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"Forever"
Single by Drake featuring Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem
from the album Music Inspired by the Film More Than a Game and Relapse: Refill
Released August 27, 2009 (Radio)
September 15, 2009 (Single)
Format Airplay, Digital download
Recorded August 2009
Genre Hip hop
Length 5:58 (Album Version)
5:22 (Radio Edit)
Label Zone 4, Streamline, Interscope
Shady, Aftermath, Young Money, Cash Money, Interscope
Writer(s) Marshall Mathers, Aubrey Graham, Kanye West, Dwayne Carter, Matthew Samuels
Producer Boi-1da
Drake singles chronology
"Digital Girl"
(2009)
"Forever"
(2009)
"Fed Up"
(2009)
Kanye West singles chronology
"Run This Town"
(2009)
"Forever"
(2009)
"Teryaking"
(2009)
Eminem singles chronology
"Crack a bottle"
(2009)
"Forever"
(2009)
"Elevator"
(2009)
Music video
"Forever" at YouTube

"Forever" is a single by rapper Drake.[1] The song features verses by rappers Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem; as well as a sample of the Ecto-1 siren from the movie Ghostbusters. The song is released as a single from the soundtrack to LeBron James's More Than a Game documentary.

The song was also put on the re-release of Eminem's album Relapse called Relapse: Refill. Eminem performed his verse of the song at the American Music Awards of 2009. Drake performed the song with Lil Wayne, Eminem, and Blink-182's Travis Barker at the 52nd Grammy Awards. The live version does not feature Kanye West, a result of his ban from the Grammy Awards 52nd Grammy Awards.

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Background

The track was produced by Boi-1da and originally used by Kardinal Offishall featuring Rock City in early 2008 as "Bring It Back". Kardinal did not use the song for his album and it was later re-sold to Drake which was released in late-2008 as "I Want This Forever" featuring Lil Wayne and Nut da Kidd. In an interview, Kardinal stated that his version was a leaked demo, and was supposed to appear on his album, Not 4 Sale, as well as a soundtrack. He also revealed that Drake wrote the hook, "He had written it and then we were supposed to get either Rock City or Akon or T-Pain to sing it."[2] The 2009 version of "Forever" features Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem. Rapper Jay-Z called it the best posse cut of the year.[3]

Music video

The music video was shot in Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami, Florida in early September 2009.[4] However, Eminem's part in the video was shot in Detroit due to scheduling conflicts and not being able to be in Miami.[5] The music video was shot and directed by Hype Williams, it premiered on September 22, 2009 on BET's musical program 106 & Park, LeBron James appears in the opening of the music video in the back seat of a Maybach playing online poker on PokerStars on his customized Beats by Dr. Dre laptop.[6] There is not a single frame in the video where more than one of the rappers is featured. Throughout the video, there are clips and pictures of his new documentary More Than a Game and as a kid playing basketball. Slaughterhouse (Royce da 5'9", Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden, Crooked I), The Alchemist, Lloyd Banks, Denaun Porter and Trick Trick make cameo appareances in Eminem's verse of the video behind him as he raps his verse. Birdman makes a cameo appearances in the video on Lil Wayne's verse, sitting next to him in the VIP section of the club.[7][8][9] The music video was produced alongside the video for "Money to Blow".[10]

It ranked at #19 on BET's Notarized: Top 100 Videos of 2009 countdown.

Chart performance

"Forever" entered the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at number fifty-eight on September 3, 2009[11], peaking at #2. The song become the most downloaded song for the week ending September 15 2009. On the week of September 24, the song debuted at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Drake's highest debut on the chart as well as his third top-ten single. It also topped the rap songs chart making it Drake's second #1 on that chart. This was the tenth consecutive top 40 single for Eminem. The song has sold over one million downloads.[12]

"Forever" failed to enter the Top 40 on the UK Singles Chart, but did manage to peak at #43 after strong downloads. The song then began to drop out of the UK Singles Chart, but on the 10th January 2010, "Forever" climbed 7 places from #49 to #42, marking its highest peak to date. On 7 February 2010, "Forever" entered the Irish Singles Chart, reaching a current peak of #41.

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[13] 99
Canadian Hot 100[14] 26
Irish Singles Chart[15] 41
Swiss Singles Chart[16] 68
UK Singles Chart 42
UK R&B Chart 14
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [11] 8
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[11] 2
U.S. Billboard Rap Songs[17] 1

References

  1. ^ Rodriguez, Jayson (2009-08-26). "Eminem, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Drake Team Up For LeBron James Documentary Song". MTV (MTV Networks). http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1619549/20090826/eminem.jhtml. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  2. ^ Kardinal Offishall Exclusive Interview Champ Magazine. Accessed on November 2, 2009.
  3. ^ http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1623400/20091008/jay_z.jhtml
  4. ^ On-Set Pictures of Drake's 'Forever' Music Video
  5. ^ http://www.sohh.com/syndicate/?p=2728
  6. ^ Eminem/ Report of Lebron James playing on PokerStars in 'Forever' Music Video
  7. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeH_jdUpfp0&feature=player_embedded
  8. ^ News: Kanye West, Drake, Lil Wayne & Eminem Shooting "Forever" Music Video
  9. ^ Eminem In “Forever” Music Video – First Picture
  10. ^ Exclusive: Drake, Lil Wayne, Kanye West & Eminem Shoot ‘Forever’ Music Video
  11. ^ a b c Concepcion, Mariel (2009-09-03). "Three Tracks From Upcoming LeBron James Movie Hit Charts". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. http://www.billboard.com/news/three-tracks-from-upcoming-lebron-james-1004009174.story#/news/three-tracks-from-upcoming-lebron-james-1004009174.story. Retrieved 2009-09-03. 
  12. ^ http://www.exclusiveaddict.blogspot.com/
  13. ^ "ARIA Top 100 Singles – Week Commencing 4th January 2009". Australian Recording Industry Association. Pandora Archive. January 4, 2009. http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/23790/20100105-0000/Issue1036.pdf. Retrieved 2010-01-06. 
  14. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/canadian-hot-100#/charts/canadian-hot-100?begin=21&order=position
  15. ^ http://www.irma.ie/aucharts.asp
  16. ^ http://hitparade.ch/weekchart.asp?cat=s
  17. ^ Billboard Rap Songs chart for week of November 14, 2009. Billboard.com. Retrieved 2009-11-06.

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