*Stella Artois and Grammy-award winning artist John Legend teamed to create a magical duet between the music star and actually stars in the sky! As part of the brewery’s “Give Beautifully” holiday campaign, the track, titled “Under the Stars,” is accompanied by behind-the-scenes feature in which Legend speaks about the unique collaboration with the brand.
“I’ve always been fascinated by space exploration, so being able to pair that interest with my passion for music makes this collaboration with Stella Artois such a special one,” says Legend. “The sound of stars is ethereal and has this dreamy vibe, which inspired ‘Under the Stars,’ a song about spreading love and togetherness during the holiday season. I couldn’t think of a better way to gift my fans this year!”
This exclusive original holiday song was written and performed by Legend, and was created to pay homage to the brand’s name, “Stella,” which directly translates to “star.”
Stars are known for illuminating the night sky, but many may not know that they also make sounds. The frequencies by which a star’s brightness changes can be translated into unique audible tones, and “Under the Stars” features the distinct sounds of four different stars in the Universe in the song’s intro, outro and chorus. As the press release notes, Stella Artois sought the expertise of astrophysicist Zoltán Kolláth to translate and analyze these unique star sounds.
“Just as the keys on a piano work together to create a musical chord, each star’s frequencies work together to create the individual sound fingerprint of the star,” explains Kolláth. “It’s a fascinating process that I’ve studied for many years and it’s exciting to see this research be put to use in such a unique way.”
Stella Artois will also host “Stars” by Stella Artois, a first-of-its-kind immersive and interactive light installation, which will dazzle the city of New York for a limited-time engagement this holiday. To commemorate the launch of the exhibit on December 9, 2015, Legend will perform “Under the Stars” during an exclusive concert under the lights of the art installation.
Listen to “Under the Stars” below: