I Follow Rivers

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"I Follow Rivers"
Single by Lykke Li
from the album Wounded Rhymes
Released 21 January 2011 (2011-01-21)
Format
Genre Indie pop
Length 3:48
Label LL
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Björn Yttling
Lykke Li singles chronology
"Get Some"
(2010)
"I Follow Rivers"
(2011)
"Sadness Is a Blessing"
(2011)

"I Follow Rivers" is a song by Swedish recording artist Lykke Li from her second studio album, Wounded Rhymes (2011). Produced by Björn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John, it was released on 21 January 2011 as the album's second single.[1] The track premiered exclusively on SPIN.com on 10 January 2011.[2] The music video, directed by Tarik Saleh and filmed on the Swedish island of Gotland,[3] features Li in a black robe and veil chasing a man (Swedish-Lebanese actor Fares Fares)[4] through a snowy landscape.

Belgian DJ/Producer The Magician remixed/reworked "I Follow Rivers" in 2011, peaking at number one in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Poland, Romania. Number two in Switzerland, Austria, Netherlands. Number 3 in France. Belgian band Triggerfinger covered "I Follow Rivers" in 2012, peaking at number one in Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Track listings[edit]

  • Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish iTunes EP – Remixes[5][6][7][8]
  1. "I Follow Rivers" – 3:42
  2. "I Follow Rivers" (Dave Sitek Remix) – 3:58
  3. "I Follow Rivers" (The Magician Remix) – 4:40
  4. "I Follow Rivers" (Van Rivers & The Sublimial Kid) – 6:41
  • UK iTunes EP[9]
  1. "I Follow Rivers" – 3:48
  2. "I Follow Rivers" (Dave Sitek Remix) – 3:58
  3. "I Follow Rivers" (Van Rivers & The Sublimial Kid) – 6:41
A. "I Follow Rivers" – 3:48
B. "Get Some" (Primary 1 Remix)
  • UK 12" single – The Remixes[11]
A1. "I Follow Rivers" – 3:48
A2. "I Follow Rivers" (The Magician Remix) – 4:40
B1. "I Follow Rivers" (Van Rivers & The Subliminal Kid Remix) – 6:41
B2. "I Follow Rivers" (Tyler, The Creator Remix) – 3:41
  • German CD single[12]
  1. "I Follow Rivers" (The Magician Remix) – 4:40
  2. "I Follow Rivers" (Radio Edit) – 3:20

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Belgium (BEA)[52] 2× Platinum 60,000*
France (SNEP)[53] Platinum 250,000*
Germany (BVMI)[54] 5× Gold 750,000^
Italy (FIMI)[55] 2× Platinum 60,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[56] 3× Platinum 90,000x

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

Triggerfinger version[edit]

"I Follow Rivers"
Single by Triggerfinger
Released 24 February 2012 (2012-02-24)
Format
Recorded 3FM (Hilversum, Netherlands)
Genre Pop
Length 3:35
Label B1M1
Writer(s)
Triggerfinger singles chronology
"Let It Ride"
(2011)
"I Follow Rivers"
(2012)
"Do Ya Think I'm Sexy"
(2012)

Belgian band Triggerfinger covered "I Follow Rivers" during Giel Beelen's show on the Dutch radio station 3FM in what was called "a fragile version". They used glasses, cups and knives to create a rhythmical background section.[57] Triggerfinger's version was released as a single on 24 February 2012,[58] topping the singles chart in Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands, while reaching number nine in Germany and number seventeen in Switzerland.

Track listings[edit]

  • Belgian and Dutch iTunes single[58][59]
  1. "I Follow Rivers" (Live@Giel!VARA/3FM) – 3:34
  • German CD single[60]
  1. "I Follow Rivers" (Live@Giel!) – 3:35
  2. "Let It Ride" – 3:24

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[61] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[62] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[63] 4
Germany (Media Control Charts)[64] 9
Luxembourg Digital Songs (Billboard)[65] 7
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[66] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[67] 17

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[39] 16
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[40] 3
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[41] 43
Germany (Media Control AG)[43] 29
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[46] 6
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[48] 60

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Austria (IFPI Austria)[68] Platinum 30,000x
Belgium (BEA)[69] 2× Platinum 60,000*
Germany (BVMI)[70] Gold 150,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[71] Gold 15,000x

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

Other versions and use in media[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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