Am I Wrong (song)

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"Am I Wrong"
Single by Nico & Vinz[A]
from the album Black Star Elephant
Released 12 April 2013 (as Envy)
21 January 2014 (as Nico & Vinz)
Format
Recorded 2012–13
Genre
Length 4:07 (album version)
3:43 (radio edit)
Label
Writer(s)
  • William Wiik Larsen
  • Nico Sereba
  • Vincent Dery
Producer(s) William "Will IDAP" Wiik Larsen
Envy singles chronology
"One Song"
(2011)
"Am I Wrong"
(2013)
"In Your Arms"
(2013)
Nico & Vinz singles chronology
"In Your Arms"
(2013)
"Am I Wrong"
(2014)
"When the Day Comes"
(2014)
Original cover art with Envy artist credit

"Am I Wrong" is a song by Norwegian musical duo Nico & Vinz. Produced by William "Will IDAP" Wiik Larsen,[2] the song was initially released as a digital download single in Norway on 12 April 2013, credited to the duo's previous name Envy, and became a hit in various Scandinavian countries, including Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. Upon being released internationally, and following the duo's name change to Nico & Vinz, the song attained commercial success in various other countries, reaching the top ten in the Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States among others.

Background[edit]

During an interview on Good Morning America, when asked about the meaning of the song and what inspired them to make it, Nico Sereba said: "Inspiration is coming from a small country, but having huge dreams and people telling you, man, that's not realistic, come on, you can't be on the top of America or the top of the world or whatever we dream of."[3]

Release[edit]

"Am I Wrong" was originally released under the duo's previous name Envy in 12 April 2013, following the moderately successful singles "Set to Go" (2010), "One Song" (2011) and "Go Loud" (2012). In January 2014, the duo signed to Warner Bros. Records in the United States and changed their name to Nico & Vinz to avoid being confused with other artists with a similar name.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Jason Lipshutz of Billboard wrote that while "lines like 'Am I wrong/For trying to reach the things that I can't see?' [are sang] with dead-eyed earnestness... the slide guitar and backing harmonies keep the song an airy affair."[5]

Commercial performance[edit]

Envy's "Am I Wrong" charted in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland and was credited as such in the charts of those countries. The single peaked at number two in Norway in June 2013 and in Denmark and Sweden in August 2013, and at number five in Finland in November 2013.

Following the success of the single in the Scandinavian countries and the duo's name change to Nico & Vinz, the song entered several other international singles charts. In the United States, the song peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the highest-charting song by a Norwegian artist since a-ha's "Take On Me" in 1985.[6] As of June 2014, the song had sold over one million copies in the country.[7] In the United Kingdom, the song peaked at number one, making Nico & Vinz the first Norwegian act to top the UK Singles Chart since a-ha's "The Sun Always Shines on T.V." in 1986.[8]

Music video[edit]

A music video to accompany the release of "Am I Wrong" was first released onto YouTube on 20 June 2013 at a total length of five minutes and five seconds. The video was directed and edited by Kavar Singh.[9] The video takes place in Africa–namely Maun in Botswana and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe–where the duo walks an around with a TV each trying to find a signal to find each other.[10] According to the band, it was put together in an effort to present a positive side of Africa, with the continent too often mired in negative news stories.[11]

Track listings[edit]

  • Digital download[12]
  1. "Am I Wrong" – 4:07
  • CD single (Germany)[13]
  1. "Am I Wrong" – 4:08
  2. "Am I Wrong" (instrumental) – 4:06

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013–14) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[14] 2
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[15] 4
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[16] 9
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[17] 13
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[18] 1
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[19] 7
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[20] 2
Denmark (Tracklisten)[21]
Norwegian issue
2
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[22]
Norwegian issue
5
France (SNEP)[23] 6
Germany (Media Control Charts)[24] 3
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[25] 23
Hungary (Single Top 20)[26] 18
Ireland (IRMA)[27] 3
Israel (Media Forest)[28] 1
Italy (FIMI)[29] 10
Luxembourg (Luxembourg Digital Songs)[30] 3
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[31] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[32] 5
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[33] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[34]
Norwegian issue
2
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 20)[35] 1
Poland (Dance Top 50)[36] 8
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[37] 2
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[38] 1
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[39] 2
South Africa (EMA)[40] 3
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[41] 16
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[42]
Norwegian issue
2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[43] 7
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[44] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[45] 4
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[46] 1
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[47] 1
US Dance/Mix Show Airplay (Billboard)[48] 1
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[49] 18
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[50] 1
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[51] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[52] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[53] Gold 15,000x
Canada (Music Canada)[54] Platinum 80,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[55] Gold 15,000^
Germany (BVMI)[56] Gold 150,000^
Italy (FIMI)[57] Platinum 30,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[58] Platinum 15,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[59] 8× Platinum 80,000*
Sweden (GLF)[60] Platinum 40,000x
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[61] Gold 15,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[62] Gold 400,000^
United States (RIAA)[63] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Finland[12] 12 April 2013 Digital download
  • 5 Star Entertainment
  • EMI
Norway[64]
Australia[1] 21 January 2014 Warner Bros. Records
Germany[65]
United States[66]
Germany[13] 21 February 2014 CD single
United States[67] 1 April 2014 Contemporary hit radio
United Kingdom[68] 3 August 2014 Digital download

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Previously credited to the duo's original name, Envy. Later international releases from 21 January 2014 onwards, coinciding with the duo's name change, were credited to Nico & Vinz.[1]

References[edit]

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