A little over a month ago, legend Armin van Buuren announced his seventh studio albumBalance, one of his most expansive and ambitious projects to date with 28 tracks and collaborations with the likes of Conrad Sewell, Cimo Fränke, and more. But without a doubt, one of the collaborations that most caught our attention was “Unlove You” with Ne-Yo.


That single is out today, and already proving different than Armin’s typical fare. Beginning with a sort of ’80s R&B piano melody, it quickly moves into a groovy deep house rhythm with Ne-Yo’s crooning voice. Undeniably catchy, “Unlove You” sees the seminal artists explore the subject of a recognizable post-breakup dilemma in their own unique way.

Armin van Buuren said of the collaboration, “Part of the beauty of having no limitations at all in the studio is that I get to work with the most talented people no matter what ‘genre’ they’re in, and NE-YO is no exception. It’s an honor to have worked together. We both built a legacy in our own respective scenes, and I’m grateful we were able to bridge the gap between them through ‘Unlove You’.”

NE-YO added, “I already loved this song because of its subject matter, as it’s familiar territory. But Armin’s musical interpretation takes it to a whole other level. The energy is contagious!”

Listen to “Unlove You” below and here on all streaming services.

Armin van Buuren feat. Ne-Yo – Unlove You [Lyrics]

Tell me where, tell me where
How the hell they do that?
We went from hugs to kissing to making love
And when you see me now it’s a pound of regret on my back

Am I supposed to act like you ain’t used to throw it back like that
Off that alcohol
Tell me how am I supposed to only look at you as my homie
Imma keep it real girl I can’t do that at all

Said if we can’t be lovers we can’t be friends
Something I just don’t think I can do, no
Said if we can’t be lovers we can’t be friends
Cause I don’t know how to unlove you
How to unlove you

How the hell did you expect me to
Not think about the shower when I see you
I used to have your legs shaking
Now when you see me it’s ‘Hey friend’
What the hell am I supposed to do?

Am I supposed to act like you ain’t used to throw it back like that
Off that alcohol
Tell me how am I supposed to only look at you as my homie
Imma keep it real girl I can’t do that at all

Said if we can’t be lovers we can’t be friends
Something I just don’t think I can do, no
Said if we can’t be lovers we can’t be friends
Cause I don’t know how to unlove you
Said if we can’t be lovers we can’t be friends
Something I just don’t think I can do, no
Said if we can’t be lovers we can’t be friends
Cause I don’t know how to unlove you
How to unlove you

We can’t be friends
How the hell am I supposed to unlove you?

 

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