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10 January 2024

The Black Keys Announce New Single, ‘Beautiful People (Stay High)’

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The Black Keys have announced a new single called Beautiful People (Stay High), the track will be released this Friday (12 January)

Beautiful People (Stay High) was co-written with Dan the Automator and Beck, who worked extensively on their forthcoming album and recently joined them on stage in Paris to perform his breakthrough hit Loser.

The band teased the song by sharing a clip of Derrick T Tuggle, who starred in the video for their 2011 hit Lonely Boy, dancing and lip syncing to the track.

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In a recent interview with Uncut, the band opened up about their upcoming album, “We embraced the idea of getting out of our comfort zone, which is Dan’s studio,” said Patrick Carney. “We were trying to have an adventure while we made the record. So we booked a few sessions out in LA: we worked at Valentine in the Valley, and in Sunset Sound. We got in a room with Dan The Automator, we did a track with Greg Kurstin as well. While we were out there, we’d do these record hangs where we’d invite a friend or two and bring our 45s and basically spin records for four hours.”

Dan Auerbach went on to describe working with Beck, “[He’s] very prolific with his writing, especially lyrical content – it’s like turning on a faucet. So whenever we get him in the studio, we just hit the ground running and we’re making songs as soon as we can.”

The band also spoke about Noel Gallagher‘s role in the recording of the album, with Carney adding, “It came out so easy that we were trying to think of other people that we could throw in the mix, and the person at the top of the list was Noel Gallagher. Everyone was like, ‘Noel doesn’t really write with other people.’f But he agreed to meet us in London. We booked some time at Toe Rag and recorded two songs with Noel in three days. With Beck, most of the time we’d have the music there by the time he showed up, so we were just looking for words and melody. But with Noel, we started the songs from scratch. Noel is hilarious and we hit it off instantly. It couldn’t have gone smoother. He was very meticulous about finding the right transitional chords for each section, it was amazing. Dan started calling him the ‘Chord Lord’.”

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