Love Never Fails (Jahméne Douglas album)

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Love Never Fails
Jahméne Douglas - Love Never Fails.jpg
Studio album by Jahméne Douglas
Released 19 July 2013 (2013-07-19)
Recorded 2013
Genre Soul, gospel
Length 38:51
Label Sony, RCA, Syco
Producer Graham Stack, Matt Furmidge
Jahméne Douglas chronology
Love Never Fails
(2013)
Unfathomable Phantasmagoria
(2016)Unfathomable Phantasmagoria2016
Singles from Love Never Fails
  1. "Titanium"
    Released: 22 July 2013
  2. "Forever Young"
    Released: 4 November 2013

Love Never Fails is the debut studio album by English singer Jahméne Douglas. It was released in the United Kingdom through RCA Records on 22 July 2013. The album consists entirely of cover versions. The lead single, "Titanium" (originally by David Guetta and Sia), reached number 94 on the UK Singles Chart. The album sold 18,904 copies in its first week and debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart.[1]

Background and recording[edit]

After finishing as the runner-up of the ninth series of The X Factor on 9 December 2012, there was speculation as to which label Douglas would be signed to. On 19 December, it was announced that he had signed a record deal with Sony Music.[2] On 25 January 2013, it was confirmed that he had signed with RCA Records and would be releasing his debut album in May.[3]

In an interview with Digital Spy, Douglas explained the early meetings with record companies: "The first meeting was about doing a covers album for Mother's Day. I said, 'No thanks, I'd rather walk away now'. There's cheese and then there's cheesy cheese. Hopefully this album is a bit more serious, because of the meaning behind each song.".[4] The album was originally slated for release on 27 May, but was delayed due to Douglas' commitments on the X Factor tour.[4] It ended up being recorded in May in just seven days.[4] Douglas said that "It was originally meant to be released on May 27 - the delay was basically due to me needing to make the album. I think the label forgot that I was on the X Factor tour, so I ended up making it in about week."[4]

On 30 May, Douglas revealed the details of his debut album. He announced that it would be called Love Never Fails and would comprise ten songs - all cover versions.[5] He also revealed that the album would be released in the UK on 22 July 2013 and the lead single would be a cover of David Guetta and Sia's "Titanium".[5] One of the tracks, "The Greatest Love of All", features Douglas's X Factor mentor Nicole Scherzinger.[5] Of the collaboration, Douglas said "Nicole knew this would be one of my favourite songs. And when she sang it with me on the final it was like singing with my big sister. She's so incredibly talented. This song and Nicole ooze class."[5] Douglas also confirmed on 18 June that he had teamed up with Stevie Wonder for his version of Whitney Houston's "Give Us This Day".[6]

Promotion[edit]

Members of the London Community Gospel Choir, along with a five-piece band, joined him on stage, where he performed the majority of his album.[7]

Chart performance[edit]

On 25 July 2013, Love Never Fails entered the Irish Albums Chart at number 30. On 28 July, it entered the UK Albums Chart at number one, selling 18,904 copies.[1] Its sales were the lowest for a UK number-one album since Rihanna regained the top spot with Talk That Talk 50 weeks earlier.[1] The album was also number one on the Scottish Albums Chart.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Fix You" 3:46
2. "The Greatest Love of All" (feat. Nicole Scherzinger) 4:47
3. "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" 3:55
4. "Halo" 3:33
5. "Forever Young" 3:49
6. "Give Us This Day" (feat. Stevie Wonder) 3:18
7. "Angel" 3:52
8. "Titanium" 3:52
9. "I Look to You" 4:12
10. "Next to Me" 3:21

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Format Date Label
Australia[14] Digital download 19 July 2013 Sony Music
Austria[14]
France[15]
Germany[16][17] CD, digital download
Ireland[18] Digital download
New Zealand[19]
United Kingdom[20][21] CD, digital download

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Jones, Alan (29 July 2013). "Official Charts Analysis: Jahmene Douglas needs just 19k to hit No.1". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved 17 December 2015. (Subscription required (help)). 
  2. ^ O'Reilly, Bryan (19 December 2013). "X Factor runner up Jahmene Douglas latest contestant to sign record deal". Irish Independent. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Corner, Lewis (25 January 2013). "'X Factor' Jahmene Douglas joins RCA Records, debut album out in May". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d Copsey, Robert (22 July 2013). "Jahmene Douglas interview: 'X Factor was a traumatising blessing'". Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d Eames, Tom (30 May 2013). "'X Factor' Jahmene Douglas announces debut album 'Love Never Fails'". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Corner, Lewis (18 June 2013). "Jahmene confirms Stevie Wonder team-up for debut album". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  7. ^ McGarry, Lisa (17 June 2013). "X Factor's Jahmene Douglas to launch new album Love Never Fails at special live London show". Unreality TV. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 30, 2013". Chart-Track. IRMA.
  9. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  10. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  11. ^ http://ukchartsplus.co.uk/UKChartsPlusEOY2013.pdf
  12. ^ "British album certifications – Jahméne Douglas – Love Never Fails". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Love Never Fails in the search field. Select Silver in the field Certification. Select album in the field Format. Click on the magnifying glass icon on the left side of the search field
  13. ^ Jones, Alan (11 November 2013). "Official Charts Analysis: Eminem LP sells 157k in week one". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved 28 October 2015.  (subscription required)
  14. ^ a b "Love Never Fails". iTunes. 
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  16. ^ iTunes Store
  17. ^ "Love Never Fails". amazon.de. 
  18. ^ "Love Never Fails". iTunes. 
  19. ^ "Love Never Fails". iTunes. 
  20. ^ "Love Never Fails". iTunes. 
  21. ^ "Love Never Fails". amazon.co.uk.