Nick Jonas is our biggest modern male pop star, and he’s on his way to total chart domination at the rate the rollout of his new album Last Year Was Complicated (due June 10 via Island) is unfurling. What began with the impeccable, untouchably good lead single “Close” — a duet with labelmate Tove Lo — now continues with the fizzy, Jason Evigan-produced “Champagne Problems.”
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Lyrically the song seems to be about a contentious breakup, rife with double entendres (“Can’t believe I’m losing you / We just opened up too soon,” Jonas moans over undulating, pitch-shifted synths) and some of the year’s best, weirdest pop enunciation. With four additional Evigan productions on Last Year — not to mention Max Martin’s “Under You” and another Mattman and Robin in the form of “Touch” — Jonas’ new album is indubitably one of the year’s strongest contenders for the throne. The singer-songwriter’s confidant, Jay Z, wouldn’t have it any other way.
Pop some bubbly and turn all the way up to “Champagne Problems” below.