Each year, a handful of albums are released that will become the unofficial soundtrack for the next 365 days. This year, Ed Sheeran and Drake are so far leading the pack, with the solo artists sitting pretty on most ‘best of’ lists. But, they’re not alone. The 2017 pop charts will also be largely dominated by collaborations between Lorde and Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff.
To celebrate his birthday in a fitting way for the performer and songwriter, Antonoff dropped the lead single “Don’t Take The Money” off his upcoming second Bleachers album.
Explaining “Don’t Take The Money” as his personal mantra, Antonoff wrote about the new song on his Instagram page, saying “dttm is something i say in my head a lot. it’s not about actual money. it’s about following a light. a gut feeling. not following a deep gut feeling destroys your art and the people around you. so i say it in my head constantly. sometimes about something very specific relating to music, sometimes about a bigger question about marriage or depression :):). point is, it’s become my phrase to stay on track.”
hi. today i’m releasing the first song from an album that has taken every piece of me to make. there are endless things i’m dying to tell you about the past two years of making this album – some incredible and filled with joy, some deeply painful. but i’ll wait on that because today is just about this introduction. don’t take the money is the front door to this house. it’s a big strange house but this is how i believe it should be entered. dttm is something i say in my head a lot. it’s not about actual money. it’s about following a light. a gut feeling. not following a deep gut feeling destroys your art and the people around you. so i say it in my head constantly. sometimes about something very specific relating to music, sometimes about a bigger question about marriage or depression :):). point is, it’s become my phrase to stay on track. specifically in don’t take the money i’m taking about my relationship. verses go through the past, pre is an explosive fight and the chorus is that moment when you hit rock bottom and everything is clear. you know that feeling? when you’ve tried your best to destroy yourself and someone else but it’s too strong to be destroyed? when you’ve tried to fling you a your partner out of an emotional window but you keep landing in heaven? that’s when it’s all clear. as much as i say don’t take the money in my head, i also can beg it of the people i love. that’s what i’m doing in that chorus. beyond the lyrics, so much of everything i’m working on is meant to have an intense push and pull between euphoria and sadness. dttm is the front door because it hold both of those feelings so specifically. that is the core of bleachers. ok. i’m in bed and just woke so i’m very clear right now. no strange baggage yet from the today. i’ve missed sharing music with you. sometimes you have to go into a hole and gather things before you present them. gotta find things that are the ones you need to present. i’m ready to show you all the ideas of gathered. here’s the first – and here’s tour dates so we can celebrate it all together. much more to come. god this is such a bizarre and wonderful feeling. ranting. sorry. love you very much. jack x dttm x
The multi-talented musician and three-time Grammy winner is in a long-term relationship with Girls writer and actor Lena Dunham and told Pitchfork that his new song is a love letter to his partner.
Helping give Dunham one of the coolest relationship presents ever, Lorde contributes vocals to the high-energy pop track, with pulls in 1980s retro beats that Antonoff first played around with on Swift’s 2015 album 1989.
At this point, it’s only a matter of time before we hear a Taylor Swift/Lorde/Bleachers track, right?
The musical partnership between Lorde and Antonoff has already resulted in two huge tracks in 2017 thanks to the first offerings from Melodrama and it appears that the pairs’ partnership is one built on friendship and music. She took to Instagram to write a heartfelt birthday message about Antonoff, calling him ‘one of the best.’
happy birthday to one of the best. so happy to know you and annoy you daily and so thankful to be in a long creative conversation with you about what it means to be alive. ours is a relationship that will be special and vital for a long time i’m thinking. so many memories all over the world in studios and restaurants and at concerts, laughing, crying (me), drinking all of the juices and occasionally disgusting you by walking barefoot through brooklyn.. you make a killer soft boiled egg and you’re so fucking patient and i love all of your weird outfit/haircut/beard phases!!!! (i have some very grim photos but only posted the cute ones except for this face swap which is literally the worst thing i’ve ever seen) you’re the top. and so proud that today you have released the first song from an excellent album. JA + EYO forever and always
Lorde made her triumphant return to the charts in March with “Green Light,” the frenetic heartbreaker of a track that acts as the lead single to her highly anticipated sophomore album Melodrama. Lorde co-wrote “Green Light,” as well as her second single “Liability” and all the tracks from Melodrama with Antonoff.