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Hernandez and Lost Kings — producers Rob Abisi and Nick Shanholtz — called in to chat about their new single “Look at Us Now,” which also happens to be Hernandez’s first single outside of her work with Fifth Harmony. (The song, which was recorded in February, also features A$AP Ferg.) The track debuted at No. 30 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart following its release in June.
Shanholtz tells Billboard that Hernandez “was number one on our list” after Abisi had played him a track of her singing outside Fifth Harmony. “When we heard her voice, we were like, ‘This is gonna be a perfect match.’”
“This kind of just came really naturally,” Hernandez says. “I fell in love with this song and I was like, ‘It’s a no-brainer.’ And everything just kind of flowed — just having a conversation with the boys and their management and their label and figuring out our schedules and making sure that they don’t conflict. It was a very smooth and easy process. Of course, the girls [in Fifth Harmony] were so supportive as well and everything kind of happened really smoothly. So thank God for that.”
Lost Kings, Hernandez and A$AP Ferg are working toward shooting a music video for the track and hope to perform the song live in the future. “That’s in the plans, for sure,” Shanholtz says. “We’re trying to work out as many dates as we can between Ally’s schedule and our schedule. … Right now, the focus is trying to get everybody onboard for the music video.”
In addition to our discussion with Hernandez and Lost Kings, we’ve also got chart chat and news updates about Charlie Puth, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Nine Inch Nails, Ryan Seacrest, Justin Bieber and Linkin Park.
Puth notches his third top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Attention,” while both Gomez and Lovato sail into the top 40 with their latest efforts. Plus, Nine Inch Nails visit the Alternative Songs chart for a 20th time with their new track, “Less Than.” We also dive into discussions about how Seacrest will return to host the American Idol reboot, how Bieber canceled the remainder of his Purpose World Tour, and we remember the late Chester Bennington of Linkin Park.
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