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EVANESCENCE's 'Bring Me To Life' tops U.S. iTunes Chart 19 years after release

24-08-2022

EVANESCENCE’s breakthrough 2003 hit “Bring Me To Life” is experiencing a resurgence 19 years after its original release. The song, which initially reached No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and was EVANESCENCE’s first U.K. No. 1 single, is currently No. 1 on the U.S. iTunes chart.

EVANESCENCE commented on the single’s return to the charts in a social media post Monday night (August 22). The band wrote: “19 years and still going strong! Bring Me To Life is #1 on iTunes. Thank you for the love!”

This past February, EVANESCENCE’s music video for “Bring Me To Life” has surpassed one billion views on YouTube. The Philipp Stölzl-directed clip, which was uploaded to YouTube in December of 2009, was filmed in Romania in January 2003. It features singer Amy Lee in a night gown and barefoot, in her room, inside a tall building in the city at night. The rest of the band is playing on a higher floor of the building.

The album version of “Bring Me to Life” — which featured guest vocals from Paul McCoy of 12 STONES — was included on the soundtrack of superhero film “Daredevil”.

Last year, Amy spoke to Germany’s Sonic Seducer about the lyrical inspiration for “Bring Me To Life”.

“I remember what I wrote ‘Bring Me To Life’ about, because I wrote it about my current husband before we were married,” she said. “There was this moment — I was in a tough place and in a bad relationship. And my husband now, Josh, at the time was just a friend and a person that I barely knew; it was maybe the third or fourth time we’d ever met. And we went in to go grab a seat at a restaurant while our friends parked the car. And we sat across from each other, and he looked at me and he just said, ‘So, are you happy?’ And it took me so off guard, and I just felt like it pierced my heart, because I felt like I had been pretending really well, and it was, like, somebody could see through me. And then that whole first verse came out of it: ‘How can you see into my eyes, like open doors.’ It really made me feel and recognize the sense of yearning that I had to get to a better place. And it really kind of set me out on a journey. And it’s amazing that that became the song, the first song that broke us on to the scene and made everyone hear of us, because it was about something — I don’t know — something so personal that I was recognizing in my life.”

In March 2021, Lee told Alternative Press that EVANESCENCE’s original record label Wind Up threatened not to release the group’s debut album, “Fallen”, if she and her bandmates didn’t add a male voice to lead single “Bring Me To Life” to make it more palatable for radio.

“Fallen” sold 17 million copies and won two Grammys, including “Best Rock Performance” for “Bring Me To Life”.

EVANESCENCE’s latest album, “The Bitter Truth”, arrived in March 2021 via BMG. It was EVANESCENCE’s first album of original music in ten years. EVANESCENCE parted ways with guitarist Jen Majura earlier this year, in order to bring new inspiration into the band. 

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