Chinese singer and producer Jackson Wang has announced that his new album, Magic Man, will be released on Friday, 9th September. From it, the musician has shared the single, ‘Cruel’.
The new single, like the rest of Magic Man, explores Wang’s alter ego – an alter ego that gets “transported to various realities, each bound by its own set of rules.” The record shows the 28-year-old Wang at his most vulnerable as he finds himself in an alternate reality, where “laws of mystery, temptation, and confusion” are the dominant forces at play.
Jackson Wang – ‘Cruel’
‘Cruel’ follows Wang’s previous single, ‘Blow’, and features production from Cambo (Doja Cat), Floyd Kuji (Kanye West), Roland Gajate Garcia (Camia Cabello) and LOUALLDAY. “‘Cruel’ is a very special record for me. It really set the precedence for where the narrative of the album needed to go and sound.” Wang said in a statement.
He continued, “We were working on many records before this one, but we were struggling to find a clear direction. ‘Cruel’ is like a manifestation of the environments and hurdles we had to overcome at the time. Every time we felt we were getting close, something slips past us and it all felt so far away. Once ‘Cruel’ came into our hands, it all made sense for us, it was like a beautiful mental breakdown.”
Along with being a successful solo artist, Wang is a member of the popular K-Pop group, Got7. He’s also enjoyed global success as a fashion designer, with his work as founder and creative director of TEAM WANG getting extensive coverage in the fashion press.
Earlier this year, Wang became the first-ever Chinese artist to perform on Coachella’s main stage, appearing as part of 88rising’s Head In The Clouds Forever production.