Artist: Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber & MØ
Transcribed by: BlackBusinessMusic
Length: 3 pages
Why we think you'll like it
Major Lazer recruited Justin Bieber and Danish singer MØ for its dancehall-flavored single "Cold Water," on Lazer's forthcoming LP, Music Is the Weapon. The Caribbean-tinged track picks up where Bieber's "Where Are Ü Now," also produced by Major Lazer's Diplo, left off in summer 2015.
"It was spontaneous, no one thought it would work," Diplo tells Rolling Stone about bringing the track to Bieber. The song, written by Diplo, Ed Sheeran and Benny Blanco, has the pop star harmonizing with MØ over a smooth African guitar and reggaeton drum wave. "Take a deep breath and let it go/ You shouldn't be drowning on your own," Bieber intones in "Sorry" mode.
Diplo says that Major Lazer songs like "Cold Water," full of diverse acoustic and Eastern flourishes, are embraced because pop is in a time of experimentation. "On the radio, we went through a bland period for a while, but now there is just some awesome music," Diplo says, citing Drake's "One Dance" and Rihanna's "Work" as two songs that are pushing commercial limits.
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