Single Review: Mike Shinoda (ft. UPSAHL & iann dior) - "Happy Endings"

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Mike Shinoda, of Linkin Park & Fort Minor, has been in the industry for a while now as we all know. He's done a few solo projects over the years as well, and invited two rising artists to feature on his latest single, "Happy Endings."

UPSAHL, or Taylor Upsahl, is an Arizona native & dark pop solo artist (who also happened to release her own single recently called "Douchebag.") You also may have heard her song "Drugs" that gained popularity a few years ago on TikTok. TikTok also helped kickstart the other featured artist's momentum, believe it or not. Iann Dior featured on a 24kGoldn track called "Mood" as well as its remix which included additional features of Justin Bieber & J Balvin. So, needless to say, the song was destined for success. Dior is also already collaborating with names like Trippie Redd for his own projects. It's no wonder why Shinoda chose to join forces with these evidently gifted & driven 22-year-old artists.

At the end of last week, Shinoda, Upsahl & Dior came together to perform the new single during MTV's virtual event aimed to shed light on the AAPI (Asian-Americans & Pacific Islanders) community. They specifically highlighted the cultural campaign, See Us Unite, which the network titled the event after. 

The track itself is euphoniously addicting while lyrically touching on the racing inner-thoughts, most of us likely shared, throughout this insane past year. Bass & treble quake as UPSAHL brings in each chorus encouraging listeners to see the light at the end of the tunnel with: "If I'm pretending, why not write happy endings?" The verses that Shinoda & Dior tie together are so melodically compatible yet so dynamic in their styles of delivery which only makes the song that much more fun to listen to. If not the most relatable line, hits hard in the last verse: "'Cause I'm too alive for bad f*cking vibes / And I'm so damn sick of being stuck inside." 

If there's going to be a song about how difficult and draining the past year has been, let it be this one. Because "Happy Endings" encourages listeners to not dwell on the past year of isolation & sorrow but to use that in stride as we pick ourselves up & move forward even stronger now.  



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Written by Deirdre Kelly
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