Zero (Imagine Dragons song)

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"Zero"
Imagine Dragons Zero.jpg
Single by Imagine Dragons
from the album Origins and Ralph Breaks the Internet (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
ReleasedSeptember 19, 2018
Format
Recorded2018
Length3:30
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)John Hill
Imagine Dragons singles chronology
"Natural"
(2018)
"Zero"
(2018)
"Machine"
(2018)
Music video
"Zero" on YouTube

"Zero" is a song by American rock band Imagine Dragons, who co-wrote it with their producer John Hill. It is the second single from the band's fourth studio album Origins.[1] The song is featured in the Disney animated film Ralph Breaks the Internet and was included in its second official trailer and its soundtrack.

Background[edit]

Dan Reynolds, the band's frontman, said that "[the] song speaks to" the title character's struggle for self-acceptance, which the band resonated with, while the film's co-director, Rich Moore, called the song "a bold choice for an end-credit song because it's about someone who feels like a zero, someone who hasn't always felt worthy, someone who's allowed his entire sense of self to rely on a single friendship".[2] Phil Johnston, the film's co-writer and co-director, said that Ralph's insecurity is a feeling everyone can relate to, "but the song tells us we’re not alone. They nailed the theme of the movie in a way that also makes you want to dance."[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Markos Papadatos of Digital Journal stated that the song is "worth more than just a passing glance, and it garners two thumbs up."[4]

Music video[edit]

A music video for the song was released on October 23, 2018. The video takes place in an arcade, and promotes the Disney animated film Ralph Breaks the Internet.

Live performances[edit]

"Zero" was performed live for the first time at the iHeartRadio Music Festival on September 22, 2018, along with another song from the album: "Natural". "Zero" was also performed at Jimmy Kimmel Live! on November 5, 2018. "Zero" was also performed live at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas on November 7, along with three other songs from the album: "Natural", "Machine" and "Bad Liar".[5]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018–19) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[6] 1
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[7] 99
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[8] 33
Hungary (Single Top 40)[9] 18
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[10] 31
Italy (FIMI)[11] 24
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[12] 72
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 92
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 76
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[15] 10

Certification[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Italy (FIMI)[16] Platinum 50,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various September 19, 2018 Digital download Interscope [17]
Italy September 21, 2018 Contemporary hit radio [18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Imagine Dragons Share Protest Anthem 'Machine' - iHeartRadio".
  2. ^ Ding, Sophie (4 November 2018). "Watch Imagine Dragons' Meme-Filled Music Video For 'Zero'". Billboard. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Ralph Breaks The Internet - Press Kit" (PDF). Walt Disney Media File Website (Press release). Disney. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 5, 2018. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  4. ^ "Review: Imagine Dragons release brilliant lyric video for 'Zero'". Digital Journal.
  5. ^ "Imagine Dragons Setlist at Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas, Las Vegas". setlist.fm.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Imagine Dragons – Zero" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  7. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ – RADIO – TOP 100 and insert 201904 into search. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  8. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  9. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  10. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Stream Top 40 slágerlista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  11. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Imagine Dragons – Zero". Top Digital Download. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  12. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201907 into search. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  13. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Imagine Dragons – Zero". Singles Top 100. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  14. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Imagine Dragons – Zero". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  15. ^ "Imagine Dragons Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  16. ^ "Italian single certifications – Imagine Dragons – Zero" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved March 4, 2019. Select "2019" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "Zero" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Singoli online" under "Sezione".
  17. ^ "Zero (From the Original Motion Picture "Ralph Breaks The Internet") - Single by Imagine Dragons" – via music.apple.com.
  18. ^ "Imagine Dragons - Zero (Radio Date: 21-09-2018)". EarOne.