In a true global joining of forces, Denmark‘s HEDEGAARD, US‘ Brandon Beal, and China‘s Lizzy Wang have just released their stunning collaboration – “The Ones We Lost.” The three artists incorporate both poignant emotion and dancefloor-worthy productions in the track, which opens with Beal‘s soulful vocals and a captivating guitar melody that adds a haunting, melancholic edge to the track. Meanwhile, the progressive and euphonious bassline adds the perfect groove, making “The Ones We Lost” a very powerful summer anthem with depth and groove. Listeners may recognize the original sample from the song “Pretty Little Ditty” by Red Hot Chili Peppers, which was further popularized by Crazy Town on the global hit “Butterfly.” HEDEGAARD and Brandon Beal previously worked together on their hit “Twerk It Like Miley,” which currently has over 110M streams on Spotify and 255M on Youtube. Read on to hear what the artists had to say about their newest creation:
“Instead of doing a track in the style we’ve done in the past, HEDEGAARD and I wanted to create something else – a new and more mature approach for us together, without me rapping but singing instead, and with a storyline that is not party-related at all; a celebration of a long incredible journey and friendship, and an ode to ‘The Ones We Lost‘ along the way. Once we had the sample, we wanted to involve an artist that normally works with the tech house genre, to add some fresh elements to the song. With the recent success in China, it was natural to look for a collaborating artist in that market, and Lizzy Wang is both the biggest female DJ in the country, while she also has a lot of experience with releasing tech house. It was a match made in heaven, and together we added bits and pieces from both our worlds, which turned out to be a soul/pop/tech house hybrid.” – Brandon Beal
“Working with Brandon again felt like old friends coming together, and the energy was electric, turning the recording sessions into an epic musical party. Lizzy‘s unique style and sound were a perfect complement to the track, and the synergy between the three of us was evident from the start. It’s been amazing to see the response to our work in the Chinese territory, which I have come to love as a new home market, after visiting the beautiful Country, and meeting the incredible fans, which I feel lucky to have supporting me. This record truly holds a special place in our hearts, and we can’t wait to share it with the world. ‘The Ones We Lost‘ is a testament to the joy of creating music, celebrating friendships, and paying homage to the music that has inspired us throughout our journey.” – HEDEGAARD
The American producer, artist, and songwriter Brandon Beal established himself as a musical heavyweight in 2012, when he released the hit single “Never Let U Go” with Snoop Dogg and Kato. The single was certified platinum in Denmark, and ever since, things have only gone in one direction for Beal. He fought his way to the booming music scene in New York City, where his huge talent ensured him a place in the studio alongside international megastars such as Lady Gaga, Flo Rida, and Chris Brown. Today, Brandon Beal lives in Denmark, and his success and style are both one hundred percent self-made. He is behind some of the biggest club and pop hits in and out of Denmark, having written the majority of Christopher‘s album “Told You So,” which won the Danish Music Award for Best Pop Album in 2014, and the mega-hit “CPH Girls,” on which Brandon Beal was featured, ranked as #2 on China‘s most popular music chart, QQ Music. In his own name, he has released “Twerk It Like Miley“, which topped the Danish charts for weeks. Also in 2014, the hit song, which demonstrates Beal‘s international sound, resulted in a Danish Music Award for Best Club Act – as well as no less than three Danish DeeJay Awards the following year. Brandon Beal has also been part of the team behind all of Lukas Graham‘s albums, which have won a plethora of Danish and international awards. Graham also performed as a guest vocalist on the international hit “Golden,” which is about Brandon‘s own upbringing. Brandon Beal has managed to achieve success far beyond the border of Europe. “Twerk It Like Miley” took over Asia and hit second place on the Spotify charts in the Philippines, after which it was in the Top 10 for twelve weeks in a row. In Malaysia, it was Top 60. “Golden” made it to Top 100 on iTunes in Singapore. Besides the aforementioned, Brandon Beal has been charting in countries and territories like China, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates. With his enormous amount of social media followers – half a million on YouTube and more than 150K on TikTok – combined with performances on SMUKfest, GRØN, a tour with Lukas Graham, his own European tour, a tidal wave of award nominations and twelve number one hits in Denmark and Asia on his resume, Brandon Beal has established himself as one of Denmark‘s leading artists and songwriters. 2023 will offer lots of new energy, new collaborations, new experiences, and new hits.
