DNCE Kissing Strangers
Features Nicki Minaj
Released April 13, 2017
Recorded 2017
Format Digital download
Genre Pop
Length 3:22
Label Republic
Writer Justin Drew Tranter
Robin Fredriksson
Mattias Larsson
Onika Maraj
Producer Robin Fredriksson
Mattias Larsson
Single information
Single release April 13, 2017
Video release May 12, 2017
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"Kissing Strangers" is a song by DNCE featuring Nicki Minaj, marking their first new song release after their debut album. The song is produced by the Swedish duo Mattman & Robin, who also produced DNCE’s hit single "Cake By The Ocean".

Background Edit

On April 7, 2017, the band posted a picture of Doug the Pug including a phone number listed on his dog tag, if dialed, an instrumental chorus of "Kissing Strangers" will be offered. DNCE and Nicki Minaj teased the collaboration via social media on April 10, 2017. Nicki Minaj revealed photos from the music video, while DNCE released a preview of the song, with an early snippet offered by dialing a phone number.

In an interview by CBS Radio, Joe Jonas of DNCE said: "'Kissing Strangers' is a song about having fun with a stranger, getting to know them a little better, [and then] they're no longer a stranger. Just finding yourself; finding who you want to be with."

"We have the amazing, beautiful, talented Nicki Minaj on the track as well. We shot the music video in L.A. a week ago, and we can't wait to share that." Jonas continued. "We're huge fans of her work, and it was an immediate thought to have her be a part of the song, so we sent her the track, she wrote her verse in like, five minutes, and came out exactly how we'd hopes and she kills it... in the best way."

"I'm really proud of 'Kissing Strangers,'" Justin Tranter, co-writer of the song, told Billboard magazine. "The chorus is about being open-minded to the love that might be in front of you." Cole Whittle said: "I've been working with Justin since we were kids, he's like family to us. He introduced Joe and I, so he's a big part of why DNCE exists."

Music Video Edit

Shortly after the song was released, the band posted a teaser of the music video on social media. The teaser is a behind-the-scenes exclusive look at the video production.

The music video was released on May 12, 2017 via Vevo on DNCE's YouTube channel. It was directed by American music video director Marc Klasfeld, and included all DNCE members and Nicki Minaj. In the video, DNCE was holding a house party. It started with an innocent game of spin the bottle, then Nicki Minaj walked through the door, and was invited by Jonas to get up to the stage with him. She dropped the microphone and grabbed Jonas by his collar, then put her lips close to his lips.

DNCE - Kissing Strangers ft

DNCE - Kissing Strangers ft. Nicki Minaj

Lyrics Edit