Ava Max and Kygo join forces in a bold new single, "Whatever," out now, and it's more than just a catchy tune – it's a sonic reinvention with an empowering twist. Instead of Shakira's iconic yearning from "Whenever, Wherever," Max uses the familiar melody to deliver a defiant anthem, banishing a toxic partner with the lyrics, "Whatever, whatever / We were never good together / I'll be here and you stay there / Truth is, I never cared."

"Whatever" showcases the dynamic duo's synergy. Kygo's signature tropical house beats infuse the track with a danceable energy, while Max's powerful vocals bring a captivating edge. This isn't their first time reinterpreting iconic hits;

Kygo has mastered the art of revamping timeless songs like Whitney Houston's "Higher Love" and Tina Turner's "What's Love Got to Do With It," while Max has injected new life into classics like Bonnie Tyler's "If You Were a Woman (And I Was a Man)" and Aqua's "Barbie Girl."

However, "Whatever" stands out. It's not just a remake; it's a deliberate subversion of the original's sentiment. Max repurposes the familiar melody and turns it into a declaration of independence, empowering listeners to walk away from relationships that no longer serve them. The song's message resonates strongly, offering a refreshing perspective on heartbreak and self-worth.

Whether you're a long-time fan of Shakira's original or simply looking for a new anthem to blast on repeat, "Whatever" is sure to captivate. It's a bold statement from two talented artists, proving their ability to both respect and rewrite musical history. So crank up the volume and dance to your own beat – whatever that may be.

From Behind the Scenes to Social Media Snippets:

The excitement for "Whatever" was brewing long before its official release. Throughout December 2023, Ava Max teased fans with behind-the-scenes photos from the music video shoot, hinting at a vibrant and energetic concept. Kygo further fueled the anticipation by posting snippets of the song on his social media platforms in early January. The first snippet on January 3rd offered a tantalizing glimpse of the instrumental, while the second one on January 5th featured Ava Max's vocals in low quality, sending fans into a frenzy. Ava quickly responded by sharing a high-quality snippet later that day, solidifying the hype for the upcoming release.

 key information about Ava Max & Kygo's single "Whatever":

 

Whatever cover

Category Details
Artists Ava Max & Kygo
Recording Period 2023-2024
Release Date January 19, 2024
Genre Pop and Electronic 
Label RCA Records
Location Rocky Buttes Movie Ranch
Writers Kygo , Petey Martin, Ava Max, Cleo Tighe, Jonah Shy, Rollo Spreckley, Shakira, Gloria Estefan & Tim Mitchell.

 

lyrics of Whenever, Wherever and Whatever:

Whenever, Wherever ~ Shakira Whatever ~ Kygo & Ava Max

[Verse 1]

Lucky you were born that far away so We could both make fun of distance Lucky that I love a foreign land for The lucky fact of your existence Baby, I would climb the Andes solely To count the freckles on your body Never could imagine there were only Ten million ways to love somebody

[Pre-Chorus]

Le-do-lo-le-lo-le Le-do-lo-le-lo-le Can't you see? I'm at your feet

[Chorus]

Whenever, wherever We're meant to be together I'll be there, and you'll be near And that's the deal, my dear Thereover, hereunder You'll never have to wonder We can always play by ear But that's the deal, my dear

[Verse 2]

Lucky that my lips not only mumble They spill kisses like a fountain Lucky that my breasts are small and humble So you don't confuse them with mountains Lucky I have strong legs like my mother To run for cover when I need it And these two eyes, that for no other The day you leave, will cry a river

[Pre-Chorus]

Le-do-lo-le-lo-le Le-do-lo-le-lo-le At your feet I'm at your feet

[Chorus]

Whenever, wherever We're meant to be together I'll be there, and you'll be near And that's the deal, my dear Thereover, hereunder Or up above, down under We can always play by ear But that's the deal, my dear

[Bridge]

Le-do-lo-le-lo-le Le-do-lo-le-lo-le Think out loud Say it again Le-do-lo-le-lo-le-lo-le Tell me one more time That you'll live lost in my eyes

[Chorus]

Whenever, wherever We're meant to be together I'll be there, and you'll be near And that's the deal, my dear Thereover, hereunder You've got me head over heels There's nothing left to fear If you really feel the way I feel Whenever, wherever We're meant to be together I'll be there, and you'll be near And that's the deal, my dear Thereover, hereunder You've got me head over heels There's nothing left to fear If you really feel the way I feel

[Verse 1]

There's a space in my heart When it all comes crashin' down Anytime I hear your name out in public There's a place that I go Every time that you're in town It's just me and the knots in my stomach

[Pre-Chorus]

And it's true It wasn't easy Gettin' over you But that's just what I had to do

[Chorus]

Whatever, whatever We were never good together I'll be here, and you stay there Truth is, I never cared Whatever, whatever Two years, that ain't forever I'll be here, and you stay there Won't see me cry no tears

[Post-Chorus]

(Whatever, whatever) Won't see me cry no tears (Whatever, whatever) Won't see me cry no tears (Whatever, whatever) Won't see me cry no tears (Whatever, whatever) Won't see me cry no tears

[Verse 2]

Never mind, never mind Feels like you were never mine Go lose myself in the arms of a stranger And yeah, it sucks, sometimes in love You try your best, but it doesn't work out And it don't matter either way, oh yeah

[Chorus]

Whatever, whatever We were never good together I'll be here and you stay there Truth is, I never cared Whatever, whatever Two years, that ain't forever (Oh yeah) I'll be here, and you stay there Won't see me cry no tears

[Post-Chorus]

Oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh (Won't see my cry no tears) Oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh (Whatever, whatever) Oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh (Won't see my cry no tears) (Whatever, whatever) Won't see me cry no tears (Whatever, whatever) Won't see me cry no tears

[Chorus]

Whatever, whatever We were never good together I'll be here, and you stay there Truth is, I never cared Whatever, whatever Two years, that ain't forever I'll be here, and you stay there Won't see me cry no tears

 

Charts

Chart performance of "Whatever"- Kygo & Ava Max

Chart (2024)

Location

Peak

position

 Monitor Latino Argentina Anglo 16
 Canadian Hot 100 Canada 54
 Singles Digitál Top 100 Czech Republic 70
Monitor Latino Dominican Republic Anglo 14
 Monitor Latino El Salvador Anglo 7
 Suomen virallinen lista Finland 44
 SNEP France 147
 Official German Charts Germany 63
 Billboard Global 200 78
 Monitor Latino Guatemala Anglo 7
Monitor Latino Honduras Anglo 10
IRMA Ireland 35
 Dutch Top 40 Netherlands 40
 Single Top 100 Netherlands 53
 RMNZ New Zealand Hot Singles 6
 Monitor Latino Nicaragua Anglo 4
 VG-lista Norway 2
 Monitor Latino Peru Anglo 12
 Singles Digitál Top 100 Slovakia 44
 Sverigetopplistan Sweden 9
 Schweizer Hitparade Switzerland 16
UK Singles (OCC) UK 39
UK Dance (OCC) UK 13
 Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard) US 1
 Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (Billboard) US 6

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