Fallen was released on March 4th, 2003 and is the first full-length album by Evanescence, and their first album to achieve widespread release around the world.
The album was recorded at Track Record Inc. & NRG Recording Studios (both in North Hollywood), Ocean Studios, (Burbank), Conway Recording Studios (Hollywood), all in California. The strings were recorded at The Newman Stage, 20th Century Fox.
Released in 2003, Fallen spent sixty weeks in the United Kingdom album charts, reaching number one. In the United States, however, the album remained on the chart for over 100 weeks, and peaked at number three.
Fallen has sold well over 14 million copies worldwide and about 6.5 million in the US alone(as of April 2006).
It was certified 6 times platinum in November of 2004 and was the eighth best-selling album in the US that year, selling about 2.6 million copies.
The CD was re-released in January 2004 with the band version of My Immortal.
Fallen received 4 Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year in 2004, and won Artist of the Year that year.
Fallen spent 58 weeks on the Billboard Top 20, and 100 weeks on the Billboard Top 200.
In the UK, the album spent 33 weeks on the Top 20, and 60 weeks on the Top 75. However, Fallen reentered the UK charts at Number 35 during week 41 of 2006, the week that The Open Door opened at Number 2.
Fallen advanced to Number 34 the following week, before falling back out of the Top 40 two weeks later.
Fallen was number one on the United World Chart for a total of ten weeks, (nine weeks in 2003, and one week in 2004), and spent a total of 82 weeks on the chart.
Since falling out of the Billboard 200, as of May 2007, Fallen has remained on the Billboard Top Pop Catalog chart for over 182 weeks.
Amy Lee is quoted to have said, “We've all fallen, but at the same time we're not broken. There is the hint that we are going to get up again.” This is one of the reasons that Fallen is called what it is. Ben Moody in an interview said that Fallen was made to let people know that they aren’t alone when they feel alone or feel pain.