Nearly two years after his debut solo album, Harry Styles is releasing some new music.
The new single, â€œLights Up,â€ dropped Thursday night after a series of mysterious posters began popping up around London and New York with the caption â€œDO YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE?â€ Despite not mentioning Styles by name, the billboards did include the phrase â€œTPWK,â€ an abbreviation that corresponds with Stylesâ€™ tour merchandise wording (â€œtreat people with kindnessâ€) in addition to the Columbia Records logo. It seems likely that â€œDo You Know Who You Are?â€ is the name of the new album.
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The song is a bit of a departure from Stylesâ€™ debut, which followed an unexpectedly early â€™70s sound that at times recalled Elton John, Nilsson and other luminaries of the era; that album was produced largely by the team of Jeff Bhasker, Tyler Johnson and Alex Salibian. This one is a shimmering pop ballad, cowritten and produced by Johnson, that vaguely recalls songs from Justin Timberlakeâ€™s early solo albums. It comes with a video (below) that features a shirtless Styles snuggling with multiple scantily clad young people, riding a motorcycle and generally looking dreamy.
Stylesâ€™ last album, the eponymous â€œHarry Styles,â€ debuted in 2017 to strong reviews, due largely in part to its surprising new sound for the former One Direction singer â€” gone were the teen idolâ€™s iconic pop croonings in favor of a 70s rock â€˜nâ€™ roll vibe.
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