Invisible (Skylar Grey song)

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"Invisible"
Single by Skylar Grey
Released August 9, 2011
Format Digital download
Genre R&B, trip hop, hip hop
Length 4:12
Label Interscope
Writer(s) Skylar Grey
Producer(s) Alex da Kid
Skylar Grey chronology
"Dance Without You"
(2011)
"Invisible"
(2011)
"Room for Happiness"
(2012)

"Invisible" is the debut single by American recording artist Skylar Grey. It was officially first released on iTunes on August 9, 2011.[1] She performed the track along with various other songs on her upcoming studio album at The Glass House on July 31, 2011,[2] and the song earned placement in the official trailer for the Madonna-directed film W./E..[3]

Composition[edit]

Grey comments on her writing process for "Invisible" by saying "Before I started writing this album, I felt like I had lost control of my life and didn't know who I was anymore. I needed to ground myself so I decided to spend some time in solitude, and in the process discovered my inner super hero. The album tells that story starting with 'Invisible', which is how I used to feel."[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Popcrush rated the song a four out of five stars and commented positively on the song's emotion and feel by saying "her song is an ode to feeling alone in a crowded room and feeling like no one can see the real you. The song addresses the notion of image, and the battle between the real you vs. the you that people see. It’s weighty subject matter encased in a pop song, with the lyrics surrounded by beats are light and airy."[5] Billboard positively received the track and called it a "gorgeous, vulnerable opening statement that stretches her talent for crafting quick melodies over a fully formed pop track. "Invisible" sheds light on Skylar's own compelling persona."[6]

Music video[edit]

The official video for "Invisible" was released to YouTube on September 8, 2011. The video depicts Grey in various scenes ranging from on top of a skyscraper to in the middle of a busy street. The video has reached over three million views currently while only being accessible for one week.[7] When asked about the video, Grey replied by saying “I wanted it to be Peter Parker by day meets Spiderman by night. An everyday kid, who isn’t really that cool but there’s something else going on, that people don’t know about, That’s kind of the journey that I went on. I discovered that my insecurities and my flaws were things that I actually need to embrace, and I let them become my superpowers.”[8]

Critical reception[edit]

Idolator commented on the video by saying that it was very dramatic and said that the video "isn’t your usual “Firework”/“Who Says” feel-good video."[9] HitFix said that "Songwriter Skylar Grey’s Interscope debut is titled “Invisible,” and so it is in more ways than one. Superheroes, for one, have exhibited such a superpowers [sic]. Grey shows off her Spider-man side in the newly minted music video for the album’s title track."[10]

Track listing[edit]

Digital Single

All songs written and composed by Skylar Grey. 

No. Title Length
1. "Invisible"   4:12

Digital Remix EP

All songs written and composed by Skylar Grey. 

No. Title Length
1. "Invisible (Dirty South Remix)"   6:21
2. "Invisible (Whiiite & Flinch Remix)"   5:07
3. "Invisible (John Dahlback Remix)"   5:55
4. "Invisible (Kaskade Remix)"   7:00
5. "Invisible (Mihell & Pinkfinger Remix)"   7:01
6. "Invisible (Fred Falke Remix)"   3:48
7. "Invisible (David Lynch Remix)"   4:18
Total length:
39:30

Charts[edit]

"Invisible" entered the Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs chart on the week of October 1, 2011, making it her first song to chart on any Billboard chart.

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Germany (Media Control AG)[11] 86
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 63
US Dance/Club Play Songs (Billboard)[13] 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Invisible - Single by Skylar Grey". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-08-09. Retrieved 2011-08-27. 
  2. ^ Dichoso, Sheila (2011-08-01). "Skylar Grey - The Glass House - 7/30/11 - Los Angeles Music - West Coast Sound". Blogs.laweekly.com. Retrieved 2011-08-27. 
  3. ^ http://video.aol.com/aolvideo/moviefone/we-trailer-no-1/1283555129001
  4. ^ "Skylar Grey reveals debut music video 'Invisible'". Digital Spy. 2011-09-09. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  5. ^ "SKYLAR GREY, ‘INVISIBLE’ – SONG REVIEW". Popcrush.com. 2011-06-16. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  6. ^ "Billboard Magazine Review “Invisible". Billboard. 2011-07-02. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  7. ^ "Skylar Grey - Invisible". YouTube. 2011-09-08. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  8. ^ "Skylar Grey Lights Up In Her “Invisible” Video". Idolator. 2011-09-08. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  9. ^ "Skylar Grey Lights Up In Her “Invisible” Video". Idolator. 2011-09-08. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  10. ^ "HitFix Interview: Skylar Grey goes 'Invisible' in video". HitFix. 2011-09-09. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  11. ^ "Single - Skylar Grey, Invisible". charts.de. Retrieved 2012-09-01. 
  12. ^ "Archive Chart: 2011-10-15" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
  13. ^ "Chart Highlights: Rodney Atkins Takes 'Back Road' To No. 1 On Country Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 

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