Remember the blond asymmetrical haircut having singer who gave us the surprise chart-topper “Sweet But Psycho”? Well her name is Ava Max, her hair is all one length now, and she’s back with her sophomore album, Diamonds & Dancefloors.
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The pure dance-pop, 14 track second album is filled with electro-pop melodies, 90s synths, and even a touch of disco. Inspired by major heartbreak she experienced over the last two years. And despite being private and keeping her personal life out of the spotlight, on this new record, Ava’s putting everything out there.
This laser-focused second album, co-written by Max, her producer Henry “Cirkut” Walter, and other in-demand collaborators including MNEK and Ryan Tedder, isn’t just an evolution from her debut Heaven & Hell. When talking to Rolling Stone ahead of its release, Ava was looking at it as a kind of catharsis that she’s excited to share. “I’m happy it’s not going to be mine anymore,” she said. “I’ll be like, ‘Okay, it’s over. All the heartbreak is over. And now, we can just dance.’”
Knowing fans will undoubtably have questions, Ava decided to preemptively spill the dirty deets, yet remaining cautious with what she shared. “In a way, it does make me uncomfortable because I don’t like sharing my private life,” she prefaced. Telling RS she went through two break-ups over the last three years, and the second one, a relationship she ended last June, “really killed me.”
By the time that relationship had met its end, she’d already released the album’s lead single “Maybe You’re the Problem.” Capturing exactly what she went through perfectly in the synth-pop song.
From that track, plus “Ghost” where Max sings about “feeling haunted” by her ex, and the disco-drenched “Hold Up, Wait a Minute,” in which Max questions her partner’s connection with a past love, to the emotional and empowering anthem, and more, listen to all of Diamonds and Dancefloors below.
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