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"Walk Away"
Single by Kelly Clarkson
from the album Breakaway
Released January 31, 2006 (2006-01-31)
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2004
Genre Pop rock, funk rock
Length 3:08
Label RCA
Writer(s) Kelly Clarkson, Kara DioGuardi, Raine Maida, Chantal Kreviazuk
Producer Raine Maida, Kara DioGuardi
Certification Gold (RIAA)
2× Platinum (CRIA)
Kelly Clarkson singles chronology
"Because of You"
(2005)
"Walk Away"
(2006)
"Never Again"
(2007)

"Walk Away" is a song by American singer Kelly Clarkson on her second album, Breakaway, and was the album's fifth and final single.

On March 31, 2006, the single was certified gold by RIAA and has sold over 500,000 copies in all formats in the US.

As of Feburary 11, 2010 "Walk Away" has sold over 1,100,000 million digital copies in the United States. "[1]

Contents

Description and background

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Clarkson called "Walk Away" "one of the brighter songs" on Breakaway, and said that "It's just one of those anthem songs where everybody is [bouncing their heads] in the car." She said of its subject matter, "the whole song is just about if it's not working out, then just leave, don't stay and make it worse."[2]

Initially, "Addicted" had been planned for release as the fifth single, but its release was cancelled when RCA deemed its dark tone and message too similar to that of Clarkson's previous two singles, "Behind These Hazel Eyes" and "Because of You".[citation needed] "Gone" was picked as the replacement, but it was dropped because of similarities to another single from the album, "Since U Been Gone". After two months of airplay on U.S. pop radio stations, "Walk Away" was released as the fifth single from Breakaway in 2006. By that point, "Gone" had amassed considerable airplay on popular radio stations in major markets such as Atlanta, Boston, and New York City.[citation needed]

"Walk Away" made a tremendous impact in Thailand, and Thai pop band Endorphine adopted it into their song "Sak-Ka-Waa Bpaak Waan".[citation needed]

Music video

The music video for "Walk Away" was shot from February 4 to February 5, 2006 in Los Angeles,[citation needed] and Clarkson wrote the treatment for it.[2] It was to be released on February 25 at the TRL Awards, but was pulled because director Joseph Kahn said it needed some "touching up".[citation needed] The video premiered on British music channels on March 6, and on TRL and MuchOnDemand on March 7. Of the fifty days it was eligible for the TRL top ten video countdown, it was at number one nineteen times, including on its last day, June 1.[3] The video was voted thirtieth in VH1's "Top 40 Videos of the Year" for 2006.[4]

In the video, alarm clocks wake up several different people. Clarkson is at a radio station singing "Walk Away" live, and various people—including a man showering, a woman at an office, twin brothers, a football player, and a man cleaning his house—are singing along. One man, played by Clarkson's brother Jason, is discovered singing the song in a public restroom. As soon as he is found, he runs out in embarrassment. In his place, the man who found him begins singing along. Another man sings along in a car, and he eventually gets out of the car to dance, holding up traffic. The video is intercut with shots of Clarkson performing the song with a band.

Formats and track listings

These are the formats and track listings of major single-releases of "Walk Away".

Australian Maxi CD single
  1. "Walk Away" - 3:11
  2. "Since U Been Gone" (live at Rollingstone.com)
  3. "Walk Away" (Chris Cox Radio Mix) - 3:39
  4. "Walk Away" (Ralphi Rosario Radio Mix) - 3:57
UK CD single
  1. "Walk Away" - 3:11
  2. "Walk Away" (Chris Cox Radio Mix) - 3:39

Remixes

"Walk Away" has been remixed by music DJs such as Chris Cox, Ralphi Rosario, and Craig J. Here is a list of the official remixes of "Walk Away":[citation needed]

  1. Chris Cox Radio Mix - 3:30
  2. Chris Cox Club Mix - 10:12
  3. Chris Cox Mixshow - 5:51
  4. Chris Cox TwEaKed Dub - 6:30
  5. Ralphi Rosario Club Mix - 7:30
  6. Ralphi Rosario I Want A Man Dub - 10:14
  7. Ralphi Rosario Run Don't Walk Dub - 8:28
  8. Ralphi Rosario Walk Away Beats - 4:02
  9. Craig J's Radio Mix - 3:29
  10. Craig J's Club Mix - 6:32
  11. Craig J's Mixshow - 5:23
  12. Craig J's Paddapella - 3:45
  13. Craig J's Acappella - 5:52
  14. Edson Pride Powerful Edit
  15. Edson Pride Powerful Dub
  16. Edson Pride Powerfull Mix
  17. Jared Jones Vibellicious Club Away Edit
  18. Jared Jones Vibellicious Club Away Mix
  19. Ander Standing Radio Mix
  20. Ander Standing Hard Dub
  21. Ander Standing Club Mix

Release history

Region Date Label
United States January 31, 2006 (2006-01-31) RCA Records
Canada
United Kingdom March 13, 2006 (2006-03-13)
Australia March 18, 2006 (2006-03-18)
Europe May 18, 2006 (2006-05-18)
Germany November 24, 2006 (2006-11-24)

Chart performance

"Walk Away" debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at number 97[5] on the chart dated January 21, 2006. The single premiered on the Canadian BDS Airplay chart on January 28 at number 100.[citation needed]

"Walk Away" became Breakaway's first release to fail to achieve top ten status on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 12.[6] A popular radio recurrent, it spent the longest number of weeks after its peak to exit the Hot 100 of any Breakaway single. "Walk Away" left the Billboard top 50 on August 10, and on the Hot 100 2006 year-end chart, it was ranked 45th. It became a top ten hit in Canada.[citation needed]

In the United Kingdom, where the single's video became available on television music channels seven days before the single release, the song debuted and peaked at number 21, and in Australia, it reached number 27—the peak positions in those countries were lower than those for the album's previous singles.[citation needed]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 27
Austria Singles Chart 29
German Singles Chart 30
Indonesian Singles Chart 2
Irish Singles Chart 10
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 19
Swiss Singles Chart 58
UK Singles Chart 21
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 12
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 6
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 19
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play1 5
Country Certification
United States Gold[7]

References

  1. ^ Moss, Corey. "Bonus SoundScan numbers for Kelly Clarkson, David Cook, more!". USA TODAY. February 14, 2006.
  2. ^ a b Moss, Corey. "Kelly Clarkson Eyeing Black Eyed Peas For New Album". MTV News. February 14, 2006.
  3. ^ TRL Archive, June 2006, Popfusion.net.
  4. ^ http://www.vh1.com/vspot/player.jhtml?id=1547446&launchedFrom=/vspot/index.jhtml VH1.com Retrieved on 04-30-07
  5. ^ Clover Hope, "Nelly Nabs Fourth Hot 100 No. 1", Billboard.com, January 12, 2006.
  6. ^ Billboard chart history for Kelly Clarkson.
  7. ^ http://riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?resultpage=1&table=SEARCH_RESULTS&action=&title=&artist=Kelly%20Clarkson&format=&debutLP=&category=&sex=&releaseDate=&requestNo=&type=&level=&label=&company=&certificationDate=&awardDescription=&catalogNo=&aSex=&rec_id=&charField=&gold=&platinum=&multiPlat=&level2=&certDate=&album=&id=&after=on&before=on&startMonth=10&endMonth=10&startYear=2000&endYear=2009&sort=Artist&perPage=25
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