I'll Never Break Your Heart
|"I'll Never Break Your Heart"|
Artwork for 1998 re-release
|Single by Backstreet Boys|
|from the album Backstreet Boys (int'l), Backstreet Boys (US)|
|B-side||"Roll with It"|
Platinum Post Studios
|Length||4:25 (Radio Edit)|
4:48 (LP Version)
|Songwriter(s)||Eugene Wilde, Albert Manno|
|Producer(s)||Veit Renn, Timmy Allen|
|Backstreet Boys singles chronology|
|Backstreet Boys US singles chronology|
Artwork for early 1995–96 European release
The song was written by singer-songwriters Eugene Wilde and Albert Manno and produced by Veit Renn and Timmy Allen. It was later included on their US debut album as well as their fourth single in the US right after "Backstreet's Back" reissue on March 31, 1998.
The song replaced "I'll Never Find Someone Like You" on the album, which was to be the band's first single. The band's label, Jive Records, had not committed to using the song for the band, and as a result, it was offered to singer Keith Martin, who accepted it and released it as a single on the Bad Boys soundtrack, and his own albums It's Long Overdue and All the Hits. Brian Littrell discovered this when he heard Martin's song play on the radio one day.
"I'll Never Break Your Heart" was supposedly recorded over two weeks, because Littrell and AJ McLean, the two lead vocalists on the song, had colds. In an interview with Billboard, AJ McLean stated that the song "was the longest recording for any single BSB record in Backstreet history", as they had to manually rewind the tape in order to add brand new vocals in the track while they were sick.
The song was first released in Europe in December 1995, then in 1996 for a few other markets, and subsequently was re-released June 1998 of the U.S. debut. The song peaked at number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S., but fared better on the Adult Contemporary chart, where it became the group's first number one song on this chart. Outside the U.S., the song peaked at #8 on the UK Singles Chart and also went to the Top 10 in Australia, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland.
The video released in conjunction with the original single release follows a group of girls, one of whom has just broken up with her boyfriend as explained in the video's preface. The band members are on a ski vacation, and each partners up with one of the girls. Brian Littrell gets together with the girl who had just broken up with her boyfriend. The girl Kevin Richardson is matched with was his then-girlfriend and now-wife Kristin Willits, as she was asked by the director to be featured in the video as an extra. The group had not skied before or seen snow, and would constantly fall off after the cameras stopped rolling. This original video was filmed on November 1995 in Snowbird, Utah. It first aired in December 1995 in Germany, France, and other nations in Western Europe.
The second video, directed by Bille Woodruff, was released to MTV in June 1998 for the US market. It later appeared as the first video on Total Request Live. The video features each band member singing in their own uniquely styled apartment which are stacked atop one another in a tall building. Late in the video, each of the members is shown to have a girl in their apartment. The group is also shown singing together in a cylindrical tunnel which has a rotating round porthole at the near end, though which the camera observes. A version of the video was also released for the Spanish version of the song. The dog in Littrell's apartment was actually his dog, and the lady in his apartment was his then-girlfriend, now-wife Leighanne Wallace.
The Spanish version of the song, titled "Nunca Te Haré Llorar", was later recorded in Zürich along with a Spanish version of "Anywhere for You". The idea came after they had started gaining success in Spanish countries such as Mexico and Spain. The label suggested they created Spanish versions to dedicate to those countries. Andy Williams released a version in 2007 on his album, I Don't Remember Ever Growing Up. The video for the Spanish version was shot directly after the English video for the US market.
Credits and personnelEdit
"I'll Never Break Your Heart"
|Europe||December 13, 1995||Airplay|
|February 12, 1996||CD Single|
|United States||June 1998||Airplay|
|July 14, 1998||CD Single|
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