Invisible (Linkin Park song)

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"Invisible"
Linkin Park Invisible.jpg
Promotional single by Linkin Park
from the album One More Light
ReleasedMay 10, 2017
GenrePop rock[1]
Length3:34
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Music video
"Invisible" (Lyric Video) on YouTube

"Invisible" is a song by American rock band Linkin Park. It was released from their seventh studio album One More Light.[2] The song was written by Mike Shinoda and Justin Parker.[3] The song is sung by Mike Shinoda with Chester Bennington on backing vocals. The song premiered on May 10, 2017 at Zane Lowe's World Record show on Beats 1.[4]

Writing and recording[edit]

Mike Shinoda met with English songwriter and producer Justin Parker in London for a writing session during The Hunting Party Tour.[5] Shinoda later told Ticketmaster, "I did a couple of stopovers in London on the way back from the Hunting Party tour and worked with two different songwriters and really enjoyed it. I thought it was super fun and saw merit in keeping that going. I took the songs back to the band and asked them what they thought. They loved the material, first and foremost." One of those tracks was "Invisible",[6] a song that deals with Shinoda wanting to concentrate on being a father.[7][8]

Throughout the process, both Shinoda and Bennington recorded vocals for the song, but since "Invisible" is Shinoda's story, he decided he should be the one singing on the final version. The song was written about his kids and the thought that when they get older and become teenagers, it will be harder to discipline them. According to him, "Invisible" sends the listener to that moment when, in a parental or mentoring situation, you have to tell your kids something they don't wanna hear and you want them to know you're doing it because you care, not because you want to hurt their feelings.[9]

Release and promotion[edit]

The song was released from their seventh studio album One More Light.[2] It was released digitally on May 10, 2017.[4] The band released a lyric video of the song on the same day.[10] As of December 26, 2017, the lyric video has gained over 12.1 million views.[10]

Live performances[edit]

The song's first live performance was in front of the audience who were in attendance at the taping of James Corden's The Late Late Show in February.[11] The performance aired on the June 12, 2017 episode. The first public performance was during Maximus Festival 2017 at the Santiago, Chile show.[12] The track has been performed multiple times since then.

Personnel[edit]

Credits from streaming website.[13]

Linkin Park

Additional musicians

  • Jesse Shatkin – additional keyboards, additional programming

Production

  • Produced by Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson
  • Co-produced by Jesse Shatkin
  • Additional Production by RAC
  • Written by Mike Shinoda and Justin Parker
  • Vocal production by Emily Wright
  • Engineered by Mike Shinoda, Ethan Mates and Josh Newell
  • Engineering assisted by Alejandro Baima and Warren Willis
  • Mixed by Serban Ghenea
  • Mixing engineered by John Hanes
  • Technician: Jerry Johnson

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[14] 66
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[15] 90
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[16] 32

References[edit]

  1. ^ "[ALBUM REVIEW] LINKIN PARK – One More Light – HEAVY Music & Film Magazine". heavymag.com.au. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Linkin Park Share Supportive New Single-Invisible Billboard May 10, 2017. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
  3. ^ Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda: “If you’re expecting ESP guitars, then this album is not for you” All Things Loud
  4. ^ a b Listen to “Invisible” posted by Zane Lowe on Apple Music Apple Music May 10, 2017. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
  5. ^ On The Road In Berlin With Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda: 'We Never Held The Flag For Nu-Metal' NME September 7, 2015. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  6. ^ Interview: Linkin Park-"The Hero’s Journey" tmBlog
  7. ^ Kerrang! Magazine Interview with Linkin Park, Page 7, Issue: March 2017.
  8. ^ Smash Press: Linkin Park interview 2017 YouTube April 03, 2017
  9. ^ Linkin Park im Interview: War es das letzte Album? YouTube April 12, 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Invisible (Official Lyric Video)". May 10, 2017.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-09-26. Retrieved 2017-05-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quxWg64zhok
  13. ^ One More Light- Linkin Park–Download and listen to the album Qobuz Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  14. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Digital Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ – SINGLES DIGITAL – TOP 100 and insert 201730 into search. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  15. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  16. ^ "Linkin Park Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved June 1, 2017.