Occasionally, you’ll find a songwriter in the pop world that decides to step out from behind-the-scenes and give the whole “solo artist” gig a try.
Sometimes, it goes swimmingly. Other times you’ve got something so unnoticeable, you can even feel the drain on your bank account for the waste of time. For every Sia, there’s a Bonnie McKee.
So you can imagine the thrill that set in once it was announced that Julia Michaels (Britney Spears, Selena Gomez, DNCE, Justin Bieber, basically every smash pop hit from late 2015 onwards) was stepping out on her own at the top of 2017.
Produced by superstar producers Stargate & Benny Blanco and co-written by frequent collaborator Justin Tranter, Julia steps out with the impressive and familiar ‘Issues’.
Much like Sia, you could picture any one of Julia’s artists singing this song (Selena, mainly). Unlike Bonnie, it’s clear that Julia isn’t just acting like a pop star, but full embracing her new title on this ode to accepting one’s imperfections.
‘Cause I got issues/But you got ’em too/So give ’em all to me/And I’ll give mine to you/Bask in the glory/Of all our problems/‘Cause we got the kind of love/It takes to solve ’em/Yeah, I got issues/And one of them is how bad I need you
It’s got the right tempo, relatable lyrics, and enough hooks for this to become one of the biggest smashes during the first quarter of the year. Good luck escaping this one……