Hayley Kiyoko Casts a Spell With New Single & Cinematic Video 'I Wish': Watch

Last year was only the start of pop star Hayley Kiyoko’s rise. Dubbing the year #20GayTeen, Kiyoko released her long-awaited debut album Expectations, became a staple performer on late night talk shows, and sold out her headlining American tour. But now, Kiyoko is back and better than ever. 

On Thursday (July 11), Kiyoko dropped her new single “I Wish,” a moody pop jam about unrequited love and the desire to move past it. The song’s stuttering beat, along with Kiyoko’s stellar-as-always vocals, compliment her scathing lyrics as she chastises her crush’s behavior. “You don’t pay me no attention/ And you’re selfish with your affection,” she sings on the song’s pre-chorus.

Along with the new track, Kiyoko released an impressive video. Continuing her work as a director, the star sets up a The Craft-style scene, where a group of schoolgirls meet up to perform a magic ritual to help Kiyoko forget about a girl. “Wash away bliss, forget her kiss,” the group chants as Kiyoko downs a potion. “She’ll never miss, grant this wish.”

What ensues is an expertly choreographed dance scene, where an entranced Kiyoko and a bevy of backup dancers banish the memory of her crush. As the ritual goes on, a vision of the singer’s ex appears, only to disapparate when she finally wakes from her trance. 

Kiyoko said in a statement released with the track that “I Wish” is not just about getting over someone, but about having people there to help you do so. “It’s really hard when you love someone who doesn’t feel the same way,” she said. “In this video, I wanted to bring to life the support group we all need when our love for someone isn’t being reciprocated. Having a strong support system of friends is so important to remind us we are loved and we are not alone.”

One star in particular started singing the praises of Kiyoko's new song almost immediately. On her Instagram Story, Taylor Swift (who Kiyoko worked with on the star's "You Need to Calm Down" video) applauded Kiyoko's hard work on the track, and even made a plea to radio stations everywhere. "Pop music radio, please play this absolute smash for the sake of music," she wrote. "Swipe up to watch this video she directed like the boss that she is."

The fun doesn’t end with the single and video, though. On Friday and Saturday (July 19 & 20), Kiyoko will be hosting a special pop up in Los Angeles called “I Wish” The Experience. Taking place at The Row in downtown L.A., the pop-up will incorporate different elements from the video including a wish-making station, a “potion bar” and a limited edition set of merch. 

Check out Hayley Kiyoko’s new video for “I Wish” below:

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