Demons (Imagine Dragons song)

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"Demons"
Single by Imagine Dragons
from the album Night Visions
Released January 28, 2013
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011-12,
Westlake Recording Studios, West Hollywood, California
Genre Indie rock
Length 2:57
Label KIDinaKORNER, Interscope
Writer(s) Ben McKee, Dan Platzman, Dan Reynolds, Wayne Sermon, Alexander Grant, Josh Mosser
Producer(s) Alex da Kid
Imagine Dragons singles chronology
"Hear Me"
(2012)
"Demons"
(2013)
"On Top of the World"
(2013)

"Demons" is a song recorded by American rock band Imagine Dragons. It was produced by record producer Alex da Kid, written by Imagine Dragons and Alex da Kid, and recorded by the band. The song appears on their major-label debut extended play Continued Silence and also makes an appearance on their debut studio album Night Visions as the fourth track. "Demons" was solicited to American triple-A radio stations on January 28, 2013 and to modern rock stations on April 1 and serves as the album's overall fifth single and was released as the third single from Night Visions in the United States,[1][2][3] and was later released to contemporary hit radio stations on 17 September 2013 as an official single.[4] "Demons" is an indie rock ballad while the lyrics portray the protagonist warning the significant other of his or her flaws.

The song has been a commercial success, becoming their second top ten single after "Radioactive". It spent twelve weeks in the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100, four of which were spent at its number six peak. It is Imagine Dragons' second song to stay more than one year on the Hot 100. It has sold over 3 million copies in the US as of January 2014.[5] It has also been a moderate commercial success worldwide, charting in several countries. The song won a MuchMusic Video Award for International Video of the Year - Group (2014) and an iHeartRadio Music Award for Alternative Rock Song of the Year (2014).

Music video[edit]

An MTV report on the "Demons" music video stated that it would "fit nicely with the artful imagery of 'It's Time' and the thoroughly out-there puppet grappling of 'Radioactive'."[6] Released on May 7, 2013 and shot in Las Vegas, Nevada at the band's performance at The Joint on February 9, 2013, the video features a mix of live footage of the band and a companion narrative.[3] Various characters with personal hardships are depicted, including a victim of parental abuse, a widow, a military veteran, and an anorexic man who stares at himself in a mirror.[3] The clip ends with a dedication to Tyler Robinson (1995-2013), a fan of the band who died at the age of 17 in March 2013 following a battle with cancer.[3]

Cover versions[edit]

Upcoming singer Masha recently covered "Demons" on her YouTube channel. Ryan Seacrest's official website described her cover as "a soulful ballad by replacing the studio version’s heavy rock beats with the soft, resonating sound of a piano — showcasing her powerful vocals and truly capturing the powerful meaning behind the cryptic lyrics." On November 11, 2013 during the fifth season of The Voice U.S. Will Champlin did a version of this song. On December 11, 2013 during the third season of The X Factor U.S. Jeff Gutt did a version of this song.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Demons" (Imagine Dragons Remix) 3:16
2. "Demons" (KIDinaKORNER Remix) 3:19
3. "Demons" (Acoustic Live in London) 3:07
4. "Demons" (Music Video) 3:56
US promotional single
No. Title Length
1. "Demons"   2:57

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[44] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[45] Platinum 80,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[46] Platinum 30,000^
Italy (FIMI)[47] Platinum 30,000*
Mexico (AMPROFON)[48] Platinum 60,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[49] Platinum 15,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[50] 2× Platinum 20,000*
Sweden (GLF)[51] 4× Platinum 160,000x
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[52] Gold 15,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[53] Silver 200,000^

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

Accolades[edit]

Year Ceremony Award Result
2014 Billboard Music Awards Top Rock Song Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards Alternative Rock Song of the Year Won
MTV Video Music Awards Best Rock Video Pending
MuchMusic Video Awards International Video of the Year - Group Won

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States January 28, 2013 Triple A radio[54] Interscope Records
April 1, 2013 Alternative radio[55]
September 16, 2013 Adult contemporary hit radio[56]
September 17, 2013 Contemporary hit radio[57]
Mexico October 22, 2013 Digital download (remixes)[58][59] Interscope Records, KIDinaKORNER
United States

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