Listen to Cody Simpson's New Song 'Happy Lil' Hippie': Exclusive Premiere

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Cody Simpson photographed in Malibu in 2015.

Cody Simpson is sharing "Happy Lil' Hippie," the latest single from his upcoming album Free, exclusively on Billboard today. The teen pop idol-turned-singer/songwriter, who recently put on one of Billboard's 10 favorite performances at Firefly, shows off his command of beachy vibes on the new track, an upbeat ode to a "happy little hippie" he once met.

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"I wrote the song about a girl I met on the street in Venice Beach," he tells Billboard. "She had this whole bohemian look to her. After sharing some conversation with her, I realized that we shared a lot of the same views on life, and on the world."

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"She was so non-conformist and so happy, and just lived her life the way she wanted to," he continued. Listen to the new song below, exclusively at Billboard, and preorder Free (out July 10) here.