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Visionary GRAMMY-nominated producer/dance artist Alesso and global pop superstar Katy Perry have released a new version of their hit collaboration, “When I’m Gone,” via 10:22PM/Astralwerks/Capitol Records. The high-energy “When I’m Gone (VIP Mix)” emphasizes the ecstatic energy of the original, pulling it from the radio airwaves and back toward the dance floor.
Through Alesso’s adrenaline-pumping combination of skyward electronics, stadium-filling synths, and thundering drums, “When I’m Gone (VIP Mix)” adds heightened emotion to Perry’s stirring lyrics about a failed relationship. “When I’m gone I’m never really gone,” she sings. “You think you’re moving on / but it won’t be for long, you’ll see.” Though there’s sadness on the song’s surface, ultimately it’s an anthem of liberation and knowing your worth. There’s a feeling of joy and triumph that this new version’s soaring arrangement only emphasizes.
“When I’m Gone (VIP Mix)” comes on the heels of the duo’s Saturday Night Live performance of “When I’m Gone” which included a mushroom dance troupe. Upon its release, the original track went straight to No. 1 on the US Dance Shazam chart, entered the top five of Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, and placed in the top five on iTunes in the US. It has amassed over 90 million combined global streams to date. The song’s music video, directed by Hannah Lux Davis, premiered during halftime of the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship in January, marking the only time that ESPN has dropped a global music video within a live broadcast across its networks.
Alesso is set to hit the road next month with a slew of shows. On March 26th, he will kick off his residency at TAO Beach Dayclub at the Venetian Resort Las Vegas. His new multi-year agreement with TAO will also include performances at OMNIA Las Vegas and Hakkasan Nightclub. Alesso will also join Puerto Rico pop-rap megastar Bad Bunny on his World’s Hottest Tour hitting stadiums across North America this summer.
Katy Perry’s new Las Vegas residency, Katy Perry: Play, at the new Resorts World Theatre, has added more show dates due to popular demand from May 27th to June 11th. This includes Memorial Day Weekend, and July 29th to August 13th.