Hardwired (song)

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"Hardwired"
Metallica - Hardwired single.jpg
Single by Metallica
from the album Hardwired... to Self-Destruct
ReleasedAugust 18, 2016
Format Digital download
RecordedJune 2016 at HQ (San Rafael)
Genre
Length3:11
Label Blackened
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Greg Fidelman
Metallica singles chronology
"Lords of Summer"
(2014)
"Hardwired"
(2016)
"Moth into Flame"
(2016)

"Hardwired" is a song by heavy metal band Metallica. It was released as the lead single from their tenth studio album, Hardwired... to Self-Destruct (2016), on August 18, 2016 as a digital download. [3] [4] The song was first played live near the end of the band's show at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on August 20, 2016. [5] The song received a nomination for Best Rock Song at the 2017 Grammy Awards. [6]

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Background

The band detailed on the song's debut at The Howard Stern Show that it was a rather late addition to the album. Lars Ulrich explained that after finishing the other songs "we decided that we needed a short, fast opener", leading him and James Hetfield to compose "Hardwired" in about a week in June 2016. [7]

Music video

The music video was released on August 18, 2016. Filmed in black-and-white, it features the band performing the song in the dark under rapidly flashing strobe lights, as the camera continuously rotates around the band members.

Personnel

Charts

Chart (2016)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) [8] 70
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders) [9] 15
Canada Rock ( Billboard ) [10] 17
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100) [11] 99
Finland Download (Latauslista) [12] 17
France (SNEP) [13] 164
Hungary (Single Top 40) [14] 37
New Zealand Heatseekers (Recorded Music NZ) [15] 7
Portugal (AFP) [16] 51
Scotland (Official Charts Company) [17] 63
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100) [18] 87
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) [19] 72
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) [20] 186
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles ( Billboard ) [21] 19
US Hot Rock Songs ( Billboard ) [22] 9
US Mainstream Rock ( Billboard ) [23] 1
US Rock Airplay ( Billboard ) [24] 13

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