Julia Michaels’ “Heaven” Is A Seductive Ode To Bad Boys

Julia Michaels rolled out her new single, “Heaven,” and it is a sparse and sexy ode to bad boys. The track is her first of two contributions to the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack, with her second set to drop sometime in the next few weeks. With writing credits from MNEK and Tayla Parx, it offers the budding superstar an opportunity to explore a moodier aesthetic. It feels like a bit of a risk considering her tendency toward contemplative bops like “Issues,” but it more than pays off. Released today (January 26), her latest anthem is as dangerously addictive as the lover she sings about.

Over a haunting production, Julia opens up about the boy who changed her perspective on love. “Falling for him was like falling from grace,” she breathily coos as the beat tinkles behind her. Unfortunately, bad boys are plagued by commitment issues, and hers was no different. “You don’t realize the power they have until they leave you and you want them back. Nothing in the world prepares you for that,” she warns. As dire as it sounds, the 24-year-old believes it is worth the risk. After all, “they say ‘all good boys go to heaven’ but bad boys bring heaven to you.”

“Heaven” is a bit of a sonic switch-up from what we have already heard from the forthcoming soundtrack. Rita Ora and Liam Payne’s “For You” is a soaring lover’s anthem, while Hailee Steinfeld and BloodPop hit the dance floor on “Capital Letters.” Julia’s latest is a little more in line with the brooding material from the franchise’s earlier albums, but it is no less of a hit. Give the track a spin below!

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