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Believe in yourself and stay determined!

 

Harry Styles - Sign of The Times 

It's been about a year since we've heard anything new from Harry Styles, but he made that wait worth it.  First, Zayn came out with "PILLOWTALK" and then Niall Horan dropped "This Town."   Considering Harry was likened to be the next Justin Timberlake in a boy-band split, it's nice that his bandmates were able to issue their own music without overshadowing the other.

So, now it's Harry's turn.  And "Sign of The Times" is going to be one monster of a song.  Like Katy's Perry's "Chained to the Rhythm," Harry's song is heavy-hitting with subtle messages about what we're experiencing in this hotly charged political climate.  However, he takes on a more sympathetic tone that comes from a place of love instead of dismay,

He told Rolling Stone:

“Most of the stuff that hurts me about what’s going on at the moment is not politics, it’s fundamentals … Equal rights. For everyone, all races, sexes, everything. …  ’Sign of the Times’ came from ‘This isn’t the first time we’ve been in a hard time, and it’s not going to be the last time.’ The song is written from a point of view as if a mother was giving birth to a child and there’s a complication. The mother is told, ‘The child is fine, but you’re not going to make it.’ The mother has five minutes to tell the child, ‘Go forth and conquer.'”

 Yep, so go forth and conquer.  This song is meant to make you determined!

 

Imagine Dragons - Believer

I feel like we've been waiting for this song forEVER.  Imagine Dragons have been on a hiatus for a bit as they dabbled in writing new music and coming out with their next album.  All of which, I may add, were kept tightly under wraps.  Fans only had rumors to live off of to find out when their beloved band was going to return.

And, without warning, Imagine Dragons dropped "Believer" without any word of warning. 

Frontman Dan Reynolds explained to Radio.com why the band just dropped "Believer" out of the blue.

"When we're in the studio we never know when something's gonna be completed. Could be completed in a year, a week, a month, it's hard to have deadlines. We've always had a hard time with that. We didn't know if the single would be ready or what the single would be and then we finished Believer and we knew that this just had to be the song and we had to get it out there. And, we'd been working on the record for a while so we knew the album was pretty close to being done. So the timing just seemed right."

Also, when speaking about how the song sounds so different than anything they done before, Dan was very coy with his answer.

"I think it’s definitely indicative of the sound to come in some regards but there’s definitely some different sonic things going on in the record. I mean, we get bored really easily and we never wanted to create a record where every song sounds the same. But on the same note, we’ve tried to find a little more cohesion to our sound. “Believer” to me, is the first song I’ve ever written in my career that I could stand back and say, that is only Imagine Dragons—that comes from a place that is really authentic to us, it’s very percussive, it has the urban qualities that I’ve always latched onto but it also sounds strange and kind of grand. I feel like it was the right place to start with this record."


 

 

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