Issues

Julia Michaels

About Issues

"Issues" is the debut single recorded by American singer and songwriter Julia Michaels, from her third EP Nervous System (2017). The song was co-written with Justin Tranter, and its producers Benny Blanco and Stargate. Released by Republic Records on January 13, 2017, as the lead single from the EP, it is a confessional downtempo pop song. Lyrically, it is a raw ode to Michaels' anxiety. The song peaked in the top 10 of the record charts in Australia, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Norway, Scotland and UK. In the US, the song peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song's accompanying music video was directed by Tabitha Denholm. It depicts Michaels hosting a party with a group of friends. The video premiered on March 7, 2017. "Issues" received a Song of the Year nomination at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. Michaels promoted the song in a number of appearances, including live performances at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards, Wango Tango, the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, the 2017 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards, the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards and The Today Show. 


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2017
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I'm jealous, I'm overzealous
When I'm down I get real down
When I'm high I don't come down
I get angry, baby, believe me
I could love you just like that
And I can leave you just as fast

But you don't, judge me
'Cause if you did, baby, I would judge you too
No you don't, judge me
'Cause if you did, baby, I would judge you too

'Cause I got issues, but you got 'em too
So give 'em all to me and I'll give mine to you
Bask in the glory, of all our problems
'Cause we got the kind of love it takes to solve 'em
Yeah, I got issues
And one of them is how bad I need you

You do shit on purpose
You get mad and you break things
Feel bad, try to fix things
But you're perfect, poorly wired circuit
And got hands like an ocean
Push you out, pull you back in

'Cause you don't, judge me
'Cause if you did, baby, I would judge you too
No you don't, judge me
'Cause if you did, baby, I would judge you too

'Cause I got issues, but you got 'em too
So give 'em all to me and I'll give mine to you
Bask in the glory, of all our problems
'Cause we got the kind of love it takes to solve 'em
Yeah, I got issues
And one of them is how bad I need you

I got, you got 'em too
I got issues, you got 'em too
I got, but you got 'em too (I got 'em)
I got issues, but you got 'em too (I got 'em)

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Julia Michaels

Julia Carin Cavazos (born November 13, 1993), known by her stage name Julia Michaels, is an American singer and songwriter from Davenport, Iowa. She began her career as a pop music songwriter, penning tracks that have been given to Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Fifth Harmony, Shawn Mendes, Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Hailee Steinfeld, and Gwen Stefani. Michaels released her debut solo single with Republic Records in 2017, "Issues", which peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, was certified triple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and garnered her Grammy Award nominations for Song of the Year and Best New Artist. Her major-label debut extended play, Nervous System (2017), peaked at number 48 on the Bi… more »

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Written by: Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter, Benny Blanco, Mikkel Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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15 facts about this song

Songwriter's Success
"Issues" is Julia Michaels’ successful transition from being a songwriter for popular artists to being an artist herself.
Top Charter
The song peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it her highest-charting single.
Certified Multi-Platinum
"Issues" received multi-platinum certifications from various countries, including 5× Platinum in the US and 4× Platinum in Australia.
Grammy Nomination
This song scored Julia Michaels’ two 2018 Grammy nominations for Song of the Year and Best New Artist.
Personal Journey
"Issues" is about Michaels' personal journey of understanding and accepting her own issues and insecurities, embracing them rather than pushing them away.
Professional Collaboration
Her co-writer and boyfriend, Justin Tranter, along with producers Benny Blanco and Stargate, helped Julia to come up with this hit.
Initial Hesitation
Initially, Michaels was hesitant to release "Issues" as she originally wrote it for another artist before it became her debut single.
Record Deal
The success of "Issues" led Julia Michaels to sign a contract with Republic Records, a division of Universal Music Group.
Debut EP
"Issues" is also included in Julia Michaels' debut EP called "Nervous System" which was released later in the same year.
Mental Health Advocate
Through songs like "Issues", Michaels speaks openly about her struggle with mental health, thereby raising awareness and breaking stigma around it.
Lyrics Authenticity
Michaels prides herself on the fact that the lyrics of "Issues", like many of her songs, come straight from the pages of her personal diary, making them extremely authentic.
Music Video Success
The music video of "Issues", directed by Tabitha Denholm, has more than 200 million views on YouTube.
Inspiration Source
Julia Michaels stated that she was inspired to write "Issues" after a big fight with her boyfriend, using the song as a way to express her feelings.
Record Label Resistance
The decision to keep the song was not initially agreed upon by the label, but they eventually relented, leading to Michaels' pivot from songwriter to singer.
Track Record
Prior to "Issues", Julia Michaels had already had an impeccable track record as a songwriter, having penned hits for artists like Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, and Britney Spears.

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