Kygo Premieres New U2 Song, “You’re The Best Thing (About Me)”
Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2016-08-20)
Norwegian DJ, Kygo has played a new song that features Bono of U2, titled “You’re The Best Thing (About Me).” Twitter user Nemi who was at the festival performance confirmed for us that “Kygo premiered the song and introduced it as a collaboration between him and U2. I don’t think it has been released yet.” http://www.ba.no says it is a new song with Bono on vocals. And http://www.vg.no is calling it a new U2 song. The song was accompanied with a lyric video on the DJ booth and screens behind Kygo. The video features cityscapes, with the lyrics appearing over top of buildings. It also contained images of a sun rise, dolphins, and beach scenes. The song was 04:26 in length.
The DJ was performing at the Cloud Nine festival in his hometown of Bergen, Norway. The song was played at the end of his set, and was called “You’re The Best Thing (About Me)”. He introduced it during his set as a “brand new song I’ve never played before that I’ve made with U2.” (translated) Kygo’s manager, Jan M. Bjordal confirmed later to the media that the song was a collaboration between U2 and Kygo.
Kygo, 24, born Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll, is a Norwegian musician and DJ who first came to fame with a remix of an Ed Sheeran song. He was born in Singapore and started music lessons at an early age. His debut studio album Cloud Nine was released in May.
Kygo is expected to be performing at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics on August 21, perhaps he’s ready to spin the song there as well. But the Rio2016 site has said he will be performing his song “Carry Me” with guest vocalist Julia Michaels at the Maracanã Stadium. The performance will be used to launch the new Olympic Channel digital platform tomorrow night.
The song is the same song that Bono was playing from his home in the South of France recently which featured the chorus, “You’re the Best Thing About Me,” however some of the lyrics heard from those clips appear to be different than the version that Kygo played in Bergen suggesting it was a different version of the song.
Footage of the song has now appeared on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Periscope and other social media sites. Many of these are now being taken down due to copyright claims by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The earlier clips of the song recorded on the beach outside of Bono’s fate were also earlier removed. One fan group, U2ITNOL2U on Facebook saw their entire Facebook group be deleted due to posting of these earlier beach recorded videos. At this time they have not received any answer from the RIAA / Universal Music / Facebook about the deletion.
Original news story in Norwegian that tipped us off: http://www.vg.no/rampelys/musikk/kygo/kygo-har-laget-laat-med-u2/a/23771821/