Panic! At The Disco debuted #2 on Billboard 200 this week with their new album Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die and stopped at Billboard’s office to record the two singles off the new album in an acoustic version. Check out the stripped down versions of “Miss Jackson” and “This Is Gospel” right below.
“There’s definitely a lot of hip-hop influence in this record,” frontman Brendon Urie declared while visiting the Billboard studio for an interview and performance session. “Artists like A$AP Rocky and Kendrick Lamar — their production, their lyrical style, just the way they go about making the music — is really inspiring, and I wanted to mimic that in a way. A song like ‘Miss Jackson’ is definitely more of a hip-hop vibe. I love that that was the first single choice.”
Urie dug deep for inspiration for the album’s second single, “This Is Gospel,” singing about close friend (and Panic! drummer) Spencer Smith, who had been struggling with addiction. On the song’s inspiration, Urie says:
“I was really on edge and anxious about where the future of the band was going, the future of our friendship in general. With him and his health I was really scared of what was going to happen. When I wrote that song I was mad — mad at myself and mad at him. Like, ‘Why can’t i do something to fix this? What is wrong with me? What’s wrong with you?'”