Since making his Billboard 200 debut with his 2016 LP, Cloud Nine, which reached No. 11 and showcased his balancing act of ballads and club-ready hits, Kygo hasn’t slowed down. His nonstop tour schedule had him jet-setting from the Brazil Summer Olympics to the Hollywood Bowl, and this past September, he released a guest-heavy EP with artists from Selena Gomez (“It Ain’t Me”) to U2 (“You’re the Best Thing About Me”). The former peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and boosted Kygo’s tally on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart to 17.
Now, the Norwegian DJ-producer is back with his second full-length, Kids in Love, out Nov. 3 on Sony Music/Ultra Records, which largely came together during rare time off last winter, when Kygo says he bunkered down in his Norway home studio for weeks. There, he crafted several upbeat songs that he wanted to release as soon as possible. “I don’t feel the need to wait [or] hold back,” he says of his consecutive releases, though he adds that he held off on Kids in Love until he felt he had a complete project: “Instead of just releasing single [after] single, it’s a fun challenge to make a full album of tracks that make sense together, as well as on their own,” he says. Kygo traces the artists who have defined his approach.