” Goodbye ” is by the Spice Girls, the British pop girl group formed in 1994. The Spice Girls consisted of Melanie Brown ( Scary ), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty ), Emma Bunton ( Baby ), Geri Halliwell ( Ginger ), and Victoria Beckham ( Posh ).
In 1996 they released their debut single ” Wannabe “, which topped the charts in 37 countries. The Spice Girls made history when Spice, their debut album, sold over thirty-one million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling album by a female group in history.
” Goodbye ” was written by Richard Stannard, Matt Rowe and the Spice Girls. Production for the song was by Richard Stannard and Matt Rowe. Richard ” Biff ” Frederick Stannard is an English songwriter, his breakthrough real first taste of success came with East 17, the English boy band.
In 1997 he won two Ivor Novello Awards for Best Selling British Written Single in the UK and International Hit Of The Year for ” Wannabe “. Also in 1997, he was nominated for a Brit Award for Best British Producer.
Matt Rowe began his career in music at the age of nine with his first album in 1978 as a chorister in a cathedral choir. Since then he has worked with a variety of artists like the Spice Girls, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Jimmy Somerville and Amy Winehouse.
” Goodbye ” was released on the 14th of December 1998 by record label Virgin ( Universal Music Group ) and features as the eleventh and final track on the group’s third studio album, Forever.
The album released on the 6th of November 2000, is the only album not to feature the vocals of Geri Halliwell. She later rejoined them in 2007 for their Greatest Hits album. Although Forever didn’t sell as well as their two previous albums, it has sold in the region of four million copies worldwide. In the United Kingdom, the album peaked at number two, later being certified Platinum with over 300,000 copies sold in the country.
Originally ” Goodbye ” was written by Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell, Matt Rowe and Richard Stannard. It was intended to be on Spiceworld, due to time constraints the song wasn’t recorded by the Spice Girls at the time. In 1998, during the American leg of the Spiceworld Tour and after Geri Halliwell had left the group, Richard Stannard and Matt Rowe flew to Nashville, Tennessee. There they met the remainder of the group and rewrote the song.
Melanie C said in Forever Spice, the Spice Girls third autobiography, that ” In the Spice Girls’ third autobiography, “Forever Spice”, Melanie C said [ The song ] was originally about a relationship ending, but now it’s about Geri, and it’s really sad. ”
The accompanying music video was directed by Howard Greenhalgh. The British director studied at the Royal College of Art ( RCA ), London. He has worked with Genesis, George Michael, Counting Crows, Tanita Tikaram and the Pet Shop Boys. The video was filmed on location on the 1st and 2nd of November 1998 at Mentmore Towers in Mentmore, Buckinghamshire, UK.
” Goodbye ” was a commercial success for the Spice Girls. In the United States, the song reached a peak of number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and spent eleven weeks on the chart there.
In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 26th of December 1998 and topped the chart for one week. It spent four weeks in the Top Ten and a total of twenty-one weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 11
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 3, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 13, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 13, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 12, Canada (RPM) 16, Canada (Canadian Singles Chart) 1, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 2, France (SNEP) 21, Germany (Official German Charts) 17, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Italy (FIMI) 2, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 1, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 5, Norway (VG-lista) 6, Scottish Singles Chart 1, Spain (AFYVE) 8, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 2, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 8
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