Eastside
by Benny Blanco (featuring Khalid & Halsey)

Album: Friends Keep Secrets (2018)
Charted: 1
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  • Best known for his production work for the likes of Katy Perry ("I Kissed a Girl"), Ke$ha ("TiK ToK"), Rihanna ("Diamonds") and Justin Bieber ("Love Yourself," "Eastside" marks Benny Blanco debut song as an artist. Released on Blanco's own label Friends Keep Secrets in partnership with Interscope Records, the track features duet vocals by Halsey and Khalid.
  • The song finds Halsey and Khalid reminiscing about a teenage relationship.

    He used to meet me on the Eastside
    In the city where the sun don't set
    And every day you know where we ride
    Through the backstreets in a blue Corvette


    Now that they are older and times are harder, the pair look back on their relationship with happy memories.

    So come away, starting today
    Start a new life, together in a different place
    We know that love is how all thes
    e ideas came to be
    So baby, run away with me


    The pair now have adult responsibilities and are stuck with "dead-end jobs and got bills to pay." If only they could run away together and start over.
  • Benny Blanco, Khalid and Halsey received writing help from Ed Sheeran for the track.
  • Benny Blanco started writing the demo of this song with Ed Sheeran when they were on tour in Philadelphia. A month or so later Blanco was with Halsey at his house. He recalled to Billboard: "I pulled up the demo. Before I knew it, it was done."

    Later, Blanco was listening back to a demo of "Eastside" with Halsey's vocals, thinking he'd always wanted to do a song with Khalid. It occurred to him the song would work as a duet. Khalid agreed to come on board but was in Denmark at the time so Blanco recorded him from there. Guitarist and songwriter Andrew Watt then came over to Blanco's LA studio and recorded the riff.
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