Yungblud and Halsey just dropped the new single “11 Minutes,” featuring blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. The single marks the first time that rumored couple Halsey and Yungblud have made music together, and fans have been eagerly awaiting a collab from the two.
Both artists teased the song on their social media accounts, while unveiling a link to a countdown of the release.
— h (@halsey) February 13, 2019
“11 Minutes” is a hypnotic track that combines moody guitar work and high-powered drumming with Halsey and Yungblud’s urgent vocal exchange to spin the story of a couple that sabotages their relationship before it’s really even begun by caving in to societal pressures.
“The song tells the story of a perfect tragedy that reflects modern love within our society,” Yungblud says in a statement. “We are so distracted and focused on what’s next, we can fail to see what is actually in front of us. We don’t realize how much we need something until it’s taken away from us.”
The collaboration is something that Yungblud says he’s been looking forward to for a long time. Halsey’s most recent single “Without Me” became her first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 as a solo artist, while Barker recently made Rolling Stone’s list of the greatest drummers of all time. Yungblud found like-minded souls who shared his vision.
“Working with Halsey and Travis was a fucking dream — at the end of the day we’re all rock kids,” says Yungblud. “We grew up with a mutual adoration for the genre so it completely makes sense that we would come together and try to modernize it.”