Alannah Myles – Love Is
Label: Atlantic, Atlantic
Catalog#: 7567-88918-7, A 8918
Format: Vinyl, 7″
Style: Blues Rock, Pop Rock
A Love Is 3:36
Mixed By – Kevin Doyle
Written-By – Christopher Ward , David Tyson
B Rock This Joint 4:00
Mixed By – Paul Lani
Written-By – Christopher Ward
Executive Producer – Christopher Ward
Producer – David Tyson
international Grammy winning multi-million selling song…
“Love Is” is the debut single by Canadian singer/songwriter Alannah Myles, released in Canada in 1989. In the rest of the world (except Australia), it was released as the follow-up to her worldwide hit “Black Velvet” in 1990.
In 1990, the song was nominated for the Juno Award for Single of the Year, losing to Myles’ own “Black Velvet”.
Myles filmed two music videos, both directed by Canadian photographer and film director Deborah Samuel, one for the Canadian release and the other in 1990 for the international release.
The original 1989 video opens with a shot of Myles’ legs while walking onstage and she then performs the song at a concert with her band.
The 1990 videoclip sees Myles and her band performing the song in a studio. That footage is intercut with black & white scenes of men and women flirting in a bar, and scenes of Myles horseback riding in a desert, followed by an ostrich and a kangaroo. The desert scenes were filmed in Joshua Tree National Park, California.
Release and reception
Released as a single in April 1989 in Canada, the song peaked at #16, in June of that year, establishing Myles as a chart force in that country. In June 1989, it was released in Australia, but did not enter the top 100 chart until November 1989, and did not reach its peak of #12 until April 1990, after “Black Velvet” was released there and had become a top 10 hit. In the rest of the world, the song was released as the next single after “Black Velvet” in mid-1990, and charted moderately well worldwide, but did not achieve the same level of success “Black Velvet” had. In the U.S., it peaked at #36 on the Billboard Hot 100, her second top 40 hit on the chart, therefore disqualifying her as the one-hit wonder she’s usually perceived there, and entered the top 40 in Ireland, the Netherlands and Belgium.
“Love Is” – 3:36
“Rock This Joint” – 4:00
Charts and certifications
Chart (1989-1990) Peak position
Australia (ARIA) 12
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 39
Canadian Top Singles (RPM) 16
Germany (GfK Entertainment Charts) 45
Ireland (Irish Singles Chart) 23
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 25
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 44
UK Singles (OCC) 61
US Billboard Hot 100 36
US Album Rock Tracks (Billboard) 19
Chart (1990) Position
Australia (ARIA) 52
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA) Gold 35,000^