Sunday, May 26, 2024

“Lights Up”: One Direction’s Harry Styles Drops New, Short-ish Three Minute Single After Mysterious Posts to Social Media

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Harry Styles, of One Direction fame, is back. He’s got a new website, new art, and new posts on social media. He also has new music.

“Lights Up” was produced by Tyler Johnson with additional production by Kid Harpoon (Tom Hull), who both co-wrote the track with Styles. Johnson wrote and produced most of Harry’s first album. But this time, at least with “Lights Up,” the song is good, and not imitative of anything. Thumbs up!

Over Labor Day weekend he appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone and warned us a new album was coming. No date was given, but Sony/Columbia has got to get Harry released before Adele comes roaring in second week of November or so. I told you about this back on September 4th.

Harry dropped two posts on social media after 11pm tonight, and picked up nearly 1 million likes in 10 minutes. Will that translate to sales? Harry’s debut album did alright, not great, and was plagued by soundalike music from the 1970s.

But in that time, he’s appeared in “Dunkirk,” had a world tour, sung with the decidedly unhip Fleetwood Mac, and raised his profile. So the second time may the charm.

Lyrics:

What do you mean?
I’m sorry by the way,
I’m never coming back down,
Can’t you see,
I could but wouldn’t stay,
I wouldn’t put it like that,

What do you mean?
I’m sorry by the way,
I’m never coming around,
It’d be so sweet if things just stayed the same,
La da da da dah,

All the lights couldn’t put out the dark,
Running through my heart,
Lights up and they know who you are,
Know who you are,
Do you know who you are?,

Shine,
Step into the light,
It’s so bright sometimes,
I’m not ever going back,

Shine,
Step into the light,
It’s so bright sometimes,
I’m not ever going back,

Shine,
Step into the light,
It’s so bright sometimes,
I’m not ever,

What do you mean,
I’m sorry by the way,
I’m never going back now,
It’d be so sweet if things just stayed the same,
La da da da dah,

All the lights couldn’t put out the dark,
Running through my heart,
Lights up and they know who you are,
Know who you are,
Do you know who you are?

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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