rose ave., the new album from You + Me, debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200. What makes this surprising is that You + Me was an impromptu collaboration. Friends Alecia Moore and Dallas Green found some time apart from their other projects — P!nk and City and Colour respectively — and started singing together for fun. Suddenly they had an album’s worth of material.
The two artists had worked together on one previous occasion. Moore “sang with [Green] once at another show,” and she tells Billboard she “knew that we didn’t sound horrible.” So when “the stars aligned” and both artists had some time off, they decided to try to recreate that magic.
Working together was startlingly easy. “Once we had about five songs we were kind of like, ‘oh, maybe this could be an EP, or maybe we’ll just put it online,'” says Green. “And then we had ten songs,” adds Moore, “and we listened to the whole thing and we were like, ‘wow.'”
Moore points out that “it’s a new sound for anyone that’s only heard my singles.” But that doesn’t seem to bother listeners — rose ave. debuted at #1 on the Folk Albums chart, and #2 on Digital Albums. Not bad for something that started as “two friends making a record.”