Fly Away (Lenny Kravitz song)

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"Fly Away"
Single by Lenny Kravitz
from the album 5
ReleasedDecember 29, 1998 (1998-12-29)
FormatCD single,
Maxi single
GenreHard rock, funk rock
Length3:41
LabelVRA
Writer(s)Lenny Kravitz
ProducerLenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz singles chronology
"I Belong to You"
(1998)
"Fly Away"
(1998)
"American Woman"
(1999)
Alternative covers
UK edition cover
 
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"Fly Away"
Single by Lenny Kravitz
from the album 5
ReleasedDecember 29, 1998 (1998-12-29)
FormatCD single,
Maxi single
GenreHard rock, funk rock
Length3:41
LabelVRA
Writer(s)Lenny Kravitz
ProducerLenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz singles chronology
"I Belong to You"
(1998)
"Fly Away"
(1998)
"American Woman"
(1999)
Alternative covers
UK edition cover

"Fly Away" is a song by American rock musician Lenny Kravitz, the fourth single from his 1998 album 5.

Chart performance[edit]

"Fly Away" is one of Kravitz's most successful songs to date. The song was a hit in both Kravitz's native United States and the United Kingdom, particularly in the latter country. It went to number one on the UK Singles Chart in the United Kingdom,[1] while in the United States it reached number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100,[2] and topped both the Mainstream Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks charts. In New Zealand it peaked at #8 and was certified gold. The song also helped to expand the success of his album 5 in Europe and earned Kravitz a Grammy Award in 1999 for Best Male Rock Performance.

Peak positions[edit]

ChartPeak
position
Australian Singles Chart[3]8
Canadian RPM Singles Chart3
Dutch Mega Single Top 10049
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart8
UK Singles Chart1
U.S. Billboard Hot 10012
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks1
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks1
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 Tracks8
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream7

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1999)Position
Canadian RPM Singles Chart[4]79
US Billboard Hot 100[5]29

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.

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.[6]

Appearances in film and television[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 video game Madden NFL 11, the film Coyote Ugly (film) and is the theme song for the Canadian reality television series Ice Pilots NWT.

Tracklisting[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ UK Singles Chart info Chartstats.com. Retrieved 8 May 2009.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 353.
  3. ^ "Australia Singles Top 50". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 70, No. 8, December 13, 1999". RPM. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  5. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1999". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  6. ^ Lenny Kravitz crashes the VOP Choir in New Orleans for "Fly Away" YouTube.com. Retrieved 29 January 2013.

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Preceded by
"Slide" by Goo Goo Dolls
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
November 21–28, 1998
Succeeded by
"Never There" by Cake
Preceded by
"Psycho Circus" by Kiss
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
November 7–21, 1998
Succeeded by
"Turn the Page" by Metallica
Preceded by
"Maria" by Blondie
UK Singles Chart number-one single
February 14, 1999 - February 20, 1999
Succeeded by
"...Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears