Faded (Alan Walker song)

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"Faded"
Alan Walker - Faded.png
Single by Alan Walker
Released 3 December 2015
Format
Recorded 2015
Genre Progressive house[1]
Length 3:32
Label Mer Musikk
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Alan Walker
  • Jesper Borgen
  • Mood Melodies
Alan Walker singles chronology
"Force"
(2015)
"Faded"
(2015)
"Sing Me to Sleep"
(2016)

"Force"
(2015)
"Faded"
(2015)
"Sing Me to Sleep"
(2016)
Music video
"Faded" on YouTube

"Faded" is a song by Norwegian record producer and DJ Alan Walker. Incorporating vocals provided by Norwegian recording artist Iselin Solheim, the single was originally set to be released on 25 November 2015, but was delayed to 3 December 2015. The song was highly successful, peaking in the top 10 in most of the countries it charted in, and reached the top spot in more than 10 countries. It is currently the 32nd most viewed video on YouTube, with over 1.8 billion views as of July 2018.

Walker debuted a live performance of "Faded" with Iselin Solheim and string support on 27 February 2016 at X Games Oslo 2016.[2] The performance was aired live on Norwegian television.

Background[edit]

The progressive house song "Faded" is a revamped version of Walker's past electro house track "Fade", which was released via the record label NoCopyrightSounds in 2014.

In the creation of "Fade", Walker was inspired by the music producer Ahrix's sound on his track "Nova" from 2013. In a couple of interviews he stated: "The melodies and the way the track progresses are what’s so unique and its what inspired me to create "Fade" which later on became "Faded".[3][4] The style is inspired by the Norwegian producer K-391. The melody, I don’t know where it came from, but I try to let my emotions and feelings have a big influence on the melodies I produce."[5]

While the structure and melody are almost identical to "Fade", "Faded" is noticeably different for its piano intro; with uncredited vocals by Iselin Solheim and improved production.[6]

The song is set in common time and has a tempo of 90 beats per minute. Having the chord progression of Em–C-G–D, the song is written in the key of E minor.

Chart performance[edit]

"Faded" became a worldwide commercial success upon its release, topping Norwegian, Finnish and Swedish singles charts, as well as entering the top 3 in the Danish singles chart. The song peaked at number one in more than ten countries and in the top 5 in more than 25 countries.

It also charted in various countries including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It also reached number one on the Shazam Worldwide Top 100 Popular Songs in February 2016, and by March 2016, had become the world's most Shazamed song.[7]

Its music video on YouTube reached 1 billion views on 26 March 2017, and has received over 1.8 billion views to date, making it the 32nd most viewed YouTube video. It is also one of the 10 most liked YouTube videos with over 11.9 million likes, along with having the highest like-to-dislike ratio at the moment of 97.4%.[8]

On Spotify, "Faded" has over 850 million streams as of July 2018 and is one of the 30 most streamed songs.

Live performances[edit]

Several female vocalists have performed the song Faded live with Alan Walker. In addition to Iselin Solheim who also is the original singer on the recording, the song has also been performed live with Ingrid Helene Håvik (vocalist of Highasakite), Tove Styrke, Alexandra Rotan, Angelina Jordan, Zara Larsson and Torine Michelle.[9] On November 4, 2017 Alan Walker performed the song live with Against the Current at the 2017 League of Legends World Championship closing ceremony in Beijing.[10]

Music video[edit]

Derelict Rummu quarry utility buildings in the water at night, September 2014

A music video was released, featuring Shahab Salehi[11] as the protagonist.[12] The video was shot in Rummu quarry in Estonia, and produced and edited by Bror Bror and directed by Rikkard and Tobias Häggbom, with Rikkard Häggbom also as director of photography.

Synopsis[edit]

The video shows a young man dressed in black bloc styled attire including a mask, roaming with his backpack and a photograph of his home in his hand. He wanders through abandoned areas including high rise devastated buildings and derelict structures, an S.O.S. flare is used by him at one point to explore a dark building. Guided by the photo, he finally locates his home, but finds it in ruins. With a final look at his home, he removes his mask, as the video fades to black.[12]

Filming locations[edit]

Linnahall in November 2011.
Architects Raine Karp and Riina Altmäe

The video was filmed in Estonia,[12][13] and primarily concentrated on buildings that were derelict, abandoned, or in disrepair.[14] Most filming locations are interspersed across the video and do not appear in a continuous order.

Notable locations include the Linnahall building (built from limestone);[14] a disused textile manufacture and live concert building at Põhja puiestee 7 in Tallinn; the former Rummu prison, the Rummu limestone quarry[14] and lake alongside the adjoining spoil tip in Vasalemma Parish; and some locations around the city of Paldiski.[15] The last shot features the ruins of a building near the shore on Pakri Peninsula just outside Paldiski, on the outskirts of Laoküla village, Keila Parish (59°19′38″N 24°06′14″E / 59.327337°N 24.103941°E / 59.327337; 24.103941 (Laoküla)).

Acoustic version[edit]

R1 reactor hall in a facility of KTH, Sweden (2010)

On 11 February 2016, Alan Walker published an acoustic version of the song called "Faded (Restrung)". The song is performed with a piano and strings, with all the EDM elements taken out. Walker wrote in a note to The FADER, that he had decided on an alternative version of "Faded", so as "to highlight other aspects of the song; to present it to another audience who may like Iselin [Solheim]'s voice and the melodies, but can't stand the electronic parts of it".[16]

The music video to "Restrung" features Walker, Iselin Solheim and an 11-person string ensemble performing in the reactor hall of the dismantled R1, Sweden's first nuclear reactor. The cast were wearing the trademark hoodies that sport Alan Walker's artist logo composed of his stylized initials.[17] The R1 reactor hall is located underground at Sweden's Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm.[18]

The same team who created the video for "Faded", also made the music video for "Restrung" — Bror Bror was the producer, Rikkard and Tobias Häggbom directed, and Shahab Salehi was credited as an assistant. The filming atmosphere closely resembles that of "Faded"; according to Alan Walker's behind the scenes video, the "Restrung" video was filmed as a continuation of sorts to the original "Faded" video.[17][18]

Formats and track listings[edit]

Digital download[19]
No.TitleLength
1."Faded"3:32
2."Faded" (Instrumental)3:35

Charts and certifications[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[95] Platinum 20,000^
Australia (ARIA)[96] 4× Platinum 280,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[97] 2× Platinum 60,000*
Belgium (BEA)[98] 2× Platinum 60,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[99] 4× Platinum 320,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[100] 2× Platinum 120,000^
France (SNEP)[101] Gold 75,000*
Germany (BVMI)[102] Diamond 1,000,000^
Italy (FIMI)[103] 8× Platinum 400,000double-dagger
Mexico (AMPROFON)[104] Gold 30,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[105] 2× Platinum 30,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[106] 11× Platinum 110,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[107] 2× Diamond 200,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[108] 4× Platinum 160,000^
Sweden (GLF)[109] 13× Platinum 520,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[110] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[111] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

*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 Version Format Label Ref.
Various 3 December 2015 Original Digital download Mer Musikk [112]
EP [113]
12 February 2016 Restrung [114]
29 April 2016 Remixes EP Digital download [21]
Remixes [115]
13 May 2016 Single CD [26]
20 May 2016 7" Vinyl Vinyl [27]
27 May 2016 Remixes II Digital download [22]
India 29 July 2016 Lost Stories Remix [25]

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