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Mike Posner on grief and growth: NPR

"These songs, they are just great in my head and I feel I have to write them down," says Mike Posner.

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"These songs, they are just great in my head and I feel that I have to write them down," says Mike Posner.

Meredith Truax / Courtesy by the artist

[08659007] Updated 8:57 pm ET

Saying Mike Posner's career is unpredictable is an understatement. In 2010, his debut song, "Cooler Than Me", hit the maps worldwide and has so far sold more than two million copies in the United States. But not long after the success of this battle, Posner's career stopped, so he decided to take the time to write with other artists such as Justin Bieber, producer Avicii and Maroon 5.

Since, 2016, Posner is once again posing saw success in his own solo career – a remix of his song "I took a pan in Ibiza" became an international hit and was nominated for a Grammy. Now Posner is back with his third studio album named A really good kid.

The album was written while Posner was dealing with grief's grief. It also came together while the artist handled his father's death, which died of brain cancer and his friend's death Avicii, who committed suicide.

"I had to go to the studio every day and I just tried to show up and record all the songs and do a good job and I was sorry," Posner says. The song "Moving on" helps to encapsulate all these feelings.


"Maybe one of the best lines I've written – I don't know, but not a stink line – is on this song." "The beginning always hides in the end." The beginning always hides in the end and I knew that at that time in the future I would look back at this moment, this breakup, this pain and be grateful for it and know that it helped me get what was coming. "

But even though he has learned to appreciate his father and friends more after their death, Posner says writing these songs wasn't necessarily something he felt he had to do to get over their passes.

"These songs, they're just great in my head and I feel I have to write them down," Posner says. "I'm kind of nervous if I don't write them down or don't record them so that the one who puts them in My head will stop whispering to these melodies to me. Perhaps it is superstitious and stupid. "

In addition to working through great life changes, Posner has taken time to reflect on his previous work. In 2017, Posner and the hip-hop artist Blackbear, the other half of his electronic R&B duo, Mansionz, a self-titled debut album with lyrics that can easily be called misogynistic when it comes to how women are described and portrayed.

In retrospect, it is also how Posner sees it.

"Many of my solo things I am also convinced of misogynistic and regrettable, "he says." And much of my behavior [with women] when I look back I could use the same adjective to describe. "

The artist says that the # MeToo movement may have been what prompted his reflection, but he says it should I have taken a public boast for him to reach that awakening. "I should have known that all my life," he says. "I did not. I wish I did, and that doesn't make it any better. You know, I'm not asking for sympathy or anything. "On Saturday, Posner acknowledged a video ] announcing that his music" from this time forward "will no longer include a language as he now "You won't hear me refer to women as b ******, h ***, sluts – something like that in my music," he says.

In the video, he also encouraged other artists to "I hope we as artists – man and woman – let us retire these words in our songs," he says. "They are derogatory, and they are not cool and they do not send out the culture."

A really good Kid comes out on January 18 via Universal Island Records. Posner talked to NPR's Sarah McCammon about the album's themes and what he learned about himself while he did, hear their conversation on the audio link above. [19659009] NPR's Emma Bowman contributed to this digital story.

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