Australian pop singer Wafia has released her first new music of 2020, ‘Pick Me.’
The single, released to streaming platforms today (May 6), is the official follow-up to ‘Flowers & Superpowers’ from October 2019. An accompanying lyric video has also been released, which was handmade by Ruaa Al-Rikabi – Wafia’s sister.
Watch it below:
‘Pick Me’ was co-written and co-produced by Alda Agustiano, AKA Chong the Nomad. Norweigan pop songwriter Caroline Allin – best known for her work on Dua Lipa’s ‘New Rules’ – also serves as a co-writer.
In a press statement, Wafia noted that the song is intended to be a song of self-empowerment and self-love.
“I wrote this song… after coming out of a bad relationship last year,” she said.
“The break-up period dragged out way more than it needed to, but in all of our angry calls and texts I came to see how much he resented me and my career.”
The Dutch-born, LA-based singer continued to explain that ‘Pick Me’ alludes to putting yourself first, and not compromising who you are in any relationships in your life.
“Love shouldn’t make you pick like that,” she said.
“[I]f it does, it’s not the right one.”
Read the full statement below.
‘Pick Me’ is out now via Atlantic/Rodeo Records.
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I wrote this song with @carolineailin after coming out of a bad relationship last year. The break up period dragged out way more than it needed to but in all of our angry calls and texts I came to see how much he resented me and my career. The version of me he wanted was meek, obedient, not muslim and a lot less ambitious. We worked on my music together but the better my music would do, the tighter he’d hold on. This song really isn’t about him though. There was a version of me that existed last year that was almost prepared to be what he wanted just to stop the fights and the yelling. I’m not proud of that. I caught a glimpse of what that would look like 20 or even 5 years down the track and I knew how miserable and resentful I’d be. I didn’t want that for him but most of all for myself. Love shouldn’t make you pick like that and if it does, it’s not the right one.