” In The Air Tonight ” is by British singer-songwriter Phil Collins. The track is taken from his first solo album, Face Value.
The song was released as his first solo single that year and quickly climbed the charts to reach number two on the UK Singles Chart, giving Phil the first of many solo hit records.
” In The Air Tonight ” also became an international hit with success in America reaching number nineteen on the Billboard Hot 100 and reaching the number one spot in the Netherlands.
The music video was directed by Stuart Orme, the music channel MTV, which launched that same year, played the song many times giving Phil Collins access to a new type of audience.
” In The Air Tonight ” is still one of Phil Collins best-known songs. With the single having sold over 500,000 copies, it has been certified it Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ).
There has been and still is, speculation as to what the song’s subject. Some commentators speculate ” In The Air Tonight ” is about a drowning incident whereby a person was close enough to help save the victim but instead failed to help them, while Phil who was too far away had to watch helplessly.
This urban legend has been going since the early days of the song and will no doubt continue as more versions surface, whether it is true or not, Phil Collins continues to deny any such incident took place.
The popularity of the song has meant lucrative licensing deals from TV, films and advertising. Phil allowed U.S. author Mohja Kahf to cite two lines from the song in the novel ” The Girl In The Tangerine Scarf “.
Along with other licensing deals ” In The Air Tonight ” was used by chocolate maker Cadbury in their 2007 Gorilla TV advertising campaign, this helped sales of the song, and it charted again climbing to number fourteen on the UK Singles Chart and number nine on the Download Chart.
The song charted in New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart where it went to the top and remained there for three weeks.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 19
UK Highest Chart Position: 2
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australian ARIA Singles Chart 3, Austrian Singles Chart 1, Canadian RPM Top Singles 2, Dutch ( Top 40 ) 1, French Singles Chart 1, German Singles Chart 1, Irish Singles Chart 2, Italy (FIMI) 3, New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 6, Spain (AFYVE) 7, Swedish Singles Chart 1,Swiss Singles Chart 1, U.S. Billboard Top Tracks 2, Zimbabwe Singles (ZIMA) 4
Official Website: Philcollins.co.uk
FaceBook Page: Facebook.com/philcollins
Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/PhilCollins
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