Pompeii (Bastille song)

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"Pompeii"
Single by Bastille
from the album Bad Blood
B-side"Poet"
Released24 February 2013
FormatDigital download, 7" vinyl
Recorded2012
GenreIndie rock, alternative rock, synthpop
Length3:34
LabelVirgin
Writer(s)Dan Smith
Producer(s)Dan Smith, Mark Crew
Bastille singles chronology
"Flaws"
(2012)
"Pompeii"
(2013)
"Laura Palmer"
(2013)
 
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"Pompeii"
Single by Bastille
from the album Bad Blood
B-side"Poet"
Released24 February 2013
FormatDigital download, 7" vinyl
Recorded2012
GenreIndie rock, alternative rock, synthpop
Length3:34
LabelVirgin
Writer(s)Dan Smith
Producer(s)Dan Smith, Mark Crew
Bastille singles chronology
"Flaws"
(2012)
"Pompeii"
(2013)
"Laura Palmer"
(2013)

"Pompeii" is a song by British rock band Bastille. It is the fourth single from their debut studio album Bad Blood and the first to get major airplay and promotion. The song was released as a digital download on 24 February 2013. It reached number 2 in the UK Singles Chart, number 4 in Australian ARIA Chart, and number 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 on the Alternative Songs chart.

Lyrically, the song is about the Roman town of the same name, which met its fate with the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. It was nominated for British Single of the Year at the 2014 BRIT Awards.[1]

Composition[edit]

The song is written as an upbeat rock song that combines indie rock, alternative rock, and synthpop. According to the sheet music on Musicnotes.com, the song has a tempo of 128 beats a minute and is written in the key of A major with a chord progression of D-A-F#m-E.[2]

Music video[edit]

The official music video was filmed in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, California. It was directed by Jesse John Jenkins and produced by Tova Dann. The video was first released onto YouTube on 20 January 2013 at a total length of three minutes and fifty-two seconds.[3] The music video focuses on a man (played by Bastille frontman Dan Smith) who is running through various areas of Los Angeles in an allegory of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii. Lyrics such as "And the walls kept tumbling down in the city that we love" and "Great clouds roll over the hills, bringing darkness from above" are shown in the video. Once he sees people with black eyes he flees in a stolen car to the desert, where he soon becomes another black-eyed person.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
  1. "Pompeii" – 3:34
  2. "Poet" – 2:44
  3. "Pompeii" (Tyde Remix) – 4:22
  4. "Pompeii" (Monsieur Adi Remix) – 4:23
  5. "Pompeii" (Kat Krazy Remix) – 3:37

Commercial performance[edit]

The song reached number one in Ireland, and peaked at number two in Italy and the UK.[4] It also holds the record for the longest time at number one on the Official Streaming Chart, remaining at the peak for seven weeks,[5] and was the second most streamed track of 2013 in the UK.[6] "Pompeii" spent the anniversary of its debut at number 30, having re-entered the previous week following a live performance (a mash-up with Rudimental's "Waiting All Night") at the 2014 BRIT Awards.[7]

The song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in October 2013 and began climbing the Hot 100 chart.[8] It reached No. 9 in the Hot 100 in January 2014 and reached a million in sales in the US.[9] By March 2014, the song had reached top 5 in the Hot 100 in its 29th week, and has sold over two million digital copies.[10]

The B-side track "Poet" has also managed to chart in the UK at #121.[11]

In popular culture[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

American progressive rock band Coheed and Cambria released a digital EP via their Facebook on 12 October featuring a cover of Pompeii by The Prize Fighter Inferno/Claudio Sanchez as well as one of their originals and two songs from the band's I the Mighty and Balance and Composure.

Media[edit]

The song features in the trailer for the 2014 animated film Mr. Peabody & Sherman. The Kat Krazy remix is featured in the 2013 video game Need for Speed Rivals. It was also featured in the TV series Reign (2013 TV series) in the third episode of the first season, "Kissed".

