Shadow of the Day

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"Shadow of the Day"
Single by Linkin Park
from the album Minutes to Midnight
B-side "Bleed It Out" (Live from Projekt Revolution, Holmdel NJ, Aug. 29 '07)
"No More Sorrow" (Third Encore Session)
Released October 16, 2007 (Australia)
October 30, 2007 (United States)
November 12, 2007 (Worldwide)
Recorded The Mansion, Los Angeles, California
2007
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:54 (album version)
4:16 (single version)
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Linkin Park
Producer(s) Rick Rubin, Mike Shinoda
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Linkin Park singles chronology
"Bleed It Out"
(2007)
"Shadow of the Day"
(2007)
"Given Up"
(2008)
Minutes To Midnight track listing
Audio sample
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Music video
"Shadow Of the Day" on YouTube

"Shadow of the Day" is a song by American rock band Linkin Park. The song was released as the third single from their third album, Minutes to Midnight, on October 16, 2007. The first public performance of Shadow of the Day was during the Projekt Revolution tour in Auburn, Washington on July 25, 2007. On September 4, 2012, "Shadow of the Day", along with "Breaking the Habit", "New Divide", and "Burn It Down", were released in the "Linkin Park Pack 02" as downloadable content for the music rhythm video game, Rock Band 3.[1]

Song structure and background information[edit]

The band experimented with several different versions of the keyboard loop, before deciding on the one used in the final version. Lead singer Chester Bennington explained that they used over 60 different beats for this song until they found the suitable one. They also used different types of instruments like banjos at first, just experimenting on different styles until they came up with something that could fit the track.[2]

Like some of their other songs such as "Breaking the Habit" and "Faint", this song uses samples of live string ensemble recordings, played by Mike Shinoda on keyboard live. The samples come in before the second verse starts. Distorted guitar elements are only played after the second chorus. The lead is an 8-bar phrase which is later raised an octave. The song is written in the key of B Major, the first major key the band has ever used. The chorus is based on the very common chord progression I–V–vi–IV (B, F, Gm, E in the key of B major)—this chord progression is used e.g. in U2's "With or Without You" in the key of D Major. On the verses, the chord progression is the less common vi–V–IV–IV (Gm, F/A, E, E). The end of the album version of the song, which is an instrumental piece, crossfades into the start of "What I've Done". It is the second-longest track on the album. Mike Shinoda sings only the lines "Sometimes beginnings aren't so simple, sometimes goodbye's the only way" and the last three choruses "And the shadow of the day will embrace the world in grey and the sun will set for you" with a different voice tone but with the same note of Chester's part.

The song was remastered for iTunes in 2013. It notably contains rearranged strings.

During the Projekt Revolution tour, Chester Bennington was playing the guitar while also singing the lyrics at the end of the song. These occasions are very rare for the band, since Brad Delson is the lead guitarist, and Mike Shinoda usually plays the second guitar part. However, this is not the first song on which Bennington plays guitar, since "It's Goin' Down" was also performed with Bennington playing the guitar. Later, Bennington would also play rhythm guitar on live performances of "Iridescent".

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Joe Hahn.[3] It takes place during a large scale civil unrest in what appears to be the United States.[4] The video was shot in Los Angeles at 20th Century Fox. The action was set up by stunt coordinator Steven Ho.

Chester Bennington performing at Smirnoff Music Centre in Dallas, TX during the Projekt Revolution tour 2007.

The music video was released to the internet on October 15, 2007. The video shows Chester Bennington waking up. His alarm clock reads 11:55, the then Doomsday Clock time, referencing the album title Minutes to Midnight and the song which is the 5th song on the album. The video is over four minutes long, meaning that the time at the end would be 11:59 PM, or one minute to midnight. Chester then watches the news, washes up, gets dressed, and goes outside. The video takes place in a war-torn world, where mass chaos is ensuing on the streets of the city. There is a lot of violence going on with many police and gunshots. Plumes of smoke can be seen in the sky. Soldiers and riot police can be seen forcefully detaining civilians. Near the end of the video, a car is set on fire and bursts into flames as several people taking place in the riot throw molotov cocktails at police resulting in the Police Riot Control and SWAT teams opening fire and advancing while the mob of people retreat. A man suddenly throws a bottle of alcohol on a car and the car takes fire, explaining the title of the song "Shadow Of The Day". Chester then stands in front of the burning car, while looking hopelessly at the carnage that surrounds him. He then turns towards the flames, and the video fades to black. The electronic/synth outro of the song is excluded on the video to make it a more appropriate finish. If listened to carefully towards the middle of the video, the mob is shouting 'we want freedom'.

This is the only video so far with only Chester appearing, as Brad, Rob, Mike, Joe and Phoenix are absent in it. Because of this the video features no performance footage other than Chester's singing, the video isn't completely dubbed by the song, meaning sound effects taking place in the video can be heard.

