Forever

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"I Love You Always Forever"
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Single by Donna Lewis
from the album Now in a Minute
Released14 May 1996
Format
Recorded1995
GenrePop
Length
  • 3:59 (album version)
  • 3:24 (radio edit)
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)Donna Lewis
Producer(s)
  • Donna Lewis
  • Kevin Killen
Donna Lewis singles chronology
"I Love You Always Forever"
(1996)
"Fool's Paradise"
(1996)
Music video
"I Love You Always Forever" on YouTube

"I Love You Always Forever" is a song by British singer Donna Lewis from her debut album, Now in a Minute (1996). Written by Lewis, and produced by Lewis and Kevin Killen, it was released as the album's lead single in the United States on 14 May 1996 and in the UK on 22 August 1996.

The song was a commercial hit, peaking at number five on the UK Singles Chart and reaching the top ten in more than 15 countries, including Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Ireland and Norway. In the US, the song peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100, where it remained for nine weeks, having been blocked from number one by Los del Río's "Macarena". The song reached number one on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart for eleven weeks and the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart for eight weeks. It was certified Gold in France, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, the UK and the US, and it was certified Platinum in Australia.

In 2016, a cover version of the song by Australian pop singer Betty Who peaked at number six on the ARIA Singles Chart and topped the US Billboard Dance Club Songs chart.[1]

Background[edit]

Inspired by H. E. Bates' novel Love for Lydia, "I Love You Always Forever" is a pop song in which the singer declares her endless love for her significant other. The song was originally titled "Lydia", but was later changed because there was no mention of anyone with that name in the song. The chorus, “I love you always forever, near and far closer together”, is a quote taken directly from the book.[2]

Composition[edit]

"I Love You Always Forever" is written in the key of C major in common time with a tempo of 104 beats per minute.[3] Lewis' vocals span from F3 to G4 in the song.[4]

Reception[edit]

"I Love You Always Forever" was extremely popular with the public. Andrea Ganis, executive VP of Lewis' record label, Atlantic, said:

"Radio stations across the country keep telling us the same thing over and over,” Ganis says. “They play it and, almost overnight, it’s their most requested song. Maybe it’s because things have been so dark lately in pop and then along comes a record that everybody can sing along to. It’s almost like a catharsis for a lot of people."[2]

It became a "runaway hit" without any extra marketing boost from high-profile events such as a hit movie or the Olympics, and was the first single to achieve over one million airplay detections in the US.[5]

Kim Renfro of Insider said that the song is a "true bop" that is reminiscent of Cyndi Lauper's music of ten years earlier, but with "slightly more pizazz".[6]

Music video[edit]

The song's accompanying music video was directed by Randee St. Nicholas. It is very simple, showing Lewis performing the song dressed in all white in a beige rotating room. Other scenes feature her against a black background, with snow boots on her hands against a wall, and playing a piano.

Track listings[edit]

CD single

  1. "I Love You Always Forever" (radio edit) – 3:21
  2. "Simone" (album version) – 4:26

CD maxi

  1. "I Love You Always Forever" (album version) – 3:30
  2. "I Love You Always Forever" (Sylk 130 edit) – 4:30
  3. "I Love You Always Forever" (Sylk 130 remix) – 9:20
  4. "I Love You Always Forever" (Sylk 130 instrumental) – 5:00
  5. "I Love You Always Forever" (drumapella) – 5:13

12" maxi

  1. "I Love You Always Forever" (Sylk 130 remix) – 9:09
  2. "I Love You Always Forever" (Sylk 130 instrumental) – 4:54
  3. "I Love You Always Forever" (album version) – 3:58
  4. "I Love You Always Forever" (a cappella) – 4:10

Promotional only 7" single (Sent to jukeboxes)

  1. "I Love You Always Forever" (album version) – 3:59
  2. "I Love You Always Forever" (Philly remix) – 4:00

Promotional only CD single (Sent to mainstream radio)

  1. "I Love You Always Forever" (radio edit) – 3:24
  2. "I Love You Always Forever" (album version) – 3:58

CD maxi - remixes

  1. "I Love You Always Forever" (Sylk 130 remix) – 9:00
  2. "I Love You Always Forever" (Sylk 130 instrumental) – 4:59
  3. "I Love You Always Forever" (Philly remix) – 4:00
  4. "I Love You Always Forever" (drumapella) – 5:11
  5. "I Love You Always Forever" (a cappella) – 4:10

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[34] Platinum 70,000^
France (SNEP)[48] Gold 250,000*
Germany (BVMI)[49] Gold 250,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[50] Gold 5,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[51] Gold 5,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[52] Gold 400,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[54] Gold 800,000[53]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Release date
United States 14 May 1996 (1996-05-14)
United Kingdom 22 August 1996 (1996-08-22)

Other releases[edit]

Lewis has re-recorded the song at least twice. A re-recording with slightly modified instrumentation appears as a bonus track of her 2008 album In the Pink. In 2015, Lewis released the song again on her jazz-influenced covers album, Brand New Day. She initially was reluctant to include the song at all; but the track that appears on the album has a "completely different arrangement", and Lewis says she now likes it.[55] Matt Collar of AllMusic felt that the new version was a "ruminative reworking" of the original.[56]

Betty Who version[edit]

"I Love You Always Forever"
I Love You Always Forever by Betty Who.jpg
Single by Betty Who
from the album The Valley
Released3 June 2016 (2016-06-03)
FormatDigital download
Genre
Length3:43
LabelRCA
Songwriter(s)Donna Lewis
Producer(s)Peter Thomas
Betty Who singles chronology
"All of You"
(2015)
"I Love You Always Forever"
(2016)
"Heaven"
(2016)
Music video
"I Love You Always Forever" on YouTube

Australian pop singer Betty Who released a version of the song on 3 June 2016, with remixes released on 29 July 2016.[57] The music video, directed by Ben Cope and Daniel Gomes, was released on 14 July 2016.

The song is Who's first to reach the ARIA Charts, peaking at number six while also earning a number one on AirCheck's National Radio Airplay Chart. The song has also had minor success in New Zealand, peaking at number 33. The song was successful on the US Dance Club Songs chart, where it peaked at number one.

Track listings[edit]

Digital download

  1. "I Love You Always Forever" – 3:43

Remixes EP

  1. "I Love You Always Forever" (Viceroy Remix) – 4:08
  2. "I Love You Always Forever" (Instant Karma Remix) – 3:39
  3. "I Love You Always Forever" (Pink Panda Remix) – 4:24
  4. "I Love You Always Forever" (Mighty Mike & Teesa Remix) – 3:26
  5. "I Love You Always Forever" (Hector Fonseca & Eduardo Lujan Radio Edit) – 3:33

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[58] 6
Australia (AirCheck National Radio Airplay)[59] 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[60] 33
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[61] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Position
Australia (ARIA)[62] 67

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[63] Platinum 70,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Other uses[edit]

  • In 1999, rapper Eve sampled the chorus on her song, 'Gotta Man' from her debut album.

See also[edit]

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