For a Better Day

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"For a Better Day"
Pure Grinding X For A Better Day.png
Single by Avicii
from the album Stories
Released28 August 2015
Format
Recorded2014
GenreDance-pop
Length3:26
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Avicii
Avicii singles chronology
"Waiting for Love"
(2015)
"For a Better Day"
(2015)
"Pure Grinding"
(2015)
Music video
"For A Better Day" on YouTube

"For a Better Day" is a 2015 single by Swedish EDM producer Avicii featuring uncredited vocals by American singer Alex Ebert released on Universal Music. The track appears on his album Stories and on his two-track EP Pure Grinding / For a Better Day. It was written by Tim Bergling (Avicii) and Alex Ebert. Like Avicii's other latest songs, it was leaked on the internet in late 2014 and was simply titled "A Better Day".[citation needed] A music video was produced for the song, which was filmed in Hungary.[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "For a Better Day" is split into three time streams, dealing with child sexual slavery. The video begins with a car driving into a field where men are waiting around a truck. Another man gets out of the car and one man opens a truck displaying something. The other men present look on, interested. It appears to be a purchase of something unknown.

A second time stream is in black and white, and shows a boy and girl running through a cornfield, being chased by someone. They come out of the corn field, and take a look over the cliff, before jumping to the sea below.

The third time stream shows a couple of masked people in a car, who attack one of the men from the first time stream - from the "purchase" that was seen prior. They brand him with a word that cannot be read and then they kill him. An Asian man is forced to commit suicide with a pistol. In each case, they mark the person off with a big red X across their photo on a wall.

The third time stream finishes as the two masked individuals go through a riotous crowd, calling for freedom. The last individual appears to be a leader, perhaps the country's political leader. They brand him and bring him to the roof top with a noose around his neck. Just prior to shoving him over the edge to die, they reveal themselves to be the children that had been running away in the cornfield.

Finally, the first time stream is replayed - with no music and full dialog audio - we see the two children being bought from the truck (shown to be full of barely dressed boys and girls), and shoved into the trunk of what appears to be the same man - the one who became the political leader.

In the final scene, we see the wristwatch of the dead man - matching the unseen purchaser - and the camera pans to the man's back, which is branded with the word "pedofilia".

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[2] 51
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 10
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[4] 3
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[5] 49
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[6] 15
France (SNEP)[7] 26
Germany (Official German Charts)[8] 18
Hungary (Dance Top 40)[9] 5
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[10] 1
Hungary (Single Top 40)[11] 2
Ireland (IRMA)[12] 62
Italy (FIMI)[13] 39
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[14] 17
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[15] 22
Norway (VG-lista)[16] 15
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[17] 6
Poland (Dance Top 50)[18] 35
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[19] 51
Slovenia (SloTop50)[20] 25
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[21] 50
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[22] 5
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[23] 16
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[24] 68
US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (Billboard)[25] 17

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Italy (FIMI)[26] Gold 25,000double-dagger
Poland (ZPAV)[27] Platinum 20,000*
Sweden (GLF)[28] 2× Platinum 80,000^

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "This Week's Fresh Music Top 20". 11 October 2015. 4Music. Missing or empty |series= (help)
  2. ^ Ryan, Gavin (5 September 2015). "ARIA Singles: 'What Do You Mean?' Justin Bieber Is No 1". Noise11. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Avicii – For A Better Day" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Avicii – For A Better Day" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Avicii – For A Better Day" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  6. ^ "Avicii: For A Better Day" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  7. ^ "Lescharts.com – Avicii – For A Better Day" (in French). Les classement single.
  8. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Avicii – For a Better Day". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  9. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Dance Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  10. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  11. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  12. ^ "Chart Track: Week 41, 2015". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  13. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Avicii – For A Better Day". Top Digital Download.
  14. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Avicii" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  15. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Avicii – For A Better Day" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  16. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Avicii – For A Better Day". VG-lista.
  17. ^ "Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Airplay Top 100. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  18. ^ "Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Dance Top 50. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  19. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert {{{year}}}{{{week}}} into search.
  20. ^ "SloTop50 – Slovenian official singles chart". slotop50.si. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  21. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Avicii – For A Better Day" Canciones Top 50.
  22. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Avicii – For A Better Day". Singles Top 100.
  23. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Avicii – For A Better Day". Swiss Singles Chart.
  24. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  25. ^ "Avicii Chart History (Hot Dance/Electronic Songs)". Billboard.
  26. ^ "Italian single certifications – Avicii – For A Better Day" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana.
  27. ^ "Polish single certifications – Avicii – For a Better Day" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. 28 September 2016.
  28. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat" (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved 18 October 2017. Type Avicii in the top right search bar. Click on "Sok" and select For A Better Day and see certification.