Tina Turner Comes Out of Music Retirement for Unexpected Dance Remix with Kygo

Posted July 16, 2020 by J Matthew Cobb in Features

Rock icon, 80, comes out from the private dancing shadows for an unexpected track drop

Single cover of Kygo + Tina Turner's "What's Love Got to Do With It"

Single cover of Kygo + Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got to Do With It”

Just what our boring quarantine lives needed!

Tina Turner‘s 1984 classic, “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” is about to get a 21st-century dancey makeover, and it drops this Friday (July 17).

“Can’t believe I’m releasing a collab with @LoveTinaTurner this Friday,” wrote the twenty-eight-year-old Norwegian DJ and producer, Kygo. “‘What’s Love Got to Do With It'” is one of my all-time favorite songs. It feels surreal to get the opportunity to work with such a legendary artist. Can’t wait for you all to hear it.”

A glowing update couldn’t have come to a better track. Considered one of Turner’s biggest hits, “What’s Love…” became the lead single from her fifth solo album, Private Dancer. The pop-rock album, which also included the iconic title track and “Better Be Good to Me,” gave Turner the comeback she needed in the 1980s and netted her three Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Female and Best Rock Vocal Performance. In 2012, “What’s Love Got to Do with It” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

On Wednesday, a glossy 15-second teaser of what’s to come dropped on Kygo’s socials. Featuring footage of the iconic singer on the mic during the Private Dancer era, the short clip showcases imagery of vinyl nostalgia, as a record drops on a classic Sony console and then on a Numark TT USB turntable.

And if you’re wondering how all this is gonna fly, considering it’s been over four years since Turner has released any original music, just reflect back on her collaborator’s amazing track record. Kygo’s remix of Ed Sheeran’s “I See Fire” launched him into orbit, followed by the success of his own single “Firestone.” In 2015, the breakout DJ broke records by being the first to ever crack one billion streams on Spotify. Last year, he dropped an unexpected remix of “Higher Love” by Whitney Houston. Originally performed by Steve Winwood, this tropical house update featured an archival vocal performance from Whitney Houston and proved to be a spellbinding contemporary reinterpretation, becoming an international hit. It peaked in the US at number 63 pop, but managed to take the top spot on the dance charts. It went to number 2 in the UK and had similar success worldwide (#1 in Scotland, #2 in Norway, #4 in Ireland, #4 in Belgium).

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With concert halls and music venues currently shuttered due to COVID-19 pandemic, we all are anticipating this release, considering Tina’s only been out and about for real during the opening days of her hit Broadway musical, Tina. She appeared on stage with the Broadway cast and only echoed a few thoughtful and emotional words. This particular event is going to be much different. Not only will it include audio from the original tapes, but according to press, Tina’s dropping new vocals to the mix.

Turner’s last concert performance was back in 2008 during her “Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour.”

Check out the most recent snippet of the highly-anticipated Tina remix below.

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