Sometimes (Britney Spears song)

Sometimes (Britney Spears song)

Infobox Single
Name = Sometimes

Artist = Britney Spears
from Album = ...Baby One More Time
B-side = "I'm So Curious"
Released = flagicon|UK June 14, 1999
flagicon|Germany June 17, 1999
flagicon|United States June 29, 1999
Format = flagicon|World CD Single
flagicon|US Airplay only
Recorded = 1998
Genre = Pop ballad, teen pop, bubblegum pop
Length = 3:55 (Radio Edit)
4:05 (Album Version)
Label = Jive
Writer = Jörgen Elofsson
Producer =
P. Magnusson
D. Kreuger
Co-Producer = Jörgen Elofsson Video director = Nigel Dick
Certification = Platinum (Australia)
Gold (Netherlands, New Zealand, United Kingdom)
Silver (France)
Last single = "...Baby One More Time"
This single = "Sometimes"
Next single = "(You Drive Me) Crazy"
(1999)Extra album cover
Upper caption = Alternate covers
Background = khaki

Lower caption = UK CD Single
Extra album cover
Background = khaki

Lower caption = Japan CD Single

Misc = Audiosample
Upper caption = Audio sample
Name = Sometimes
Audio file= SometimesSample.ogg
"Sometimes" is the second single from pop singer Britney Spears, released from her debut album "...Baby One More Time" during the second quarter of 1999.

The song was written by Jörgen Elofsson; he would go on to win a BMI Pop Award in 2000 in the category of Song of the Year for composing "Sometimes." The song was produced by Per Magnusson & David Kreuger. The track is a classic example of a pop ballad about love and its symptoms, as Spears declares "sometimes I run, sometimes I hide, sometimes I'm scared of you."

Music video

As with her previous single "...Baby One More Time", "Sometimes" was also directed by Nigel Dick.

Shot at Paradise Cove in Malibu, California, Spears watches her love interest from afar, who is played by model Chad Cole. As he plays with his dog on the sand, Spears is seen on a lookout, by the pier and on a picnic blanket wishing she was there with him. The video also includes dance scenes with Spears and several others on the pier adorned in white.

There are two edits of the video. One features mainly beauty shots during the first verse, the second edit features more dancing footage from on the pier. The radio edit of the song was used for the video, it shortens the intro and removes an instrumental bridge towards the end of the song.

Chart performance

Due to its airplay only status, "Sometimes" was at a chart disadvantage from the beginning. At the time it was released, songs generally were accompanied by a CD single, being that they were still a major key in a song's commercial success. Despite this, "Sometimes" still proved to fare well on the charts, peaking on the Billboard Hot 100 at number twenty-one due to its top twenty peak on the Hot 100 Airplay. [cite web|url=|title=The Billboard Hot 100: "Sometimes"||accessdate=2008-06-20] The song was later ranked at number seventy-five on the Billboard Hot 100 Year-End chart for 1999.

"Sometimes" also proved successful at Top 40 radio, going top ten on both the Top 40 Tracks and Mainstream Top 40 charts, as well as top ten on the Rhythmic Top 40 and, perhaps more notably, the Adult Contemporary.

The single was another international success, reaching the top five in many European nations and Australia, as well. "Sometimes" was also a huge hit in the UK ranking at forty-eight on the 1999 year-end charts selling a total of 414,000 copies."" [ Britney Spears — Sometimes (UK)] . Retrieved on May 26, 2007]

The single accumulated 3.903.000 points on the United World Chart in 1999 alone, [ [ Index ] ] making it the 23rd best-selling single of the year.


Remixes and Other Versions

* Album Version — 04:03
* Radio Edit — 03:55
* Soul Solution Mid Tempo Mix/Drum Dub (Drum Dub is most likely a misprint and in all actuality a real version, but is not confirmed) — 03:32
* Soul Solution Extended Mix — 07:00
* Mike Ski's 3 AM Bass Bin Destroyer Mix — 09:34
* Mike Ski's Drum Dub — 04:56
* Boris & Beck Roxy Dub — 06:51
* Thunderpuss 2000 Club Mix — 08:02
* Thunderpuss 2000 Radio Mix — 03:50
* Thunderpuss Dub — 07:21
* Beats Of Thunderpuss — 04:27
* Answering Machine Message — 00:25
* Kelly Key, a brazilian singer did a portuguese version for this song called "Indecisão" (Indecision) 04:05


In Spring 2005, Spears and her management were sued for copyright infringement by an Indiana songwriter Steve Wallace. Wallace claimed he wrote "Sometimes" but didn't copyright it until 2003, four years after Spears registered the song's copyright. The suit was dismissed in late 2005. [cite news|url=,,1127686,00.html|title=Judge: Britney Didn't Steal Song|last=Silverman|first=Stephen M.|date=2005-11-09|publisher="People"|accessdate=2008-06-20]

A Walk for AIDS

In the Summer of 1999, Joel Whine requested and granted the rights for "Sometimes" and was used for a video that was to sponsor "A Walk for AIDS", a 20 mile walk to raise money for the cure of the AIDS virus. It took place on the streets of A Walk for AIDS sometime at the end of July 1999.fact|date=June 2008


External links

* [ Britney Spears — Official Web Site]

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