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Sarah Aarons is trolling us: Aussie co-writes Justin Timberlake & SZA’s ‘The Other Side’

Senior Journalist, B2B
Sarah Aarons is trolling us: Aussie co-writes Justin Timberlake & SZA’s ‘The Other Side’

Justin Timberlake’s next hit has Sarah Aarons’ DNA all over it.

Aarons, the four-time APRA Award winning songwriter and producer, lent her considerable talents to ‘The Other Side,’ Timberlake’s Trolls collaboration with SZA which dropped overnight and was co-written by the two recording artists along with Ludwig Göransson and Max Martin.

Born and raised in Melbourne, and now based in L.A, Aarons told of how she scored a songwriting grant “when I was 11 or 12” in an exclusive interview with TIO, published in 2017.

Today, she’s at the very top of her game.

She cleaned up at the 2019 APRA Music Awards in her hometown, taking home four trophies including APRA songwriter of the year, reward for a remarkable 12-month run during which time she wrote songs with or for Camila Cabello, Galantis, Dua Lipa, Lykke Li, Demi Lovato, Mabel, Peking Duk, Jessie Ware and others.

Signed to Sony ATV, the 25-year-old songwriter contributed four pieces to Khalid’s Free Spirit album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart last April.

Aarons also placed second in the 2019 Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition for her entry ‘The Middle,’ a global hit performed by Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey.

Aarons is shortlisted for the prestigious, peer-voted 2020 APRA Song of the Year, for her work on Hilltop Hoods’ ‘Exit Sign’ Illy and Ecca Vandal. The winner will be announced April at a ceremony in Sydney.

‘The Other Side’ will appear on the Trolls World Tour Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, due out March 13, ahead of the family film’s theatrical release March 26.

Listen to Justin Timberlake and SZA’s ‘The Other Side’:

This article originally appeared on The Industry Observer, which is now part of The Music Network.


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