Joji’s New Single “Glimpse of Us” Tops the Charts
Joji, the Japanese singer-songwriter, rapper, former comedian, and YouTuber, has released a new single titled “Glimpse of Us” on January 10, 2023. The song is the lead single from his third studio album, Smithereens, which is set to be released on February 14, 2023. The song has received critical acclaim and commercial success, reaching number seven on the US Billboard Hot 100, his highest-charting song to date.
“Glimpse of Us” is a mid-tempo R&B ballad that showcases Joji’s smooth vocals and emotional lyrics. The song is about longing for a lost love and reminiscing about the past. Joji sings, “I still see your face in every corner of this place / I still feel your touch in every breath I ever take / I still hear your voice in every sound that ever breaks / I still want your love in every glimpse of us I make.” The song has a minimalist production that features piano, guitar, and drums.
The music video for “Glimpse of Us” was directed by Jared Hogan and edited by Miles Trahan. The video features Joji wandering around a deserted city at night, looking for his lover. He encounters various obstacles and dangers along the way, such as a car crash, a fire, and a gang of thugs. He finally reaches a rooftop where he sees his lover’s silhouette, but she disappears before he can reach her. The video ends with Joji staring at the night sky, where he sees a glimpse of them together.
Joji is best known for his previous albums, Ballads 1 (2018) and Nectar (2020), which featured hit singles such as “Slow Dancing in the Dark”, “Sanctuary”, and “Run”. He is also known for his former YouTube career as Filthy Frank and Pink Guy, where he created comedy sketches and songs that went viral. He retired from YouTube in 2017 to focus on his music career under the name Joji.
Joji is currently on tour to promote his upcoming album, Smithereens. He will be performing in various cities across North America, Europe, and Asia. Fans can purchase tickets and merch on his official website.
Smithereens is Joji’s third studio album and his most ambitious project yet. The album consists of 14 tracks that explore themes such as love, loss, loneliness, and self-discovery. Joji collaborated with various producers and artists on the album, such as Diplo, Skrillex, Clams Casino, and Lana Del Rey. The album also features a cover of Radiohead’s “Creep”, which Joji performed live at the 2023 Grammy Awards.
Joji has described Smithereens as a “personal diary” that reflects his growth as an artist and a person. He said, “I wanted to make an album that was honest and raw, that captured the essence of who I am and what I’ve been through. I wanted to share my stories and emotions with the world, and hopefully connect with people who feel the same way. Smithereens is a collection of fragments of my life, the good and the bad, the happy and the sad.”
Smithereens has received positive reviews from critics and fans alike, who praised Joji’s versatility, creativity, and vulnerability. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, making Joji the first Asian artist to achieve this feat. The album also topped the charts in several other countries, such as Canada, Australia, Japan, and the UK. Smithereens has been nominated for several awards, including Album of the Year and Best Alternative Album at the 2023 Grammy Awards.