Justin Tranter Reveals The Heart Behind His Hits For Cardi B, Ariana, Halsey, And More

The context: Crafted for the singer-songwriter’s upcoming album Cheap Queen (out October 25), Tranter and the 20-year-old crooner first connected shortly after her piano-driven breakout, “1950,” became a viral hit. “I was shown the video after it had been out for about four days and was like, ‘Oh my God. Who the fuck is this?'” Tranter said. “You could tell off the bat what a musician and songwriter she is, and she’s obviously proudly queer, which is important to my whole life as well.”

The heart: The song, concerning the ruminations of being in an undefined relationship, was crafted a week later. “I don’t want to speak for her or her personal life, but I think it’s pretty fair to say that that is what she was going through at the time,” Tranter said. “I said, ‘Well, that has to be the song.'” Oddly enough, much of the discussion about the lyrics took place on a pickup truck outside the studio. “We needed some fresh air, and if an artist is talking about something that’s super personal, I’ll suggest to change environments. Plus, a lot of studios are dark and weird because people think that’s what musicians want.”

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