Takeover Tuesday: Hayley Kiyoko Shares the 'Unofficial Soundtrack' to Her Life
As Kiyoko gears up for the release of her debut album, 'Expectations,' she reveals the songs that she's loved in the last few months.
Welcome back to Takeover Tuesday, where each week Billboard taps chart-topping artists and taste-makers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. We give the artists free reign to base the list on whatever subject they choose. The only rule? Make it as creative and unique to them as possible.
Hayley Kiyoko is ready to show the world who she is with her debut album Expectations, due March 30. The singer/actress has released a number of EPs in the past, but this will be her first full-length. In the months leading up to her big release, Kiyoko has been digging on everything from Lorde to Miguel.
“Each of these artists have such unique sounds, yet still make catchy songs with lyrics that I can never get out of my head," Kiyoko tells Billboard. "These songs have been like an unofficial soundtrack to the past few months of my life, gearing up to the release of my debut album, and I’m excited to share them with you, too.”
Her playlist features Mase’s 1997 jam, “Feel So Good,” but for the most part includes newer jams and even some rising stars like Allie X and Majid Jordan. There's a little bit of Reggae inspiration with Camila Cabello's “She Loves Control” as well as some more R&B-heavy sounds with two Frank Ocean tracks, "Nikes" and "Biking." As far as what that means for Kiyoko's own sound on Expectations, fans don't have to wait too much longer to hear.
Kiyoko has given a glimpse into what she has in store with the ridiculously catchy pop tune "Curious," which is also included on the playlist and asks 2018's most important question: "Did you take him to the pier in Santa Monica/ Forget to bring a jacket, wrap up in him cause you wanted to?" One thing is common in her picks: she loves fun pop and hip hop jams that contain deeper meanings. Check out her recent favorites below: