Over the last few weeks, I am sure that you would have heard Hide Away somewhere – either on the radio, as your “suggested song” on Spotify, or perhaps in a quaint café – and probably had absolutely no idea what the song is called.

Hide Away, which charts at 26th place on Singapore’s Top 50 hits, had been recorded by Daya. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Grace Tandon, professionally known as Daya, is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer from the United States. Did you know that Daya is only 17 this year? Known for her wild, positive personality and her strong unique voice, Hide Away is Daya’s debut single which has her creeping up the charts and beating tracks by artists such as Twenty One Pilots, Selena Gomez, Shawn Mendes, Halsey, and many more. According to The Rolling Stone, Daya sounds like “an explosion of bubblegum R&B” and is recommended for fans of Alessia Cara and “1989-era Taylor Swift”.

Hide Away is an infectious pop anthem which Daya hopes “people can relate to and connect with in a personal way”. A self-dubbed fan of Taylor Swift, the up-and-coming pop sensation feels strongly about self-importance and self-worth. Hide Away starts with “boys seem to like the girls who laugh at anything/the ones who get undressed before the second date”, which places emphasis on the stereotype that girls are easy-going and would go for any guy at all. However, as the track progresses, Daya goes deeper and deeper into how no one should settle for anything less than they deserve, and gradually dispels the idea that every girl wants a bad boy. Daya feels that a song with more positive emotions that most chart-topping songs out there is what “people were dying to hear” and believes that “you don’t hear it that much, but women do have the power to decide who they want to be with”.

Hide Away is a fresh upbeat track about female empowerment, and Daya could very well be your next Taylor Swift. Do be sure to catch Hide Away or Daya’s second single Sit Still, Look Pretty as soon as you can!

Chua Wei Ting (2T)


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