Up all night! Mike Posner, known for singles such as “I Took a Pill in Ibiza,” has many reasons to stay up late. The 28-year-old has cowritten a number of hits, including Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” and Maroon 5’s “Sugar,” as well as worked with big names such as Avicii, Nick Jonas and Pharrell Williams. The singer’s latest album, At Night, Alone, drops on Friday, May 6. The Detroit native reveals which tracks are keeping him up all night long, exclusively for Us Weekly!
“All I See” by Mutemath: “I played a show in Orlando with Micahel Franti and American Authors. We had a gig the next day in Miami. My production manager, Andy Frost, played DJ and showed me this song. I felt ‘IT,’ as Jack Kerouac would have described it. Virginia Woolf would’ve described the feeling as ‘a moment of being.’ A priest would’ve called it ‘the divine.’ I called it ‘art.’”
“Human” by The Killers: “I used to listen to this song as I walked from the dressing room to the stage every night. The melody is undeniably gorgeous.”
“The New World Symphony – 2nd Movement” by Antonín Dvorak: “My teacher and mentor Norman Henry Mamey showed me this song. It’s one of the most beautiful melodies of all time. How can a combination of notes stumbled upon by a Czech man over 100 years ago — a man who never used the Internet, listened to Drake or laid eyes on a Kardashian — write a piece of music that I love so dearly? Maybe 100 years from now, someone will say the same of my music. Probably not.”
“idfc” by Blackbear: “Blackbear is the prince of turning all things dark into beauty. His voice is Orion’s Belt on a clear winter’s night. He shines down on us all, even when we forget to look up and appreciate him.”
“The Lobby” by Blackbear: “Blackbear chronicles a relationship gone wrong; a concept covered in 10 million songs over the last 50 years, but never so perfectly tragic and with so much disregard for form and production conventions. Bear does it again.”
“Baltimore” by Nina Simone: “I was riding a bicycle over the Brooklyn Bridge this summer and this song came on my shuffle. It’s produced with fidelity and attitude. Nina’s vocals sit on top of the music like a baby throwing paint at a Vincent van Gogh, somehow making it even more beautiful. Her lyrics never overcomplicate ideas where they need not be complicated.”
“I’m Goin’ Down” by Bruce Springsteen: “Last summer, I was in the middle of the desert in the middle of the night, high on a cocktail of chemicals, when I saw a makeshift car streaking across the horizon blasting this song. I rode my bike as fast as I could to catch the car. The driver held out his hand and I grabbed it, allowing my bicycle and I to be carried by the power of the car’s motor. The events that ensued, I’m convinced, were designed by a force more powerful than I — just like music is.”
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