Sandstorm (song)

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For the 1996 single, see Sandstorm (Cast song). For other songs, see Sandstorm (disambiguation).
"Sandstorm"
Single by Darude
from the album Before the Storm
Released 15 November 1999
Format CD single, 12" single
Recorded JS16 Studios in 1999
Genre Techno, Trance[1]
Length 7:26 (original mix)
3:45 (radio edit)
Label 16 Inch
Writer(s) Ville Virtanen, Jaakko Sakari Salovaara
Producer(s) JS16
Darude singles chronology
"Sandstorm"
(1999)
"Feel the Beat"
(2000)
Music sample

"Sandstorm" is a 1999 trance musical composition by Finnish trance DJ Darude.[2] It was released initially released in Finland on 15 November 1999 by 16 Inch Records, and uploaded to mp3.com where it gained global recognition. The tune was re-released in Sweden in 2000.

"Sandstorm" was the best-selling single worldwide in 2000.[2] On 1 March 2010, over ten years after its release, the song was certified Gold in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over 500,000.[3]

Background[edit]

Darude first started making "happy hardcore" music with a music tracker program on his computer, playing gigs as "Rudeboy".[4] He then performed with Wille "Weirdness" Heikkilä as "Position 1", making light Eurodance tunes, and he paired with other DJs on other projects. In September–October 1999[4] as Darude he began collaborating with Jaakko "JS16" Salovaara, known as the producer of the Bomfunk MC's.[5] "Sandstorm" was the first product of the collaboration, ready after about a week of work. JS16 signed Darude as the first artist on JS16's new label 16 Inch Records.[4]

Darude had been uploading various pieces of his techno experimentation on the website mp3.com, where he was building a following, and he also uploaded the full-length demo of "Sandstorm". This exposure was responsible for worldwide interest in "Sandstorm".[6] In 2000, Darude reported on his mp3.com artist's page that he had "removed the full-length tracks" of "Sandstorm" at the request of his record company.[7]

Composition[edit]

"Sandstorm" was composed by Darude and Jaakko Sakari Salovaara, featuring no lyrics in it.[8] According to music critics, it is a trance composition.[1][9]

Chart performance[edit]

Soon after release, "Sandstorm" became popular on pop radio stations, reaching No. 1 in Norway.[10] Its sales worldwide eventually reached 2 million, and it was featured on 200 techno/trance compilations.[6]

Music video[edit]

The video for "Sandstorm" features Darude with headphones viewing two security guards (a man and a woman) chasing a woman with a case. It was filmed at Helsinki Senate Square. Darude seems to appear at every place the pursuers and the pursued go. Near the end, the woman with the case stumbles and one of her pursuers (the other woman) betrays her partner, knocking him out. The woman and the other woman take the case onto a boat with Darude.

Usage in media[edit]

In film and television[edit]

"Sandstorm" appeared on the pilot episode of popular Showtime series Queer as Folk, which first aired on December 3, 2000.[11] The song has appeared in the comedy movie (2005 remake) Fun with Dick and Jane, as well as in the 2013 drama film Filth. Still in 2013, it also appeared in Under the Skin (in the discothèque scene).

In sports[edit]

In October 2006, "Sandstorm" was played for the first time at the University of South Carolina Williams-Brice Stadium during a Gamecocks American football game. It became a rallying anthem.[12][13]

Professional wrestler Toru Owashi uses "Sandstorm" as his entrance theme.[14] It was also played at the 2006 Winter Olympics, and during the Ice Hockey World Championships. Nike used the composition in an advertisement series featuring the basketball opponents Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.[6]

Track listing[edit]

  • CD single
  1. "Sandstorm" (Radio Edit) – 3:46
  2. "Sandstorm" (Original Mix) – 7:26
  3. "Sandstorm" (JS16 Remix) – 7:21
  • Sandstorm (The Remixes) - EP (iTunes Download)
  1. "Sandstorm" (Radio Edit) – 3:49
  2. "Sandstorm" (Extended) – 7:26
  3. "Sandstorm" (Dallas Superstarts Remix) – 8:24
  4. "Sandstorm" (Komytea Radio Remix) – 3:54
  5. "Sandstorm" (Komytea Remix) – 7:40
  6. "Sandstorm" (DJ Ray Aka Tom Hafman Remix) – 7:13
  7. "Sandstorm" (Superchumbo's Sandy Storm) – 8:38
  8. "Sandstorm" (Jan Driver Remix) – 6:16
  9. "Sandstorm" (Ronyz Rework) – 6:20

Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
"It Feels So Good" by Sonique
Norwegian Singles Chart number-one single
July 27, 2000 – August 31, 2000
Succeeded by
"Music" by Madonna

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Birchmeier, Jason. "Godskitchen: Pure Trance Classics". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Slomowicz, Ron. "Interview with Darude". About.com. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
  3. ^ a b RIAA Sandstorm Certification. RIAA. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c Niemelä, Antti. "Interview". Findance – Finnish Music Guide. Archived from the original on 10 January 2001. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Niemelä, Antti. "Darude – Discography". Findance – Finnish Music Guide. Archived from the original on 6 March 2001. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c Burcher, Nick (2012). Paid, Owned, Earned: Maximising Marketing Returns in a Socially Connected World. Kogan Page Publishers. pp. 146–7. ISBN 9780749465636. 
  7. ^ "Darude". mp3.com. Archived from the original on 11 May 2000. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Sandstorm Lyrics". Metrolyrics. CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  9. ^ Finnish Music Quarterly (Performing Music Promotion Centre (ESEK)). 2003. p. 25. 
  10. ^ a b "Sandstorm", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved July 2, 2010)
  11. ^ http://www.princessofbabylon.com/songlist.html
  12. ^ Kendall, Josh (2013). 100 Things South Carolina Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die. Triumph Books. p. 101. ISBN 9781600788505. 
  13. ^ Kearns, Taylor (Nov 30, 2010). "USC students, fans make "Sandstorm" their unofficial anthem". WIS. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  14. ^ "Profile". Dramatic Dream Team (in Japanese). Archived from the original on February 11, 2007. Retrieved November 30, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Darude – Sandstorm". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  16. ^ "Darude – Sandstorm – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  17. ^ "Ultratop.be – Darude – Sandstorm" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  18. ^ "Ultratop.be – Darude – Sandstorm" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  19. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Darude – Sandstorm". Tracklisten.
  20. ^ "Darude: Sandstorm" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  21. ^ "Lescharts.com – Darude – Sandstorm" (in French). Les classement single.
  22. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  23. ^ Italian peak
  24. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Darude search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  25. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Darude – Sandstorm". Top 40 Singles.
  26. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Darude – Sandstorm". VG-lista.
  27. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Darude – Sandstorm" Canciones Top 50.
  28. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Darude – Sandstorm". Singles Top 60.
  29. ^ "Darude – Sandstorm – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  30. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart.
  31. ^ a b "Darude | AllMusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 9 February 2011. 
  32. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Darude; 'Sandstorm')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  33. ^ "År 2000" (in Swedish). Swedish Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 9 February 2011. 
  34. ^ "Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. 7 July 2000. Retrieved 9 February 2011. 

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