Archive for category 53. The power of goodbye

The power of goodbye

(Written by Madonna/Rick Nowels. Producer: Madonna/William Orbit/Patrick Leonard)
Released by Maverick Records. in September 22, 1998

Found in:
Ray of light (1998)
GHV2 (2001)

Certification: None
Soundscan: 325,500 copies (06/2006)
Downloads: 43,300 (11/2008) 

Live performances on Tour:
None

CHART RUNS:

Billboard Hot 100
Debut Date: October 17, 1998
Peak date: November 28, 1998
Final week on chart: February 20, 1999
Peak: #11
Chart run: 24-16-14-13-14-13-11-30-30-31-41-43-44-54-70-78-81-88-96-off (19 weeks)

Hot 100 Single Sales
Debut date: October 17, 1998
Peak date: November 7, 1998
Final week on chart: March 13, 1999
Peak: #13
Chart run:
 23-16-15-13-16-17-19-22-24-26-27-27-27-31-38-42-47-49-54-58-59-63-off (22 weeks)

Hot 100 Airplay
Debut date: October 3, 1998
Peak date: November 28, 1998
Final week on chart: January 16, 1999
Peak: #26
Chart run: 69-58-54-48-40-35-31-30-26-45-51-50-55-59-72-75
-off (16 weeks)

Adult Contemporary
Debut date: October 31, 1998
Peak date: January 2, 1999
Final week on chart: March 27, 1999
Peak: #14
Chart run: 27-28-25-26-26-24-22-21-17-14-14-16-14-14-14-14-21-23-24-24-30-30-off (22 weeks)

Top 40 Mainstream
Debut Date: September 26, 1998
Peak Date: December 5, 1998
Final Week on Chart: January 16, 1999
Peak Position: #18
Chart run: 39-31-30-26-27-26-25-23-23-23-18-22-27-34-38-40-49-off (17 weeks)

Top 40 Tracks
Debut Date: November 28, 1998
Peak Date: December 5, 1998
Final Week on Chart: January 23, 1999
Peak Position: #21
Chart run: 24-21-24-26-28-30-40-40-39-off (9 weeks)

Adult Top 40
Debut Date: January 23, 1999
Peak Date: January 23, 1999
Final Week on Chart: January 23, 1999
Peak Position: #40
Chart run: 40-off (1 week)

UK Official Top 100 Singles
Debut date: December 5, 1998
Peak date: December 5, 1998
Sales: 180,000 copies (Aug 2008)
Certification: SILVER
Sales Peak: #6
Airplay Peak: #3
Final week on chart: January 30, 1999
Chart run: 6-17-25-32-30-36-41-52-61
off (9 weeks)

United World Chart
Debut date: October 31, 1998
Peak date: December 26, 1998
Certification: 2 Million points
Peak: #2
Final week on chart: March 13, 1999
Chart run: ?-?-?-?-10-8-3-3-2-4-4-6-6-7-8-10-10-16-22-28-off (20 weeks)

Rest of the world
Australia: #1
Austria: #2
Belgium (Flanders): #1
Belgium (Wallonia): #2
Canada: #1
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles: #1
Finland: #1
France: #2
Germany: #1
Ireland: #2
Italy: #9

Japan: #2
Netherlands: #3
New Zealand: #1
Spain: #1
Sweden: #1
Switzerland: #1

“The power of goodbye” was the third single released in the USA from Madonna’s 7th studio album “Ray of light”,  worldwide it was the fourth single released. It is her 53th single release overall and 43nd in the United States. The song was a tremendous success for a fourth single and for a already established artist like Madonna, going #1 in over 10 countries and Top 10 in most of the markets it was released. In the US it peaked just outside the Top 10 at #11. “The power of goodbye” is one of those singles that could have been another Top 10 for Madonna, the week after it peaked at #11 in the Hot 100, Billboard changed the rules of the game and allowed songs that were not commercially available as singles as album cuts. As a result, a big amount of new songs started charting that week and “the power of goodbye” fell like a rock to #30. Who knows what could’ve happened if Billboard decided to change rules 2 or 3 weeks after.

On the bright side, it’s one of Madonna’s most beloved ballads and videos, even though she has never performed the song live on Tour. She did however performed the song heavily in TV shows across Europe while she was on promotion for the “Ray of light” album, including the 1998 MTV Europe Music Awards.




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