Fortunate

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"Fortunate"
Single by Maxwell
from the album Life Soundtrack
Released March 3, 1999
Format CD single, cassette
Recorded 1998
Genre
Length 4:59
Label Columbia, Rockland
Writer(s) R. Kelly
Producer(s) R. Kelly
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Maxwell singles chronology
"Matrimony: Maybe You"
(1998)
"Fortunate"
(1999)
"Let's Not Play the Game"
(1999)

"Fortunate" is a neo soul song from the 1999 motion picture Life and was released on the film's soundtrack. The song was written, composed, produced and arranged by R. Kelly and recorded by Maxwell. "Fortunate" was awarded Best R&B Single of the Year at the Billboard Music Awards and Best R&B/Soul Single (Male) at Soul Train Awards. Maxwell was nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Male Vocalist and also nominated for a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Song of the Year.

The song, Maxwell's biggest hit to date, spent eight weeks at number one on the US R&B chart and peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. It is his first number-one R&B hit, eventually followed by "Pretty Wings" in 2009.

According to R. Kelly, Maxwell didn't want to sing "Fortunate". Instead, he wanted to sing the song "Life" - which Kelly gave to K-Ci & JoJo. Kelly rejected Maxwell's idea because he felt that neo-soul singer wouldn't have been believable singing a song from the perspective of a prison inmate.[1]

Chart history[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position[2]
US Billboard Hot 100 4
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Year-end chart (1999) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 24

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[4] Gold 800,000[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Keith, Murphy. "Q&A: R. Kelly – The Mind Of A Mad Genius". vibe.com. SpinMedia. Retrieved 2015-01-05. 
  2. ^ www.billboard.com-maxwell songs
  3. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1999". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  4. ^ "American single certifications – Maxwell – Fortunate". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  5. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1999". Billboard. BPI Communications Inc. 112 (4): 63. January 22, 2000. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 

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