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How did Lorde and Ed Sheeran secretly get behind two of the biggest songs of 2017?

 

Liam Payne ft. Quavo – Strip That Down

Liam Payne is breaking out of his clean cut image from his One Direction days by embracing his sexuality and raunchy side.  Posing shirtless in the promo image for his new single, where he teams up with the rapper, Quavo, he's saying goodbye to his boyish days and showing the world what kind of man he is.  But, in order to turn it up to just the right amount of sex appeal, he turned to his buddy Ed Sheeran to help finalize the song.  If you listen closely, you can hear his vocals (which are uncredited.)

During his 1D days, Liam regularly helped write new music for the group.  Actually, he originally wanted to pursue a songwriting career!  He wasn't interested in a solo gig at first.


"To be honest with you, I wasn't going to do a solo venture. I was just going to go into songwriting and carry on and do that. But then I was like, 'You've been trying to do this since you were 14 years old. You would be ridiculously stupid to turn down the option to have a deal.' Coming out of the band, we had some pretty good opportunities around us. I had to do something."

So, as he was wondering what way to point his career, he met up with Ed to go over his options:

"We went in, sat around and discussed a bunch of things about life, and [the song] basically just came together."

After consulting Quavo, the song took on a major trap/hip hop vibe which pumped up the wealth, celebrity appeal and newfound career independence elements in the lyrics.  If you listen closely, you can hear Shaggy's "It Wasn't Me" - which helped influence the rhythm.

And critics love it!  While Harry pursued a more fashion/rock icon vibe, and with Niall hitting a more country/blues tone... Liam dove straight first into being sexy as possible.  Did it pay off?  Take a listen and you tell me!

 

Bleachers – Don’t Take The Money

This is another song that got help from a major mover and shaker in the music biz... Lorde!    She and Bleachers' lead singer, Jack Antonoff, collaborated on this song for over a year, which is all about his relationship with Lena Dunham!  And this massive hit came from a small demo the two produced together while throwing around a bunch of ideas.

He and Dunham have been dating since 2012, so when asked about why this song is about her, he responded:

"Specifically in "Don't Take the Money," I'm taking about my relationship. Verses go through the past, pre is an explosive fight and the chorus is that moment when you hit rock bottom and everything is clear. You know that feeling? When you've tried your best to destroy yourself and someone else but it's too strong to be destroyed? When you've tried to fling you a your partner out of an emotional window but you keep landing in heaven?"

 

Let's let Jack's Insta post do the rest of the talking, shall we?

 

 

hi. today i'm releasing the first song from an album that has taken every piece of me to make. there are endless things i'm dying to tell you about the past two years of making this album - some incredible and filled with joy, some deeply painful. but i'll wait on that because today is just about this introduction. don't take the money is the front door to this house. it's a big strange house but this is how i believe it should be entered. dttm is something i say in my head a lot. it's not about actual money. it's about following a light. a gut feeling. not following a deep gut feeling destroys your art and the people around you. so i say it in my head constantly. sometimes about something very specific relating to music, sometimes about a bigger question about marriage or depression :):). point is, it's become my phrase to stay on track. specifically in don't take the money i'm taking about my relationship. verses go through the past, pre is an explosive fight and the chorus is that moment when you hit rock bottom and everything is clear. you know that feeling? when you've tried your best to destroy yourself and someone else but it's too strong to be destroyed? when you've tried to fling you a your partner out of an emotional window but you keep landing in heaven? that's when it's all clear. as much as i say don't take the money in my head, i also can beg it of the people i love. that's what i'm doing in that chorus. beyond the lyrics, so much of everything i'm working on is meant to have an intense push and pull between euphoria and sadness. dttm is the front door because it hold both of those feelings so specifically. that is the core of bleachers. ok. i'm in bed and just woke so i'm very clear right now. no strange baggage yet from the today. i've missed sharing music with you. sometimes you have to go into a hole and gather things before you present them. gotta find things that are the ones you need to present. i'm ready to show you all the ideas of gathered. here's the first - and here's tour dates so we can celebrate it all together. much more to come. god this is such a bizarre and wonderful feeling. ranting. sorry. love you very much. jack x dttm x

A post shared by jack antonoff (@jackantonoff) onMar 31, 2017 at 7:30am PDT

 

 

 

 

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