No Matter What Boyzone
Song Title: No Matter What
Date of release: 3rd of August 1998
Description: ” No Matter What ” is by Boyzone, the Irish boy band. The band consisted of Keith Duffy, Stephen Gately, Mikey Graham, Ronan Keating and Shane Lynch. They formed in 1993 after responding to an advertisement for a new boy band, the idea was to find an alternative to Take That.
The song was written and produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jim Steinman and Nigel Wright. There was additional production by Franglen & Lupino.
Andrew Lloyd Webber, also known as Baron Lloyd-Webber, is an English composer and impresario of musical theatre. The award winning composer is responsible for 13 musicals, a song cycle, a set of variations, two film scores and a Latin Requiem Mass.
Jim Steinman is an American composer, lyricist and Grammy Award-winning record producer. Along with his work in musical theater, he has worked with many of the biggest names in music, including Meat Loaf with his Albums Bat Out of Hell and Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell. He has also worked with Bonnie Tyler, Barry Manilow, Air Supply and Celine Dion.
Nigel Wright is an English record producer. He has worked with a variety of artists such as Madonna, Shakatak, Barbra Streisand, Take That, Sinitta, José Carreras, Michael Ball, Sarah Brightman and Cliff Richard.
Simon Franglen is an English composer, record producer, arranger and musician. He is better known for his work on the film Avatar for which he received Golden Globe and Grammy nominations for the theme song. He was also the producer of ” My Heart Will Go On ” from the film Titanic, his work for that won him a Grammy Award for Record of The Year. His work is included on the list of top grossing films and has six Albums of the list of best-selling Albums of all time.
” No Matter What ” was released on the 3rd of August 1998 by record label Polydor ( Universal Music Group) and features on the Albums Songs from Whistle Down the Wind and Where We Belong.
The musical is based on the 1961 film Whistle Down the Wind, which in turn was based on the novel of the same name, written by Mary Hayley Bell in 1959.
The accompanying music video was directed by Michael Geoghegan, he has worked with the likes of Simple Minds, Lisa Stansfield, Toploader, Robert Miles and Simply Red. It features an African man leaving in a hot air balloon, with the members of Boyzone standing on the ground watching him leave. The man drops a small golden cross, which references the Christian theme of the play, ” Whistle Down the Wind “, in which the song is originally from.
” No Matter What ” was a commercial success for Boyzone. In the United states the song peaked at number 35 on the Billboard Pop songs Chart, spending 3 weeks on the chart there. The song didn’t cross over to the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
In the United Kingdom it entered the UK Singles Chart on the 15th of August 1998 and peaked at Number One, holding the top slot for 3 weeks. The song spent 8 weeks in the top ten and a total of 16 weeks on the UK chart.
” No Matter What ” has sold 1.15 million copies in the United Kingdom and another 3 million copies worldwide.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 5, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 3, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 2, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 3, Canada (RPM) 51, Denmark (IFPI) 1, Europe (Eurochart Hot 100) 2, France (SNEP) 43, Germany (Official German Charts) 2, Iceland (Tonlist) 15, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Italy (FIMI) 10, Japan (Oricon) 31, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 1, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 1, Norway (VG-lista) 1, Scotland (Official Charts Company) 1, South East Asia (MTV Asia Hitlist) 1, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 2, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 2, Taiwan (IFPI) 1
Official Website: Boyzonenetwork.com
FaceBook Page: Facebook.com/Boyzone
Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/Boyzone