Along with scoring her first solo hit this year with “Issues,” Julia Michaels had in hand in one of the biggest rock hits of 2017 with “Heavy,” the Linkin Park single which she co-wrote. Released in February and reaching No. 2 on the Hot Rock Songs chart, “Heavy,” featuring Kiiara, represents Michaels’ first collaboration with the group — and Linkin Park’s last big single prior to the tragic passing of frontman Chester Bennington in July.
"I’ve listened to Linkin Park for years,” Michaels, who co-wrote “Heavy” with Bennington, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson and her writing partner Justin Tranter, tells Billboard. “When I was growing up, my brother was such a huge fan of theirs, so it was always around in my house. So it was really cool, getting to work with Chester and Mike and Brad.”