Listen: Olly Alexander Gets 'Starstruck' with New Song

Saturday April 10, 2021
Originally published on April 9, 2021

Olly Alexander in a screenshot for his new single "Starstruck"
Olly Alexander in a screenshot for his new single "Starstruck"  (Source:YouTube)

2021 has been a big year for out singer/actor Olly Alexander.

The Years and Years lead singer showed his acting chops in a big way as one of the leads in "It's a Sin," Russell T. Davies' moving series that looked at the AIDS epidemic in Britain in the 1980s.

In a critic's pick review in the New York Times, television critic James Poniewozik wrote: "Among a roundly excellent cast, Alexander is especially good at showing the boyish light that Ritchie keeps alive in himself even as he grows increasingly afraid it will be snuffed out early."

The show was a big hit on both sides of the Atlantic, even leading to an increase in HIV testing in England.

Learning of this, Alexander said on the BBC Breakfast morning show: "I'm trying not to cry. I think it's just amazing to see a real-time response to the show from the audience who is watching. I'm just really moved by it honestly."

Last month Alexander announced that Years and Years, the electro pop trio he has been the lead singer for since 2010, was going to continue as a solo act.

The band previously consisted of Alexander and instrumentalists Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Türkmen. "They made the announcement in a tweet saying that their upcoming album "has been an Olly endeavour, and we've decided that Years & Years will continue as an Olly solo project.

The three of us are still good friends. Mikey will be part of the Y&Y family and play with us live and Emre will focus on being a writer/producer... These past 12 months have been crazy for us all, and we want to thank you for the love and support you've given us over the years (& years)." They added that new music will be arriving "this spring."

Today, Alexander posted an audio YouTube with new music, the first single from his new album, called "Starstruck," the French website TÊTU reports. "Pop and efficient, this new track with funk accents is reminiscent of Justin Timberlake's Can't Stop The Feeling . If I could bottle you, I'd sip you all night,' the openly gay singer admits."

Listen to the video below: