On December 27 2003, Nothing Fails peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Singles Sales chart.
Unfortunately this chart position owed more to the disappearing physical singles market in the U.S. at the time than it did to the song’s overall popularity. Despite the remixes being relatively well-received (the maxi-single included club mixes of Nobody Knows Me), with no accompanying music video and a complete lack of radio support Nothing Fails failed to crack the Hot 100 singles chart. This marked the first time in Billboard’s history that a single topped the Singles Sales chart in the U.S. without making an appearance on the Hot 100.
In more reassuring chart news, Billboard announced in the same issue that Madonna was being crowned Top Dance Singles Sales Artist for 2003. Madonna had previously achieved this honour in 1985 and 1987, and held the runner-up position in 2000 and 2001.
I don’t want to even see that live performance! For me, Madonna’s reinvention as just another acoustic Folk/Rock singer songwriter just doesn’t sit well with me! Compared to this, give me the Sex book any day! We want Madonna to be in-your-face, shocking, provocative and edgy, not as a member of buttoned-down polite society that was American Life! American Life was her downfall and she knew better than that! Give me the Madonna who Lives to Tell and Takes a Bow! We want Madonna to be brilliant again! I am not looking forward to it fifteenth!
I kind of agree with Rabbit Bunny on this one. I did not like this entire era performances. Minus the MTV VMA which was GENIUS