Promises (Nero song)

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"Promises"
Single by Nero
from the album Welcome Reality
Released 5 August 2011
Format
Genre
Length 4:17
Label
Writer(s)
  • Daniel Stephens
  • Joe Ray
  • Alana Watson
Producer(s) Nero
Nero singles chronology
"Guilt"
(2011)
"Promises"
(2011)
"Crush on You"
(2011)

"Promises" is a song by British dubstep trio Nero that appears on their debut studio album, Welcome Reality. It was released as the fourth single from the album on 5 August 2011. The song debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the group's first chart-topping single.[1] It sold 46,700 copies in its first week, the lowest first-week sales for a number one in 97 weeks.[2] "Promises" has been nominated for an Ivor Novello Award in the category of Best Contemporary Song. The song was also featured on an Hewlett-Packard TV commercial in the United Kingdom, France, United States and Latin America, giving it a broader audience and more recognition. Additionally, it was also featured in trailers from the video game, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. At the later, also featured in the 2013 video game, Saints Row IV.

Music video[edit]

A music video to accompany the release of "Promises", directed by Ben Newman, was uploaded to YouTube on 7 July 2011 at a total length of four minutes and sixteen seconds.[3] It shows a woman in a dystopian regimented future society with mandatory drug consumption. What looks very much like the movie Equilibrium. By March 2013, it had surpassed 20 million YouTube hits.

Critical reception[edit]

Robert Copsey of Digital Spy gave the song a positive review stating:

"Promises, and they still feel oh so wasted on myself," she admits with her high-wired vocals over a thick, head-banging melody, fuzzy synths and pulsating basslines wobblier than our man's dodgy left knee. The result is the sharpest, most head-spinning of their releases to date – and given that we're in the year of dubstep-goes-pop, should leave fans fully equipped to handle the g-force levels of their first long player. 4/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download EP
No. Title Length
1. "Promises"   4:17
2. "Promises" (Skrillex and Nero Remix) 4:28
3. "Promises" (Calvin Harris Remix) 5:59
4. "New Life"   4:33

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2011–12) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[5] 33
Australian Dance (ARIA)[6] 9
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[7] 58
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[8] 27
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[9] 7
France (SNEP)[10] 89
Germany (Official German Charts)[11] 67
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[12] 26
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[13] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 34
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[15] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[17] 70

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[18] Gold 35,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[19] Gold 0*

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Ireland[20] 5 August 2011 Digital download
Spain[21]
United Kingdom[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nero delivers Promises". The Official Charts Company. 14 August 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Jones, Alan (15 August 2011). "Nero continue UK domination with Promises". Music Week. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Nero - Promises - Official Video YouTube". Youtube.com. 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2011-09-01. 
  4. ^ Robert Copsey. "Nero: 'Promises'". Digital Spy. digitalspy.co.uk. 
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Nero – Promises". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
  6. ^ http://www.ariacharts.com.au/pages/charts_display_dance.asp?chart=1D20
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Nero – Promises" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Nero – Promises" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Nero – Promises" (in French). Ultratip.
  10. ^ "Lescharts.com – Nero – Promises" (in French). Les classement single.
  11. ^ "Musicline.de – Nero Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  12. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Nero – Promises". Top 40 Singles.
  13. ^ "Archive Chart: 2011-08-20". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  14. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Nero – Promises". Swiss Singles Chart.
  15. ^ "Archive Chart: 2011-08-20" UK Dance Chart.
  16. ^ "Archive Chart: 2011-08-20" UK Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "Nero – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Nero.
  18. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2012 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  19. ^ THE FIELD id (chart number) MUST BE PROVIDED for NEW ZEALAND CERTIFICATION.
  20. ^ Promises - EP by Nero iTunes
  21. ^ "Promises - EP by Nero iTunes". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2011-09-01. 
  22. ^ "Promises - EP by Nero iTunes". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-08-05. Retrieved 2011-09-01. 

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