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"Sandstorm" is a 1999 trance musical composition by Finnish trance DJ Darude.[3] It was initially released in Finland on 15 November 1999 by 16 Inch Records and it was
eventually re-released in many other countries in 2000. The song was uploaded to mp3.com where it gained global recognition. It has also gained recognition for its usage in
sports and popularity in internet meme culture. On 1 March 2010, over ten years after its original release, "Sandstorm" was certified Gold in the United States by the
Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over 500,000 copies.[4]
Contents [hide]
1 Background
2 Composition
3 Music video
4 Usage in media
4.1 In film and television
4.2 In sports
4.3 Internet phenomenon
5 Track listing
6 Charts and certifications
6.1 Chart performance
6.2 Charts
6.3 Certifications
7 See also
8 References
9 External links

Background

Single by Darude
from the album Before the Storm

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Darude first started making happy hardcore music with a music tracker program on his computer, playing gigs as "Rudeboy".[5] He then performed with Wille "Weirdness"
Heikkil as "Position 1", making light Eurodance tunes, and he paired with other DJs on other projects. In SeptemberOctober 1999[5] as Darude he began collaborating with
Jaakko "JS16" Salovaara, known as the producer of the Bomfunk MC's.[6] "Sandstorm" was the first product of the collaboration, ready after about a week of work. JS16 signed
Darude as the first artist on JS16's new label 16 Inch Records.[5]
Darude had been uploading various pieces of his trance experimentation on the website mp3.com, where he was building a following, and he also uploaded the full-length
demo of "Sandstorm". This exposure was responsible for worldwide interest in "Sandstorm".[7] In 2000, Darude reported on his mp3.com artist's page that he had "removed the
full-length tracks" of "Sandstorm" at the request of his record company.[8]

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Composition

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"Sandstorm" was composed by Darude and arranged by Darude and Jaakko Sakari Salovaara, featuring no lyrics in it.[9] According to music critics, it is a trance
composition.[1][10] According to Darude, the hardware and software used to make the track are as follows: P2, Cubase VST 32, Fast Tracker 2, ReBirth, Korg TR-Rack. Then
with JS16 in his studio: Cubase on Atari ST1024, Ensoniq ASR-10 sampler, Roland JP8080, NordLead2, Roland JV2080, Ensoniq DP4, Mackie 24/8, Behringer rack
compressor.[11]

Music video

"Sandstorm"

B-side

Remixes

Released

15 November 1999

Format

12" CD CD-R digital


download

Recorded

1999 at JS16 Studios (Finland)

Genre

Trance[1] electronic dance[2]

Length

7:26 (Original mix)


3:45 (Radio edit)

Label

16 Inch (Finland) Robbins (U.S.)

Writer(s)

Jaakko Sakari Salovaara Ville


Virtanen

Producer(s) JS16
Darude singles chronology
"Sandstorm" "Feel the Beat"
(1999)
(2000)
Music sample
"Sandstorm"
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The video for "Sandstorm" features Darude with headphones viewing two security guards (a man and a woman) chasing a woman with a case. It was filmed at Helsinki Senate Square. Darude seems to appear at every
place the pursuers and the pursued go. Near the end, the woman with the case stumbles and one of her pursuers (the other woman) betrays her partner, knocking him out. The two women take the case onto a boat with
Darude. An unofficially-uploaded version of the music video was uploaded on YouTube on 5 March 2006 and has garnered over 44 million views,[12] while the officially-uploaded version on Darude's Vevo channel has
garnered over 12 million views.[13]

Usage in media

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In film and television [edit]


"Sandstorm" appeared on the pilot episode of popular Showtime series Queer as Folk, which first aired on December 3, 2000.[14] The song has appeared in the comedy movie (2005 remake) Fun with Dick and Jane, as
well as in the 2013 drama film Filth. Still in 2013, it also appeared in Under the Skin (in the discothque scene). On a Finnish TV-show called "Far Out" two contestants named Tatu and Eeka travelled to Budapest where
their assignment was to play music with gypsies. They ended up with making their own version of Sandstorm called "Sandstrm" together with two Hungarian musicians.[15]

