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"Don't Give Up"
Single by Chicane featuring Bryan Adams
from the album Behind the Sun
Released March 6, 2000
February 2, 2004
Format CD, 12"
Recorded Modena One, Mothership Studios UK
Genre Trance music, Vocal Trance
Length 3:42 (2000 radio edit)
3:58 (2004 radio edit) 8:38 (Album Version)
Label Xtravaganza Recordings
Writer(s) Nick Bracegirdle, Bryan Adams, Ray Hedges
Producer Bracegirdle, Ray Hedges;
Alex Gold, Chris Agnelli, Robbie Nelson (2004)
Certification Silver (BPI)
Chicane chronology
"Don't Give Up"
"No Ordinary Morning" / "Halcyon"

"Love on the Run"

"Don't Give Up 2004"

"Stoned in Love"
Bryan Adams chronology
"Inside Out"
"Don't Give Up"
"Here I Am"

"Don't Give Up" is a song by Chicane, alias of English producer Nick Bracegirdle, with vocals recorded by Canadian rock/pop singer Bryan Adams. It was released as a single in 2000, reaching the #1 position on the UK Singles Chart and becoming a popular dance track in clubs across Europe and North America.




With Bryan Adams

The collaboration between the two musicians began in 1999, when Adams contacted Bracegirdle at his studio to arrange for a remix of Adams's forthcoming single "Cloud Number 9" from his 1998 album On a Day Like Today.[1] The resulting remix was selected by Adams's record label as the radio edit of the single, which went on to reach #6 on the UK chart. The two subsequently developed a working relationship, due to Adams also being situated in London.[2]

Later, having written the music for "Don't Give Up", Bracegirdle played the song to Adams during his search for a vocalist. Adams agreed to the role, and also took on the task of writing the lyrics.[1]

Both were aware that Adams's rock-styled vocals would require audio processing to fit the existing backing track. This was done through Prosoniq's OrangeVocoder plugin on Steinberg's Cubase VST digital audio workstation.[3]


Adams's vocal credit was initially not publicized, particularly when the single, in a white label release, was first played by noted BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong[2] on his December 31, 1999 Essential Selection show.[4] It was chosen as Tong's "Essential New Tune" selection, which, on this episode, was specially designated "Essential New Tune for the millennium".[4][5] On a later January show, Judge Jules, standing in for Tong, played it as the Essential New Tune again.[6][7] It was also included on Tong's Essential Selection Spring 2000 compilation album.

On the week of March 12, 2000, "Don't Give Up" overtook "American Pie", Madonna's #1 single of the previous week, on the UK Singles Chart, outselling it by 1224 copies.[8]

The song sold 270,000 copies in the UK as stated by the Official UK Charts Company.


In 2004, following Bracegirdle's departure from Xtravaganza, the label issued "Don't Give Up 2004", a single including only new remixes by label founder Alex Gold and Xtravaganza artists Agnelli & Nelson.


Chart (2000) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[9 ] 6
Belgium Singles Chart (Flanders)[9 ] 17
Belgium Singles Chart (Wallonia)[9 ] 18
Finland Singles Chart[9 ] 8
French Singles Chart Charts[9 ] 43
Italian Singles Chart[9 ] 20
Netherlands Singles Chart[9 ] 21
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart[9 ] 14
Norwegian Singles Chart[9 ] 6
Swedish Singles Chart[9 ] 51
Switzerland Singles Chart[9 ] 42
UK Singles Chart[10] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play Chart [11] 3
Preceded by
"American Pie" by Madonna
UK number one single
March 12, 2000 - March 19, 2000
Succeeded by
"Bag It Up" by Geri Halliwell

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b Shepherd, Stephanie (September 2000). "Samplings - Chicane - Carries Ibiza Sound Across the Pond". DJ Times. Retrieved 2006-04-30.  
  2. ^ a b "Interview with BBC Radio 1". February 2000. Retrieved 2006-04-30.  
  3. ^ "Tracks: Nick Bracegirdle: Recording Chicane's "Don't Give Up"". Sound on Sound. May 2000. Retrieved 2006-04-30.  
  4. ^ a b "Pete Tong - Essential Selection - 31.12.99". The Aimless Essential Selection Index. Retrieved 2006-12-05.  
  5. ^ Gill, Alexandra. Bryan Adams, king of rave?. Globe Interactive. August 22, 2000. Accessed March 29, 2006.
  6. ^ Finan, Chris (2000). "Chicane - 'Don't Give Up' (Xtravaganza)". Dotmusic (retrieved from the Internet Archive). Retrieved 2006-12-05.  
  7. ^ "Pete Tong - Essential Selection - 14.01.00". The Aimless Essential Selection Index. Retrieved 2006-12-05.  
  8. ^ "Interview with BBC Radio 1". March 12, 2000. Retrieved 2006-04-30.  
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Chicane feat. Bryan Adams - Don't Give Up". Retrieved August 13, 2008.
  10. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. Chart Log UK: Oliver Cheatham - Convert. (March 22, 2005). Chart Log UK. Accessed April 2, 2006.
  11. ^ [ "Artist Chart History - Chicane "]. Retrieved August 13, 2008.


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