Benny Blanco Announces Artist Project, Enlists Ed Sheeran, Halsey & Khalid

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As a songwriter and producer, Benny Blanco has helped shape the sound of popular music over the last decade. The two-time Grammy winner gave us era-defining bops like Kesha’s “Tik Tok” and Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” as well as more recent hits like Selena Gomez’s “Same Old Love” and Julia Michaels’ “Issues.” He is now launching an artist project of his own. “I have been thinking about my future and how I want the rest of my career to unfold… I have decided to release some songs as Benny Blanco,” the hitmaker wrote on Instagram.

“Don’t worry I wont be singing on them with my shitty nasally jewish voice… I got all my friends to sing em,” the 30-year-old continued. It would appear that those friends include Halsey and Khalid, both of whom are rumored to feature on his debut single (apparently called “Eastside”). They were tagged on Benny’s Instagram post along with Ed Sheeran, who is believed to have co-written the song. “Hope u like them… and if u don’t I don’t care cuz I do.” Given that lineup, expect a smash. See his announcement below.

hello everyone over the past few months i have been able to check off a few things on my bucket list… working on ye, kids see ghosts, and nas' album.. im just sitting here waiting for my mom to wake me up and say im late for school… but it hasn't happened yet… ha! when i was a kid i used to think about music from the moment my eyes opened until they closed… i used to run home from school to look up liner notes online and print em out and try to guess who made the beats then uncover the produced by section and see if i was right… i used find all the samples of my favorite songs and try to remake the beats the same exact way… i used to watch every video on mtv and bet glued to the fucking screen… i used to listen to music in the car and sing along to every word while emotionally looking out the window and pretending i was in the video… i used to look at my parents and say "there is no plan b" and "im gonna make it"… i was scared as hell but fearless all at the same time… music is magic… we have to treat it that way… i have been thinking about my future and how i want the rest of my career to unfold… i have decided to release some songs as benny blanco… don't worry i wont be singing on them with my shitty nasally jewish voice… i got all my friends to sing em… hope u like them… and if u dont i dont care cuz i do… love, benny

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