September 3rd, 2021 (New York, NY): Rising singer-songwriter, vaultboy, has released his 2nd single as an artist, “aftermath,” today. Named by Rolling Stone as the “King of Sad Songs,” “aftermath” follows the release of vaultboy’s explosively viral debut track “everything sucks,” which saw hundreds of thousands of UGC videos created with the audio on TikTok. Having only one official release under his belt at the time, “everything sucks” skyrocketed not only to the #1 spot on Spotify’s Global Viral Chart, but also hit #1 on the Western music chart in China for two weeks straight, beating out Billie Eilish’s “Lost Cause.”
A track inspired by a past relationship, “aftermath” was “pulled from a relationship, but not mine!” vaultboy states. He elaborates; “It was actually inspired by a close friend’s breakup who went through a really rough time. Sometimes I feel like I have an easier time telling a really important story when I’m not the one who experienced it first hand. That being said, there is a lot of inspiration from my own life in the song as well. I like to tell stories that can help me convey emotions that I have trouble facing head on, and this one is a big example of that!”
Crowned as Sirius XM Hits 1 Ones To Watch Artist, vaultboy initially released “everything sucks” on May 21st, 2021 and it has been streamed over 80 million times across all platforms to date. “People are always telling me to write happy songs. I think the reason that people like the song is because it’s a happy song that’s kind of aware of the shit that isn’t happy.” vaultboy recently told Genius about the song which was written and produced by vaultboy alongside musician and songwriter gnash [“I Hate U, I Love U”].
A snippet of “everything sucks” was initially released as a part of a vaultboy’s 30-day songwriting challenge on TikTok. The original sound on TikTok went viral amongst listeners, with videos containing “everything sucks” collectively amassing over 320 million views on the platform, with many requests for the release of the full version. Within the last three months, vaultboy has garnered close to 500k new followers on TikTok taking his total following on the platform to over 1.1 million. In August, vaultboy released a remix of “everything sucks” with Eric Nam whose vocal harmonies elevate the already viral record to a new level of infectiousness, whilst the fun and playful accompanying music video exhibits the chemistry these two stars share in working together. All of which has landed vaultboy in notable publications such as Rolling Stone, iHeart, MTV, NME, The Line Of Best Fit, Ones to Watch, and more still to be released.