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|"Nothing Else Matters"|
|Single by Metallica|
|from the album Metallica|
|Released||April 20, 1992|
|Recorded||May 30, 1991 at One on One Studios, North Hollywood, California|
|Metallica singles chronology|
"Nothing Else Matters" is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released in 1992 as the third single from their self-titled fifth studio album, Metallica . The song peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, number 6 on the UK Singles Chart as well as top-ten on many other European charts. "Nothing Else Matters" was featured as a playable track in the music video game Guitar Hero: Metallica . Recognized as one of Metallica's best known and most popular songs, it has become a staple in live performances. The song has been covered nearly 100 times.
Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.
Metallica is an American heavy metal band. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, and has been based in San Francisco, California for most of its career. The group's fast tempos, instrumentals and aggressive musicianship made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. Metallica's current lineup comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band.
Metallica is the fifth studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica. Released on August 12, 1991 by Elektra Records, it received widespread critical acclaim and became the band's best-selling album. Metallica produced five singles that are considered to be among the band's best-known songs, which include "Enter Sandman", "The Unforgiven", "Nothing Else Matters", "Wherever I May Roam", and "Sad but True". A sixth song, "Don't Tread on Me", was also issued to rock radio shortly after the album's release, but the song did not receive a commercial single release. The album marked a change in the band's sound from the thrash metal style of the previous four albums to a slower and heavier one rooted in heavy metal. Metallica promoted the album with a series of tours. In 2003, the album was ranked number 255 on Rolling Stone's 500 greatest albums of all time.
Lead singer and rhythm guitarist James Hetfield wrote the song (credited to Hetfield/Ulrich) in 1990 while he was on the phone with his then girlfriend. Since he held the phone with one hand, he plucked the four open strings of a standard E-minor chord with the other, which eventually made up the first two bars of the song. The lyrics, which talk about being "so close, no matter how far", were also dedicated to his girlfriend, indicating the bond they shared even when Hetfield was on tour. Initially, the song was not meant to be released, as Hetfield had written it for himself, but after drummer Lars Ulrich heard it, it was considered for the album.
James Alan Hetfield is an American musician, singer, and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica. Hetfield is mainly known for his intricate rhythm playing, but occasionally performs lead guitar duties and solos, both live and in the studio. Hetfield co-founded Metallica in October 1981 after answering a classified advertisement by drummer Lars Ulrich in the Los Angeles newspaper The Recycler. Metallica has won nine Grammy Awards and released ten studio albums, three live albums, four extended plays and 24 singles.
Lars Ulrich is a Danish musician, songwriter, actor, and record producer. He is best known as the drummer and co-founder of the American heavy metal band Metallica. The son of tennis player Torben Ulrich and grandson of tennis player Einer Ulrich, he also played tennis in his youth and moved to Los Angeles at age 16 to train professionally. However, rather than playing tennis, Ulrich began playing drums. After publishing an advertisement in The Recycler, Ulrich met vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield and formed Metallica.
The song's demo was also called "Nothing Else Matters" and was recorded in Lars Ulrich's home musical studio "Dungeon" on August 13, 1990.
Its intro is an E minor arpeggio beginning with the open low E followed by the open G, B and high E strings.
A broken chord is a chord broken into a sequence of notes. A broken chord may repeat some of the notes from the chord and span one or more octaves.
It is one of the few Metallica songs in which Hetfield plays the guitar solo. Given that Hetfield recorded all rhythm and most harmony tracks on the band's first five albums and that Hammett has stated he didn't learn how to play the song until they were well into the tour for the album, Hammett does not play on the studio recording, making it one of the few in the whole Metallica repertoire, along with Cliff Burton's "(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth", in which he does not appear.
Clifford Lee Burton was an American musician and songwriter, best known as the bass guitarist for the American band Metallica from December 1982 until his death in September 1986.
The orchestral arrangements were written by award-winning composer Michael Kamen, who would later go on to collaborate with the group on S&M.
Michael Arnold Kamen was an American composer, orchestral arranger, orchestral conductor, songwriter, and session musician.
S&M is a live album by American heavy metal band Metallica, with The San Francisco Symphony conducted by Michael Kamen. It was recorded on April 21–22, 1999 at The Berkeley Community Theatre. This is the final Metallica album to feature Jason Newsted as Metallica's bassist.
The music video premiered on MTV on February 26, 1992.[ citation needed ] It was directed by Adam Dubin, and edited by Sean Fullan. The clip consists of parts of the A year and a half... video tape which was shot during the recordings of Metallica.[ citation needed ] One of them shows Hetfield playing a Gibson EDS-1275 guitar during the second chorus. MTV will not air the video during daytime hours anymore because it features nudity in the form of pin-up posters and Playboy centerfolds that are taped up in the studio. It also has a picture of Winger's Kip Winger which Lars Ulrich is seen throwing darts at. On the band's 2006 music video compilation DVD, the posters are censored, as was done with the nudity featured in the music videos for "Turn the Page" and "Whiskey in the Jar".
