Sway (Bic Runga song)

"Sway" is a song by New Zealand singer Bic Runga. It was released as the second single from her debut studio album, Drive (1997).

"Sway"
Sway by Bic Runga.jpg
Single by Bic Runga
from the album Drive
ReleasedMay 1997
Recorded1997
GenrePop rock
Length4:24
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)Bic Runga
Producer(s)Bic Runga
Bic Runga singles chronology
"Bursting Through"
(1996)
"Sway"
(1997)
"Suddenly Strange"
(1997)
Audio
"Sway" on YouTube

"Sway" peaked at No. 7 in New Zealand and No. 10 in Australia, earning Gold certifications in both countries. At the 32nd New Zealand Music Awards, the song won three awards: Single of the Year, Best Songwriter, and Best Engineer (Simon Sheridan).[1] In 2001, it was voted the 6th best New Zealand song of all time by members of APRA.[2] A music video directed by John Taft was made for the song.[3]

An acoustic version of the song can be found on the charity album Even Better than the Real Thing Vol. 2. In September 2019, Runga re-recorded the song for Waiata / Anthems, a collection of re-recorded New Zealand pop songs to promote Māori Language Week. The new version, retitled "Haere Mai Rā / Sway", featured lyrics reinterpreted by scholar Tīmoti Kāretu.[4]

Track listingsEdit

New Zealand CD single (Columbia – 664198.1)

  1. "Sway" – 4:14
  2. "I Don't Mean It" – 3:18
  3. "Lonely Lola Cherry Cola Girl" – 3:56

Australian CD single (Columbia – 665416.2)

  1. "Sway" – 4:24
  2. "Dust" – 2:09
  3. "Close the Door, Put Out the Light" – 2:37

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[12] Gold 35,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[13] Gold 5,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Award History". New Zealand Music Awards. Retrieved 25 August 2020. Select 1998 from the Select a Year box.
  2. ^ "APRA Top 100 New Zealand Songs of All Time". Christchurch City Libraries. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Production Notes" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 110 no. 5. 31 January 1998. p. 88. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Waiata / Anthems". iTunes. 6 September 2019. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Bic Runga – Sway". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  6. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Bic Runga". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  7. ^ "Charts.nz – Bic Runga – Sway". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  9. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  10. ^ "End of Year Charts 1997". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  11. ^ "1998 ARIA Singles Chart". ARIA. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  12. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1998 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 10 August 2020.
  13. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Bic Runga – Sway". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 25 August 2020.

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