Head And Heart
by Joel Corry (featuring MNEK)

Album: Single release only (2020)
Charted: 1

Songfacts®:

  • This summer dance track finds Joel Corry describing his inner turmoil after meeting a girl who might not be good for him. His head is telling him to stop, but his heart is certain it's more than a crush.
  • Joel Corry released the song on July 3, 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic. He told Euphoriazine that he loved the song's concept of the classic wrestle between head and heart. "Everyone can relate to moments in life when you have to decide which path to take," Corry explained. "This year has been tough for everyone, and I wanted to bring some positive vibes and give 2020 a proper summer banger."
  • The song features the vocal talents of MNEK. The London-born singer-songwriter has writing credits on hit songs by the likes of Little Mix ("Wings"), and Duke Dumont ("Need U (100%)") as well as his own collaboration with Zara Larsson, "Never Forget You."
  • Joel Corry explained to Euphoriazine that he worked on "Head And Heart" for nearly nine months. He'd pretty much completed the production but felt it needed a new vocal and was unable to come up with a pre-chorus. MNEK got hold of the demo and fell in love with the song. He "delivered the perfect vocal," and also penned the missing pre-chorus.
  • The song is both Joel Corry and MNEK's first UK #1 as an artist. As a songwriter, MNEK topped the chart on two previous occasions. He co-wrote Duke Dumont's "Need U (100%)" in 2013, and Oliver Heldens' "Gecko (Overdrive))" in 2014.
  • By the time the COVID-19 lockdown started, Joel Corry had the track nearly ready to go. He thought about waiting until the clubs were ready to open again, but having worked so hard on the song he decided to just go for it.

    It proved to be the right decision; the song spent six weeks at #1 in the UK. "I realized the track was actually making people feel really good on a daily basis when they were getting in their car or putting on the radio," Corry told BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat. "Everyone was going through such a rough, weird time, where they were feeling so stressed and anxious and I feel like this song gave people an uplift."

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