Immortals (song)

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"Immortals"
Fall Out Boy - Immortals.png
Single by Fall Out Boy
from the album Big Hero 6 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Released October 14, 2014
Format
Genre
Length 3:15
Label Walt Disney
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Fall Out Boy singles chronology
"Centuries"
(2014)
"Immortals"
(2014)
"American Beauty/American Psycho"
(2014)
"Centuries"
(2014)
"Immortals"
(2014)
"American Beauty/American Psycho"
(2014)
Music video
"Immortals" on YouTube
"Immortals"
Song by Fall Out Boy
from the album American Beauty/American Psycho
Released January 16, 2015
Length 3:09
Label
Songwriter(s)
Music video
"Immortals" on YouTube

"Immortals" is a song written and recorded by American rock band Fall Out Boy for the 2014 Walt Disney Animation Studios film Big Hero 6. An alternative version appears on the band's sixth studio album American Beauty/American Psycho (2015).[3]

The "End Credits" single version was released by Walt Disney Records on October 14, 2014, as a digital download.[4] A 7" vinyl bundled with a poster was released on December 16, 2014,[5] as of February 8 2016, "Immortals" was certified Platinum by the RIAA for 1 million units sold.

Background and composition[edit]

Disney asked the band to write and perform the song for the film's sequence in which the Big Hero 6 team is transformed from a group of super smart individuals to a band of high-tech heroes. "We went over to Disney and met with the directors," bassist Pete Wentz recalled. "They explained the story to us. It was insane how much it lined up with the way our band saw the world."[6] Wentz later stated, "Disney asked the band to come in and talk to the directors so we did that.... and we discussed the scene and what our song would attempt to do. Then we went home and wrote and sent it to them- it was a back and forth from there, it was interesting to be a part of because our song was just a small part of a bigger thing and the challenge to just be a part of the fabric. It was a really cool experience."[7]

Vocalist Patrick Stump said that the song's title was inspired by "the idea of this kid stepping up on behalf of his brother. Your victories aren't exclusively yours, so the fact that all of these people are coming together to help him get to the finish line is really exciting."[8] Wentz further elaborated: "They're testing out their new super suits for the first time in the scene, some of it works—some of it doesn't. You get the sense that they're stepping into a bigger role, the story's in the DNA of Fall Out Boy. It is an authentic story and it's who our band is—we've always identified with the underdog."[8]

On December 15, when the band's upcoming American Beauty/American Psycho (2015) album was made available for preorder, "Immortals" was revealed to also be included as track 10. On January 12, 2015, the six yet-unreleased songs from the album, including "Immortals" were made available for streaming on YouTube, the band quipped, "according to Baymax this is his favorite song on the record".[9] The album version and film versions slightly differ: on the film version the percussion "is all marching-band strident, but on the album version much of that power is stripped away."[10]

A remix features vocals by a member from The Roots, Black Thought and appeared on the remixed album Make America Psycho Again.

Other languages[edit]

Being only a background song, not key for the understanding of the plot, Immortals was left untranslated in most foreign dubs. However, it has a few adaptations around the world.

Language Performer Title
Castilian Spanish (end credits) Sweet California[11] "Inmortales"
European Portuguese (end credits) FF (de; es)[12] "Imortais"
Italian (movie) Patrick Stump[13] "Immortali"

Music video[edit]

A music video was released with the song, depicting the four members of the band walking up to a jukebox and choosing to play the single, the vinyl record playing the song is white and depicts the face of Baymax from Big Hero 6. The concept of the music video is similar to that of Green Day's "X-Kid".

A second music video for the band's album version of "Immortals" was released on December 24, 2014, composed of scenes taken from Big Hero 6 intertwined with Fall Out Boy performing live, it was released on the 10th day of "12 Days of FOB", an event during which the band posted exclusive videos, pictures or lyrics.[14]

Appearances[edit]

A snippet of the song first appeared unannounced in a teaser trailer for Big Hero 6.[2]

Fall Out Boy performed "Immortals" live for the first time on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.[15][16] Stump accidentally sang a different version of the song on that performance,[17] it was also performed on Japanese TV.

It is also currently being used as a promo for the 2015–16 NFL Thursday Night Games on CBS and NFL Network.

Commercial reception[edit]

During the week-ending November 29, 2014, "Immortals" sold 25,000 downloads and peaked at No. 9 on the US Billboard Hot Rock Songs and No. 1 on the US Bubbling Under Hot 100.[18][19] In American Beauty/American Psycho's release week, "Immortals" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 96. In the week ending March 14, the song re-entered the chart at No. 78 for its second chart week, following Big Hero 6's Academy Award win for Best Animated Feature.[20] It peaked at No. 72 the week after. To date, the song has been certified Platinum denoting 1 million units.

