Peter Dyer also provides keyboard on the song. Avicii introduced "Wake Me Up! Avicii's 'Wake Me Up' has been named as the highest charting dance track of the decade  , sitting at No. It is the only song to crack the Billboard Decade-End without making the top 3 during any week.
It was also released as a promotional stand-alone single on Interscope Records , made available online for downloads via iTunes. A separate music video was also made. The Blacc single also charted in its own right in various charts. At the same time I was tipped off about doing another track with Aloe Blacc , and I started working on that track.
None of us [could] sing and we really needed to get that demo down and the only person I knew that lived in LA was Aloe, so I called him and he was free. Lyrics come really easy to him so he wrote them in a couple of hours and we finished the track. Aloe Blacc, who is not credited on the track, explained to The Huffington Post : "I started writing the lyrics at the top of , travelling back from Switzerland.
I started in hip hop music back in the 90s and I never expected to be singing and have an actual career as a musician, but I'm travelling all over the world and I thought 'Life is a dream, wake me up when it's all over'. I was invited to the studio with Avicii and Mike Einziger from Incubus, and when I got to the studio they had already come up with a chord progression of the song.
I came in with the lyrics and I just developed the melody as I heard the chords, and we all thought it was something very strong. We finished the song that night as an acoustic version, then Avicii made the dance mix in a couple of days, and that's what we released to the world, and that was his release.
It was also released as a promotional stand-alone single by Interscope Records and made available online for download via iTunes. The single also charted in its right in various charts. Robert Copsey of Digital Spy gave the song a positive review, stating:. Kudos to Avicii then, who has dared to try something a little different for his latest offering. The jig-along chorus may conjure up images of Brits-on-tour, but to be honest, what summer anthem doesn't?
The single has peaked at number one in 22 countries to date, including Australia, New Zealand, Hungary, Ireland,  the United Kingdom and several European countries, in addition to reaching the top 10 in six others. The song is also the most searched on the Apple owned music identifying app Shazam with more than 23 million in February In Australia, the song debuted at number 42 on 24 June, before reaching the two spot two weeks later making it both Avicii's and Blac's highest charting single in the country.
Prior to reaching the top spot, Robin Thicke 's, " Blurred Lines " spent eight weeks atop the chart. In July , "Wake Me Up" entered at the number one on the UK Singles Chart , selling 88, copies in its first day  and , in its first week, becoming Britain's fastest-selling single of at the time of writing.
A lyric video to accompany the release of "Wake Me Up" was first released on YouTube 28 June , at a total length of four minutes and thirty two seconds, and teaser clips for the official video were also released. The official video for "Wake Me Up" was released a month after the lyric video on 29 July It features two unnamed women, clearly sisters: The older girl is Russian fashion model Kristina Romanova , and the younger girl is Laneya Grace.
It depicts them and how they are different from the people in their dreary village, said people are seen looking at the two often with disgust and revulsion. One morning, Kristina gets up early and rides off on a horse to a nearby city. Once in the city, she finds how welcoming and accepting the people are of her. She notices a woman with the Avicii logo birthmark like the one on her lower arm. They meet others and then jump into a truck and are then shown to be attending an Avicii concert. The next morning, Kristina rides back on the horse to Laneya and tells her that she found "somewhere they belong" as they pack up all their belongings and depart the village for good.
The video ends with them walking down the highway as they move into the city and shots from the concert and the staring villagers from the beginning just moving on with their dreary lives with only one seeming to notice and be depressed by the sisters' departure before resuming her uninspired life. Avicii concert footage was from Miami. As of February , this video has been viewed on Avicii's official YouTube channel over 1.
On 30 September , Blacc released his own acoustic version of the song. The track also appears on Blacc's full studio album Lift Your Spirit. The director is Alex Rivera. The cast were real life immigrant activists: Hareth Andrade Ayala a Virginia leader in the immigrant youth movement working to stop her own father's deportation , Agustin Chiprez Alvarez a Los Angeles day laborer , and Margarita Reyes who was deported with her mother as a child despite being born in the US. Buchanan and Keys performed the song as a tribute to Avicii who had died a little over a month earlier.
We're celebrating life, love and finding ourselves! In the United Kingdom, the original release date was intended to be 8 September The video received heavy publicity and popularity within Ireland from many news websites and the public. The video was a viral hit within the country and with Irish abroad, hitting a million views in one week.
The once fun-loving track has taken a turn for the melancholy, but it plays so well you'll hardly think twice about the change. In , he guided the Military Wives — a group of women with partners serving overseas in the army — to Christmas number one with the song " Wherever You Are ". In , in collaboration with Gary Barlow , Malone produced the song " Sing ", as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, with the Commonwealth Band being joined by the Military Wives. Malone was chosen to create the official Children in Need single for , and his efforts were captured in a two-part series, Gareth Malone's All Star Choir , which aired on 3 November and 10 November.
The BBC press release said that Malone would "bring together an array of untrained voices from the world of television sport and theatre" for the single.
Gareth Malone went on numerous television and radio shows to promote the song, including some presented by celebrities who feature on the record.
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