Some singles perform well, some perform exceptionally well, and some in rare cases become global hit phenomenons. Wake Me Up is one of those rare songs.
Released as the lead single from his debut album, True, Avicii took a huge risk by breaking away from the successful EDM “formula” that he was known for and instead opted to team up with R&B/Soul singer extraordinaire Aloe Blacc to compose a song that pushed Pop Fusion boundaries in a direction not seen before within the mainstream.
The gamble would yield one of two results. It would either implode his already successful career by alienating and not connecting with his core fan base, or his new innovative sound would connect on a scale far beyond what he could have ever imagined.
Luckily for Avicii the latter was true. To date Wake Me Up has hit #1 on 27 charts in 23 countries throughout the world.
Wake Me Up Deconstructed explores what made this song a hit including:
- The Bob Dylan Newport ’65 factor.
- A comprehensive look at the inner workings of the song including melody, structure, lyrics, vocals, MTI, instrumentation & much more.
- A detailed look into how 2 completely different sub-genres were fused seamlessly into 1 song.
- A detailed look at the TWO PAYOFFS that accounted for an astounding 61% of Wake Me Up’s total composition, putting it over-the-top.
- Wake Me Up’s 1 compositional flaw that all songwriters should take heed of.
- An exploration of Wake Me Up’s compositional similarities and differences compared to the songs topping today’s charts.
- Songwriter/Producer takeaways culled from what made the song a hit.
And MUCH More!