If you don’t know the name Mike Posner, you definitely know his hits. The 28-year-old singer broke through with “Cooler Than Me” in 2010, but has since been thrust back into the spotlight with his new track, “I Took a Pill in Ibiza.”
The acoustic track, which reflects on Posner’s cycle of popularity and disillusionment with fame, skyrocketed the singer back onto the charts when it was remixed by Norwegian production duo SeeB. The song is currently climbing the Billboard Hot 100, and has more than 120 million streams and over 222 million plays on Spotify.
“It's hilariously ironic, because I wrote this song -- ‘I'm just a singer who already blew his shot’ -- and then the writing of that lyric and that song that it was a part of has in essence given me another shot,” Posner told ET. “I'm in this chair right now, a year ago I was not in this chair.”
Posner’s sophomore album, At Night, Alone, which will include both popular versions of “Ibiza,” comes out next month. It’s been a long break for the singer, who admitted that he struggled with being in and out of the spotlight and creating a follow-up to his debut, 31 Minutes to Takeoff.
“I was parading around the world, making probably more money than I deserved,” he admitted. “But then my subsequent singles all failed to replicate that success.”
This time around, five years older and more grounded, Posner says he isn’t taking anything for granted.
“My focus is to try to appreciate the present moment more and more and more,” he told ET.
Posner’s new album, At Night, Alone, is out May 6.