Tallahassee Democrat from Tallahassee, Florida on October 14, 2019 · U19
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Tallahassee Democrat from Tallahassee, Florida · U19

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Monday, October 14, 2019
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FSUNEWS.COM ❚ MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2019 ❚ 19 NXNWLIFE.COM | 800 BASIN ST, TALLAHASSEE, FL 32304 855.480.0075 TD-0000299237 Fans were ecstatic at the prospect of new music when Harry Styles tweeted a singular word, “Do,” on Friday, Oct. 5. The artist rarely posts on social media and had not tweeted anything since May, when he thanked fans on the anni- versary of his debut solo album. Styles’ recent cryptic tweet, paired with a mysterious poster promoted by Columbia Records with “Do You Know Who You Are? - TPWK” printed on it, led fans to hope for the best. It was not until a week later that Styles dropped his newest single, “Lights Up.” With the theme of his new music being sex and sadness, this single completely resonates the topic. His sin- gle is already reaching 4 million streams on Spotify and skyrocketing to No. 1 on the iTunes single chart only within 24 hours of its release. Along with dropping the single, Styles released an amorous video with it. The music video already racking in more than 12.6 billion views. In the video, Styles is half-clothed, standing amongst a crowd of men and women, also half-dressed, as they writhe around him. In another scene, Styles is clothed in an extravagantly colored suit, suspend- ed over a mirror image of himself half- dressed in a pool of hazy water. In the next, Styles riding on the back of an unidentified motorcyclist with his hands outstretched, red hues spotlight- ing his face as he rides off into the dis- tance. As the video switches between cuts of Styles in various locations, it is in the crowd of men and women that he strug- gles to maintain his serious composure. While men and women caress Styles, he loses his poise and giggles at the camera and the crowd surrounding him numer- ous times. In the final scene, Styles and the un- known driver are met with idling police officers, with the red and blue lights of the patrol cars contrasting to the night sky. The entire video is ethereal, with quick transitions between every scene. Every shot is deliberate, the whole video filmed with warmer tones only focusing on Styles with every location change. With his mystifying lyrics of stepping into a new light and never returning to who he once was, listeners presume he can only be alluding more to his sexual- ity coupled with the release date of the single being National Coming Out Day. In this wistful single, Styles creates a track completely different from his pre- vious album. His first album was very intimate and more instrumental based. If this single is any indication of his up- coming album, fans can expect Styles’ sophomore album to be much more haunting, eluding more to his sexuality and the sentiment attached to it. His re- verberating words questioning listeners as “Lights Up” comes to an end, “Do you know who you are?” Harry Styles wore a chest-baring, shimmery light blue outfit in the “Lights Up” music video. COURTESY OF COLUMBIA RECORDS Jia Alonso Staff Writer Harry Styles (finally) releases new music

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