Dead Inside (song)

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"Dead Inside"
Muse deadinside.jpg
Single by Muse
from the album Drones
B-side"Psycho"
Released23 March 2015
Format
Recorded
Genre
Length
  • 4:23 (album version)
  • 3:50 (radio edit)
Label
Songwriter(s)Matthew Bellamy
Producer(s)
Muse singles chronology
"Psycho"
(2015)
"Dead Inside"
(2015)
"Mercy"
(2015)
Music video
"Dead Inside" on YouTube
Drones track listing
12 tracks
  1. "Dead Inside"
  2. "[Drill Sergeant]"
  3. "Psycho"
  4. "Mercy"
  5. "Reapers"
  6. "The Handler"
  7. "[JFK]"
  8. "Defector"
  9. "Revolt"
  10. "Aftermath"
  11. "The Globalist"
  12. "Drones"

"Dead Inside" is a song by English rock band Muse. The opening track on their seventh album, Drones, it was released as the album's lead single and second overall on 23 March 2015.[3] On the same day, a lyric video for the song was released on the band's YouTube channel, while the single premiered on BBC Radio 1.[4]

Background[edit]

Placing the song within the album's context, Matthew Bellamy said: "This is where the story of the album begins, where the protagonist loses hope and becomes 'Dead Inside', therefore vulnerable to the dark forces introduced in 'Psycho' and which ensue over the next few songs on the album, before eventually defecting, revolting and overcoming these dark forces later in the story".[3]

Composition[edit]

"Dead Inside" is an electronic rock and synth-pop song.[5][6] Music magazine Rolling Stone described the song as a "relationship horror song" that "sets up the drama on [the band's] new album 'Drones'". According to the article, "Muse turn the tumultuous end of a relationship into a funky pop song on "Dead Inside," the latest track from their upcoming LP, Drones. Frontman Matt Bellamy sings the chorus with his bandmates as a shocking, gang-vocal stinger to bass-heavy verses like, 'I see magic in your eyes/on the outside you're ablaze and alive, but you're dead inside.'"[7] Consequence of Sound critic Collin Brennan also described the track as synth-pop, comparing it to the works of Depeche Mode.[6]

Music video[edit]

On 3 April 2015, Muse teased pictures of the filming of the song's music video on their as well as drummer Dominic Howard's Instagram account.[8][9][10] On 5 April 2015, both American contemporary dancer Kathryn McCormick and So You Think You Can Dance finalist Will Wingfield were confirmed to feature in the music video for "Dead Inside".[11] The video was released on 28 April 2015,[12] and was directed by Robert Hales.[13]

Track listing[edit]

CD single[14]
No.TitleLength
1."Dead Inside"4:23
2."Psycho"5:28
Promotional single[15]
No.TitleLength
1."Dead Inside" (Radio Edit)3:50

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[16] 12
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[17] 28
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[18] 94
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[19] 26
France (SNEP)[20] 23
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[21] 43
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[22] 44
Italy (FIMI)[23] 53
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[24] 71
UK Rock and Metal (Official Charts Company)[25] 1
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[26] 11
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[27] 13
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[28] 19
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[29] 1
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[30] 10
US Rock Airplay (Billboard)[31] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Italy (FIMI)[32] Gold 25,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MUSE ARE FINISH WITH THE FIRST SESSION OF THE NEW ALBUM!". Matter of Sound. 19 October 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  2. ^ Drones (album liner notes). Muse. Warner Bros. Records / Helium-3. 2015.CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ a b Trendell, Andrew (23 March 2015). "New Muse single 'Dead Inside' to be premiered today". Gigwise. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Muse - Dead Inside [Official Lyric Video]". YouTube. 23 March 2015. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  5. ^ Hudson, Alex (28 April 2015). "Muse: "Dead Inside" (video)". Exclaim!. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  6. ^ a b Brennan, Collin (8 June 2015). "Muse – Drones". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  7. ^ Grow, Kory (23 March 2015). "Hear Muse's Relationship Horror Song 'Dead Inside'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Muse Instagram". Instagram. 3 April 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Dominic Howard Instagram 1". Instagram. 3 April 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Dominic Howard Instagram 2". Instagram. 3 April 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  11. ^ "Muse Instagram video". Instagram. 5 April 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  12. ^ Muse - Dead Inside [Official Music Video] on YouTube
  13. ^ [1]
  14. ^ [2]
  15. ^ [3]
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – Muse – Dead Inside" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  17. ^ "Ultratop.be – Muse – Dead Inside" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  18. ^ https://www.billboard.com/music/muse/chart-history/billboard-canadian-hot-100
  19. ^ "Muse: Dead Inside" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  20. ^ "Lescharts.com – Muse – Dead Inside" (in French). Les classement single.
  21. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  22. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Muse – Dead Inside". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  23. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Muse – Dead Inside". Top Digital Download.
  24. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  25. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  26. ^ "Muse Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  27. ^ "Muse Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  28. ^ "Muse Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  29. ^ "Muse Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  30. ^ "Muse Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  31. ^ "Muse Chart History (Rock Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  32. ^ "Italian single certifications – Muse – Dead Inside" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 24 September 2018. Select "2018" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "Dead Inside" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Singoli online" under "Sezione".