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
Released 14 May 1996
Format
Recorded 1995
Genre Pop
Length 3:59 (album version)
3:24 (radio edit)
Label Atlantic
Songwriter(s) Donna Lewis
Producer(s)
  • Donna Lewis
  • Kevin Killen
Donna Lewis singles chronology
"I Love You Always Forever"
(1996)
"Fool's Paradise"
(1996)
"I Love You Always Forever"
(1996)
"Fool's Paradise"
(1996)

"I Love You Always Forever" is a song by British singer Donna Lewis. It was released in the United States in May 1996 as the lead single from her debut album, Now in a Minute. Inspired by the H. E. Bates novel Love for Lydia,[1] it peaked at number five on the UK Singles Chart. Outside the United Kingdom, it peaked within the top ten of the charts in Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland and the United States. In the latter country, the song peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100,[2] where it remained for nine weeks during the summer of 1996,[2] kept from number one by Los Del Rio's "Macarena".[3][4] Despite this, the song was number one on the Hot 100 Airplay chart for thirteen weeks and the Billboard Top 40 Mainstream chart for eleven weeks, becoming one of the most played songs of the 1990s. The song therefore is drawn for third place among songs with the longest runs at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and drawn at second for the most weeks at the Billboard Top 40 Mainstream chart. In Australia, the single also peaked at number two on the ARIA Singles Chart. In 2016, the song was covered by Australian pop singer Betty Who, peaking at number six on the ARIA Singles Chart.[5]

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.[6] Lewis' vocals span from F3 to G4 in the song.[7]

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

Release history[edit]

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

Charts and certifications[edit]

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
Released 3 June 2016 (2016-06-03)
Format Digital download
Genre
Length 3:43
Label RCA
Songwriter(s) Donna Lewis
Producer(s)
  • Peter Thomas
Betty Who singles chronology
"All of You"
(2015)
"I Love You Always Forever"
(2016)
"Heaven"
(2016)
"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.[38] 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 6 while also earning a number 1 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)[39] 6
Australia (AirCheck National Radio Airplay)[40] 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[41] 33
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[42] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Position
Australia (ARIA)[43] 67

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[44] Platinum 70,000^

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

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Crowe, Jerry. "Runner Up Donna Lewis’ ‘I Love You Always Forever’ Is Stuck At No. 2 On Billboard Chart Behind A Certain Dance Song". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved 25 November 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (8th ed.). New York: Billboard Books. p. 366. ISBN 0-8230-7499-4. 
  3. ^ Staff reporter (6 November 1996). "First Look: The No. 1 That Got Away". People. 46 (19): 137. Retrieved 2012-11-04. Call it a case of bad timing. Were it not for the Macarena, Donna Lewis would have had the top-ranked song in the US for nine straight weeks beginning in late August. 
  4. ^ Mann, Brent (2003). 99 Red Balloons and 100 Other All-Time Great One-Hit Wonders. New York: Bristol Park Books, Inc. p. 284. ISBN 978-0-88486-435-6. 
  5. ^ BettyWhoVEVO (3 June 2016). "Betty Who - I Love You Always Forever (Audio)" – via YouTube. 
  6. ^ "BPM for 'i love you' by donna lewis | songbpm.com". songbpm.com. Retrieved 2016-08-04. 
  7. ^ Lewis, Donna. "Donna Lewis "I Love You Always Forever" Sheet Music in C Major (transposable) - Download & Print". Musicnotes.com. Retrieved 2016-08-04. 
  8. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Donna Lewis – I Love You Always Forever". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  9. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Donna Lewis – I Love You Always Forever" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Donna Lewis – I Love You Always Forever" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Donna Lewis – I Love You Always Forever" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  12. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 
  13. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 
  14. ^ "Lescharts.com – Donna Lewis – I Love You Always Forever" (in French). Les classement single.
  15. ^ "Musicline.de – Donna Lewis Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  16. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie Archived 3 June 2009 at WebCite (Retrieved 7 April 2008)
  17. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Donna Lewis search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  18. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Donna Lewis – I Love You Always Forever". Top 40 Singles.
  19. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Donna Lewis – I Love You Always Forever". VG-lista.
  20. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Donna Lewis – I Love You Always Forever". Singles Top 100.
  21. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Donna Lewis – I Love You Always Forever". Swiss Singles Chart.
  22. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved 7 April 2008)
  23. ^ a b c d e f "Donna Lewis - Billboard Singles". Allmusic and Billboard.
  24. ^ 1996 Australian Singles Chart aria.com (Retrieved 10 August 2008)
  25. ^ 1996 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at Archived 14 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved 10 August 2008)
  26. ^ 1996 Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved 10 August 2008)
  27. ^ 1996 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved 10 August 2008)
  28. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1996". Archived from the original on 1 March 2009. Retrieved 27 August 2010. 
  29. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1997". Archived from the original on 11 June 2009. Retrieved 28 August 2010. 
  30. ^ Geoff Mayfield (25 December 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  31. ^ Kent, David (2006). Australian Chart Book 1993-2005. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-45889-2. 
  32. ^ "French single certifications – Donna Lewis – I Love You Always Forever" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  33. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Donna Lewis; 'I Love You Always')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  34. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Donna Lewis – I Love You Always Forever". Recorded Music NZ. 
  35. ^ "Norwegian single certifications – Donna Lewis – I Love You Always Forever" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. 
  36. ^ "American single certifications – Lewis, Donna – I Love You Always Forever". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  37. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1996". Billboard. BPI Communications Inc. 109 (3): 61. January 18, 1997. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 7, 2015. 
  38. ^ "I Love You Always Forever (Remixes)". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  39. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Betty Who – I Love You Always Forever". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  40. ^ "AirCheck National Radio Airplay Chart". 15 September 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2016. 
  41. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Betty Who – I Love You Always Forever". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  42. ^ "Betty Who – Chart history" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for Betty Who. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  43. ^ "ARIA Top 100 Singles 2016". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 6 January 2017. 
  44. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 3 October 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2016. 

References[edit]

  • Feldman, Christopher G. The Billboard Book of Number 2 Singles.

External links[edit]