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“Lights Up”
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Information
Album

TBA

Released

October 11, 2019

Format

Digital Download

Recorded

2018

Length

2:52

Writers

Harry Styles, Kid Harpoon, Tyler Johnson

Producer

Kid Harpoon

Lights Up is the lead single from Harry Styles forthcoming second album, Fine Line. The single was surprise released on October 11, 2019.

Lyrically, the song addresses self realisation, empowerment and dealing with fame.

Some have speculated it may be a "coming out anthem" due to the music video featuring Styles in an orgy of men and women, and due to the song's release on National Coming Out Day.

Background Edit

Styles has not yet elaborated on the production or meaning of the song, but has been working on his second album since 2018, recording in Tokyo, London and the United States.

Lyrics Edit

[Verse 1]
What do you mean?
I'm sorry by the way
Never coming back down
Can't you see?
I could, but wouldn't stay
Wouldn't put it like that
What do you mean?
I'm sorry by the way
Never coming around
It'd be so sweet if things just stayed the same
La-da-da-da-da

[Chorus]
All the lights couldn't put out the dark
Runnin' through my heart
Lights up and they know who you are
Know who you are
Do you know who you are? (Oh)

[Bridge]
Shine, step into the light
Shine, so bright sometimes
Shine, I'm not ever going back
Shine, step into the light
Shine, so bright sometimes
Shine, I'm not ever going back
Shine, step into the light
Shine, so bright sometimes
Shine, I'm not ever (Ooh)

[Verse 2]
What do you mean?
I'm sorry by the way
Never going back now
It'd be so sweet if things just stayed the same
La-da-da-da-da
La-da-da-da-da
La-da-da-da-da (Oh)
La-da-da-da-da (Oh)
La-da-da-da-da (Oh)

[Chorus]
All the lights couldn't put out the dark
Runnin' through my heart
Lights up and they know who you are
Know who you are
Do you know who you are?

Release Edit

"Lights Up" was briefly promoted prior to release via several viral campaigns. Large black posters asking "Do you know who you are?" were distributed worldwide. A fan noticed Styles record label and Treat People With Kindness branding on the poster which sparked online speculation that new music was imminent. The question was eventually revealed as a lyric within the song. Harry also cryptically tweeted "Do" in the days before release. A website run by Style's label allowed users to enter their names and receive a customised compliment from Harry.

Streaming platforms notified fans of the single's imminent release mere hours before, via pop up messages asking them if they were ready.

The single and music video were released simultaneously.

Charts Edit

"Lights Up" debuted at #3 in the United Kingdom and #17 in the United States. It debuted in the top 10 in Australia, Ireland, Greece, Estonia, New Zealand and Scotland.

Performances Edit

TBA

Music VideoEdit

Music Video Information
Harry Styles - Lights Up (Official Video)

Harry Styles - Lights Up (Official Video)

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Released October 11, 2019
Length 2:55
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Filmed 2019
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