She’s the Eurovision 2010 winner who released her fifth studio album earlier this year. Now, Lena has dropped a brand-new single titled “Better”. And she’s in good company, as German singer-songwriter Nico Santos joins her on the track.
Her latest album, Only Love, L, was released in April and reached number two on the German album charts. It also spawned the successful singles “thank you” and “don’t lie to me”. And recently, she also released music videos for her tracks “boundaries” and “love”.
Her concert tour all over Germany this summer has just come to an end. But request remains high, as Lena has become one of the most successful German artists in recent years.
This new song wasn’t planned by any means. In fact, “Better” was only written and produced a month ago. At this time, Lena sat together with songwriters and producers Pascal Reinhardt, Joe Walter, Kate Morgan and Nico Wellenbrink — also knows as Nico Santos.
Lena sings the first verse of the song. It builds up in its production before transitioning into the pre-chorus. There, Nico Santos comes in for the first time. Their vocals harmonise well and lead into a contemporary pop chorus. The catchy post-chorus keeps the momentum going before Nico Santos takes on the second verse. In the final chorus, their strong vocal game is audible once more.
Throughout the song instruments such as bass guitar, drums and keyboard are strongly present. Lyrically, it’s about a relationship that didn’t work out. False promises and lies meant things turned sour. It turns out that “our love died on the ride, and we tried ’til it turned to lies”.
While it’s still early to call, it looks like Lena could have landed another hit with this new collaboration. The track appears on top of the German new music Friday playlist on Spotify.
Lena & Nico Santos — “Better”
Nico Santos is no stranger to the Eurovision world. Earlier this year, he was part of the German jury that awarded half of the country’s points in the second semi-final and grand final at the 2019 contest. He’s also launched a successful solo career for himself, with songs such as “Rooftop” and “Safe” becoming huge hits in Germany.
Lena and Nico Santos have known each other for years. Back in 2016, they did a cover of The Chainsmokers’ hit song “Closer”, which was part of Lena’s YouTube series ‘Leni Sings’.
Moreover, the two have also previously teamed up during the writing process for some of Lena’s other recent releases. On her latest album Only Love, L, Nico Santos is part of the songwriting team that penned her track “love”. He also worked with her on “Sólo Contigo“. It seems that whenever these two German artists work together you can be sure to expect nothing but pop perfection.
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