Wednesday, January 7, 2009

So Far Away, So Far Away

"Miles Away" will be known, for a while anyway, as the lowest charting Madonna song in the UK. The fact that it charted at #39, then dropped to #68 and then disappeared completely is sad because it is a song that should have easily have been top ten. It only took sales of 5,643 to chart within the top 30. "Give it 2 Me" had reached #7 in the UK and #10 in Ireland earlier last year. Yet, "Miles Away" didn't even chart in countries like Ireland and the main charts in America and Australia. It may have been a number one in The US Dance Airplay Charts but it's not the same as the regular charts. What went wrong with "Miles Away"? Is it just an ok song? No, of course not. It is pure classic pop. Were even the hardcore fans fed up of all the divorce news in the media? No, anything to do with her personal life has never stopped them before. I think the fact that the song didn't have an offical video was one reason but the other reason is that any physical copies of the single were not easy to find. "Miles Away" is easily a song I would have bought for it's remixes. Thousands of Madonna fans have bought all formats of the vinyl and then CD singles over the years but do all, especially the older fans, buy the downloads, I don't think so. I wonder if Madonna herself was disappointed by the song's lack of success in some countries, in others it did well such as Spain where it was number one and was #5 in Japan. I always wondered why doesn't Madonna release a song right on the beginning of her tour where she had lots of positive attention. "Miles Away" is a buzzy, floaty pop song like "Dear Jessie" or "Don't Tell Me". I think if "Miles Away" had been released in the Summer or as her second single it would have done much better. If we get a good summer this year play, "Miles Away" and see how good it sounds. I often think a good pop song should have a good remix and "Miles Away" has several. My favourite is the seven minute plus version as remixed by Morgan Page. The "So Far Away" refrain is particularly gorgeous. Here it is.


Yuяi said...

David, you make an excellent point. "Miles" is certainly one of the better, if not the best, songs on Hard Candy. I think the fact that Madonna has given up promoting her music -- especially with no video -- is the real reason why it failed to chart higher in the UK and didn't on the Billboard Hot 100.

You simply cannot put out an album, sit back and do nothing and then expect your singles to chart these days. Now (as back in the day), an artist needs to make those public appearances, go on TV shows, and I don't think Madgie is willing to do all that grunt work so to speak.

Anonymous said...

I've been thinking about this too. What happened to Miles Away, a very decent track that could have popped in at no. 11 for a week at least, also happened to Kylie's The One earlier in the year.

These are two acts that usually could release anything at all and have it get into the Top Ten on fanbase alone.

So, what happened this time? Didn't the loyal fanbase download the mixes or buy the CD (if one was released). Stuff like airplay and videos only really matter if you want to sell outside of the hanrdcore fans.

And what of Janet's Feedback this time last year? Great track and great video. Did OK briefly in the US but totally stiffed here.