He’s the Eurovision 2015 winner who recently wowed audiences in Tel Aviv with his “switch song” turn. And on Friday, Måns Zelmerlöw released the official music video for “Better Now” — one of two new singles.
Produced by Peter Hammerton and Pontus Persson and co-written by Måns himself, the track deals with the singer’s dark past. It details how he fought to become a better person.
The song is super relatable. Who hasn’t messed up in the past before that special someone arrives and says it’s gonna be okay? “My hand on my heart to behave, Baby, you make me not make those mistakes”. Mushy, ain’t it!
Despite the heavy themes, “Better Now” is actually a perfect summer song. It instantly makes you think of sunny beaches in any destination of your choice.
Originally released as a digital download on 17 May 2019, it’s the third single from Zelmerlöw’s upcoming eighth studio album. It peaked at number 79 on the Swedish Singles Chart.
Måns Zelmerlöw “Better Now” (Official Music Video)
But that’s not all from the “Heroes” hitmaker. Last month, Måns treated fans to two other studio tracks. One was “Grow Up To Be You”.
The song is like a window to his soul. Måns wrote the track about his son Albert, who just turned one. Lyrically, he comes out as someone who is trying to be a good and non-judgemental father — “Don’t grow up to be me, grow up to be you”. He is undoubtedly encouraging his baby boy to become one of the heroes of his own time.
The single is supposedly one of his most personal creations ever. Needless to say, we love every bit of it. He wrote this piece together with Anu Pillai and David Sneddon, one of the co-writers on Katherine Duska’s “Better Love”.
The track received its live premiere at the annual UNICEF Gala in Stockholm.
Måns Zelmerlöw “Grow Up To Be You” (Live Performance)
Måns has said he’d be happy to sneak into Eurovision every year in one way or the other. This year, of course, he took part in the iconic switch song with fellow legendary past contestants Conchita Wurst, Eleni Foureira and Verka Serduchka.
He put a completely new spin on Eleni’s hit “Fuego”. People were left gagged!
Cyprus’ 2018 entry is one of those iconic pieces which doesn’t need to be revamped or changed. Yet Måns managed to completely turn the table with his version. The male “Fuego” is completely mesmerising. All the pelicans are fly-fly-flyin’.
Måns Zelmerlöw “Fuego” (Cover of Eleni Foureira)
When it comes to new music, Måns is burning up and he ain’t coolin’ down. During Sweden’s Melodifestivalen 2019 in March, he debuted the first single off his upcoming LP — “Walk With Me”, a collaboration with Melfest 2018 alum Dotter.
“It is a great, powerful song, with a lot of soul in. With a text about feeling that you simply cannot live without a person. I saw it from the start as a duet and Dotter always felt perfect as a duet partner.”
The atmospheric ballad tells of two tired lovers. Alone they make mistakes, but together they can see the truth and support each other to carry on.
Måns Zelmerlöw & Dotter “Walk With Me” (Official Audio)
There’s plenty more to come. A new album is set to be released in October, while more live dates are imminent.
What do you think of Måns Zelmerlöw’s new music? Which song is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.