Linkin Park Announce New Album, Release Single "Heavy"
February 16, 2017
Linkin Park released their anticipated new single "Heavy" this morning, while also revealing details of their seventh studio album. Titled One More Light, it will be out May 19 via Warner Bros/Machine Shop Records.
"Heavy" marks a departure for the veteran Rock band, who move into a moody Pop vibe on the track, which features guest vocals from Kiiara.
Speaking to Billboard, Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda discussed the sound of "Heavy." He said, "One of the reasons why we chose 'Heavy' as the first single is because it is really the core sound of the album. This wasn't a scenario where the whole album sounds one way and the single sounds different. This is how the album sounds. So we wanted to go out with a song like that, where everybody can get a sense of the direction of this body of work."
As for Kiiara's appearance on the song, Shinoda told Billboard, "I got introduced to Kiiara by Zane Lowe. He interviewed her and asked her what her favorite music was, and she said Linkin Park right off the bat." He added that "Originally Chester [Bennington] had sung the whole song, but we felt like it needed this other perspective, if you hear another voice on it it would make it feel like it's coming from more than one person. We asked her if she'd sing on it, and I thought it really took the song to another dimension."