Levels (Avicii song)

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"Levels"
Single by Avicii
Released 24 October 2014
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2010–2011
Genre Progressive house
Length 5:37 (original version)
3:20 (radio edit)
Label Universal
Writer(s) Tim Bergling, Arash Pournouri, Leroy Kirkland, Pearl Woods, Etta James
Producer(s) Avicii
Avicii singles chronology
"Collide"
(2011)
"Levels"
(2011)
"Blessed"
(2012)

"Levels" (stylized as "LE7ELS") is a song by Avicii, containing a vocal sample from the 1962 gospel-inspired "Something's Got a Hold on Me" by Etta James, as written by Leroy Kirkland, Pearl Woods and James. An early instrumental version of the song was first played by Avicii during an appearance on Essential Mix in December 2010, while the final version with Etta James's vocals was first performed at the Ultra Music Festival in March 2011. "Levels" was officially released on 28 October 2011 and peaked at number one in Sweden and on the Dance music charts in United States and became a top ten hit in Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.[1]

"Levels" uses the same Etta James sample as Pretty Lights's 2006 song "Finally Moving" from album Taking Up Your Precious Time.

Flo Rida's single "Good Feeling", which became a worldwide hit in late 2011, was primarily influenced by "Levels" and its Etta James sample.[2][3]

"Levels" was featured in the pilot of Arrow.[4][5]

Composition[edit]

"Levels" is a progressive house song containing elements of soul, EDM, and house, featuring heavy and high-pitched synths, a quiet bassline and beat. The song is set in common time with a tempo of 128 beats per minute. It was produced in the key of C♯ minor, with a simple chord progression of C#m-E-B-A. It samples lyrics from Etta James' 1962 single, "Something's Got a Hold on Me", only consisting of "Oh, sometimes I get a good feeling, yeah. I get a feeling that never never never had before. No, no. I get a good feeling, yeah".

Music video[edit]

The official music video for the song was uploaded to YouTube on 29 November 2011. The clip starts with a man in an office environment, talking to a fellow co-worker, when he suddenly starts to dance. He scribbles Avicii's name on various surfaces, and dances on tables, while co-workers disapprovingly observe. Later, he gets immobilised by a taser and falls into a coma, where he has a vision of himself pushing a boulder up a mountain while lip-syncing Etta James' lyrics. At the hospital, just before he wakes up, a flower sprouts from his mouth, which infects the male nurses looking after him with an unknown substance, making them collapse to the ground. At the end of the clip, all the doctors and nurses end up dancing, also presumably infected.

Remixes[edit]

The song has been remixed by several artists, including Cazzette and Skrillex. It has been used in a mashup with "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra titled "Levels That I Used to Know" and another mashup with "Good Feeling" by Flo Rida titled "Good Levels" which has been played on some club radio stations. Another mashup featuring Levels & "Bangarang" by Skrillex. George Monev made a popular edit to this song which reverses the track.[6] The song was recently re-worked to feature vocals from South Korean K-pop singer Im Seulong of 2AM. The single was released in South Korea on 5 May 2013 via digital music outlets.[7]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download
  1. "Levels" (original version) – 5:37
  2. "Levels" (instrumental radio edit) – 3:19
  3. "Levels" (instrumental version) – 5:38
  • CD single
  1. "Levels" (original version) – 5:37
  • The Remixes EP[8]
  1. "Levels" (Skrillex Remix) – 4:41
  2. "Levels" (Cazzette's NYC Mode Mix) – 5:54
  3. "Levels" (Cazzette's NYC Mode Radio Mix) – 3:37

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Australia[62] 28 October 2011 Digital download Universal Music
Denmark[63]
Ireland[64]
Netherlands[65]
Sweden[66]
Germany 31 October 2011[67]
15 November 2011[68] CD single
United States[69] 31 October 2011 Digital download
United Kingdom[70] 20 November 2011

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Arrow Music | Season 1 - Episode 1". Cwtv.com. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Arrow Review: A Man in a Green Hood". TV Fanatic. October 10, 2012. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
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  7. ^ [싱글] Levels With 슬옹 From 2AM | Daum 뮤직 :: 언제 어디서나 Music on Daum
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  29. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Avicii – Levels". VG-lista.
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  52. ^ "Certificeringer". IFPI Denmark. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
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  54. ^ "Italian single certifications – Avicii – Levels" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry.  Select Online in the field Scegli la sezione. Select Week -- and Year ----. Enter Avicii in the field Artista. Click Avvia la ricerca
  55. ^ "The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  56. ^ "Trofe Oversikt" (in Norwegian). International Federation of the Phonographic Industry of Norway. Archived from the original on 18 January 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  57. ^ "Veckolista Singlar - Vecka 23, 8 juni 2012". Sverigetopplistan (in Swedish). GLF. Retrieved 2013-05-24. 
  58. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Avicii; 'Levels')". Hung Medien. 
  59. ^ "British single certifications – Avicii – Levels". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Levels in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go
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  63. ^ iTunes - Music - Levels - EP by Avicii
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  67. ^ Levels: Avicii: Amazon.de: MP3-Downloads
  68. ^ Levels (2-Track): Amazon.de: Musik
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