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Monday, October 31, 2016

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Mike Posner

In 2014, four years after he topped charts with debut hit "Cooler Than Me," singer-songwriter-producer Mike Posner found himself on a different kind of ­summit: a mountain in Utah. That's where he exiled himself after he was released by his label, RCA, his recording career in limbo. "I felt trapped," he says, sitting in a London pub on a late spring afternoon. "By my ­possessions, my lifestyle, everything. So I bought this creepy van with a bed in the back, packed the clothes that fit and donated the rest, and drove to Utah. I lived out of that van with my guitar. I wanted to see if I could be happy like that. And you know what? I was."


Two years later, Posner, 28, has new ­reason to be happy: He wrote a song about his ­emptiness, "I Took a Pill in Ibiza," which is at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 after topping charts across Europe. Posner's ­lyrics are ­memorable -- the first line is about taking drugs to impress Avicii -- but the track's success is largely due to Norwegian duo SeeB's lissome EDM remix, which turns the sad acoustic-guitar folk ­original into what sounds like a celebration of hedonism. Listen to the lyrics, though, and you'll still hear a paean to ­disillusionment: "You don't want to be high like me/Never really knowing why like me/You don't ever want to step off that roller coaster and be all alone." It's a fittingly forlorn ­introduction to his second album, At Night, Alone(released May 6 on Island), a collection of songs that dress up Ed Sheeran's pop smarts in Leonard Cohen's overcoat, filled with themes of death and self-doubt. "I'm worried that people will listen to my songs and think I'm a depressed guy -- but I have happy feelings too," he says (and in his defense, he spends most of his time at the pub smiling). "In the past seven years, I had the full spectrum."


(by Nick Duerden, Billboard)


IG: @mikeposner


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