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

RegionDateFormatLabel
United Kingdom[55]24 February 2013Digital Download, 7" singleVirgin Records
United States[56]15 October 2013Contemporary hit radioVirgin Records, Capitol Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brits 2014: Nominations in full". BBC News. Retrieved 9 January 2014
  2. ^ http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtdFPE.asp?ppn=MN0114955&mnuid%3D0SH6LC9SYDQH43UX0BXHP9NUCJSBB5L81J83C5L8
  3. ^ Bastille – Pompeii. YouTube
  4. ^ Corner, Lewis (19 April 2013). "Bastille hold on to Irish singles No. 1 with 'Pompeii'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Wade, Ian (23 April 2013). "Pompeii is STILL the UK’s most listened to song!". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  6. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/the-official-top-40-most-streamed-songs-of-2013-2717/
  7. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/archive-chart/_/1/2014-03-08/
  8. ^ Emily Zemler (6 December 2013). "Bastille's 'Pompeii' Erupts: From the U.K. to Alternative to Top 40". Billboard. 
  9. ^ Grein, Paul (15 January 2014). "Chart Watch: Katy Perry’s Even Dozen". Yahoo Music. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Grein, Paul (2014-03-12). "Chart Watch: Thanks Oscar. Love, Idina". Yahoo Music. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  11. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "UK Chart Log: Update 9.03.2013 (wk9)". Zobbel.de. Archived from the original on 19 April 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Bastille – Pompeii". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  13. ^ "Bastille – Pompeii – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – Bastille – Pompeii" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Bastille – Pompeii" (in French). Ultratop 50.
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  19. ^ "Lescharts.com – Bastille – Pompeii" (in French). Les classement single.
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  21. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart.
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  23. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Bastille – Pompeii". Top Digital Download.
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  26. ^ "March 08, 2014 – Mexico Ingles Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  27. ^ "March 17, 2014 – iTunes Mexico Alternative Songs". iTunes Mexico. Apple. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  28. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Bastille search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  29. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Bastille – Pompeii". Top 40 Singles.
  30. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Bastille – Pompeii". VG-lista.
  31. ^ "Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Airplay Top 20. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
  32. ^ "Archive Chart". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  33. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201313 into search.
  34. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Bastille – Pompeii". Singles Top 60.
  35. ^ "Bastille – Pompeii – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  36. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart.
  37. ^ "Bastille Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Bastille. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
  38. ^ "Bastille Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Bastille. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  39. ^ "Bastille Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Rock Songs for Bastille. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  40. ^ "Bastille Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Alternative Songs for Bastille. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  41. ^ "Bastille Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for Bastille. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
  42. ^ "Bastille Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Bastille. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
  43. ^ "Bastille Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Bastille. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
  44. ^ http://www.aria.com.au/pages/aria-charts-end-of-year-charts-top-100-singles-2013.htm
  45. ^ http://www.irma.ie/best2013.htm
  46. ^ http://nztop40.co.nz/chart/?chart=2348
  47. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/the-official-top-40-biggest-singles-of-2013-2709/
  48. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2014 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  49. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2014". Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  50. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Bastille; 'Pompeii')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  51. ^ "Italian single certifications – Bastille – Pompeii" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Retrieved 6 May 2013.  Select Online in the field Scegli la sezione. Select Week -- and Year ----. Enter Bastille in the field Artista. Click Avvia la ricerca
  52. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart - 26 August 2013". Recorded Music NZ. Archived from the original on 24 August 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  53. ^ "British single certifications – Bastille – Pompeii". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 3 September 2013.  Enter Pompeii in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go
  54. ^ "American single certifications – Bastille – Pompeii". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 27 January 2014.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  55. ^ iTunes – Music – Pompeii – EP by Bastille
  56. ^ Top 40/M Future Releases | Mainstream Hit Songs Being Released and Their Release Dates

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