Sail (song)

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"Sail"
Single by Awolnation
from the album Back from Earth and Megalithic Symphony
Released2011
FormatDigital download
RecordedRed Bull recording studio, Los Angeles, California
GenreElectronic rock, indie rock
Length4:19
LabelRed Bull
Writer(s)Aaron Bruno
ProducerAaron Bruno
Awolnation singles chronology
"Sail"
(2011)
"Not Your Fault"
(2011)
 
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"Sail"
Single by Awolnation
from the album Back from Earth and Megalithic Symphony
Released2011
FormatDigital download
RecordedRed Bull recording studio, Los Angeles, California
GenreElectronic rock, indie rock
Length4:19
LabelRed Bull
Writer(s)Aaron Bruno
ProducerAaron Bruno
Awolnation singles chronology
"Sail"
(2011)
"Not Your Fault"
(2011)

"Sail" is a song by American electronic rock band Awolnation, taken from the band's debut EP Back from Earth and later featured on their debut album Megalithic Symphony. The song peaked at #5 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, and is the band's most commercially successful song to date.

The song was featured in a video released by base jumper Jeb Corliss, which depicts him flying through Swiss mountains. Corliss' video helped bring attention to Awolnation and contributed to the success of "Sail". It has also been featured as a theme song to the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins. "Sail" was featured on a BMW commercial during the 2012 Summer Olympics, and was in an episode of the A&E television show, Longmire. The song was also featured on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada pre game montage on February 18, 2012 for a game between the Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Contents

Music video

The video starts with lead singer Aaron Bruno running to a house. As soon as he enters the house, he shuts the blinds. He then grabs a tape recorder, enters a bathroom and starts singing at the recorder while looking into a mirror. A green strike of light then moves across the house, striking a spacesuit helmet and a jumpsuit with "Awolnation" printed on it. As the light is about to strike him, Bruno hides inside a full bathtub. The next scene depicts Bruno being pulled across the floor by an unknown force; he attempts to cling to a door, but loses his grip. This scene is interspersed with shots of Bruno closing a door and playing the song's piano section. As the song's final chorus section begins, the house shakes and lights and lamps turn on and off as a gust of wind blows. Bruno is again pulled by the mysterious force and is pulled outside the house. He is then shown being levitated up to the sky as a set of lights flashes upon him. The tape recorder drops, with a ripped Post-It note on it reading "Awol's".

Chart performance

Chart (2011-12)Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 75)[1]58
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[2]48
Canada (Active Rock)[3]15
Canada (Alternative Rock)[4]3
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[5]38
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[6]195
US Billboard Hot 100[7]82
US Rock Songs (Billboard)[8]10
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[9]5
US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks (Billboard)[10]33

Certifications

CountryProviderCertification
CanadaCRIAPlatinum[11]
United StatesRIAAPlatinum[12]

References

  1. ^ "Awolnation – Sail – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Hung Medien.
  2. ^ "AWOLNATION Album & Song Chart History: Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/awolnation/chart-history/1644457?f=793&g=Singles. Retrieved January 15, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Active Rock - October 25, 2011". America's Music Charts. http://canadianrockalt.blogspot.com/2011/10/active-rock-october-25-2011.html. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Alternative Rock - June 21, 2011". America's Music Charts. http://canadianrockalt.blogspot.com/2011/06/alternative-rock-june-21-2011.html. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Awolnation – Sail". Singles Top 60. Hung Medien.
  6. ^ "Chart Log UK – Update 4.06.2011". Zobbel. http://www.zobbel.de/cluk/110604cluk.txt. Retrieved January 15, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Awolnation Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Awolnation. Prometheus Global Media.
  8. ^ "Awolnation Album & Song Chart History: Rock Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/awolnation/chart-history/1644457?f=902&g=Singles. Retrieved January 15, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Awolnation Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Alternative Songs for Awolnation. Prometheus Global Media.
  10. ^ "Mainstream Rock Tracks (2011-11-12)" (requires registration). Billboard. http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/charts/chart-search-results/singles/12010577. Retrieved January 15, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Awolnation – Sail". Music Canada. http://www.musiccanada.com/GPSearchResult.aspx?st=Sail&sa=Awolnation&smt=0. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  12. ^ "American single certifications – Awolnation – Sail". Recording Industry Association of America. http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?artist=%22Sail%22. Retrieved April 20, 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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