Hailee Steinfeld

FRESH: ‘Wrong Direction’ – Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee Steinfeld discusses her “Wrong Direction”.

by Christopher Smith

Academy Award® nominated actress and multi-platinum recording artist Hailee Steinfeld pours her heart out on her reflective new track, “Wrong Direction”. “I don’t hate you, no I couldn’t if I wanted to. I just hate all the hurt that you put me through”, Hailee opens on the somber ballad with her ethereal vocals to deliver an incredibly emotional performance.

Hailee wrote “Wrong Direction” with Lowell, Skyler Stonestreet and KOZ, who produced the song as well. Speaking with Zane Lowe on the song’s inspiration, Hailee shared, “I’ve learned how easy it is to fall in love with the idea of falling in love and more importantly how hard it can be to accept the reality of losing yourself in someone else’s version of the word”.

“Wrong Direction” is the first new music Hailee has shared since the release of “Afterlife” the “sparkling” (Billboard)” and “haunting” (Rolling Stone) single from her critically acclaimed Apple TV+ series Dickinson last Autumn. “Wrong Direction” underscores Hailee’s newfound fearlessness when it comes to her songwriting and is just a taste of what fans can expect to hear more of as Hailee readies new music imminently.

Hailee has quickly cemented herself as a force to be reckoned within pop music by releasing a series of certified hits. In addition to her breakout double-platinum debut single “Love Myself”, her growing discography encompasses the triple-platinum hit “Starving” and platinum-certified singles “Most Girls” and “Let Me Go”. To date, Steinfeld has amassed a total of nearly six billion streams globally and joined artists like Katy Perry, Charlie Puth, and Meghan Trainor on tour.

In addition to her thriving music career, Steinfeld is an Academy Award® nominated actor. She made her big-screen debut in 2010 with the Coen Brothers’ film ‘True Grit’, which she earned an Oscar® nomination. In 2015 she starred in the blockbuster ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ and in 2016, she starred in ‘The Edge of Seventeen’ with a performance that earned two Critics’ Choice® Award nominations and a Golden Globe® nomination. And in 2017 she returned with her starring role in the blockbuster ‘Pitch Perfect 3’ accompanied by three Teen Choice Award nominations for her work in both film and music.

The same year she also won Best Push Artist at the MTV EMAs, Musical.ly’s Top Covered Artist award at the Billboard Music Awards, and was honored by Variety with the Crossover Artist award at its annual Hitmakers event. In 2018, Steinfeld starred in Paramount’s blockbuster ‘Bumblebee’. In support of the release, the multi-faceted artist also released “Back To Life”, an original song from the film’s soundtrack. What’s more, she voiced the character of Spider-Gwen in the Academy Award® winning film ‘Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse’. Most recently, she starred and served as executive producer of Dickinson on Apple TV+.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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