New Divide

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"New Divide"
Single by Linkin Park
from the album Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – The Album
B-side "New Divide" (Instrumental)
"New Divide" (A Cappella)
Released May 18, 2009 (2009-05-18)
Recorded 2008-2009
Genre
Length 4:28
Label Reprise
Writer(s) Linkin Park
Producer(s) Mike Shinoda
Hans Zimmer
Randy Spendlove
Diarmuid Quinn
Certification 2× Platinum (RIAA), Gold (RIANZ) Platinum (ARIA) [1]
Linkin Park singles chronology
"Leave Out All the Rest"
(2008)
"New Divide"
(2009)
"The Catalyst"
(2010)
Audio sample
file info · help
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – The Album track listing
Music video
"New Divide" on YouTube

"New Divide" is a song by American rock band Linkin Park. The song is released as a single and was recorded specifically for Michael Bay's film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. The song serves as the film's theme, and was released as a single on May 18, 2009.[2] It is one of the few songs to top the US Rock Songs, Modern Rock Tracks and Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks at the same time. Though the song is a non-album single, it is one of the band's highest charting songs, peaking at number 6 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Its working title was "Megatron".

It received rave reviews from professional critics and remains to be one of the most critically acclaimed songs of Linkin Park.

Background[edit]

Linkin Park's "What I've Done" was included on the first Transformers soundtrack and was featured in the film's trailer. Mike Shinoda first alluded to "New Divide" on March 28, 2009, stating "We've been working on a new song in the past couple of weeks that has been a lot of fun. The backdrop for the song is built on layered, heavy synths and a sharp performance by [the band's drummer] Rob Bourdon."[3] On April 24, Shinoda revealed that they were working with film score composer Hans Zimmer, writing various interpretations of "New Divide" to serve as thematic elements for the film.[4] When discussing the Transformers sequel with Blabbermouth, Michael Bay said "I love Linkin Park... they really delivered with 'New Divide' — it's a great song that perfectly matches the film's intensity."[5] Parts of the intro were used in the final Transformers trailer.

The cue "NEST" from Steve Jablonsky's Revenge of the Fallen musical score features instrumental excerts from "New Divide". Linkin Park worked with award-winning composer Hans Zimmer to re-work "New Divide" in the musical score. As a result, the song was featured prominently in the film with instrumental clips of it played several times throughout the film in addition to the song being played during the end credits. The song was later adopted as the theme/opening song for the NHL's San Jose Sharks. The song also plays as the background music for the Medal of Honor E3 multiplayer trailer.

A live version of the song was included as a b-side to "The Catalyst" and a bonus track for the Japanese release of A Thousand Suns. The studio version of the song was also included as the b-side to "Iridescent".

On September 4, 2012, "New Divide", along with "Breaking the Habit", "Shadow of the Day", and "Burn It Down", were released in the "Linkin Park Pack 02" as downloadable content for the music rhythm video game, Rock Band 3.[6]

The instrumental version of this song was also featured on The Weather Channel's Local on the 8's playlist in January and February 2012.[7]

Composition[edit]

The song is composed in the key of F minor in 4/4 time. The song employs a verse-chorus-verse format, with the second chorus being shorter than the first, plus a mechanically-themed breakdown halfway through the second chorus.

Critical reception[edit]

"New Divide" received critical acclaim upon its release. Fans praised it for its aptitude and appeal as the movie's soundtrack. Much of the song's criticism from reviewers is that of the structure, claiming it is too similar to past Linkin Park singles, as well as sounding very similar to "What I've Done" which was used in Transformers. Videos posted on YouTube show similarities in structure between the two songs.[8] One of the reviews was from Chris Williams of Billboard Magazine, who wrote:

" 'New Divide' fits the sci-fi genre: spacious, moody and futuristic. Lead vocalist Chester Bennington gives one of his more straightforward vocal performances, deftly balancing his usual rock edge with a more melody-focused pop vocal. It's a welcome return that should satisfy the band's fan base and bring in some new fans as well."[9]

