If you’re looking for one of this season’s most bop-worthy tracks, look no further than Jackson Wang‘s new upcoming single, ‘LMLY’, dropping today. Paying homage to vintage Hong Kong movies, the teaser is set in what looks to be a neon-lit cha chaan teng (a typical Hong Kong dining establishment), with the super suave Wang—dressed simply in a white T-shirt and jeans à la Marlon Brandon—working in the kitchen. But what is the meaning and story behind this single?
“LMLY stands for: leave me loving you,” Wang explains. “[It] is a continuous concept from my single, ‘Pretty Please’, but with a different love story. This one is about me and a girl falling deeply in love, but there’s kind of a plot twist towards the end.”
While Wang has kept several stylistic similarities in sync with ‘Pretty Please’—eagle-eyed fans will notice the similar outfits in both music videos, and a similar environment—the pop star points out that they’ve taken technical liberties to improve the visuals and feel of the new MV.
“I was looking for raw, organic and edgy camera movements,” he says. To that end, Wang and his team decided to use race drones in the restaurant filming to achieve a more dynamic pace. “But I would say, the way we shot the video, in terms of technique, we used modern techniques to execute our version of an ’80s and ’90s movie,” he adds.
And behind the backdrop of this earnest love story is a special message that Wang would like his audience to take away as well. “When you love someone, tell them and don’t hesitate,” he says. “Have confidence in yourself, because everyone is special, because there’s only one of yourself.”
Watch the ‘LMLY’ premiere here: