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"The Life" is the first promotional single released on March 24, 2016 from Fifth Harmony second studio album, 7/27 (2016). It was written by singer Tinashe, Alexander Kronlund, and Lukas Hilbert, with Hilbert handling its production. Musically, the recording is of the electronic dance genre featuring elements of tropical house and Eurodance. Critical response to "The Life" was positive, with critics praising its composition.

Upon its release, the track charted in the United Kingdom and Scotland, peaking at numbers 97 and 44, respectively, as well as reaching number one on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 component chart.

Background Edit

Fifth Harmony began "working on a more mature sound" for their second studio album 7/27 in early 2015.[1] On December 11, Lauren Jauregui teased "The Life" for the first time during an interview with Spin, in which she also revealed that R&B singer Tinashe was one of the collaborators on the album. Jauregui elaborated on the meaning behind the track, saying that it felt "cohesive" to everyone and drew from the group's "same experience." She went on explaining that "having an authentic sound" and "someone who understands what we're going through" mattered the most to her and her groupmates.[2]

"The Life" was written by Tinashe, Alexander Kronlund, and Lukas Loules, with LULOU handling its production. Sam Holland recorded the song at MXM Studios in Los Angeles; Cory Buce and Jeremy Lertola served as the assistants recording engineers, while additional engineering was performed by Brandon Wood. The group's vocals were recorded by Lukas Loules at the Windmark Recording Studios in Santa Monica with Lukas Loules also contributing with bass, synths and backing vocals. It was mixed at the Mixstar Studios in Los Angeles by Serban Ghenea. "The Life" was released exclusively on streaming service Spotify on March 24, 2016, and serviced as an instant grat track when pre-ordering the album, 7/27, on digital music platform iTunes.

Lyrics Edit

[Intro: Camila & (Ally) & Lauren]
O-o-o-oh
(Fifth Harmony, yeah)
(Uuh), uuh
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

[Verse 1: Lauren]
Ever since I was young I'm tryna get it right
Every year I'm working toward a goal
Don't sleep 'til we see the daylight
Living big, going up on the rope

[Pre-Chorus: Camila, + Normani]
I like seeing all the bright lights
Keep it up, pour it up for the night
Two times, I'mma get it two times
Double up, run it back on my mind

[Chorus: Camila]
This is the life, life, life, this is the life, life, life
This is the life, life, life, this is the life, life, life (this is the life!)
This is the life, life, life, this is the life, life, life (this is the life!)
This is the life, life, life, this is the life (this is the life!)

[Post-Chorus: Camila & Lauren]
Give it up for the kids eating good, getting lit
Living life, feeling rich, oh, I, oh, I, yeah, this is the life
We the best in the biz, breaking off, betting chips
Living life, feeling rich, oh, I, oh, I, yeah

[Verse 2: Ally & (Dinah)]
Level up, meet me court side
Tricking out, whipping hard in the coupe (What?)
I'mma go, gotta board flight
Other time, there's a show I gotta do

[Pre-Chorus: Normani, + Dinah]
No stress, baby you can find us
Getting down on a beach in Dubai
Pool side, sipping on a Mai Tai
Double up, run it back on my mind

[Chorus: Camila]
This is the life, life, life, this is the life, life, life
This is the life, life, life, this is the life, life, life (this is the life!)
This is the life, life, life, this is the life, life, life (this is the life!)
This is the life, life, life, this is the life (this is the life!)

[Post-Chorus: Camila & Lauren]
Give it up for the kids eating good, getting lit
Living life, feeling rich, oh, I, oh, I, this is the life
We the best in the biz, breaking off, betting chips
Living life, feeling rich, oh, I, oh, I, yeah

[Breakdown:]
This is the life!
Living life, feeling rich

[Bridge: Normani + Camila + Ally & (Camila + Ally)]
No stress, baby you can find us
Getting down on a beach in Dubai
Pool side, sipping on a Mai Tai
Double up, up, up, up...
(This is the life!)

[Chorus: Camila & (Ally) & Dinah]
This is the life, life, life, this is the life, life, life (this is the life!)
This is the life, life, life, this is the life, life, life (livin' it up) (this is the life!)
This is the life, life, life, this is the life, life, life (this is the life!)
This is the life, life, life, this is the life (give it up, give it up)

[Post-Chorus: Camila & Lauren]
Give it up for the kids eating good, getting lit
Living life, feeling rich, oh, I, oh, I, this is the life
We the best in the biz, breaking off, betting chips
Living life, feeling rich, oh, I, oh, I, yeah

[Outro: Camila]
This is the life, yeah

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