Friday, June 21, 2024

Harry Styles is Dropping His “House” Tonight, Complete with a Brothers Johnson Sample


Harry Styles is dropping his “Harry’s House” album at midnight.

All the songs are by Thomas Hull and Tyler Johnson, with, of course, a dash of Harry in the byline.

One of the songs, called “Daydreaming,” is a sample/cover/interpolation of a Quincy Jones/Brothers Johnson song from the 70s.

Another, called “Boyfriends,” is co-written by Tobias Jesso, who’s made his name with Adele.

Harry is a fun, very likeable pop star whose music sounds like something you’ve heard before, but you just can’t put your finger on it. His hit, “As it Was,” is a cousin of A-Ha’s old hit, “Take On Me.” And you know what? No one cares! “As It Was” has been a big hit in spite of that or because of that. Today Harry played the Today show in the pouring rain dressed as a barber pole. Everyone loved it.

So we wait for midnight. But “Harry’s House” — which is no reference to the Joni Mitchell song — is going to be a smash out of the box. If there were a box.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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