Alesso & Marshmello Share Breathtaking Stripped Version Of “Chasing Stars Feat. James Bay”

*The Following Press Release Was Issued By Capitol Music Group*



(Hollywood, CA) — GRAMMY-nominated producer and dance artist Alesso and Marshmello share the stripped version of their recent single “Chasing Stars” (a much-buzzed-about collaboration featuring GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter/guitarist James Bay). Released via 10:22PM/Astralwerks“Chasing Stars (Stripped) [feat. James Bay]” premiered alongside a video that reimagines the beautifully surreal, VHS-obsessed visual for the original version. Listen HERE and check out the video HERE

Built on a breathtakingly intimate performance from Bay, “Chasing Stars (Stripped)” marks a bold departure from the original track’s epic collision of driving beats, soaring synth lines and heart-stopping drops. With Bay’s soulful vocals and impassioned guitar work serving as its sole instrumentation, the result is a raw, yet captivating rendition that intensifies the track’s mood of tender nostalgia. 

Directed by Jake Jelicich (Dua Lipa, Niall Horan), the video for “Chasing Stars (Stripped)” puts a brilliant spin on the original visual (available HERE). While the “Chasing Stars” video found Bay working the counter at a video store — and ultimately saw him transported into a mysterious alternate reality — the new visual places Bay in a wildly different, but equally dreamlike setting. To that end, the video unfolds as Bay strums his guitar and sings at the edge of the ocean shore, leaning against that same video-store counter and surrounded by a pair of shelves stacked high with VHS tapes. With his feet submerged in the ocean, Bay delivers a quietly spellbinding performance touched by the sound of gently crashing waves. In a callback to the original, the video for “Chasing Stars (Stripped)” also features a number of cleverly stylized posters bearing images of Alesso and Marshmello.  

Earlier this month, Alesso released a VIP mix of “Chasing Stars,” a high-powered version that lets his progressive-house sensibilities shine to full effect. The remix immediately earned acclaim from the likes of Dancing Astronaut, who praised Alesso for “driving the production towards the same nostalgically induced, charged-up sonics that he warmly welcomed through his prior pair of mixtapes.” Listen to “Chasing Stars (VIP Mix) [feat. James Bay]” HERE


A global maverick in the dance world, Alesso has repeatedly proven that his influence transcends boundaries and crosses over into countless genres — to that end, he’s collaborated with such eclectic artists as OneRepublic’s Ryan TedderCalvin HarrisTove LoLiam Payne, Swedish House Mafia’s Sebastian IngrossoHailee SteinfeldFlorida Georgia LineAnitta and more. With his past hits including the platinum-certified “If I Lose Myself” and gold-certified “Under Control,” the Sweden native has also found major success with “Calling (Lose My Mind),” which topped the Billboard US Hot Dance Club Songs chart. On Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, his massive breakup anthem “Let Me Go” — a collaboration with Hailee Steinfeld and Florida Georgia Line — reached No. 9, while “Is That Me” peaked at No. 25. In 2020, he released a pair of hit singles: “Midnight,” featuring former One Direction member Liam Payne and “THE END” with goth-pop singer/songwriter Charlotte Lawrence. To date, he’s performed at international festivals, ranging from Tomorrowland to Ultra Music Festival to Electric Daisy Carnival, with his national TV experience including closing out GMA’s Summer Concert Series, performing on The Late Late Show with James Corden and taking the stage at the AMAs. 


Marshmello’s star continues to rise as the famously masked artist breaks boundaries across the industry. With chart-topping singles and collaborations with the likes of Juice WRLDHalseyDemi LovatoBastilleKane BrownSelena GomezJonas Brothers and more, Marshmello has clocked almost a staggering 10.5 billion streams across Spotify alone. With almost 45 million monthly listeners on the platform, he’s one of the top 30 most streamed artists in the world on Spotify and the third-most-subscribed artist on YouTube. Featured on the cover of the Forbes magazine “30 Under 30” issue, Marshmello has proved to not only be an innovative producer, but a forward-thinking businessman. With his own brand of chocolate-filled marshmallows (“Stuffed Puffs”), he’s also launched a children’s entertainment channel, Mellodees. Most recently, Marshmello collaborated with the Jonas Brothers on their early summer smash “Leave Before You Love Me, which peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100.  


For as much as James Bay upholds traditions of timeless songcraft, the UK singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer also confidently challenges himself and popular music. He spikes a tried-and-true style with clever lyricism, honest confessions and instrumental proficiency. On the heels of his platinum- certified 2015 debut Chaos And The Calm, he garnered GRAMMY® nods in the categories of Best New Artist, Best Rock Album, and Best Rock Song for the gold-selling single “Hold Back The River.” Meanwhile, “Let It Go” went triple platinum. Nominated for dozens of awards to date, he’s won two BRIT Awards, two Q Awards and top honors at the Ivor Novello Awards and ECHO Awards. Tallying nearly 7.5 billion streams by 2021, he has performed on Saturday Night Live, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! and Late Night with Seth Meyers. He also notably dueted with icons such as Alicia Keys on The Voice and Mick Jagger, while supporting The Rolling Stones at Twickenham Stadium in London. In addition to selling out shows on four continents, Epiphone honored him with his own limited-edition James Bay Signature “1966” guitar. Following the success of 2018’s Electric Light, he deconstructed his sound to its bare essentials on the Oh My Messy Mind EP, which a year later, hit nearly 500 million global streams. The EP yielded the hit “Peer Pressure” [feat. Julia Michaels], generating over 300 million global streams, received critical acclaim from Time, Rolling Stone and Billboard. The following year, James opened up for Ed Sheeran on his 2019 record-breaking stadium run. Last year, he released his new single “Chew On My Heart” (which has already hit nearly 70 million streams), delivered a historic performance on the top of the London Eye for The Late Late Show with James Corden, performed on The Today Show, Mahogany Sessions and presented a full concert on YouTube in support of #SaveOurVenues. He also created his own virtual event, James Bay – Live At Shakespeare’s Globe, which was a full concert event livestreamed at the historic venue. This year, he guested on Maisie Peter’s song “Funeral,” which was featured on the soundtrack to Apple TV+ original series Trying: Season2.

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