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Khalid has teamed up with budding artist Billie Eilish for a new track—and it definitely holds up to its title.
“Lovely” is a haunting new ballad from the duo that marks the latest collaboration for R&B artist Khalid and the second new song this year from emerging singer-songwriter Eilish.
“Lovely” is a smouldering track that builds with a alt-pop mix of piano, strings and sparse percussion—proving they both have the range as they sing with a sense of urgency and yearning to the track’s melodramatic lyrics: “Oh, I hope some day I’ll make it out of here / Even if it takes all night or a hundred years.”
Eilish dropped the song on Thursday without warning, but she did alert fans via Twitter that the song was out.
She talked about the dark undertones of the new song and what its lyrics are about in a recent Beats 1 interview with Zane Lowe. The 16-year-old Los Angeles-born electro-pop songstress also spoke about the direction she’s taking as an artist, insisting that everything she’s been putting out has been on her own accord.
“I don’t want to be labelled as something that I don’t think I am at the time or whatever,” said Eilish. “The way that I’m going about that is that instead of trying to find a sound, when I want to make something and when I have an idea of what I want to make, I’m just going to make that and it doesn’t matter if it’s not the sound that I’ve been making.”
Eilish is currently on tour with sets scheduled at Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza this summer. “Lovely” follows Eilish’s previously released song, “Bitches Broken Hearts,” which officially dropped this past March.
As for Khalid, his talents have been in serious demand. The Georgia R&B singer has collaborated with a number of mainstream artists since the release of his critically acclaimed 2017 album American Teen, which he will be touring North America starting May 1.
Most recently, Khalid partnered with Sabrina Claudio for the soulful “Don’t Let Me Down,” former Fifth Harmony member Normani for “Love Lies” off the Love, Simon soundtrack, and Swae Lee for “The Ways” from the Black Panther soundtrack.