Am I Wrong

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"Am I Wrong"
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Single by Nico & Vinz[A]
from the album Black Star Elephant
Released
  • 12 April 2013 (as Envy)
  • 21 January 2014 (as Nico & Vinz)
Format
Recorded 2012–13
Length
  • 4:07 (album version)
  • 3:39 (radio edit)
Label
Writer(s)
  • William Wiik Larsen
  • Nico Sereba
  • Vincent Dery
  • Abdoulie Jallow
Producer(s) William Wiik Larsen ("Will IDAP")
Envy singles chronology
"One Song"
(2011)
"Am I Wrong"
(2013)
"In Your Arms"
(2013)
Nico & Vinz singles chronology
"In Your Arms"
(2013)
"Am I Wrong"
(2014)
"When the Day Comes"
(2014)
Original cover art with Envy artist credit

"Am I Wrong" is a song by Norwegian musical duo Nico & Vinz (previously known as Envy). Produced by William Wiik Larsen ("Will IDAP"),[2] the song was initially released as a digital download single in Norway on 12 April 2013, credited to the duo's previous name Envy, and became a hit in various Scandinavian countries, including Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland.

Upon being released internationally, and following the duo's name change to Nico & Vinz, the song attained commercial success in various other countries, reaching number one in Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the top ten in Australia and the United States, among other nations.

Background[edit]

During an interview on Good Morning America, when asked about the meaning of the song and what inspired them to make it, Nico Sereba said: "Inspiration is coming from a small country, but having huge dreams and people telling you, man, that's not realistic, come on, you can't be on the top of America or the top of the world or whatever we dream of."[3]

Release[edit]

"Am I Wrong" was originally released under the duo's previous name Envy on 12 April 2013, following the moderately successful singles "Set to Go" (2010), "One Song" (2011) and "Go Loud" (2012). In January 2014, the duo signed to Warner Bros. Records in the United States and changed their name to Nico & Vinz to avoid being confused with other artists with a similar name.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Jason Lipshutz of Billboard wrote that while "lines like 'Am I wrong/For trying to reach the things that I can't see?' [are sung] with dead-eyed earnestness... the slide guitar and backing harmonies keep the song an airy affair."[5]

Commercial performance[edit]

Envy's "Am I Wrong" charted in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland and was credited as such in the charts of those countries. The single peaked at number two in Norway in June 2013 and in Denmark and Sweden in August 2013, and at number five in Finland in November 2013.

Following the success of the single in the Scandinavian countries and the duo's name change to Nico & Vinz, the song entered several other international singles charts. In the United States, the song peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the highest-charting song by a Norwegian artist since a-ha's "Take On Me" in 1985.[6] The song reached its first million sales mark in the US in June 2014,[7] and its second million in September 2014, having sold 2.2 million by the year's end.[8][9] In the United Kingdom, the song peaked at number one, making Nico & Vinz the first Norwegian act to top the UK Singles Chart since a-ha's "The Sun Always Shines on T.V." in 1986.[10]

Music video[edit]

A music video to accompany the release of "Am I Wrong" was first released onto YouTube on 20 June 2013 at a total length of five minutes and five seconds. The video was directed and edited by Kavar Singh.[11] The video takes place in Africa – namely Maun in Botswana Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Namibia – where the duo walk around with a TV each, trying to find a signal to locate the other.[12] According to the band, it was put together in an effort to present a positive side of Africa, with the continent too often mired in negative news stories.[13]

Cover versions[edit]

Track listings[edit]

  • Digital download[15]
  1. "Am I Wrong" – 4:07
  • CD single (Germany)[16]
  1. "Am I Wrong" – 4:08
  2. "Am I Wrong" (instrumental) – 4:06

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[70] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[71] Gold 15,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[72] Platinum 80,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[73] Gold 15,000^
Germany (BVMI)[74] Gold 0^
Italy (FIMI)[75] 2× Platinum 60,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[76] Platinum 15,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[77] 14× Platinum 140,000*
Sweden (GLF)[78] Platinum 40,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[79] Gold 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[80] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[81] 2× Platinum 2,200,000[9]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Finland[15] 12 April 2013 Digital download
Norway[82]
Australia[1] 21 January 2014 Warner Bros.
Germany[83]
United States[84]
Germany[16] 21 February 2014 CD single
United States[85] 1 April 2014 Contemporary hit radio
United Kingdom[86] 3 August 2014 Digital download

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Previously credited to the duo's original name, Envy. Later international releases from 21 January 2014 onwards, coinciding with the duo's name change, were credited to Nico & Vinz.[1]

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