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Single by Jay-Z and Linkin Park
from the album Collision Course
B-side Numb/Encore (Instrumental)
Released December 13, 2004
Format CD single, digital download, vinyl
Recorded 2004
Genre Rap rock, alternative hip hop
Length 3:25
Label Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam, Warner Bros., Machine Shop
Writer(s) Brad Delson, Chester Bennington, Dave Farrell, Joe Hahn, Kanye West, Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon, Shawn Carter
Producer(s) Don Gilmore, Kanye West
Linkin Park singles chronology
"Breaking the Habit"
"What I've Done"
Jay-Z singles chronology
"Big Chips"
"Déjà Vu"
Alternative cover
Digital Cover
Music video
"Numb/Encore" on YouTube

"Numb/Encore" is a song by American rapper Jay-Z and rock band Linkin Park from their album Collision Course, (2004). It was released as a single on December 13, 2004, by Warner Bros. and Roc-A-Fella Records. The song combines lyrics from Linkin Park's 2003 single "Numb" and "Encore" by Jay-Z.

The track was the only single released from the album and went on to achieve success, reaching number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single also placed at number 93 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 2005, a chart of the most successful singles of the year according to American publication Billboard. Outside the United States, the single peaked at number 14 in the United Kingdom, number five in France and the Netherlands and spent three weeks at number one in Ireland.


Before Mike Shinoda formed Linkin Park in 1996, he was an experimental musician who enjoyed combining songs by Jay-Z with tracks recorded by The Smashing Pumpkins amongst others.[1] A couple of years later, Jay-Z had a similar idea after hearing similar mash-ups by Danger Mouse and Cheap Cologne. He contacted Shinoda's new band, Linkin Park, and suggested that they work on some material together. Linkin Park's first two albums - Hybrid Theory and Meteora had both been worldwide successes and Jay-Z felt he could work with the band. Shinoda produced three mash-ups based on Jay-Z's The Black Album before responding by email.[1]

Shinoda and Jay-Z continued to correspond by email but eventually met in person to discuss plans. Initially the idea was to create several mash-ups for a new show premiering on MTV called MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups in 2004. However, instead of simply reconfiguring the tracks, the two artists decided to enter the studio and re-record the raps on top of Shinoda's songs. Some of the musical elements were also altered to create an alternative sound. Both Linkin Park and Jay-Z found the session so rewarding that they believed the international audience deserved to hear the results.[1] The songs were performed at Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood in July 2004.[2]

"Numb/Encore" was released as a single in November that year. The song - one of six collaborations on the album - combined the Jay-Z song "Encore" (taken from his 2003 album The Black Album) and the Linkin Park song "Numb" (taken from their 2003 album Meteora). The released version also contained background vocals from Kanye West that were recorded for the original release.

Chart performance

In the United Kingdom, the single achieved the record for the longest stay in the top 20 without ever reaching the top 10. Despite only peaking at number 14[3] - the same peak Numb had achieved 15 months earlier on[4] - the song managed to spend 43[note 1][3] weeks in the top 100, 13 of them in the top 20.[3] It has since cleared 375,000 copies.[5] The former record has been beaten by Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours", which spent 60 weeks in the top 100.[6]

Despite charting higher than the original "Numb" in the United States, "Numb/Encore" peaked number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart where Numb chart higher at number 11 but due to pop radio stations not playing rock songs on their stations anymore, "Numb/Encore" managed to be more successful and have more airplay on pop radio stations. As for "Numb" being the most successful song on the Modern Rock Tracks chart of 2003 and 2004 and staying at number 1 on the chart for 12 weeks, Numb/Encore didn't managed to have airplay on modern rock stations barely hitting the chart at number 40 but due to the song's success on the pop charts and on the international charts and "Numb", along with rest of the band's singles from Meteora that hit number 1, it had managed to have airplay on modern rock stations as much as the original song but it failed to hit the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart where "Numb" also hit number 1 and never had any airplay at all.

Music video

A music video directed by Kimo Proudfoot was made featuring a mix of their performance of the song at The Roxy and behind the scenes footage which was in black and white. The performance and most of the scenes can be found on the Collision Course DVD. However, the music video is not entirely available on the DVD.

Track listing

CD single

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Numb/Encore" (Explicit) S. Carter, K. West, B. Delson, M. Shinoda 3:27
2. "Numb/Encore" (Instrumental) B. Delson, M. Shinoda 3:26

MTV Ultimate Mashups Presents: Numb / Encore - iTunes EP

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Numb/Encore" (Explicit)   3:25
2. "Numb/Encore" (Clean)   3:25
3. "Numb/Encore" (Instrumental)   3:27
4. "Numb/Encore" (Explicit Acapella)   3:19
5. "Numb/Encore" (Clean Acapella)   3:19
6. "Numb/Encore" (Bonus Beat)   1:42


"Numb/Encore" won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the Grammy Awards of 2006. The show featured a performance of the song, during which Paul McCartney made a surprise appearance and came onto the stage to perform a duet with Chester Bennington of The Beatles' song "Yesterday". "Yesterday" replaced "Numb" after the first rap verse of the mash-up.

Charts and certifications

Weekly charts

Chart (2004–05) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[7] 3
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[8] 3
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[9] 7
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[10] 4
Denmark (Tracklisten)[11] 6
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100) 1
France (SNEP)[12] 5
Germany (Media Control Charts)[13] 4
Ireland (IRMA) 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[14] 5
Norway (VG-lista)[15] 2
Poland (OLiS)[16] 9
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[17] 5
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[18] 10
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[19] 14
US Billboard Billboard Hot 100 20
US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 40
US Billboard Mainstream Top 40 12
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 94
US Billboard Pop 100 8

Year-end charts

Chart (2005) Position
German Singles Chart[20] 13
US Billboard Year End 93


Country Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Canada (Music Canada) Gold[21]
Germany (IFPI) Platinum[22]
United States (RIAA) Platinum[23]

Chart procession and succession

Preceded by
"Call on Me" by Eric Prydz
Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single
February 12, 2005
Succeeded by
"Like Toy Soldiers" by Eminem
Preceded by
"Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Band Aid 20
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
January 6, 2005 - January 27, 2005
Succeeded by
"Poison/I Believe" by Zoo


  1. ^ The Official Charts Company states that the single has spent only 43 weeks in the top 75, however watch out as this is for the top 75 only.


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  2. ^ Jones, Steve (November 4, 2004). "The show goes on for Jay-Z".  
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  8. ^ " – Jay-Z / Linkin Park – Numb / Encore" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  9. ^ " – Jay-Z / Linkin Park – Numb / Encore" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
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  14. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Jay-Z / Linkin Park search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  15. ^ " – Jay-Z / Linkin Park – Numb / Encore". VG-lista.
  16. ^ "Polish Singles Chart |". 
  17. ^ " – Jay-Z / Linkin Park – Numb / Encore". Singles Top 60.
  18. ^ " – Jay-Z / Linkin Park – Numb / Encore". Swiss Singles Chart.
  19. ^ "Linkin Park: Artist Chart History" UK Singles Chart.
  20. ^ [1]
  21. ^ "Gold Platinum Database: Numb/Encore".  
  22. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('Numb/ Encore')" (in German).  
  23. ^ RIAA - Recording Industry Association of America

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