” Red Lights ” is by Tiësto ( Tijs Michiel Verwest ), the Dutch musician, DJ and record producer. The song was written by Wayne Hector, Carl Falk, Michel Zitron, Rami Yacoub, Tijs Verwest and Måns Wredenberg.
The song was produced by Tiësto, Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub; the latter two are part of the hugely successful electronic music producers Swedish House Mafia.
” Red Lights ” was released by record label PM: AM Recordings, part of Universal Music Group Inc, on the 13th of December 2013 as the first single from Tiësto’s fifth album, A Town Called Paradise.
Following on from earlier success with the 2009 Kaleidoscope album and work with American artists Calvin Harris and Tegan & Sarah, Tiësto’s ” Red Lights ” is different to his usual output. Here he leaves his trademark trance to experiment with new musical styles and change direction with this uplifting song.
The song was released as a lead single from ” A Town Called Paradise ” album on December the 13th 2013 after the song had premiered on the 29th of November via the British radio station BBC Radio 1.
Tiësto’s single release of ” Red Lights ” coincided with him joining record label Republic Records and his plan to release an album in 2014 with the concept of an artist album.
He announced that the single was to be one of two songs released before the song ” Footprints ” which was first unveiled at the Tomorowworld Festival in September 2013.
Tiësto told the Miami NewTimes during an interview that the original version of the song had been developed over two years before it was released as a single.
Rami Yacoub, the Swedish record producer, first got Tiësto’s attention by playing him the chorus, Tiësto said of the first experience ” I was like, Wow, this is so uplifting and euphoric! This is so me! And I knew that I wanted to work on the track. It was a very long process, but it was definitely worth it. ”
Music critics liked ” Red Lights “, About.com’s Bill Lamb wrote positively about the song, he said it was a ” wistful dance track that brings all the audio excitement of club music without any lyrics likely to offend. ”
BRETT on EdmSouthFlorida.com wrote ” It’s a nice song to hear as the ball drops, but it’s very much to the status quo pop house formula. If you haven’t heard precisely 3 million songs exactly like this in the past 3-5 years, you’ll probably enjoy this one a bit more. ”
Mike Wass wrote a review of ” Red Lights ” on idolator.com where he said ” With relative newcomers scoring massive hits around the globe with radio-friendly EDM anthems, it was only a matter of time before the highest paid DJ in the world took a shot at crossover glory. And Tiesto comes hard with ‘Red Lights’ — striking a perfect balance between melodic pop and hands-in-the-air club fodder. ”
Along with positive reviews from critics, Tiësto had commercial success with the single. In the United States the song peaked at number fifty-six on the Billboard Hot 100, it spent a total of ten weeks on the chart.
” Red Lights ” also reached number four on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Digital Songs and number eleven on the Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs charts.
Outside of the United States, Tiësto took the song into the Top Forty on most charts in countries where the song was released.
In the United Kingdom, ” Red Lights ” entered the UK Singles Chart on the 8th of March 2014 and climbed to peak at number six, it spent a month in the Top Twenty and a total of nine weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 56
UK Highest Chart Position: 6
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 8, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 36, Belgium (Ultratip Flanders) 32, Belgium Dance (Ultratop Flanders) 28, Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia) 20, Belgium Dance (Ultratop Wallonia) 16, Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 41, Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100) 83, Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100) 47, Denmark (Tracklisten) 10, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 11, France (SNEP) 156, Germany (Official German Charts) 29, Hungary (Dance Top 40) 39, Hungary (Rádiós Top 40) 10, Hungary (Single Top 40) 20, Ireland (IRMA) 3, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 42, Norway (VG-lista) 5, Poland (Dance Top 50) 13, Scotland (Official Charts Company) 1, Slovakia (Rádio Top 100) 46, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 9, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 74
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