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This week on the Weekly Top 20, Camila Cabello replaces Logic from the number one spot. Her new song Havana, which is basically a love song for her hometown of Havana, Cuba replaces Logic’s suicide-awareness rap song. Along the charts, Halsey, Taylor Swift, and Portugal the Man debut. Here are the inspiration behind their songs in this week’s WT20FACTS.
I Like Me Better by Lauv
- I Like Me Better is a softly soul-bearing uptempo chill track by the up-and-coming American musician named Lauv. The song was inspired by the 23-year old musician’s romantic relationship which started two months after he had first moved to New York City to further his studies.
Ready for It by Taylor Swift
- In ‘ Ready for It’, the beat is brooding, but the lyrics are cheerful as Taylor Swift sings about the man who has her heart. Fans speculate the man of these dreams in the song is Joe Alwyn, a British actor Swift began dating late in 2016.
- This was the second single Taylor dropped from her new album Reputation. It follows the scathing "Look What You Made Me Do." Lyrically, Ready for It is a return to a topic often found in Taylor Swift’s songs: boyfriends.
Bad at Love by Halsey
- In this song, Halsey goes through a list of her different lovers and what went wrong in their relationship. With each one, she thought they were “the one” and could “fix her,” but it went wrong for various reasons. From her history of dating, she concludes that she is “bad at love.” Her list of lovers include both men and women indicating at her bisexuality, which is a running theme throughout her new album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom.
Feel it Still by Portugal the Man
- John Gourley the frontman of the indie rock band Portugal the Man explained that the song started out when he picked up his bass guitar one night and played around with a catchy bassline. Their friend Asa Taccone who was just outside the room, heard him play the bassline and came in and said he got “another part” to contribute. That is when the song Feel it Still was born.
- Asked about the lyrical inspiration behind the track, the band said that "Things often start off kinda like automatic writing. Words that sound good and feel right to us. It's a very subconscious method”
GOSSiP – Hey Violet
Hey Violet enjoyed a good run with their WT20 hit song Hoodie in the past month. However, the band is experiencing quite a loss in the past month as well. Back in the first week of September, the band’s original keyboardist and backing vocalist Miranda Miller announced she was leaving Hey Violet. Miller, who is still 21-years old cited “life on the road” as the reason she’s leaving. She said that it’s not for her. She had been playing with Hey Violet vocalist Rena Lovelis and drummer Nia Lovelis for the better part of a decade, dating back to their time in the hard rock band Cherri Bomb. And now she has split from the band to take a rest.
Havana by Camila Cabello
- Here, Camila Cabello pays tribute to the capital city of her home country, Cuba. The pop star moved back and forth between Havana and Mexico City as a child before settling in Miami, United States. She sings about her Cuban heritage and also muses about a former flame she left back in her native land.
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