We Are the People (Empire of the Sun song)

"We Are the People" is a song by Australian electronic music duo Empire of the Sun, released as the second single from their debut album, Walking on a Dream. It was released in Australia on 20 September 2008[1] and debuted at number eighty-five on the ARIA Singles Chart before peaking at number twenty-four on 12 January 2009.

"We Are the People"
We are the people alternate cover.jpg
Single by Empire of the Sun
from the album Walking on a Dream
Released20 September 2008 (2008-09-20)
Format
Recorded
Genre
Length
  • 4:27 (album version)
  • 4:02 (radio edit)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Empire of the Sun singles chronology
"Walking on a Dream"
(2008)
"We Are the People"
(2008)
"Standing on the Shore"
(2009)
Alternative cover
Australian iTunes single cover
Australian iTunes single cover
Audio sample
"We Are the People"

Music videoEdit

The music video for the song, directed by Josh Logue, was shot in Mexico, and was inspired by the ancient Mexican festival Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos). Locations included the surreal gardens of Sir Edward James at Las Pozas of Xilitla in the state of San Luis Potosí, Monterrey, Nuevo León and García, Nuevo León.[2]

Usage in mediaEdit

The song has been used in media productions such as advertisements for the Special Broadcasting Service, Vizio televisions, and Idents for Channel V. Since October 2010, the song has been used in the Vodafone TV commercial in Germany.[3] The song was also used in the 2011 film The Roommate and in the 2011 film Hall Pass, when Rick (Owen Wilson), Fred (Jason Sudeikis) and Coakley (Richard Jenkins) run into Rick's children's babysitter. In Season Six Episode 11 of Entourage, the song plays in the background of Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Turtle’s conversation.

Track listingsEdit

Australian CD
  1. "We Are the People" – 4:34
  2. "We Are the People (Shazam remix)" – 5:44
  3. "We Are the People (Sam La More remix)" – 7:32
  4. "Walking on a Dream (Neon Neon mix)" – 3:50
  5. "Walking on a Dream (Danger racing remix)" – 4:37
UK iTunes EP 1
  1. "We Are the People" – 4:32
  2. "We Are the People (Burns remix)" – 6:52
  3. "We Are the People (The Golden Filter remix – UK edit)" – 6:57
  4. "We Are the People (We Are the Cagedbaby mix – UK edit)" – 6:56
  5. "We Are the People (Crazy P remix – UK edit)" – 6:49
UK iTunes EP 2
  1. "We Are the People" – 4:32
  2. "We Are the People (Wawa remix) [UK edit]" – 6:55
  3. "We Are the People (The Shapeshifters vocal remix) [UK edit]" – 6:47
  4. "We Are the People (Sam La More remix) [UK edit]" – 6:47
  5. "We Are the People (Shazam remix)" – 5:44
  6. "We Are the People (Style of Eye remix) [UK edit]" – 6:58

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[32] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[33] Gold 15,000*
Germany (BVMI)[34] 3× Gold 450,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[35] Gold 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[36] Gold 400,000 

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release historyEdit

Country Date Label Format
Australia 20 September 2008[1] Digital single
20 February 2009[37] Digital EP
21 February 2009[38] CD single
1 May 2009[39] Digital remix EP
Germany 8 May 2009[40] EMI Digital EP
United Kingdom 24 May 2009[41] Virgin
31 May 2009[42]
1 June 2009 7" single
Germany 26 November 2010[43] EMI CD single

ReferencesEdit

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