In sports [edit]
In October 2006, "Sandstorm" was played for the first time at the University of South Carolina Williams-Brice Stadium during a Gamecocks American football game. It became a rallying anthem.[16][17]
Professional wrestler Toru Owashi and Adam Garcia,[18] mixed martial artist Wanderlei Silva, and Boston Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara use "Sandstorm" as entrance music. It was also played at the 2006 Winter Olympics,
and during the Ice Hockey World Championships. Nike used the composition in an advertisement series featuring the basketball opponents Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.[7] The song was also used as the theme for the
finals parade at the 2011 British Judo Championships (Pre Cadet and Cadet) held in Sheffield, England. Cambridge United FC use Sandstorm as the music that plays when the teams come out onto the field of play
before the match begins.

Internet phenomenon [edit]


The song has been popular since its release, but its visibility online increased sharply in 2010 after a YouTube video was posted of a college student playing the song on a toy trumpet.[2][dubious discuss]
In July 2013, professional League of Legends player and internet personality Brian "TheOddOne" Wyllie scored a Quadra-Kill (a feat which requires killing 4 out of the 5 opposing team's players in quick succession) while
broadcasting on the popular video game live-streaming site Twitch.tv, and attributed the successful Quadra-Kill to the fact that "Sandstorm" was playing in the background.[19] Shortly after, interest in "Sandstorm"
increased significantly.[20] Users of Twitch.tv then began replying with "Darude - Sandstorm" every time the currently playing song's name was asked in the live-stream's chat, a phenomenon which quickly spread within
Twitch.tv, and then to the popular video sharing site YouTube and the wider internet.[2]
Various videos and live streams of "Sandstorm" had gathered some 60 million hits by December 2014.[2]
As an April Fools' Day joke, on April 1, 2015 YouTube displayed the message "Did you mean: Darude Sandstorm by Darude" for all video search queries involving music, in addition to adding a button which played the
tune during a video.[21][22]
The Republic of Singapore Air Force display team, the Black Knights, use 'Sandstorm' when performing at airshows.

Track listing

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CD single
1. "Sandstorm" (Radio Edit) 3:46
2. "Sandstorm" (Original Mix) 7:26
3. "Sandstorm" (JS16 Remix) 7:21
Sandstorm (The Remixes) - EP (iTunes Download, different versions in different territories)
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.

"Sandstorm" (Radio Edit) 3:49


"Sandstorm" (Extended) 7:26
"Sandstorm" (Ariel's Remix) 8:09
"Sandstorm" (Terpsichord Remix) 7:01
"Sandstorm" (DJ Ray Aka Tom Hafman Remix) 7:13
"Sandstorm" (Superchumbo's Sandy Storm) 8:38
"Sandstorm" (Jan Driver Remix) 6:16
"Sandstorm" (Talla's Super Club Mix) 8:20
"Sandstorm" (Talla's Club Club Mix) - 6:54
"Sandstorm" (Dallas Superstarts Remix) 8:24
"Sandstorm" (Komytea Radio Remix) 3:54

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12. "Sandstorm" (Komytea Remix) 7:40


13. "Sandstorm" (Didrick Remix) 3:40

Charts and certifications

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Chart performance [edit]


Soon after release, "Sandstorm" became popular on pop radio stations, reaching No. 1 in Norway.[23] Its sales worldwide eventually reached 2 million, and it was featured on 200 techno/trance compilations.[7]

Charts [edit]

Certifications [edit]

Chart (200014)

Peak
position

Region

Certification Sales/shipments

Germany (BVMI)[42]

Gold

200,000

Gold

20,000

Australia (ARIA)[24]

40

Sweden (GLF)[43]

Austria (3 Austria Top 40)[25]

13

United Kingdom (BPI)[44] Silver

200,000

Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[26]

