Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)

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"Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)"
Lostprophets Rooftops cd cover.jpg
Single by Lostprophets
from the album Liberation Transmission
Released 19 June 2006 (2006-06-19)
Format CD single, 7"
Recorded Hawaii
2006
Genre Emo
Length 4:11
Label Columbia, Visible Noise
Writer(s) Lee Gaze, Mike Lewis, Jamie Oliver, Stuart Richardson, Ian Watkins
Producer(s) Bob Rock, Joel Kaufmann
Lostprophets singles chronology
"Goodbye Tonight"
(2004)
"Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)"
(2006)
"A Town Called Hypocrisy"
(2006)

"Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)" is a power ballad by Welsh rock band Lostprophets. "Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)" was released to American radio on May 16, 2006.[1] The song was released on 19 June 2006 as the first single from their third studio album Liberation Transmission (2006).

The first live performance of the single in the UK was in the Muni Arts Centre in Pontypridd on 24 April 2006 prior to it even getting radioplay. The B-sides found on the single came from the same sessions — all of which are brand new tracks.

The single entered the UK Singles Chart at #8, making it the highest performing Lostprophets single along with "Last Train Home". It was nominated for the Kerrang! Award for Best Single.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was filmed on location in Los Angeles, California and was directed by Ryan Smith. It shows the band on top of what appears to be a helicopter pad. At the beginning, the individual members of the band are shown, while a flag showing the band's logo, flutters behind them. As the band sings, three teenagers are shown. They are a girl sitting at dinner with her parents when they suddenly start arguing, a boy in a kitchen as his boss starts shouting at him, and a boy sitting in the back seat of a car while his father shouts at him. As the band reaches the "scream your heart out" refrain near the end of the song, the teenagers start to scream suddenly. The girl with the arguing parents shatters every glass on the table as her mother covers her ears, the diner boy blowing plates off the shelf in front of him, and the boy blowing out the car's windows. The band finishes playing, and the view fades out.

Track listing[edit]

CD1
No. Title Length
1. "Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)" 4:13
2. "Ordinary Life" (demo) 3:24
CD2
No. Title Length
1. "Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)" 4:13
2. "Dead to Me" (demo) 3:25
3. "No Way Out" (demo) 3:52
Vinyl
No. Title Length
1. "Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)" 4:13

(The B side of the vinyl release was an etched design rather than containing music)

Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Rooftops" (demo) 4:08

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Ireland (IRMA)[2] 36
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[3] 25
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[4] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 8
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[6] 15
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[7] 14
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard) 22
US Pop 100 (Billboard) 94

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