” Viva Forever ” is by the Spice Girls, the British girl group. The song was written by members of the group along with Matt Rowe and Richard Stannard.
The song was taken from their second album, Spiceworld. It was intended to be released as a double A-side with the track ” Never Give Up On The Good Times “, however, this was scrapped when Geri Halliwell decided to leave.
Some believe the reason why the other track was dropped was due to the lack of time to make another video; the girls were touring America at the time.
” Viva Forever ” was well liked by music critics, ” a genuinely great song ” was the reaction by Sputnikmusic. Rolling Stone said the song ” a big ballad that is about as convincing as the Spices’ Spanish accents. ”
The video that accompanies the song was directed by Steve Box, the Oscar-winning animator for the chicken run by Aardman Animations. The video is made with stop-motion animation and features the Spice Girls, including Geri Halliwell.
Steve Box created five, 12 inch-high puppets of the Spice Girls and spent five months making the video. The video for the single ” Viva Forever “, took longer to make than the film, Spiceworld the Movie.
The video was shown on tv in the United Kingdom for the first time on the 22nd of June 1998, in the video was to be the last appearance by Geri with the rest of girls, the video was shot before she left.
” Viva Forever ” was to prove to be another commercial success for the Spice Girls even though promotion for the single was not significant due to the girls touring the United States.
Once released in the United Kingdom the song entered the UK Singles Chart and peaked at Number One. The spice Girls held the top spot with the song for two weeks. The song spent five weeks in the Top Ten and a total of sixteen weeks on the chart.
Outside of the United Kingdom, the song also did well. In Italy, it entered the chart at number three and moved up to number two.
In Switzerland, the Spice Girls reached number three after entering the chart at number six.
” Viva Forever ” entered the chart in New Zealand at the top where it stayed for two weeks. However, Australia saw the song enter the chart at number fifty-nine and reach number two for just two weeks.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australian Singles Chart 2, Austrian Singles Chart 4, Belgian Singles Chart 13, Canadian RPM 4, Dutch (Top 40) 7,French Singles Chart 18, German Singles Chart 4, Irish Singles Chart 2, Italian Singles Chart 2, New Zealand Singles Chart 1, Norwegian Singles Chart 12, Scottish Singles Chart 1, Swedish Singles Chart 6, Swiss Singles Chart 3, Turkish Singles Chart 6
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