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"Wings" is a song by English musician Birdy. The song was released as a digital download on 29 July 2013 and in the United Kingdom on 8 September 2013 as the lead single from her second studio album, Fire Within (2013). A remix by Nu:Logic was later released on 27 January 2014 as part of the "Hospital: We Are 18" LP from Hospital Records.[1] The song peaked at number eight on the UK Singles Chart, making it her highest-charting single to date and her only top-ten single.[2] It also reached number one in Ireland, becoming her sole top-ten single there as well,[3] and peaked within the top three of five other countries.

"Wings"
Birdy-Wings.png
Single by Birdy
from the album Fire Within
Released29 July 2013
Format
Recorded2012
Genre
Length
  • 4:12 (album version)
  • 3:49 (radio edit)
LabelWarner Music Group
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Birdy singles chronology
"1901"
(2012)
"Wings"
(2013)
"No Angel"
(2013)
Music video
"Wings" (Official Music video) on YouTube

Contents

Music videoEdit

A music video to accompany the release of "Wings" was first released onto YouTube on 2 August 2013 at a total length of four minutes and twenty-five seconds.[4] The video shows Birdy with guests at a flamboyant mansion party, complete with masks, fencing and horses.[5] It was directed by Sophie Muller.[6]

Track listingEdit

Digital download – radio edit
No.TitleLength
1."Wings (radio edit)"3:49
Stream
No.TitleLength
1."Wings"4:12
German CD single
No.TitleLength
1."Wings"4:12
2."People Help The People (Live From Sydney Opera House, April 2013)"4:27

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[26] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[27] Gold 15,000*
Belgium (BEA)[28] Gold 15,000*
Germany (BVMI)[29] Gold 150,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[30] Gold 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[31] Platinum 600,000 

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

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label
New Zealand 29 July 2013[32] Digital download Warner Music Group
United Kingdom 15 September 2013[33]

In popular cultureEdit

The song was featured in trailers for Winter's Tale, Labor Day, the season three finale of Game of Thrones, the season five finale of The Vampire Diaries and one episode of Catfish: The TV Show. In 2015, it was also used as the soundtrack of the Lloyds Horse Story 250 year anniversary advert, resulting in its return to the UK Singles Chart, reaching a new peak of number 8. Birdy performed the song at the 2016 BBC Festival of Remembrance. The song was covered by British rock band Nothing But Thieves for the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge series. The song was also featured in a series of television advert for Lloyds Bank in the UK, marking their 250th birthday.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.hospitalrecords.com/shop/release/various-artists/nhs243-hospital-we-are-18
  2. ^ "Birdy". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  3. ^ a b "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Birdy". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  4. ^ Birdy - Wings (Official Video). YouTube
  5. ^ Birdy releases music video for new single 'Wings' - watch - Music News - Digital Spy
  6. ^ Birdy "Wings" (Sophie Muller, dir.), VideoStatic
  7. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Birdy – Wings". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  8. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Birdy – Wings" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Birdy – Wings" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Birdy – Wings" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  11. ^ "Lescharts.com – Birdy – Wings" (in French). Les classement single.
  12. ^ "Musicline.de – Birdy Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  13. ^ "Charts.nz – Birdy – Wings". Top 40 Singles.
  14. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201346 into search. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  15. ^ "SloTop50: Slovenian official singles weekly chart" (in Slovenian). SloTop50. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  16. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  17. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Birdy – Wings" Canciones Top 50.
  18. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Birdy – Wings". Swiss Singles Chart.
  19. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  20. ^ "Jahreshitparade Singles 2013" (in German). Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  21. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 2013" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  22. ^ "Rapports annuels 2013" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  23. ^ "Top 100 Single – Jahrescharts 2013" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  24. ^ "Swiss Year-End Charts 2013" (in German). Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  25. ^ "End of Year Singles Chart Top 100 – 2015". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  26. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2015 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  27. ^ "Austrian single certifications – Birdy – Wings" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  28. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – singles 2013". Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
  29. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Birdy; 'Wings')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  30. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Birdy; 'Wings')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
  31. ^ "British single certifications – Birdy – wings". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 30 September 2016. Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type wings in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  32. ^ iTunes - Music - Wings - Single by Birdy
  33. ^ iTunes - Music - Wings - Single by Birdy