"Faded" is a song by British-Norwegian record producer and DJ Alan Walker with vocals provided by Norwegian singer Iselin Solheim. The single was originally set to be released on 25 November 2015, but was postponed to 3 December. +more 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. As of April 2022, it is the 21st most viewed video on YouTube and also the 14th most viewed music video, with over 3. 3 billion views, making it the first EDM track to hit that milestone. "Faded" is also the 48th most streamed song on Spotify as of April 2022, with over 1. 5 billion streams.

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

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Background and composition

The song "Faded" is a revamped version of Walker's past composition "Fade", which was released via the record label NoCopyrightSounds in 2014. Walker was inspired by the music producer Ahrix's sound on his track "Nova" from 2013. +more In an interview he stated: "The melodies and the way the track progresses are what's so unique and it's what inspired me to create 'Fade' which later on became 'Faded'". 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. ".

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

The song is set in common time and has a tempo of 90 beats per minute. It is written in the key of E♭ minor with a chord progression of E♭m-C♭-G♭-D♭.

Chart performance

"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.

Its music video on YouTube reached 1 billion views on 26 March 2017, and has received over 3 billion views to date, making it the 19th most viewed YouTube video. It is also the 7th most liked YouTube video with over 24 million likes.

Live performances

Several female vocalists have performed the song live: Iselin Solheim, the original vocalist on the recording, Ingrid Helene Håvik (vocalist of Highasakite), Tove Styrke, Alexandra Rotan, Angelina Jordan, Zara Larsson and Torine Michelle. On 4 November 2017 Alan Walker performed the song live with Against the Current at the 2017 League of Legends World Championship closing ceremony in Beijing.

Music video

A music video was released, featuring Shahab Salehi as the protagonist. It was produced and edited by Bror Bror and directed by Rikkard and Tobias Häggbom; Rikkard Häggbom served as director of photography.

On 24 September 2021, a new music video called Paradise was released on YouTube featuring K-391 and Boy in Space as a collaboration with mobile game PUBG Mobile (PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds). That music video takes place at the same time as Faded, with it becoming the start of the World of Walker (WoW) Universe, as it uncovers a deeper plot within the previous music video Faded.

Synopsis

The video shows a young man dressed in scruffy clothes and covering his face, roaming with his backpack and a photograph of his home in his hand. He wanders through devastated high rises and derelict structures in an abandoned town, wielding a flare to explore a dark building. +more Guided by the photo, he finally locates his home, which lies in ruins. With a final look at his home, he removes his mask, and the video fades to black.

Filming locations

The video was filmed in Estonia at such locations as the Linnahall building; a disused textile manufacturing plant and a concert hall in Tallinn; the former Rummu prison; the Rummu quarry and lake alongside the adjoining spoil tip in Vasalemma Parish; and the city of Paldiski. 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 .

Acoustic version

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. +more 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".

The music video to "Restrung" features Walker, vocalist Iselin Solheim, and a string ensemble performing in the reactor hall of the dismantled R1, Sweden's first nuclear reactor. The cast wore black hoodies bearing Walker's logo of his stylized initials. +more The R1 reactor hall is located underground at Sweden's Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm.

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 a behind the scenes video of the filming, the "Restrung" video was shot as a continuation of sorts to the original "Faded" video.

Track listing

Digital - Single #"Faded" - 3:32 #"Faded" (Instrumental) - 3:35

*Digital - EP #"Faded" - 3:32 #"Faded" (Instrumental) - 3:34 #"Faded" (Restrung) - 3:37 #"Faded" (Piano Version) - 3:35

*Digital - Restrung #"Faded" (Restrung) - 3:37

*Digital - Remixes EP #"Faded" (Tiesto's Deep House Remix) - 4:29 #"Faded" (Dash Berlin Remix) - 3:35 #"Faded" (Tungevaag & Raaban Remix) - 4:11 #"Faded" (Y&V Remix) - 4:33 #"Faded" (Tiesto's Northern Lights Remix) - 4:10 #"Faded" (Luke Christopher Remix) - 3:26

