Yungblud talks about the inspiration behind self-titled third album: Watch – Billboard

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Why did Yungblud name his third studio album after himself? Because it’s “about me”, says the English rocker.

Released Friday, September 2 via LOCOMOTION/Geffen Records, yungblud is the sequel to 2020s Weird! and includes the singles “The Funeral”, “Memories” (featuring Willow) and “Don’t Feel Like Feeling Sad Today”.

The artist, whose real name is Dominic Harrison, tells Billboard News‘ Tetris Kelly that his latest album “was an exercise for me to find friends and people like me”, noting that he has experienced feelings of isolation and loneliness in the past. “I literally looked into an iPhone and said, ‘Hello, is there anyone like me? “”

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Yungblud says he considers himself more of a communicator than a musician. “To be honest, I don’t even really see myself as a musician first, which is such a mental thing to say,” he notes. “I consider myself a communicator. This album is called Yungblud because I think it’s about me.

During his meeting with Billboard NewsYungblud also discussed meeting Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, who recently shouted at him as a rock band that “makes me think there’s still a bit of life in rock and roll” during an interview on Swedish radio P4.

“Mick Jagger is everything to me, as a leader, as an activist, as a rock star, as a sex icon,” he says, recalling an encounter with the legendary rocker. “When you meet a rock ‘n’ roll star, you can’t be like, ‘Oh, my God!’ I had a glass of whisky, I walked in – okay Mick how are you? In my head I was like ‘What is this?’

Yungblud also shared his thoughts on the state of rock music. “Rock ‘n’ roll is energy,” he says. “It’s not about drums, or guitar, or anything other than freedom and energy, because energy doesn’t lie. Freedom of expression, freedom to be yourself, freedom not to conform.

Watch Yungblud’s full interview above.

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