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Alice Merton Previews Just-Announced Debut LP: 'Every Song Sounds Like the Emotion It's Portraying'

Alice Merton
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Alice Merton

Listen to Merton chat about her new music on the #AlternativeFacts podcast

Earlier this year, Alice Merton's alt-rock earworm "No Roots" shot to No. 1 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart while it was the only song she had out in the United States. Today, the English-born, German-raised artist announced her debut album Mint is set to drop on Jan. 18, 2019. Several weeks back, we chatted with Merton about her rapid ascent and what's in store for the months to come. 

Our in-person chat with Alice arrives as the latest installment in Billboard's #AlternativeFacts podcast. Talking with host Chris Payne, Merton details the sound of her freshly-written material, sessions with recent collaborators, and what to expect on her upcoming North American tour. 

“There’s this one song that’s probably gonna be one of the singles," Merton says of the so-far unnamed track. "It’s one of my favorites at the moment. I could listen to it all the time... We’ll probably be releasing it in November. When I wrote it, I was like, yeah this is fun.” We also learn the track in question was produced by alt-pop mastermind John Hill, whose production credits include the likes of Portugal. The Man's "Feel It Still" and Florence + the Machine's "What Kind of Man." 

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Curious about how a brand new, independent artist turned her debut single into an international smash? Merton also looks backward, giving the play-by-play of how she wrote "No Roots," brought it to the attention of labels and streaming services, and defied the "advice" of gatekeepers who urged her to remove the guitars and quirky synth line and make a completely different version of the song we know today. Safe to say, her instincts were right. 

Listen to the 'cast below.

Also released today, Merton's latest single "Why So Serious" can be heard here.

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