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On “Hooray For You,” the penultimate track on A Great Big World’s upcoming third studio album, the Grammy-winning pop duo injects this compelling quote from the 1990 documentary film Paris Is Burning.
“I always had hopes of being a big star. As you get older, you aim a little lower, and I just say you still might make an impression. Everybody wants to leave something behind them, some impression, some mark upon the world. Then you think you left a mark on the world if you just get through it, and a few people remember your name. Then you’ve left a mark. You don’t have to bend the whole world. I think it’s better to just enjoy it. Pay your dues and enjoy it. If you shoot an arrow and it goes real high, hooray for you.”
The all-too-real Dorian Corey quote leads seamlessly into “When I Am King,” the album’s final song that AGBW’s Chad King says is “about the bitter pill to swallow when you’re seeing others’ success and you feel like, ‘What about me?’”
“It’s a very common feeling and it sucks to have those feelings of bitterness, but we were going through it,” bandmate Ian Axel admitted in a #Face2FaceTime interview with ONE37pm. Going through it, in part, meant coming down from the extreme highs they felt during 2013-2015 when the duo’s “Say Something” ballad with Christina Aguilera achieved commercial and critical success, winning the Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and steadily reaching six times platinum.
“I’ve got my Grammy on top of a ladder bookshelf in my living room ... by a bunch of Harry Potter books,” Axel revealed. “It’s so crazy having it in the house. I see it. I’m afraid to touch it. It intimidates me. I still can’t believe that happened.” King also keeps his award on a bookshelf.