14

United States (RIAA)[4]

500,000

Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[27]

36

Canada (Nielsen SoundScan)

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Denmark (Tracklisten)[28]

xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[29]

France (SNEP)[30]

14

Germany (Official German Charts)[31]

Ireland (IRMA)[23]

Italy (FIMI)[32]

49

Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[33]

14

New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[34]

26

Norway (VG-lista)[35]

Spain (PROMUSICAE)[36]

13

Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[37]

Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[38]

UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[39]

US Billboard Hot 100[40]

83

US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[41]

*sales figures based on certification alone

Preceded by
"It Feels So Good" by Sonique

See also

Gold

Norwegian Singles Chart number-one single


July 27, 2000 August 31, 2000

Succeeded by
"Music" by Madonna

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List of number-one singles (Finland)

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Electronic music portal

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^ a b c d "How Darude's "Sandstorm" Became the EDM Track Everyone on the Web Knows" . Retrieved January 24, 2015.
^ Slomowicz, Ron. "Interview with Darude" . About.com. Retrieved 2009-11-14.
^ a b RIAA Sandstorm Certification . RIAA. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
^ a b c Niemel, Antti. "Interview" . Findance Finnish Music Guide. Archived from the original on 10 January 2001. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
^ Niemel, Antti. "Darude Discography" . Findance Finnish Music Guide. Archived from the original on 6 March 2001. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
^ a b c Burcher, Nick (2012). Paid, Owned, Earned: Maximising Marketing Returns in a Socially Connected World . Kogan Page Publishers. pp. 1467. ISBN 9780749465636.
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^ http://www.princessofbabylon.com/songlist.html
^ Tatu & Eeka - Sandstrm . YouTube. 1 November 2006.
^ Kendall, Josh (2013). 100 Things South Carolina Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die . Triumph Books. p. 101. ISBN 9781600788505.
^ Kearns, Taylor (Nov 30, 2010). "USC students, fans make "Sandstorm" their unofficial anthem" . WIS. Retrieved 2011-10-29.
^ "Profile" . Dramatic Dream Team (in Japanese). Archived from the original on February 11, 2007. Retrieved November 30, 2012.
^ TheOddOne Renekton Quadra Kill powered by Darude - Sandstorm - YouTube . July 24, 2013. Event occurs at 0:00. Retrieved January 24, 2015.
^ "Google Trends - Web Search interest: darude sandstorm - Worldwide, 2004 - present" . Retrieved January 24, 2015.
^ "YouTube Are Pulling An Amazing April Fools Gag With Help From Darude" . Music Feeds. April 2, 2015.
^ "YouTube adds a 'Darude Sandstorm' button to all videos" . The Independent. April 1, 2015.
^ a b "Sandstorm", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved July 2, 2010)
^ "Australian-charts.com Darude Sandstorm" . ARIA Top 50 Singles.
^ "Austriancharts.at Darude Sandstorm" (in German). 3 Austria Top 40.
^ "Ultratop.be Darude Sandstorm" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
^ "Ultratop.be Darude Sandstorm" (in French). Ultratop 50.
^ "Danishcharts.com Darude Sandstorm" . Tracklisten.
^ "Darude: Sandstorm" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat IFPI Finland.
^ "Lescharts.com Darude Sandstorm" (in French). Les classement single.
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^ "Nederlandse Top 40 Darude search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
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External links

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Video on YouTube
Discogs
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Darude

Studio albums

Before the Storm (2001) Rush (2003) Label This! (2007) Moments (2015)

Other releases

Ignition (2000) (unofficial fan-released album)

Singles

"Sandstorm" (1999) "Feel the Beat" (2000) "Next to You" (2003) "I Ran (So Far Away)" (2009)

Categories: 1999 singles 2000 singles Darude songs Number-one debut singles Number-one singles in Norway RPM Top Singles number-one singles
Singles certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America South Carolina Gamecocks football UK Dance Singles Chart number-one singles Internet memes

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