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"Don't Wanna Let You Go" is a single by English boy band Five. Written by producers Richard Stannard and Julian Gallagher, and band members Sean Conlon, Abs Breen and Jason "J" Brown, the song was released on 6 March 2000 as the fourth single from their second studio album Invincible (1999).

"Don't Wanna Let You Go"
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Single by Five
from the album Invincible
Released6 March 2000
FormatCD single, cassette single
GenrePop
Length3:24 (album version)
3:17 (radio edit)
LabelBMG
Songwriter(s)Richard Stannard, Julian Gallagher, Sean Conlon, Abs Breen, Jason "J" Brown
Producer(s)Stannard, Gallagher, Stargate
Five singles chronology
"Keep On Movin'"
(1999)
"Don't Wanna Let You Go"
(2000)
"We Will Rock You"
(2000)
Music video
Don't Wanna Let You Go on YouTube

The song charted at number nine on the UK Singles Chart and also peaked at number five in New Zealand. The music video for the song was directed by Cameron Casey—who also directed the videos for "If Ya Gettin' Down" and "Keep On Movin'"—and produced by Andy Leahy and Richard Fenton.

Music videoEdit

The music video for the song was directed by Cameron Casey—who also directed the videos for "If Ya Gettin' Down" and "Keep On Movin'"—and produced by Andy Leahy and Richard Fenton.

The video was acted similarly to the 1999 movie The Matrix.

The video begins with binary code on a computer screen. A computerised voice says "OK, I'm in. Five, you're mine." Three members of the band, Ritchie Neville, Sean Conlon and Abs Breen, are sitting in a room and looking at a laptop when Scott Robinson comes in and says "Lads? The freak is officially...back.", and dumps a big pile of fanmail on the table. An obsessive female fan appears to have been constantly sending Five emails and letters in the hope of meeting them, so they decide to go to the girl's address in their Range Rover. The pull up at a mansion and they look round. Jason "J" Brown touches a large graphic and gets sucked into the girl's computer. While the girl is on the sciencity, she watches the faces of each member of the band. The sparks come through, and she gasps when she tries to escape. Several minutes later, she runs down the stairs, enters a different office and discovers Sean's head inside a refrigerator and she screams in terror. When Five are dancing in the hallway, she runs back into the same office and answers the telephone and there's no one calling. The sparks and electricity crashes on the computer and she runs out while screaming. Five talk when she is trapped in the mansion, then Neville says, "Let's Get J Back". The members turn invisible and she closes her eyes and screams again. Following that, J reemerges, then goes on to rejoin the rest of the band. The members dance and the Five logo comes up. At the final scene, the lightning struck the mansion and she runs away while screaming and it fades to black, her intense scream can be heard at the end.

According to Brown, he had a severe mental breakdown during the production of the video after frequent insomnia.[1]

Chart performanceEdit

The song debuted at number nine on the UK Singles Chart on 18 March 2000.[2] It also peaked at number five in New Zealand.[3]

Track listingEdit

UK CD1
  1. "Don't Wanna Let You Go" (Radio Edit) - 3:17
  2. "Battlestar" (Single Remix) - 4:07
  3. "Don't Wanna Let You Go" (Video) - 3:18
UK CD2
  1. "Don't Wanna Let You Go" (Radio Edit) - 3:17
  2. "Don't Wanna Let You Go" (Biffco Extended Mix) - 4:41
  3. "Interview Request Line" - 3:41
UK Cassette single
  1. "Don't Wanna Let You Go" (Radio Edit) - 3:17
  2. "Battlestar" (Single Remix) - 4:07

ChartsEdit

Chart (2000) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[4] 17
Brazilian Singles Chart (ABPD)[5] 29
Iceland (Tonlist)[6] 6
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 11
Italy (FIMI)[8] 19
Netherlands MegaCharts[9] 17
New Zealand (RIANZ)[3] 5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[10] 22
Switzerland (Swiss Music Charts)[11] 69
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[2] 9

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Big Reunion' 5ive Former Frontman Jason 'J' Brown Reveals He Tried To Kill Himself". Huffington Post. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
  2. ^ a b "The Official Charts Company - Five". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 January 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Discography Five". charts.nz. Retrieved 10 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Discography Five". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 10 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. 6 October 2001. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Tonlist Top 40". DV. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Discography Five". irish-charts.com. Retrieved 10 January 2010.
  8. ^ "Discography Five". italiancharts.com. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2010.
  9. ^ "Discografie Five" (in Dutch). dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 10 January 2010.
  10. ^ "Discography Five". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 10 January 2010.
  11. ^ "Discography Five". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 10 January 2010.

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