Since the release of an unofficial remix of Dr. Dre‘s “The Next Episode” in 2011, introducing the audience to HEDEGAARD‘s unique sound, he has produced several of the biggest Danish hits in the last decade, generating more than 1.4 billion streams across streaming platforms. “Happy Home” with Lukas Graham and “Twerk It Like Miley” with Brandon Beal and Christopher, are just a couple of the major hits HEDEGAARD has released and produced over the past years, resulting in several #1 in Denmark and abroad. Before recently, turning his focus back to the clubs. On the singles “JUMANJI” and “SA-MY-D,” HEDEGAARD went back to the urban-club fusion he invented years ago, leading to his big breakthrough and giving him the undisputed title and domain in club music as “The King of Car Music.” The release of the single “ALL DESIGNER” had a global impact, with no. 1 positions in southern Europe, the Baltics, and China; followed up by the single “JEEP,” as the first release under a new joined artist and label agreement with the world’s leading label in club music, Spinnin’ Records, containing several singles, and the launch of his own label entity OneHundred, focusing on further developing the worldwide Car Music trend. With the release of the single “NYC BABY” and the localized version “BEIJING BABY” – released exclusively in China – he took the top spot once again on the weekly QQ Music EDM Chart, and later on the singe took second place on the quarterly version of the same chart. The follow-up single “BORED” entered the Top 20, and became HEDEGAARD‘s 4th Top 20 entry in a row; he underlined his status as the hottest new International EDM artist in China in 2023. In a genre dominated by ghost production, HEDEGAARD is a 100% self-made artist; first and foremost being a naturally gifted musician who turned his focus towards DJing – in that order. Monthly listeners on Spotify range between 1.3 to 1.7 million, and the streaming total of 2022 on the platform was more than 54 million (over 1 million streams a week); figures achieved solely on organic growth, leading to the only conclusion: The audience loves the sound of HEDEGAARD. The achievements are second to none for the Danish club artist, and with the aforementioned international contract and tours in Asia and the US, the HEDEGAARD story has only just begun.
Lizzy Wang has been named the No. 1 female DJ in China for three consecutive years by Djanemag, an unmatched feat – honoring her for tirelessly breaking down barriers and constantly setting new standards for Chinese DJs and electronic producers of all genders. She was the first artist in her home country to gain international attention, propelling Chinese electronic music onto the global EDM scene, with releases through the world’s leading labels in club music, Spinnin’ Records, and mainstage performances in Japan and the US, as the first female Chinese DJ to perform on the mainstage of the major festivals Ultra Music Festival and EDC. Lizzy‘s music has primarily been focused on the tech house genre. Some of her notable releases include “I’m Into You,” “Stranger Things,” and “Shining,” all of which have gained significant popularity and impressive achievements overseas. Her collaboration with MAYLYN on “Secrets” has amassed almost 1.6 million plays on Spotify and topped major DJ charts in many territories, leading to an official remix of the Cash Cash release “Too Late” with Wiz Khalifa & Lukas Graham. In 2021, Lizzy Wang was the first electronic artist to sign with Warner Music‘s electronic music label in the Asia-Pacific region. The same year, she collaborated with Fiona Sit and released the Chinese version of the single “Shining.” The song gained immense popularity on QQ Music, accumulating over 100 million streams, skyrocketing her social media following and fanbase. Besides being an exceptionally talented DJ and producer, Lizzy has completed her undergraduate studies at Columbia University and her graduate studies at Harvard University in the United States.