Empire (Queensrÿche song)

"Empire" is a song by the heavy metal band Queensrÿche, appearing on their 1990 album Empire. The lyrical content of the song warns of a foreboding and unstoppable "Empire" of drug trafficking within the United States and its related crimes, that will inevitably lead to the breakdown of civility in American society.

Single by Queensrÿche
from the album Empire
ReleasedSeptember 1990
RecordedSpring 1990
Producer(s)Peter Collins
Queensrÿche singles chronology
"Last Time in Paris"
"Best I Can"
Audio sample
Music video
"Empire" on YouTube

Known as a fan favorite, the group has played the song often live, doing so over a thousand times as of April 2016, and the track is the band's second most played song in its setlist history. It is exceeded only by "Eyes of a Stranger".[5]

Track listing edit

7" single
Side A
1."Empire" (radio edit)5:07
Side B
1."Scarborough Fair"3:53
12" single
Side A
1."Empire" (radio edit)5:07
Side B
1."Scarborough Fair"3:53
CD single
1."Empire" (radio edit)5:12
2."Scarborough Fair"3:50
4."Della Brown"7:03

Chart performance edit

Chart (1990–91) Peak
Australia (ARIA Charts)[6] 150
UK Singles[7][8] 61
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock[9] 22

Personnel edit

Additional personnel edit

References edit

  1. ^ Silver, Stephen (26 June 2020). "Queensrÿche's "Empire": The Heavy Metal Song that Argued for More Police Spending". LIVING LIFE FEARLESS. Retrieved February 9, 2021.
  2. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo (April 25, 2017). "Queensryche Albums Ranked". Loudwire. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  3. ^ Begrand, Adrien (October 6, 2010). "Queensrÿche: Empire (20th Anniversary Edition)". PopMatters. Retrieved March 5, 2021.
  4. ^ Cornell, Jeff (August 20, 2021). "31 Years Ago: Queensryche Unleash 'Empire'". Loudwire. Retrieved December 4, 2021.
  5. ^ "Queensrÿche Tour statistics - songs played total". setlist.fm. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  6. ^ "Bubbling Down Under". bubblingdownunder. October 22, 2021. Retrieved October 23, 2021.
  7. ^ "QUEENSRYCHE [sic]". Official Charts Company. An archive containing all UK charts for Queensrÿche
  8. ^ "musicvf.com".
  9. ^ "Queensrÿche". Billboard.com. Single charts for Queensrÿche