There are also three different edits of the video, presumably due to censorship:

  • A director's cut which is available at Joe Hahn's section of the Linkin Park website. In this version there are several scenes not in other versions. Chester is seen carrying a bag which he drops on the ground around 3:18 into the song. A few seconds later it goes back to Chester's house and zooms in on a table containing lots of wires and other electronics. There are also several blueprints and video monitors for security cameras displaying a certain building. After about 30 seconds there is a giant explosion destroying the building that the video monitors were displaying. This alludes that Chester had built a bomb and it was in the bag that he was carrying. He then had planned to bomb that building during the riot.
  • An alternate ending to the video, which shows Chester begin to walk away from the flames. The police open fire, and the video ends with a shot of Chester's bag falling to the ground. What actually happens to Chester is not revealed, but it can be assumed that either he was shot and killed or he threw his bag away and joined the riot. The alternate ending is only shown on MTV Europe music channels.
  • MTV Overdrive contains a version which scenes with gunfire and bottle smashing are cut and replaced with different riot scenes.[5]

The song was also featured in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The video won Best Rock Video at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards and was also nominated for Best Direction in a Video.[6]

The video was placed at #37 of the year by VH1's Top 40 Videos of the Year.

iTunes[edit]

The "Shadow of the Day" music video is available on iTunes, along with a Behind the Scenes exclusive featurette. On October 23, 2007, iTunes made a video album which was entitled the Single of "Shadow of the Day". The video album included the music video (which can be purchased for $2.29) and the Behind the Scenes video (which is free when you purchase the full album).

Chart performance[edit]

The song charted before its release on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks chart. It debuted on the U.S. Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart at #18, which is equivalent to #118. Two weeks later it debuted on the Hot 100 at #89, and finally peaked at #15, becoming the band's second top twenty hit on the chart from Minutes to Midnight. It also reached #2 on the Modern Rock Chart (held off the top spot by Foo Fighters hit "Long Road to Ruin"), and #6 on the Mainstream Rock Chart. The week "Shadow of the Day" jumped to the top twenty of the Modern Rock Chart, it made Linkin Park one of only six acts to simultaneously have three songs in the top twenty of the chart, since "Bleed It Out" was at #2, and "What I've Done" was at #13. U2, R.E.M., Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, and Muse are the other five bands to accomplish this feat.[7] On the Pop Songs chart, the song has become one of Linkin Park's only top ten hits along with "Numb" and "In The End", where it peaked at #9. "Shadow of the Day" was also a success on the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart, where it reached the top ten at #6, becoming the first Linkin Park song to do so on that chart.

"Shadow of the Day" has also been highly successful in many other parts of the world. It has reached the top twenty in over 15 countries, including in Australia (at #15), Canada (at #12), France (at #20), Germany (at #12), New Zealand (at #13), Portugal (at #18), Sweden (at #20), and Switzerland (at #11) among others. However, the song fared poorly in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at #46, the band's lowest charting single there until "Leave Out All the Rest" peaked at #90.

Track listings[edit]

All songs written and composed by Linkin Park. 

CD1
No. Title Length
1. "Shadow of the Day"   4:16
2. "Bleed It Out" (Live from Projekt Revolution, Holmdel NJ, Aug. 29 '07) 6:07
CD2 • Australian maxi single • iTunes EP
No. Title Length
1. "Shadow of the Day"   4:16
2. "Bleed It Out" (Live from Projekt Revolution, Holmdel NJ, Aug. 29 '07) 6:07
3. "No More Sorrow" (Third Encore Session) 3:45
7" picture disc
No. Title Length
1. "Shadow of the Day"   4:16
2. "No More Sorrow" (Third Encore Session) 3:45
iTunes exclusive video album
No. Title Length
1. "Shadow of the Day" (Music Video) 4:17
2. "Shadow of the Day" (Making of the Video) 3:01

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2007/2008) Peak
position
Australia ARIA Singles Chart 15
Austria Singles Top 75 6
Canadian Hot 100[8] 12
Polish Singles Chart[9] 1
Czech Republic Singles Chart 15
European Hot 100 Singles[10] 21
French Singles Chart 20
German Singles Chart 12
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 13
Slovakia Airplay Chart 15
Swedish Singles Chart 20
Swiss Singles Chart 11
UK Singles Chart 46
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 15
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Top 40 9
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 6
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 2
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 6
Venezuela Pop Rock (Record Report)[11] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Rank
German Singles Chart [12] 55
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [13] 55 [14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harmonix (August 31, 2012). "Four Linkin Park Hits Come To The Rock Band Music Store!". RockBand.com. Harmonix Music Systems. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ Minutes to Midnight booklet
  3. ^ "Report on Shadow of the Day". Videostatic.com. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  4. ^ Video on YouTube[dead link]
  5. ^ "Shadow of the Day - Linkin Park | Music Video | MTV UK". Mtv.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  6. ^ "Shadow of the Day (Official Video) on Youtube".  From the Warner Bros. Records Youtube Channel
  7. ^ "Springsteen Bosses Way Back to No. 1". Billboard.biz. 2007-10-24. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ "Polish Singles Chart". Lp3.polskieradio.pl. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  10. ^ "Top 100 Music Hits, Top 100 Music Charts, Top 100 Songs & The Hot 100". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  11. ^ "Pop Rock" (in Spanish). Record Report. 2008-01-26. Archived from the original on 2007-07-02. 
  12. ^ [2][dead link]
  13. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 2008
  14. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 2008

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