Music video[edit]

On May 14, Shinoda revealed that they were currently recording an accompanying music video for the song.[10] The video, shot on location at Paramount Studios (which distributed the Transformers films) May 13 and 14,[citation needed] is set in the Egyptian cave where the bodies of the Dynasty of the Primes and the Autobot Matrix of Leadership are hidden, and was directed by Joe Hahn, the band's DJ. When discussing the video, Shinoda stated "[Joe Hahn's] planning on using a lot of really interesting cutting-edge visual techniques, blurring the line between our performance and some kind of digital/mechanical reality."[11] Chester Bennington confirmed that the video is related to the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen movie, saying on his blog, "Honestly, I don't know what's going on in the video. We're in a tomb rocking out and there's a huge dead Transformer."[12] Linkin Park has released two behind the scenes videos of the music video. Both photos and footage of the video shoot were posted on Shinoda's blog site.[13] The video premiered on the band's Myspace site on June 11. There are two versions, the Transformer version or the alternate version which consists only of the band playing.

The music video features scenes taken from the movie, along with shots of the band inside the Tomb of the Primes (The 7 original Transformers) while performing the song. A lot of special effects are also seen and the video is heavily edited in places making use of thermal cameras and using flying food parts as texture around a lot of the thermal imagery. Despite many rumors of the female in the video being Megan Fox and even vocalist Chester Bennington's wife Talinda, she is a different actress hired to portray Mikaela Banes. According to Talinda, she is only shown in the thermal lens to look more like Fox.[14] Bassist Dave Farrell is not seen in shots of the whole band performing as he injured his wrist during the first day of filming. It is presumed this is the reason for his lack of appearance in the video. However, he is seen many times during the special effects.

The video was packaged into the two-disc special edition DVD and Blu-ray of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

Chart performance[edit]

In the United States, "New Divide" debuted at number six on the Billboard Hot 100, the band's highest debut to date, and their highest peaking song since "In the End" on the chart. The single dropped sharply to number 39 the week after its release but resurfaced within the top 10 at number nine following the movie's worldwide premiere. "New Divide" reached number one on both the Alternative Songs chart and the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. It has stayed at #1 on Alternative for twelve weeks so far, making it their second longest running number one there (the first being "Numb"). It is the band's eighth number one on the Alternative Songs chart. The single was certified Platinum by the RIAA in August 2009, and in December 2010 it topped the 2 million mark in paid downloads.[15] "New Divide" debuted at number three on the Canadian Hot 100 and reached the top ten on the Australian ARIA Charts, debuting at number ten. 'New Divide' has since become Linkin Park's highest charting song in Australia, peaking at #3 on the Aria Top 50 Singles Chart. It reached platinum in Australia after 15 weeks on the chart selling over 70,000 sales.[16] It left the chart after 21 weeks making it the 587th best ever song on the ARIA chart.[citation needed] It has also reached #2 on the New Zealand RIANZ chart and was certified Gold after 12 weeks, selling over 7,500 copies.[17] The song went platinum in New Zealand and the left the chart after 20 weeks.[18]

"New Divide" has been successful worldwide. The song peaked at number 19 on the UK Singles Chart, and number 1 on the UK Rock Charts. In Germany it reached #4, tying it as their highest peaking song there. It is the band's highest peaking song in Finland, reaching #3. It also reached the top twenty in Italy, Turkey, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Linkin Park. 

CD
No. Title Length
1. "New Divide"   4:28
2. "New Divide" (Instrumental) 4:29
3. "New Divide" (A Cappella) 3:56
iTunes EP
No. Title Length
1. "New Divide"   4:28
2. "New Divide" (Instrumental) 4:29
3. "New Divide" (A Cappella) 3:55
4. "New Divide" (Live) 4:54
New Divide (Live) single
No. Title Length
1. "New Divide" (Live) (Video) 4:54

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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