Nightwish - Amaranth

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"Amaranth" is the second single from Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish's Dark Passion Play album, and also the second single with the former frontwoman Anette Olzon. The official debut date was August 22, 2007, but it leaked onto the internet before the official release, though the exact date it leaked is unknown.

The title song features all the band members, but the single contains a bonus track called "While Your Lips Are Still Red", on which Anette and the guitarist Emppu Vuorinen don't play, and this song is also featured on the Finnish film "Lieksa!", released on September 2007. The official video for Amaranth was released on June 15, and has more than 85 million views as of 2017.

On August 24, 2007, the Nightwish's official website reported that "Amaranth" had already achieved gold status in their native Finland two days after its release, meaning sales of over 5000 copies, and on August 29 it was announced that the single had topped the Finnish Singles Chart. On September 6, the official site also announced that Amaranth had reached the top of the charts in Hungary and Spain too.

The video for the song is the first from the Dark Passion Play album, succeeded by another, Bye Bye Beautiful; both were directed by Antti Jokinen, and shot in Los Angeles, United States, in spring 2007 and cost more than €270,000. In June 2007, Anette Olzon said that the video, which was released together with the single, is based on a Finnish painting called "The Wounded Angel", which was painted in the turn of the 20th century by Hugo Simberg and voted most loved painting of Ateneum Art Museum in Helsinki in 2006.
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