Kosovo Albanian musician and DJ Regard and Years & Years, the solo project of British singer Olly Alexander have released their new collaboration titled “Hallucination.”
Regard rose to international recognition following the release of his 2019 single “Ride It”, a remix of Jay Sean’s 2008 song.
The cover rose to prominence after it received 4.1 million views on TikTok. DJ Regard was signed to the Ministry of Sound and “Ride It” was released in July 2019. The single topped the Spotify Viral chart in the US, and eventually had over a million plays on Spotify.
By the end of August 2019, the song had been streamed over 2.4 million times in the US and entered the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart at number 21.
The single received heavy airplay in the UK, on BBC Radio 1, the BBC Asian Network, Kiss FM and Hits Radio. It eventually reached number 1 in the Ireland singles chart, number 2 on the UK Singles Chart, and number 3 in Australia.
The Head of Music Partnerships at TikTok Europe highlighted Regard’s success as a “great example of how TikTok can support artists by providing a platform to promote their songs to a global audience.” Regard was booked to play the BBC’s Top of the Pops New Year’s Eve special with Jay Sean, on 30 December 2019.
DJ Regard told Headliner Magazine that the ‘Ride It’ remix came to him when he was drunk: “I was very drunk returning to my apartment from my gig, and I was listening to Jay Sean’s song. The rattling in my head from the sound system at my gig made the perfect combination to make the track! The moment I arrived home, I started to form the basic idea for the Ride It remix.”
Regard released the follow-up single “Secrets” with British singer-songwriter Raye on 23 April 2020. The single would peak inside the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart and become certified Silver in the same country. The single would also peak inside the top 20 of numerous European countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium and Poland.