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.
Since starting his career in 2011, singer-songwriter Jake Miller has made a name for himself by blending rap with pop and R&B melodies. His latest full-length release, Silver Linings, found him taking it a step further by meshing his signature sound with electronic-tinged production.
So it’s no surprise that ahead of his upcoming Hit & Run Tour — which kicks off in Tampa on April 13 — the 25-year-old artist has compiled an eclectic mix of uplifting tracks for Takeover Tuesday, featuring reggae, pop, and more. “These are all ‘feel good’ sounds. It’s impossible to feel sad when you listen to these. These are the songs I listen to when I’m driving and want to remind myself that things are always going to turn out okay,” he told Billboard.
Many of the playlist’s lyrics follow a theme of reminding listeners not to worry — just look to the chorus of Bob Marley and the Wailers staple “Three Little Birds”. On the same note, John Mayer’s debut single “No Such Thing” declares that “there’s something better on the other side” — a concept that Miller also tackled on Silver Linings, his latest independent release.
Miller made it known that his past does not define him on his new album (which arrived March 9), and one of the album’s singles, “Be Alright” serves as a reminder to keep the faith. Although Miller included “Be Alright” on his positive vibes playlist, the artist also looks to R&B icons Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder for tracks to dance the worries away. LANY’s dreamy single “ILYSB”, which Miller has previously covered, closes out the list and maintains the sentiments of positivity and love.
Jam out to Miller’s feel-good mix below, and check out his official website for tour dates.