A happy yet emotional song! Alan Walker described ‘Faded’ in a Genius attribution saying: “I would describe ‘Faded’ as a happy yet emotional song, appropriate for both sad and or uplifting occasions. It’s about searching for someone, something or somewhere lost. Or just feeling lost! One of the things I like the most about its lyrics is that the meaning can be interpreted freely by the listener.”
‘Faded’ started off as a tropical house track then the electro house drop was added. In an interview with Pop Crush, Walker said: “The track started off as a tropical house track, but later on I added an electro house drop. That was pretty much the beginning of ‘Fade.’ I found out that it didn’t work as a tropical house plus electro house track, so I decided to make it a complete electro track. This is where I got inspired by Ahrix’s track ‘Nova’ and K-391’s melodic style, which helped me put together the sounds and melodies. Later on when I signed with Sony, we wanted to re-release ‘Fade’ as ‘Faded’ with a brand new mix and with vocals by Iselin Solheim. I think Iselin was the first person who sung demo vocals for ‘Faded.’ And it worked out great! The way I got in touch with Iselin was through a guy that I work with in the studio.”
Release Date: December 3, 2015
Songwriter/s: Alan Walker – Jesper Borgen – Mood Melodies – Gunnar Greve
Label: Mer Mukikk
Chart Rankings: In the US, the song peaked at number 80 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached number 4 on the Dance Club Songs Charts. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it Platinum for sales over 1 million copies. In the UK, it reached number 7 on the Official Charts Company and number 2 on the UK Dance Charts. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified it Platinum for sales over 600,000 copies. ‘Faded’ topped the charts in several countries around the world including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. It received several certifications around the world such as 11 times Platinum in Sweden, Double Diamond in Poland, Diamond in Germany, 7 times Platinum in Italy, Quadruple Platinum in Australia and Spain.
Artist’s age on Release Date: Alan Olav Walker was 18 years old when he released this song.
Cover Versions: Conor Maynard – Sara Farell – Ahmed Alshaiba – Aili – Launchpad MK2 – Robert Mendoza (violin cover) – Bars and Melody – Klaudia Drums (drums cover) – Jigar Rajpopat – JFla – Madilyn Bailey – Emma Heesters – Kfir Ochaion – Leon Alex (guitar) – Beth – other amateur artists covered this song on Youtube.