Story of Song
When The Script were interviewed by Ash, Kip & Luttsy from NOVA 106.9 Radio, one of the band’s members said: “I was going down to support a marathon in the UK, and all these normal people were raising money for cancer awareness and, to be honest, that’s why we wrote the song because we thought people like this don’t get a ‘thank you’ no one ever notices them. It’s always athletes that have these halls of fame. So that’s why we wrote the song–we were completely inspired by normal people running this race.”
Danny O’Donoghue explained that “It’s a really inspirational song about not following money, not following the things that ‘music’ would be believe is important, like red carpets and this that and the other. It’s about following your heart.” O’Donoghue also talked about collaborating with will.i.am on this song during an interview for The Sun Magazine: “I played Will a few demos backstage early on in The Voice. We got to ‘Hall Of Fame’ and he immediately asked if he could have it for his new album, as it was exactly what he was looking for. I wasn’t having it, it was our lead single but I asked if he’d be on it. He agreed and we booked in time to record it. The problem is, he’s either late or completely flakes, so it took four attempts to get him to record his part. Eventually we put it together in his hotel room in 15 minutes. It’s a classic duet, I do one line and he responds. We’re really excited about it and hoping we’ll get out and do it live too.”
Released August 20, 2012
Danny O’Donoghue – Mark Sheehan – James Barry
Epic – Phonogenic
In the UK, the song topped the Official Charts Company and became the first number 1 single for The Script in the UK. The British Phonographic Industry certified it Platinum for sales over 600.000 copies. In the US, ‘Hall of Fame’ sold over 2.912.000 copies, and was certified Double Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It peaked at number 25 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and at number 17 on the US Mainstream Top 40. In Australia, the song peaked at number 4 and was certified 6 times Platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). ‘Hall of Fame’ topped the charts in Austria, Ireland, and Scotland, and reached the top 10 charts in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden, and Switzerland. It was certified 6 times Platinum in Norway, and Double Platinum in Italy, New Zealand and Sweden. In Austria, Belgium, Denmark, and Finland it was certified Gold.
Artist’s age on release date
The Script were had been for 11 years when this song was released. will.i.am was 37 years old.
Lucas Pontes featuring Lex & Renan – Matt Beilis – Ashanthi’s School of Music (TNL Onstage) – RUNAGROUND – Carson Lueders – Moritz Garth – Maria Z – Francesco Parrino (piano cover) – Katie Steel – Bethan Horton – Johnny Orlando – Aj Silva – Dennis Lau & Koujee – Other amateur artists covered this song on Youtube.