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Twenty-three-year-old independent singer, songwriter and producer Lauv announces playlist titled I met you when I was 18. on Spotify. The collection of songs were all written by the singer, songwriter during a significant period in his life as a student at New York University, and follow a theme of young love and self-actualization. The playlist will continue to evolve as Lauv periodically adds new songs, the next of which will come on November 17th. !
Lauv says of the playlist, “This has all been part of the same story. A chapter of my life. Moving to New York City when I was 18 for school and not knowing who I was or who I wanted to be. Falling in love for the first time and being in a 4 year relationship that taught me everything about myself, the world, and how to love. Discovering and defining who I really was and struggling to have the confidence to truly be that person. Learning to trust myself, even when it was the scariest thing in the world. I did the only thing I knew how to do and turn my feelings into songs and share them, but the songs have been out of order. I didn’t realize it then, and the truth is I’m still figuring it out, but there’s a thread and all I know is I want to share it with you guys the same way I’m piecing it together myself. So starting today, I’ve put all of these songs in order as a playlist. It’s called, “I met you when I was 18.” The puzzle is incomplete, and I’m going to be releasing A LOT of new music that fills in the gaps until this chapter of my life is fully told (starting with a new song on November 17). I’ve never been so excited and scared to share myself fully with the world, and the truth is you guys have inspired and empowered me to get to this point. So, thank you. I love you more than you could ever know.”
Lauv releasing his music in the form of a playlist instead of a traditional album is symbolic of how his music has been consumed since first releasing his debut single, “The Other,” which has amassed over 100 million streams on Spotify. The artwork for the collection was created by well-known Los Angeles based artist ThankYouX in his studio. Also featured on the playlist is Lauv’s current global hit single “I Like Me Better,” which surpassed 200 million streams and continues to climb the charts worldwide.
Most recently, Lauv released his new track and music video for “Easy Love,” HERE, and appeared as the featured vocalist on DJ Snake’s new single “A Different Way.” His most current songwriting credits include “Boys” by Charli XCX (named a “Best New Track” by Pitchfork) and on the US Top 5 hit single “No Promises” by Cheat Codes and Demi Lovato.