Say You Won't Let Go

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"Say You Won't Let Go"
Say You Won't Let Go.jpg
Single by James Arthur
from the album Back from the Edge
Released 9 September 2016 (2016-09-09)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2016
Genre
Length 3:31
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
James Arthur singles chronology
"Otherwise"
(2015)
"Say You Won't Let Go"
(2016)
"Safe Inside"
(2017)

"Otherwise"
(2015)
"Say You Won't Let Go"
(2016)
"Safe Inside"
(2017)
Music video
"Say You Won't Let Go" on YouTube

"Say You Won't Let Go" is a song by British singer and songwriter James Arthur. The song was released as a digital download on 9 September 2016 in the United Kingdom by Columbia Records as the lead single from his second studio album Back from the Edge (2016).[1] The single peaked at the top of the UK Singles Chart, a position it maintained for three weeks. Outside the United Kingdom, the single has topped the charts in Australia, New Zealand, Sweden and the Republic of Ireland. It also became his breakthrough hit in the US, peaking at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. In early March, it had gone double platinum in the UK.[2]

Commercial performance[edit]

On 12 September 2016, the song was at number 30 on The Official Chart Update in the United Kingdom.[3][4] On 16 September 2016, the song entered the UK Singles Chart at number 25, and peaked at number one two weeks later, spending three consecutive weeks at the top. The song was ranked the nineteenth biggest-selling song of 2016 in the UK, making Arthur the biggest-selling British male artist of the year.[5] By the second week of January 2017, it had surpassed the one million sales mark, making him the first-ever X Factor act to have two singles sell over a million copies in his homeland.[6]

In the United States, the song is his first single to chart on the US Billboard Hot 100, making Arthur only the second winner of The X Factor UK to reach the US top 40 (following Leona Lewis) and only the third winner to chart on the Hot 100 following Lewis and Little Mix. In May 2017, the song reached No. 1 on the Adult Pop Songs Airplay Chart, more than six months after its release in the US.[7] The song was also certified platinum in the US by the RIAA on May 18, 2017.[8] The song has sold over 1,208,000 digital copies in the US as of September 2017.[9] It was the eighth best-selling song of 2017 in the US, with 1,195,000 copies sold in 2017.[10]

On 15 September 2016, the song entered the Irish Singles Chart at number 91 before peaking at number one on 14 October and spending four non-consecutive weeks at the top of the charts. The song has also charted in Australia, France, New Zealand and Sweden. On February 26, 2017, it was announced on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch that the single had sold 2 million copies worldwide.[11]

Music video[edit]

A music video to accompany the release of "Say You Won't Let Go" was first released onto YouTube on 9 September 2016 at a total length of three minutes and thirty seconds.[12]

Live performances[edit]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download [13]
No.TitleLength
1."Say You Won't Let Go"3:31

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[71] 9× Platinum 630,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[72] Gold 15,000*
Belgium (BEA)[73] Platinum 30,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[74] 5× Platinum 400,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[75] 2× Platinum 180,000^
France (SNEP)[76] Platinum 150,000*
Italy (FIMI)[77] 3× Platinum 150,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[78] Platinum 30,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[79] Gold 10,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[80] Platinum 40,000*
Sweden (GLF)[81] 7× Platinum 280,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[82] 3× Platinum 1,800,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[8] 3× Platinum 1,208,000[83]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom 9 September 2016 Digital download Columbia

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