The song debuted at No. 122 on the UK Singles Chart during the week of October 25, 2014.[21] In American Beauty/American Psycho's third chart week, "Immortals" peaked at No. 84, its fourth chart week (week of February 14, 2015).[22] It notched one week in Australia at No. 82 in mid-January.

Chart performance[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[32] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[33] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Fall Out Boy: ‘Immortals’ Single Review fdrmx.com. Retrieved October 18, 2014.
  3. ^ Fall Out Boy Tweets Immortals twitter.com/falloutboy. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
  4. ^ Dornbush, Jonathon (October 14, 2014). "Hear 'Immortals,' Fall Out Boy's song from the 'Big Hero 6' soundtrack". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Big Hero 6 Bundle – Fall Out Boy 'Immortals' 7" Vinyl". Disney Music Emporium. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  6. ^ Wentz, Pete (October 14, 2014). "ill be the guard dog of all your fever dreams". PeteWentz.com. Retrieved October 25, 2014. 
  7. ^ Wentz, Pete (8 June 2015). "Fall Out Boy on Tumblr - "little-starl0rd asked: Did Disney ask you to write a song for Big Hero 6 or did you write it first and they ask to use it? Was the inclusion of your song everything you hoped it would be? Anyone have a favorite character in the movie? disney asked us to come in a talk to the directors so we did that…. and we discussed the scene and what our song would attempt to do. then we went home and wrote and sent it to them- it was a back and forth from there. it was interesting to be a part of because our song was just a small part of a bigger thing and the challenge to just be a part of the fabric. it was a really cool experience. and i think hiro would be my favorite character- the rage and empathy and love he feels is so relatable to me. pw"". FallOutBoy.com. Fall Out Boy. Archived from the original on 8 June 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2015. disney asked us to come in a talk to the directors so we did that…. and we discussed the scene and what our song would attempt to do. then we went home and wrote and sent it to them- it was a back and forth from there. it was interesting to be a part of because our song was just a small part of a bigger thing and the challenge to just be a part of the fabric. it was a really cool experience. 
  8. ^ a b "Walt Disney Records' Big Hero 6 Soundtrack Features Original Song 'Immortals' From Fall Out Boy And Score By Henry Jackman". PR Newswire. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  9. ^ according to baymax this is his favorite song on the record falloutboy.com. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
  10. ^ American Beauty / American Psycho. Popmatters. Retrieved June 7, 2015.
  11. ^ WaltDisneyStudiosES (2014-12-11), Disney España | Big Hero 6 | Inmortales Sweet California, retrieved 2017-01-08 
  12. ^ LiNkPt14 (2015-05-02), Big Hero 6 - "Immortals" Portuguese Version, retrieved 2016-05-01 
  13. ^ Disney IT (2014-12-30), Big Hero 6 -- Intervista a Patrick Stump dei Fall Out Boy | HD, retrieved 2016-05-01 
  14. ^ Fall Out Boy debuts music vid for "Big Hero 6" OST “Immortals” www.panarmenian.net. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
  15. ^ FALL OUT BOY DEBUT IMMORTALS ON JIMMY KIMMEL Kerrang!. Retrieved November 9, 2014.
  16. ^ FALL OUT BOY TAKE TO KIMMEL TO PERFORM ‘IMMORTALS’ Rocksound. Retrieved November 9, 2014.
  17. ^ Pete Wentz Tweet on Immortals version twitter.com/petewentz. Retrieved December 24, 2014.
  18. ^ Foo Fighters Take 'Highways' To No. 1 on Top Rock Albums Chart. Billboard. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  19. ^ "Billboard Chart Search: Artist=All Time Low / Chart=Bubbling Under Hot 100". Retrieved January 26, 2015. 
  20. ^ Big Hero 6 wins Oscar for Best Animated Feature. The Verge. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  21. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "CHART: CLUK Update 25.10.2014 (wk42)". Zobbel.de. Retrieved October 25, 2014. 
  22. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart UK Top 100 - 14th February 2015". Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on February 9, 2015. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  23. ^ Ryan, Gavin (January 19, 2015). "ARIA Singles: Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars Uptown Funk Is No 1". Noise11. Retrieved January 19, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Fall Out Boy Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)" Billboard. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  26. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 9, 2015.
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  29. ^ "Hot Rock Songs : Dec 31, 2015 | Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard. billboard.com. Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  30. ^ "Rock Digital Songs : Dec 31, 2015 | Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard. billboard.com. Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  31. ^ "Rock Streaming Songs : Dec 31, 2015 | Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard. billboard.com. Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  32. ^ "British single certifications – Fall Out Boy – Immortals". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Immortals in the search field and then press Enter.
  33. ^ "American single certifications – Fall Out Boy – Immortals". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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