MTV is an American pay television channel that serves as the flagship property of owner Viacom Media Networks and is headquartered in New York City. The channel was launched on August 1, 1981, and originally aired music videos as guided by television personalities known as "video jockeys" (VJs). At first, MTV's main target demographic was young adults, but today it is primarily teenagers, particularly high school and college students.
Adam C. Dubin is a filmmaker who co-directed Beastie Boys music videos "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right " and "No Sleep till Brooklyn", with Ric Menello. "Fight For Your Right" is number three on MTV's all time funniest music videos. In 2007, Fuse TV interviewed Dubin when it aired a 30-minute episode about Fight For Your Right as part of their series “Videos That Rocked The World.”
The song has now become a staple in Metallica's live performances, and has been dedicated to their fans. When played live nowadays, Hammett does the first part of the intro, and Hetfield joins in for the second, to then sing and play it alone until after the first chorus, when the whole band kicks in. Also, the last verse is left out, ending the song with the heavily distorted guitar solo by Hetfield, and usually fading into "Enter Sandman". A live version on which this can be heard, can be found on the CD/DVD Orgullo, Pasión y Gloria: Tres Noches en la Ciudad de México . Other live recordings can be found on Live Shit: Binge & Purge , on S&M , Cunning Stunts DVD as well as the DVD/Blu-ray The Big 4 Live from Sofia, Bulgaria as well as on the soundtrack for the band's feature film "Through the Never".
|1.||"Nothing Else Matters"||6:30|
|2.||"Enter Sandman" (Live)||5:26|
|1.||"Nothing Else Matters"||6:30|
|2.||"Enter Sandman" (Live)||5:26|
|3.||"Harvester of Sorrow" (Live)||6:02|
|4.||"Nothing Else Matters" (Demo)||5:52|
|Live at Wembley Stadium, London, April 20th, 1992|
|2.||"Sad but True"||5:30|
|3.||"Nothing Else Matters"||6:17|
|1999 CD single|
|1.||"Nothing Else Matters" (Live)||6:47|
|2.||"For Whom the Bell Tolls" (Live)||4:52|
|3.||"- Human" (Live)||4:19|
|4.||"Nothing Else Matters" (Video)|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||5|
|Canada Top Singles (RPM)|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||9|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||5|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||11|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||5|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||6|
|US Billboard Hot 100||34|
|US Mainstream Rock ( Billboard )||11|
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||6|
|Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)||14|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||10|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||53|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||40|
|Year-end chart (1992)||Position|
|Austria (IFPI Austria)||Platinum||50,000*|
|Denmark (IFPI Denmark)||Platinum||45,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||400,000|
*sales figures based on certification alone
|"Nothing Else Matters '99 (Live)"|
|Single by Metallica|
|from the album S&M|
|Released||November 22, 1999|
|Recorded||April 21–22, 1999, at Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, California|
|Metallica singles chronology|
|San Francisco Symphony singles chronology|
For its appearance on S&M , its orchestration was arranged by Michael Kamen conducting the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. This live version is featured on the album S&M . It was also released as the single "Nothing Else Matters '99", which included the b-sides "-Human", and the S&M version of "For Whom the Bell Tolls", on November 22, 1999.This version was also played with guitars tuned to E♭.
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||1|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)||33|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||2|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||5|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||4|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||31|
There is also an acoustic remix of "Nothing Else Matters" that is called the "elevator version" with no electric guitars (replaced by acoustic guitars, even for the solo), Kamen's orchestrations, and Hetfield's voice only; it appears as the b-side to "Sad but True".
|"Nothing Else Matters"|
|Single by Lucie Silvas|
|from the album Breathe In|
|B-side||"Better Love Next Time" (Demo)|
|Released||October 31, 2005|
|Format||CD single, Digital download|
|Lucie Silvas singles chronology|
"Nothing Else Matters" is a special Europe-only single by British singer-songwriter Lucie Silvas. It was released in exactly the same way as "Don't Look Back", with the same b-sides and artwork.
|1.||"Nothing Else Matters" (Edit)||James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich||3:07|
|2.||"Breathe In" (Live in Denmark)||Lucie Silvas, Judie Tzuke, Graham Kearns, Mike Peden||3:32|
|1.||"Nothing Else Matters" (Edit)||Hetfield, Ulrich||3:07|
|2.||"Twisting The Chain" (Acoustic)||Silvas, Charlie Russell, Kearns, Peden||3:55|
|3.||"Better Love Next Time" (Demo)||Tzuke, Kearns||3:40|
|4.||"Nothing Else Matters" (Video)||Hetfield, Ulrich|
|Dutch Top 40||13|
|Eurochart Hot 100||160|
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