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Linkin Park Heavy
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Heavy
Song by Linkin Park
from the album One More Light
Released February 16, 2017
Format CD
Genre Pop, R&B, Pop Rock
Length 2:49
Label Warner Bros. Records
Writer Linkin Park
Producer Brad Delson Mike Shinoda
"Linkin Park singles chronology
"Invisible"
(2017)
"Heavy"
(2017)
"Sorry for Now"
(2017)

"Heavy" is a song by American rock band Linkin Park, featuring guest vocals from American pop singer and songwriter  Kiiara. The song is the first single from their seventh studio album, One More Light. The song was written by Linkin Park members Chester BenningtonBrad Delson, and Mike Shinoda, alongside Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter. The single was released for download on February 16, 2017, and was premiered on radio on February 21.

LyricsEdit

Chester's vocals:

I don’t like my mind right now
Stacking up problems that are so unnecessary
Wish that I could slow things down
I wanna let go but there’s comfort in the panic
And I drive myself crazy
Thinking everything's about me
Yeah, I drive myself crazy
'Cause I can’t escape the gravity

I'm holding on
Why is everything so heavy?
Holding on
So much more than I can carry
I keep dragging around what's bringing me down
If I just let go, I'd be set free
Holding on
Why is everything so heavy?

Kiiara's vocals:

You say that I'm paranoid
But I’m pretty sure the world is out to get me
It’s not like I make the choice
To let my mind stay so fucking messy
I know I'm not the center of the universe
But you keep spinning 'round me just the same
I know I'm not the center of the universe
But you keep spinning 'round me just the same

I'm holding on
Why is everything so heavy?
Holding on
So much more than I can carry
I keep dragging around what's bringing me down
If I just let go, I'd be set free
Holding on
Why is everything so heavy?

Chester and Kiiara's vocals:

I know I'm not the center of the universe
But you keep spinning 'round me just the same
I know I'm not the center of the universe
But you keep spinning 'round me just the same
And I drive myself crazy
Thinking everything’s about me

Holding on
Why is everything so heavy?
Holding on
So much more than I can carry
I keep dragging around what's bringing me down
If I just let go, I'd be set free
Holding on
Why is everything so heavy?
Why is everything so heavy?
Why is everything so heavy?

Critical ReceptionEdit

"Heavy" received generally negative reviews from critics, with complaints generally centered around the band's move from nu metal to a pop-oriented sound. Anna Gaca of Spin found the song to be a failed attempt to stay relevant against current popular rap rock bands like Twenty One Pilots, concluding that "So: How bad is “Heavy”? It’s not as bad as you’d think. It will annoy you no more and no less than any other blowout pop duet else you’re likely to hear on the radio while you’re at the gym or the supermarket or something. It’s fairly astonishing to see Linkin Park bend their knee so shamelessly for a taste of the charts, but those are the rules of the game." Emmy Mack of Music Feeds was similarly negative, noting the irony of naming the track "Heavy" when the song sounded like "a dance-pop duet featuring Chester doing a really bad Twenty One Pilots impersonation and trading verses with a random guest pop vocalist."

Fan reaction to the song has been equally negative. The negativity inspired the band "Bloodywood" to re-record the song in Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory and Meteora nu metal sound, catching the attention of many music websites such as Loudwire and Team Rock, the latter of which declared it "what Linkin Park's Heavy should have sounded like." The cover and negative reception even caught the attention of the band, who halfheartedly played a part of it in a rehearsal session video, with Bennington jokingly stating at the end "There's your fuckin' Hybrid Theory now shut the... [fuck up]".

After Bennington's death fans have now described it as 'Chester's cry for help'.

TriviaEdit

  • This is Linkin Park's first single on their album One More Light and the first time in all of their albums to feature a female artist.
  • The song "Heavy" got a Heavy amount of Backlash when the Lyrics Video first got uploaded on YouTube.
    • The Fans criticised the song for being too Poppy and soft despite the title of the song being "Heavy".
    • They also criticised Linkin Park for having Kiara featured in the song.
  • After the Heavy Backlash, Linkin Park made a Nu-Metal Version as a Joke Response to the Fans who criticised them.
    • At the End of the Video, Chester Bennnigton jokingly said at the end "There's your fuckin' Hybrid Theory now shut the... [fuck up]"
    • Some Fans did not take it as a Joke and started to Boycott the Band and their Newest Album One More Light
  • The Music Video for "Heavy" is the most viewed Music Video Single from the Album One More Light.
  • The Lyrics Video for "Heavy" is the most Disliked Linkin Park Video on YouTube with over 119 Thousand Dislikes.
  • The Line "Why is everything so heavy" became a small Meme in the Linkin Park community.

Music VideoEdit

File:Heavy (Official Video) - Linkin Park (feat. Kiiara)

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