FOREVER (Spice Girls album)

Forever (Spice Girls album)

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Released 6 November 2000
Recorded July 1998; August 1999–September 2000
Pop R&B
Length 49:28
Label Virgin
LaShawn Daniels Sue Drake Rodney Jerkins Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis Eliot Kennedy Harvey Mason, Jr. Matt Rowe Robert Smith Richard Stannard Uncle Freddie

Forever is the third and final studio album by the girl group the Spice Girls, released on 6 November 2000. It is their only album without Geri Halliwell, who later rejoined the group for their Greatest Hits album in 2007. Despite not selling as well as their previous two albums, it has sold 4 million copies worldwide,[4] peaking at number two in the United Kingdom and later certified Platinum there for shipping over 300,000 copies. A double-A side single was released of “Holler” / “Let Love Lead the Way” as the album’s lead single, which peaked at number one in the UK Singles Chart.

During the Spiceworld Tour in early 1998, the group took on an initial project to write and record songs for a possible third album and a live album. The original concept for this album was to showcase solo songs, duets, and cover songs featuring all five members, in order to promote the idea that the Spice Girls were all individuals, yet could come together as one. The girls went to Dublin’s Windmill Lane Studios with long-time collaborators Richard Stannard and Matt Rowe to work on a new album and create master recordings for a live album. With the sudden departure of Geri Halliwell, the project took a major turn, with many of the already produced songs scrapped and the live album cancelled.

The Spice Girls recorded their Christmas single, “Goodbye” in July 1998, during the North American leg of their Spiceworld Tour. Once again, the girls teamed up with Stannard and Rowe. They also recorded “My Strongest Suit” for the concept album for the musical Aida. In the two years between the release of “Goodbye” in December 1998 and the release of Forever in November 2000, the group, along with the pop-music landscape in general, changed dramatically. Hoping to cultivate a more mature image, the group teamed up with a team of American producers to give Forever a more R&B sound, however, initial recording sessions maintained the pop sound of their previous works.

Track listing

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Forever.

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length

1. “Holler”
Rodney Jerkins LaShawn “The Big Shiz” Daniels Fred Jerkins III Victoria Beckham Melanie Brown Emma Bunton Melanie Chisholm
Jerkins Daniels[a]
2. “Tell Me Why”
Jerkins Jerkins III Daniels Mischke Butle Beckham Brown Bunton
Jerkins Daniels[a]
3. “Let Love Lead the Way”
Jerkins Daniels Jerkins III Harvey Mason Jr Beckham Brown Bunton Chisholm
Mason Jr Jerkins Daniels
4. “Right Back at Ya”
Beckham Brown Bunton Chisholm Eliot Kennedy Tim Lever
Uncle Freddie Daniels Kennedy[a] Sue Drake
5. “Get Down with Me”
Jerkins Daniels Jerkins III Robert Smith Butle Beckham Brown Bunton
Jerkins Smith Daniels
6. “Wasting My Time”
Jerkins III Daniels Brown Bunton Chisholm
Uncle Freddie Daniels
7. “Weekend Love”
Jerkins Jerkins III Daniels Beckham Brown Bunton Chisholm
Jerkins Daniels
8. “Time Goes By”
Jerkins III Jerkins Daniels Butle Beckham Brown Bunton
Jerkins Uncle Freddie Daniels
9. “If You Wanna Have Some Fun”
James Harris III Terry Lewis Beckham Brown Bunton Chisholm
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis 5:25
10. “Oxygen”
Harris III Lewis Beckham Brown Bunton Chisholm
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis 4:55
11. “Goodbye”
Beckham Brown Bunton Chisholm Richard Stannard Matt Rowe
Stannard Rowe
Japanese bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
12. “Holler” (MAW Remix)
Jerkins Daniels Jerkins III Beckham Brown Bunton Chisholm
Jerkins Daniels at Work


Spice Girls – vocals
Adrian Bushby – engineer (11)
LaShawn Daniels – vocal production (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
Jake Davies – assistant engineer (11)
Sue Drake – additional vocal production, backing vocalist (4)
Paul Foley – recorder (2, 5, 8)
Vince Frost – art direction, design
Steve Hodge – engineer, mixer (9, 10)
Ben Garrison – mixer (2, 4, 5, 6, 8), recorder (4, 6)
Brad Gilderman – mixer (1, 7), recorder (1, 3, 7)
Jimmy Jam – arrangement, musical instruments, producer (9, 10)
Fred Jerkins III – mixer (4, 6), producer (4, 6, 8)
Rodney Jerkins – mixer (1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8), producer (1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8)
Eliot Kennedy – additional vocal production, backing vocalist (4)
Jan Kybert – assistant mixer (11)
Terry Lewis – arrangement, musical instruments, producer (9, 10)
Wil Malone – strings arrangement (11)
Harvey Mason, Jr. – producer (3), protools (1, 3, 7)
Terry Richardson – photography
Ian Robertson – assistant (1, 3, 7)
Matt Rowe – producer (11)
Dave Russell – assistant (1, 3, 4, 6, 7)
Tony Salter – vocals engineer (9, 10)
Robert Smith – producer (5)
Xavier Smith – assistant mixer (9, 10)
Richard Stannard – producer (11)
Mark “Spike” Stent – mixer (11)
Paul Waller – drum programmer (11)
Paul Walton – assistant mixer (11)
Brad Yost – assistant mixer (9, 10)