As I wrote in a previous post, Kygo has been one of my favorite artists for years. Not only has he released some of the best EDM songs of the last ten years, but he has mastered the art of taking classic songs and completely reinventing them (particularly “Sexual Healing”). He demonstrated how well he mastered this art in June of 2019 with his remix of Whitney Houston’s cover of Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love,” which was previously released only as a bonus track in Japan. In bringing her rendition out of obscurity, Kygo not only reinvented Steve Winwood’s classic song and introduced it to a younger audience, but he also gave Whitney her first posthumous hit. By the time Kygo announced his newest collaboration last Tuesday, I was already well aware of his talent for reinventing classic songs, but never in a million years would I have guessed that he would be collaborating with TINA TURNER.
Yes, the same Tina Turner whose “River Deep – Mountain High” has been my favorite song since my senior year of high school. The same Tina Turner who is rightfully referred to as The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, and who has been a hero and role model not just to me, but countless men and women alike. The same Tina Turner who is happily retired in Zurich, Switzerland, and celebrated her 80th birthday last November. The last person who I imagined would be releasing new music, especially during these turbulent times. But as I wrote previously, Kygo has come through during COVID-19 with the release of his new album Golden Hour, which includes “Higher Love” and “Lose Somebody” with OneRepublic – the latter of which I still have on heavy rotation. And now he has come through once again, giving us a wonderful reinvention of Tina’s biggest hit “What’s Love Got to Do With It.”
“What’s Love Got to Do With It” topped the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1984, and hopefully history will repeat itself now that Kygo has given the song new life. According to the Tina Turner Blog, this new version topped the iTunes charts not only in America, but in seven other countries. Never in a million years would I have imagined that one of my current favorite artists would be collaborating with my all-time favorite, and that the resulting collaboration would end up becoming a massive hit. But ever since “River Deep – Mountain High,” I have been wishing for Tina Turner to regain mainstream success, and be reintroduced to younger audiences in a big way. And on July 17, 2020, my dream came true – can’t thank you enough, Kygo!