*Digital - Remixes #"Faded" (Tiesto's Deep House Remix) - 4:29 #"Faded" (Slushii Remix) - 3:31 #"Faded" (Young Bombs Remix) - 3:23 #"Faded" (Dash Berlin Remix) - 3:35 #"Faded" (Tungevaag & Raaban Remix) - 4:11 #"Faded" (Y&V Remix) - 4:33 #"Faded" (Tiesto's Northern Lights Remix) - 4:10 #"Faded" (Luke Christopher Remix) - 3:26

*CD single #"Faded" - 3:32 #"Faded" (Instrumental) - 3:34 #"Faded" (Restrung) - 3:37 #"Faded" (Tiësto's Deep House Remix) - 4:29 #"Faded" (Tiёsto's Northern Lights Remix) - 4:10

*7-inch :A-side #"Faded" - 3:32 :B-side #"Faded" (Instrumental) - 3:35 #"Faded" (Restrung) - 3:37

*Digital - Remixes II #"Faded" (Slushii Remix) - 3:31 #"Faded" (Young Bombs Remix) - 3:22

*Digital - Lost Stories Remix #"Faded" (Lost Stories Remix) - 3:31

*CD - EP (Japan) #"Faded" - 3:32 #"Alone" - 3:34 #"Tired" - 3:37 #"The Spectre" - 3:11 #"Sing Me to Sleep" - 3:11 #"Routine" - 2:48 #"Faded" (Tiёsto's Northern Lights Remix) - 4:10

Charts

The song was highly successful, peaking between 1 and 20 in most of the countries it charted in, and reached the top spot in more than 10 countries. The only countries where the song peaked between 21 and 40 are Canada and Japan.

Weekly charts

Argentina (Monitor Latino)8
Ecuador (National-Report)3
Germany (Official German Charts)1
Germany Dance (Official German Charts)1
Guatemala (Monitor Latino)11
Greece Digital Songs (Billboard)2
Latvia (Latvijas Top 40)1
Lebanon (Lebanese Top 20)3
Poland (Video Chart)1
Portugal Digital Songs (Billboard)1
Serbia (Radiomonitor)1
Slovenia (SloTop50)3
South Korea International (Gaon)13

Year-end charts

Argentina (Monitor Latino)22
Australia (ARIA)17
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)1
Belgium (Ultratop Flanders)5
Belgium (Ultratop Wallonia)5
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)57
CIS (Tophit)2
Denmark (Tracklisten)5
France (SNEP)8
Germany (Official German Charts)1
Hungary (Dance Top 40)7
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)26
Iceland (Plötutíóindi)25
Hungary (Single Top 40)3
Israel (Media Forest)16
Italy (FIMI)2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)6
Netherlands (Single Top 100)4
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)17
Poland (ZPAV)15
Russia Airplay (Tophit)2
Slovenia (SloTop50)16
Spain (PROMUSICAE)8
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)1
Ukraine Airplay (Tophit)3
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)28
US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (Billboard)16

Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)196
Hungary (Dance Top 40)44
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)26
Hungary (Single Top 40)46
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)99
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)56

Decade-end charts

Germany (Official German Charts)6

Certifications

Release history

Various3 December 2015OriginalDigital downloadMer Musikk
Various3 December 2015Digital downloadMer MusikkEP
VariousDigital downloadMer Musikk12 February 2016Restrung
VariousDigital downloadMer Musikk29 April 2016Remixes EP
VariousDigital downloadMer Musikk29 April 2016Remixes
VariousMer Musikk13 May 2016SingleCD
VariousMer Musikk20 May 2016Original, restrung7-inch
VariousMer Musikk27 May 2016Remixes IIDigital download
Mer MusikkDigital downloadIndia29 July 2016Lost Stories Remix
Mer MusikkJapan24 May 2018EPCD

Copyright

In 2018, Cheetah Mobile removed a level containing this song from Rolling Sky to avoid being copyright claimed. Other levels with Alan Walker songs removed include "The Spectre", "Alone" and "Ignite", as well as remixes of the songs.