Fly Away (Lenny Kravitz song)

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"Fly Away"
Lenny Fly Away.jpg
Single by Lenny Kravitz
from the album 5
ReleasedDecember 29, 1998 (1998-12-29)
Format
Recorded1998
Genre
Length
  • 3:41 (album version)
  • 3:00 (radio edit)
LabelVirgin
Songwriter(s)Lenny Kravitz
Producer(s)Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz singles chronology
"I Belong to You"
(1998)
"Fly Away"
(1998)
"American Woman"
(1999)
Alternative covers
UK edition cover
UK edition cover

"Fly Away" is a song by American singer Lenny Kravitz. It was released as the fourth single from his fifth studio album, 5 (1998). Released in December 1998, "Fly Away" became one of Kravitz' biggest hits, topping the charts in Iceland and the United Kingdom and reaching the top 10 in several countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand. In the United States the song peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background[edit]

The song emerged from Kravitz testing an amp that was brought to the studio. After plugging in the available guitar, Kravitz started playing the song, stating, "I was listening to the way different chords were ringing, just moving between A, C, G and D, and the next thing I knew I was telling the engineer to hook up the mics and record."[1]

By the time he wrote the song, Kravitz had already turned in the completed album to his label, and he considered releasing the song as a b-side. However, after playing the song for a friend, they responded, "If you don’t put it on the album, I’m gonna be so pissed off at you." After Kravitz contacted Virgin about the inclusion of the song, they were reluctant, but Kravitz sent them the song anyway. Upon hearing the track, they added it to the album.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

"Fly Away" is one of Kravitz's most successful songs to date. It went to number one in Iceland and on the UK Singles Chart,[3][4] while in the United States, it reached number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100,[5] and topped both the Mainstream Rock and Modern Rock Tracks charts.[6][7] On Canada's RPM Top Singles chart, "Fly Away" reached number three and stayed in the top 20 for six weeks.[8] In Australia and New Zealand, it peaked at number eight in both countries and was also certified Gold in both countries.[9][10][11][12] The song also helped to expand the success of his fifth studio album, 5, in Europe and earned Kravitz a Grammy Award in 1999 for Best Male Rock Performance.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the single was directed by Paul Hunter. It features Kravitz and his band playing in a club, surrounded by a crowd dancing to the song, with some of them having fun and others making out. Special effects were added to the video to make it look beat up and grainy. The video is featured on the DVD for Kravitz's Greatest Hits album tour edition.

A girl in the crowd is briefly shown topless several times during the video.

Kravitz also appears in a 2010 video in which he joined the Voice of Praise Choir from the First Baptist Church of Lewisville, Texas, as they performed "Fly Away" on a street in New Orleans.[13]

Track listings[edit]

CD 1

  1. "Fly Away" – 3:41
  2. "Fly Away" (Live Acoustic) – 4:03
  3. "Believe" (Live Acoustic) – 5:14

CD 2

  1. "Fly Away" (Single Edit)
  2. "Fly Away" (LP Version)
  3. Call Out Hook

UK edition

  1. "Fly Away"
  2. "Fly Away" (Live Acoustic)
  3. "Believe" (Live Acoustic)

Charts and certifications[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

"Fly Away" was played in the commercials for Southwest Airlines, MSN, the Peugeot 206 and one of the first Nissan Xterra ads. It is also featured in the film Coyote Ugly and is the theme song for the Canadian reality television series Ice Pilots NWT.

In 2018, it is used in the Comic Con Trailer for Star Trek: Discovery Season 2.

After the 1999 NBA Finals, NBC used "Fly Away" for their montage.

Internet personality Neil Cicierega made a lyric video of the song with the vocal tracks heavily altered.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aledort, Albert. "Lenny Kravitz: Revolution of the Mind". Guitar World. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  2. ^ Grow, Kory. "Lenny Kravitz: My Life in 15 Songs". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (NR. 315 Vikuna 26.3. - 2.4. 1999)" (PDF) (in Icelandic). Dagblaðið Vísir. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
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  8. ^ a b "Top RPM Singles: Issue 6987." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Australian-charts.com – Lenny Kravitz – Fly Away". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  10. ^ a b "Charts.nz – Lenny Kravitz – Fly Away". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  11. ^ a b "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1999 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  12. ^ a b "New Zealand single certifications – Lenny Kravitz – Fly Away". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  13. ^ Lenny Kravitz crashes the VOP Choir in New Orleans for "Fly Away" YouTube.com. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  14. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Lenny Kravitz – Fly Away" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Lenny Kravitz – Fly Away" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  16. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  17. ^ "Lescharts.com – Lenny Kravitz – Fly Away" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  18. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Lenny Kravitz – Fly Away". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  19. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Fly Away". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  20. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Lenny Kravitz – Fly Away" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  21. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  22. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Lenny Kravitz – Fly Away". Singles Top 100. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  23. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Lenny Kravitz – Fly Away". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  24. ^ "Lenny Kravitz Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  25. ^ "Lenny Kravitz Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  26. ^ "Lenny Kravitz Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  27. ^ "Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Airplay Top 100. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  28. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 100 Singles 1999". ARIA. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  29. ^ "RPM 1999 Top 100 Hit Tracks". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  30. ^ "Top 100 Single – Jahrescharts 1999" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  31. ^ "Best Sellers of 1999: Singles Top 100". Music Week. London, England: United Business Media. January 22, 2000. p. 27.
  32. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1999". Archived from the original on July 9, 2009. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
  33. ^ "British single certifications – Lenny Kravitz – Fly Away". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved June 3, 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Fly Away in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

External links[edit]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0KMpP77Po8&t=34s