BAZZI RELEASES NEW SINGLE: “PARADISE”
ADDITIONAL NEW TRACK, “CAUGHT IN THE FIRE,” RELEASED EARLIER THIS WEEK
- Genre : Pop
- Type: News
- Author : Team ARTISTdirect
- Date : Thu, 04 Apr 2019
On the heels of his 2019 Billboard Music Award nomination for “Top New Artist,” announced this morning, twenty-one-year-old Lebanese/American r&b/pop phenomenon Bazzi has released the official follow-up to his back-to-back top 10 singles, “Mine” and “Beautiful.” Marking the rapidly rising star’s first new solo music in a year, “Paradise” is available now at all DSPs and streaming services HERE. The track, set to impact Top 40 radio on April 14th and be featured in the upcoming film The Sun Is Also A Star, is joined by an enchanting official video, shot in Mexico City and directed by Bon Duke. “Paradise,” written entirely by Bazzi and co-produced by Bazzi and GRAMMY-nominated duo Rice N’ Peas (G-Eazy, Fletcher), captures the state of mind when two young lovers discover bliss in each other’s company, regardless of geographic location.
“It’s not about a location or vacation, it’s about portraying the feeling of ‘Paradise’ that can truly exist anywhere,” Bazzi says. “For me, I always think so vividly of my Friday nights when I was in high school. I feel nostalgia and mystery around them and I really wanted to capture those feelings in this record. When people listen, I want to take them back to those times and give them that mood and feeling.
“Paradise” arrives fast on the heels of Bazzi’s multi-dimensional track, “Caught In The Fire,” released earlier this week with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1 and available for streaming and download HERE. “Caught In The Fire,” described by Idolator as a “call for change,” showcases the singer/songwriter’s evolution, both musically and socially/politically. In the track, Bazzi sings “we let a racist orange man be the President…” and continues on as a voice for our youth, saying “We’ve been caught in the fire…we’ve lost all desire…we’re beaten and blue. I pray we save us from ourselves, cause nobody else can do that for you.”
“’Caught In The Fire’ was a really important record for me, not only as an artist but as a human,” Bazzi says. “There’s pent up emotion, anger and frustration with a lot of the things going on in this world and the song felt like an exhale for me. It allowed me to let go of some things that were bothering me. The verses have a sort of anger to them, this urgent feeling, and then the hook portrays the vulnerable, soft side of me that is really the root of all the pain you’re hearing in the verse.”
A 2018 MTV Video Music Award “Best New Artist” nominee, Bazzi is slated for a number of upcoming live events and music festivals, including his debut performances at Indio, CA’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on Saturday, April 13th and 20th. In addition, the 21-year-old, Michigan-born r&b/pop wordsmith will co-headline Harvard University’s annual Yardfest music festival, set for Sunday, April 7th at the college’s historic Tercentenary Theater. Other upcoming appearances include performances at Gulf Shores, AL’s Hangout Music Fest (Saturday, May 18th) and New York City’s Governor’s Ball (Sunday, June 2nd), as well as a much-anticipated co-headline double bill with fellow Atlantic recording artist Lizzo, set for Friday, June 21st at Kansas City, MO’s Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland. For complete details and ticket availability, please visit www.bazziofficial.com.
This week’s dual release marks Bazzi’s first new solo music since his nearly RIAA platinum certified debut album, COSMIC, available for streaming and download HERE. Now boasting over two billion global streams and counting, the album proved an unequivocal worldwide success upon its release last year, fueled in part by the breakthrough hit singles, “Mine” and “Beautiful.”
Currently certified 3x platinum by the RIAA, “Mine” is a true pop sensation, reaching #1 at CHR/Top 40 while ascending to top