Fana in Bergen has a population of 40 000. Now two of them have become international music stars.
The name doesn’t sound very Norwegian, but 18-year-old Alan Walker grew up in the Fana district in Bergen – the very same place that fostered Norway’s biggest pop star, Kygo.
Walker’s single "Faded" has swept over Norway and Europe recently. Now it has made its entrance on the US hit list, the Billboard Hot 100.
The song enters at number 91. That’s one spot above Kygo’s current peak, with the hit single Firestone at #92.
“This is overwhelming and surreal,” says Walker to the Norwegian newspaper VG. He has previously stated that Kygo, six years his elder, has been a role model.
See the official music video for Faded.
Walker is half British, and was born in the UK. He moved to Norway when he was two years old and grew up in Bergen. Yet he is successful in his other home country, too.
As Faded entered the US charts, The Drum reported that the single topped the chart for the most “Shazamed” songs in the United Kingdom – meaning it was the most searched-for song on the popular search tool, Shazam.
At number four on that same list, by the way, is the song Closer by the indie electronic duo Lemaitre. They, too, are from Norway – though not from Fana.
Faded by Alan Walker, at the the time of writing, has just under 250 million plays on Spotify, and the music video is seen 193 million times on YouTube.