The sibling duo cease by the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast to speak about their newest single "Want You Back" and extra.
Hard to imagine, nevertheless it’s been a full yr since Grey dropped a brand new single. Granted, that final single the duo launched was the record-breaking smash “The Middle” with Zedd and Maren Morris, so Grey may be excused for taking their time with crafting their follow-up.
The brother duo of Kyle and Michael Trewartha launched their new tune “Want You Back,” that includes LÉON, on Jan. 10 -- almost a full yr after their smash collaboration with Zedd and Maren Morris, “The Middle,” was launched (Jan. 23, 2018). Since then, “The Middle” -- which was additionally co-produced and co-written by Grey -- went on to rack up over a half-billion on-demand streams within the U.S., in accordance with Nielsen Music, and spent a record-breaking 33 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. Oh, and the tune additionally garnered three Grammy Award nominations for Grey: document of the yr, tune of the yr, and greatest pop/duo group efficiency.
“When I used to be discovering out the primary nomination, I used to be like, ‘Oh, that’s so loopy! What the hell?’ I’m freaking out," Michael tells the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast (pay attention under). "And then the second, I used to be like, ‘Wait, what, there’s a second one?!’ And I regarded additional after which I noticed the pop/duo [group nomination] and I used to be like, ‘Wait, oh my God! This is loopy!’”
Still, all the success over the previous yr with “The Middle” -- and its Grammy nominations -- haven’t modified Grey all that a lot.
“Our mates truly don’t actually care about any of our success,” Kyle tells Billboard. “Nothing actually modifications in our life… Professionally, it will get simpler to work with individuals who we need to work with… however in terms of our on a regular basis life, nothing modifications.”
As for Grey’s new single, “Want You Back,” the blokes stated once they first heard a demo recording of the tune that made its strategy to them, Kyle knew it was “up our alley” and that it “felt like future pop.” Swedish singer LÉON is the featured artist on the monitoring, singing the vocal. “We’ve been listening to LÉON for some time … we’d been listening to her music for months. And we’re like, ‘Man, she’s so good, she sounds just like the Swedish Adele.”
“Want You Back” is the primary style of recent music from Grey, who lately signed with Island Records. The pair say they've maybe 13 or 14 songs ready within the wings. But there’s a twist: “Want” may mark the final time you hear an act different than Grey singing on their very own information. (So far, on Grey's beforehand launched tracks, the one vocals you heard have been that of a featured visitor, not Grey -- save for some "very hidden" vocals by the blokes deep within the combine on Hailee Steinfeld and Zedd's "Starving," that includes Grey).
“We’ve truly been spending a whole lot of our time specializing in singing,” Kyle says, “as a result of we’re truly going to be shifting into singing on our personal stuff. Michael’s by no means sang in his life, truly, till this [project]. We began taking classes most likely three of 4 months in the past.”
Though Kyle says he’s “been in choirs” his entire life, “however I simply by no means practiced, actually… It’s not like I ever tried actually arduous to get good at singing.”
But now, Grey is taking singing classes. What’s that been like for the brothers? “It’s actually enjoyable,” Kyle says. “To me, half of the enjoyable half is the manufacturing a part of the vocals. It’s simply such a puzzle for us to document a bunch of takes after which put it within the tune and discover out what works. It’s not simply the singing. It’s the best way that you simply document the singing is equally as enjoyable.”
Michael provides, “Instead of getting to enter the studio and have an engineer there to guage us and our singing, as a result of we’re type of nervous to sing in entrance of individuals, we simply received all the gear at our personal home and made a bit vocal sales space in his [Kyle’s] closet … so we may simply do it alone.”
Fans will quickly be capable to see Grey exhibit their singing for most people for the primary time, because the act will “be most likely opening up for somebody” within the spring.
Also on the Pop Shop Podcast, hosts Keith and Katie focus on chart information about Post Malone and Swae Lee’s “Sunflower” hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s Hoodie SZN rising to the highest of the Billboard 200 albums chart, and Benny Blanco notching his first prime 10 hit on the Hot 100 as an artist. Plus, the Pop Shoppers chat about how Alicia Keys is slated to host the Grammy Awards, Selena Gomez’s return to Instagram, and the dying of theater legend Carol Channing.
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