Forever & Always (Taylor Swift song)
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|"Forever & Always"|
|Song by Taylor Swift|
|from the album Fearless|
|Released||November 11, 2008|
"Forever & Always" is a song written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift for her second studio album, Fearless (2008). It was a last-minute addition to the album. It received mixed reviews from music critics and became certified Platinum by the RIAA peaking within the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, despite not being individually released or promoted as a single. "Forever & Always" revolves lyrically around a breakup and the resultant heartache.
Background and recording
Inspired by her recent break-up with Joe Jonas, Swift quickly wrote and recorded the song at the last minute for inclusion on Fearless. As Swift explained in a track-by-track insight into the album, the song was written about a man in her life who she could see "slowly [slipping] away" from her and the confusion she felt in dealing with a crumbling relationship. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Swift described the fallout of that relationship as a "really dramatic and crazy" experience that she "[needed] to address" through her music.
Jonas addressed the song in the June 2009 issue of Seventeen Magazine. When talking about it, he said he wasn't bothered by Swift writing a song about their relationship. "It's flattering," said Jonas. "It's always nice to hear their side of the story."
Swift performed "Forever & Always", along with "Love Story", on Saturday Night Live on January 10, 2009 and on the Fearless Tour. She also performed the song during the 2009 Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve as part of a medley with "Picture to Burn", "Love Story", and "Change".
The song was a regular part of the set list for Swift's first concert tour, Fearless Tour. During the March 22, 2013 show in Charlotte, during the Red Tour, Swift performed "Forever & Always" in place of "I Almost Do". She would do this again on September 15, 2018, in place of "All Too Well", during the Indianapolis performance of her Reputation Stadium Tour.
|Canada (Canadian Hot 100)||32|
|US Billboard Hot 100||34|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
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