Pompeii (Bastille song)

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"Pompeii"
Single by Bastille
from the album Bad Blood
B-side "Poet"
Released 11 January 2013
Format Digital download, 7" vinyl, CD single
Recorded 2012
Genre Indie rock, synthpop
Length 3:34
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Dan Smith
Producer(s) Dan Smith, Mark Crew
Bastille singles chronology
"Flaws"
(2012)
"Pompeii"
(2013)
"Laura Palmer"
(2013)

"Of the Night"
(2013)

"Pompeii/Waiting All Night"
(2014)

"Pompeii" is a song by British rock band Bastille. It is the fourth single from their debut studio album Bad Blood and the first to get major airplay and promotion. The song was released as the album's fourth single on 11 January 2013. It reached number 2 in the UK Singles Chart, number 4 in Australian ARIA Chart, and number 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Alternative Songs chart. Furthermore, according to the Official Charts Company it is the UK's most streamed song of all time.[1]

Lyrically, the song is about the Roman town of the same name, which met its fate with the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. It was nominated for British Single of the Year at the 2014 BRIT Awards.[2]

Composition[edit]

The song is written as an upbeat rock song that combines indie rock and synthpop. According to the sheet music on Musicnotes.com, the song has a tempo of 128 beats a minute and is written in the key of A major with a chord progression of D-A-F#m-E.[3]

Music video[edit]

The official music video was filmed in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, California. It was directed by Jesse John Jenkins and produced by Tova Dann. The video was first released onto YouTube on 20 January 2013 at a total length of three minutes and fifty-two seconds.[4] The music video focuses on a man (played by Bastille frontman Dan Smith) who is running through various areas of Los Angeles in an allegory of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii. Lyrics such as "And the walls kept tumbling down in the city that we love" and "Great clouds roll over the hills, bringing darkness from above" are shown in the video. He keeps encountering people whose entire eyes have turned black and flees in a stolen car to the desert, where he soon becomes a black-eyed person as well.

Track listing[edit]

Commercial performance[edit]

The song reached number one in Ireland, and peaked at number two in Italy and the UK.[9] It also holds the record for the longest time at number one on the Official Streaming Chart, remaining at the peak for seven weeks,[10] and was the second most streamed track of 2013 in the UK.[11] "Pompeii" spent the anniversary of its debut at number 30, having re-entered the previous week following a live performance (a mash-up with Rudimental's "Waiting All Night") at the 2014 BRIT Awards.[12]

The song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in October 2013 and began climbing the Hot 100 chart.[13] It reached No. 9 in the Hot 100 in January 2014 and reached a million in sales in the US.[14] By March 2014, the song had reached top 5 in the Hot 100 in its 29th week, and has sold over two million digital copies.[15] It reached its 3 million digital sales mark in June 2014.[16]

The B-side track "Poet" has also managed to chart in the UK at #121.[17]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Bad Blood.

In popular culture[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

American progressive rock band Coheed and Cambria released a digital EP via their Facebook on 12 October featuring a cover of Pompeii by The Prize Fighter Inferno/Claudio Sanchez as well as one of their originals and two songs from the band's I the Mighty and Balance and Composure.[citation needed]

Peter Hollens and Kina Grannis made an a capella cover.[18]

The cast of Glee performed Pompeii for the series' season 5 finale, The Untitled Rachel Berry Project.

Media[edit]

The two arcade machines featured in the cover art are Marvel Vs. Capcom 2.

The song features in the trailer for the 2014 animated film Mr. Peabody & Sherman. The Kat Krazy remix is featured in the 2013 video game Need for Speed Rivals. It was also featured in the British soap opera Hollyoaks and the TV series Reign in the third episode of the first season, "Kissed".[citation needed]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[60] 4× Platinum 280,000^
Belgium (BEA)[61] Platinum 30,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[62] 3× Platinum 240,000^
Germany (BVMI)[63] Gold 150,000^
Italy (FIMI)[64] 2× Platinum 60,000*
Mexico (AMPROFON)[65] Gold 30,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[66] 4× Platinum 60,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[67] Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[68] 3× Platinum 3,008,000[16]

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Italy[69] 11 January 2013 Contemporary hit radio EMI
United Kingdom[5][6] 22 February 2013 Digital download Virgin Records
25 February 2013 7" vinyl
United States[70] 25 June 2013 Modern rock radio Virgin Records, Capitol Records
Germany[7] 5 July 2013 Compact disc Virgin Records
United States[71][72][73] 16 September 2013 Adult album alternative radio Virgin Records, Capitol Records
15 October 2013 Contemporary hit radio
29 October 2013 Hot adult contemporary radio
United Kingdom[8] 19 February 2014 Digital download ("Pompeii/Waiting All Night") Brit Awards Ltd.
United Kingdom[74] 31 March 2014 Digital download (Audien remix) Virgin Records
United States[75]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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