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Today, GRAMMY®-nominated singer, songwriter,

producer, and multi-instrumentalist Alexander 23 grapples with heartbreak on “ILL,” his new

single featuring acclaimed artist Kenny Beats. Listen HERE via Interscope Records. It marks

Alexander’s first collaboration with a hip-hop producer, but his raw lyricism and knack for

melody is still very much at the heart of the bruisingly honest song. Of the track Kenny shares

“This is the first song I made with Alexander the first hour we met. He’s got such an effortless

way with words and people, he’s that friend you swear you’ve met before. I couldn’t be more

proud of “ill” and the whole team involved.”


“ILL,” which also features well as Maroon 5’s, James Valentine on guitar, is accompanied by a

striking lyric video, which highlights the complexity of the song. The timelapse technology

captures the artist’s restlessness and distress, which reflects the emotional impact of lyrics that

reference confusing texts from his ex (“It was still raining and you were still gone”) and

flashbacks to showering together. “I get physically ill when I think about you getting physical

with someone else,” he then sings on the forlorn chorus. 


Only three months have passed since Alexander released his debut studio album Aftershock.

Produced alongside Dan Nigro, the 11-track project is immersed in the aftermath of a failed

relationship. The acoustic single “Hate Me If It Helps” was co-written with Olivia Rodrigo, who

also provided background vocals, while Alexander’s vast emotional depth is on display with the

ballad “The Hardest Part.” “Being heartbroken, thinking you’re over it when you’re obviously

not, meeting new people, questioning yourself and all your relationships,” Alexander explained

of the album’s roots upon its release in July. “If the breakup was the emotional earthquake, the

creation of this album was the emotional aftershock." Aftershock went on to receive support

from Rolling Stone, Billboard, V Magazine, People Magazine, ET Online, and more.


“ILL” is an extension of that sentiment. Alexander has been outwardly moving on by focusing

on touring. This summer he played several festival dates including a headline hometown show

as well as sets at Lollapalooza, Life Is Beautiful, and Firefly in Dover, Delaware. The Chicago

native also supported John Mayer on tour earlier this year before kicking off on his first-ever

headlining North American and UK & European tour in October. This spring he’s set to open for

girl in red on a string of European dates and in the fall. With songs like “ILL” on the setlist, his

evocative live shows are bound to double as nightly healing sessions. See all dates HERE.

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