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A New Song From Halsey And Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui Is More Than Another ‘I Kissed A Girl’

The pair performed the song on the "Today" show.

Recently on the Today show, Halsey and Fifth Harmony's Lauren Jauregui performed their new duet "Strangers." According to Halsey, her song collaboration is about two women longing for one another — it's not raunchy or used for the purpose of sexualizing the experience of same-sex female couples in the least. In fact, this song may be opening radio to something new, a trend in the music industry about love, yearning desires, and perhaps the inability to let go of self-denial.

Although it is listed as one of 25 new LGBTQ anthems, "Strangers" is more than that. It's poetic and an implication of pseudo-unrequited love — the ultimate sacrifice in self-denial, as the story being told in the lyrics would denote. It sounds like the song is talking about two women who share an incredible experience with each other, but instead of taking on a title (as in a relationship, or "lovers" as the song suggests), they remain "strangers with the same damn hunger." If they both have the "same damn hunger," why deny themselves? Why pull away if it's a chance "to be touched, to be loved, to feel anything at all?" Maybe that's the whole point, to get us to think about the issues that same-sex couples endure, the emotional turmoil they experience when reaching a point of status in a relationship and addressing needs.

In a recent article by Billboard, the magazine praised "Strangers" as a "groundbreaking track that should be recognized for completely stepping out of the box and telling the story of lesbian and bisexual women in love, one that is often either ignored, merely hinted at, or used as a tool to sexualize the experience of same-sex couples instead of digging deeper."

For a while, the trend in music when it came to female artists was to hint at the dipping of one's toes in the proverbial lady pond. The first time "I Kissed a Girl" became a hit was with Jill Sobule's version featuring a slapstick video no one took too seriously back in 1995. Then another pop version of the same title, "I Kissed a Girl" by Katy Perry, took it to a level of fun and flirty curiosity — something to really try on, as the song implies. Now we're seeing a more profound meaning behind these songs. A purpose and a story. Music as art, and a vessel for conveying feelings, emotions, and struggles in love is an industry that continues to expand. There's no denying that Halsey's "Strangers" has a certain je ne sais quoi that will open radio to something more in the LQBTQ anthem department, and women in same-sex relationships.

Watch the pair perform “Strangers” live on the "Today" show and listen to its audio in the clips below:

(H/T: Billboard)

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