I Will Not Bow

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"I Will Not Bow"
Single by Breaking Benjamin
from the album Dear Agony
Released August 11, 2009 (Radio)
August 31, 2009
Format Digital download, Promotional single
Genre Alternative metal
Length 3:37
Label Hollywood
Breaking Benjamin singles chronology
"Until the End"
(2007)
"I Will Not Bow"
(2009)
"Give Me a Sign"
(2010)
Dear Agony track listing
"Fade Away"
(1)
"I Will Not Bow"
(2)
"Crawl"
(3)

"I Will Not Bow" is the first single from alternative metal band Breaking Benjamin's 2009 album Dear Agony. It was featured in the ending credits of the Bruce Willis film Surrogates. The song was not written specifically for the film, but according to drummer Chad Szeliga, “Ben sent a few songs to our record label, Hollywood Records,” which is owned by Disney, who then decided they “wanted a Breaking Benjamin song for this movie.” As of February 21, 2010, the single has sold 529,414 units.[1] The song was also being used heavily on MLB Network as lead-in and lead-out music during the 2010 MLB postseason.

Release[edit]

The single was originally planned to be added to the band's MySpace page at 12:00 AM on Wednesday, August 12, 2009, before its first radio play on St. Louis radio station, 105.7 The Point, along with an interview with Aaron Fink on the Woodie and Rizzuto show later that morning. However, on Tuesday afternoon, August 11, The Point was scooped by radio station 97.9X (WBSX) of Wilkes-Barre, PA (Breaking Benjamin's home town) who played the single before Hollywood Records' intended release date.[2] This caused an earlier premiere to Breaking Benjamin's MySpace page. The song was added at 8:00 PM Eastern Time, August 11, 2009.

The song became available at iTunes on August 31, 2009, and is a downloadable track for the video game, Rock Band.[3]

Versions[edit]

The original version off Dear Agony is 3:37 long. There is also a radio edit, which can be heard over public radio; the edit does not contain the intro scream "fall". The 3rd version of "I Will Not Bow" is only 3:13 long and can be heard on the end credits of the movie Surrogates. The 4th version is an acoustic version, accompanied by strings. This version was released on the extended version of the band's greatest hits album on August 16th, 2011.

Track listing[edit]

Promotional single
No. Title Length
1. "I Will Not Bow (Album version)"   3:38
2. "I Will Not Bow"   3:36
3. "I Will Not Bow"   3:13
4. "Call-Out Hook"   0:08
Tracks 2 & 3 do not contain the intro scream "fall"

Music video[edit]

The music video for "I Will Not Bow" was released to the band's Myspace on August 21, 2009. It featured clips from the movie Surrogates. The video was shot at the 7 World Trade Center, but has no connection or significant meaning having to do with the 9/11 events as stated by Aaron Fink in his Point interview on August 13, 2009. The video was directed by Rich Lee who has also directed for Evanescence. Lee chose the location, feeling it was an eerie place to film.[citation needed]

The video features several shots of singer Ben Burnley walking down a hallway singing into a microphone, as well as shots of the band performing together, and scenes from the movie. There is also a girl who goes onto an elevator, and comes up to the same floor the band is on. She sits down on a couch in front of a set of TVs, all of them either showing scenes from the movie, or the band playing. Towards the end of the video, the members of the band collapse, dropping their instruments, as does the girl. The video then goes to Burnley strapped into one of the chairs from the movie, during which he sits up and takes his mask off, revealing that the band members themselves were using surrogates.

The Surrogates version is included on the DVD/Blu-ray release of the film.

A second version of the music video without the Surrogates footage was released with the Best Buy exclusive version of Dear Agony and on iTunes.

Chart performance[edit]

"I Will Not Bow" debuted at #40 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the band's highest charting song and first and only top 40 hit on the chart. It has reached number one on the Billboard Rock Songs[4] and Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[5] charts and number five on the Alternative Songs chart. AOL rated this song as the number 1 rock song of 2009, beating out such songs as "New Divide" by Linkin Park, "Break" by Three Days Grace and "Again" by Flyleaf.[6]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Canadian Hot 100 98
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 40
U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs 5
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Rock Songs 1

Personnel[edit]

  • Produced by David Bendeth
  • Arranged by Breaking Benjamin and David Bendeth
  • Mix engineer, engineering and digital editing by Dan Korneff, John Bender and Kato Khandwala
  • Recorded and mixed at House of Loud, Elmwood Park, NJ
  • Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, NYC

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Wheels" by Foo Fighters
Billboard Rock Songs number-one single
November 28, 2009 – December 12, 2009
Succeeded by
"Break" by Three Days Grace
Preceded by
"Check My Brain" by Alice In Chains
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
November 28, 2009 - December 12, 2009
Succeeded by
"Break" by Three Days Grace