Saturday, June 11, 2022

Lizzo's Uplifting Hit "About Damn Time" Is The Perfect Summer Jam

R&B/hip-hop/pop superstar Lizzo is kicking off the summer in style with some brand-new music. The three-time Grammy winner recently dropped her hot new track “About Damn Time.” It’s the lead single from her upcoming fourth album Special, which is set for release on July 15. The irresistible feel-good groove has a retro disco-funk vibe. Lizzo infuses the track with her usual unapologetic brashness and cheeky charm. It's impeccably arranged and features some excellent bass work from producer Ricky Reed. The upbeat song is the perfect soundtrack for the summer months.

Lizzo’s goal with “About Damn Time” was to uplift listeners and herself. During her interview on the radio platform Audacy, she explained her motivation for writing the song: “I think life had thrown some major traumas and hard experiences at us,” she said. “And I wanted to write a song that allowed us to take a moment to celebrate our survival, and celebrate how far we’ve come. And I think ‘About Damn Time’ does just that – it does it for me honey.”  

“About Damn Time” has been burning up the charts across the globe. It’s currently at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and it’s been sitting atop Billboard’s R&B singles chart for three weeks. The song has reached the top three on the charts in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the UK–as well as making the top 10 in several other countries. 

Lizzo previewed the song on The Late Late Show With James Corden in March, and she performed it on Saturday Night Live on April 16, in which she was also the host.

In addition to bass, Ricky Reed played the synthesizer, piano, glockenspiel and guitar. The other players on the track were Nate Mercereau (guitar), Victor Indrizzo (drums and percussion), Terrace Martin (vocoder), Michael Cordon (trumpet), Jesse McGinty (trombone and saxophone). Additional vocals were provided by Doshiniq Green, Chawnta Marie Van, Mike Wright, Shelby Swain, Blake Slatkin and Ricky Reed. “About Damn Time” was co-produced by Ricky Reed and Blake Slatkin.

The song has a fun dance-filled video, which was directed by Christian Breslauer; he has also directed videos for well-known artists such as Lil Nas X, The Weeknd and Roddy Ricch.

Lizzo has some tour dates lined up for September, October and November this year.

Lizzo performing "About Damn Time" on Saturday Night Live

Related blog entry: "Worship" by Lizzo

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