Duncan Laurence Shares New Single “Electric Life”
Laurence’s “Arcade” Amasses Over 10 Billion Combined Global Streams
As combined global streams of his breakout hit “Arcade” soar past 10 billion, Duncan Laurence returns with a new single, “Electric Life.” One of his most personal songs to date, “Electric Life” is the first track to be released from Laurence’s sessions with his fiancé, songwriter Jordan Garfield, and producer Paul Phamous (Frank Ocean, Nick Jonas). Out today via Capitol Records, “Electric Life” is available for streaming/download HERE. View the lyric video HERE.
Duncan Laurence says, “In ‘Electric Life’ I sing about a warm, loving, and grateful feeling towards loved ones who have passed away. It is a positive song about the transformation of deep sorrow into a feeling of hope. Delving into your memories like that probably comes closest to a brief visit to heaven and being there with all the ones you have lost.”
While the song’s subject matter is weighty, Laurence was determined to cloak it in dynamic, colorful production inspired by ’70s icons like Elton John and Queen. “It starts with piano, which is a reference to ‘Arcade,’ and then it explodes into this up-tempo pre-chorus,” he explains. “You can sing about sad things, but there has to be a little bit of sunshine poking through those big gray clouds.”
On June 22, Laurence invited a small audience to come to the Fabrique Des Lumières in Amsterdam, where he performed “Electric Life” live for the very first time. View highlights HERE.
Laurence won the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with “Arcade”– giving a performance that was hailed as “powerful” by The New York Times and “haunting” by The Guardian.
The song took the #1 spot on Spotify’s Global Viral chart on release and ultimately took off on Tik Tok with now over 56 billion views on the platform. It has attained Gold/Platinum certifications in 37 countries, including Platinum in the U.S. “Arcade” was Capitol Records’ #1 most-streamed track of 2021.
Laurence marked the milestone with a year-end live performance on the rooftop of the iconic Capitol Tower in Hollywood.
Placing in the top 30 of the Billboard Hot 100, “Arcade” was the first Eurovision Song Contest winner to enter the prestigious chart in 45 years.
A top 10 hit on U.S. Adult Contemporary radio, the single also placed on numerous international charts, peaking at No. 1 in five countries and climbing into the top 30 of the UK Official Singles chart and the top 10 of the Shazam Global Pop Chart.
Laurence performed “Arcade” with a string quartet on “TODAY” and was joined by FLETCHER for a performance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Kelly Clarkson even covered the song on her own show. Now, with “Electric Life,” Laurence begins a new era.
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