By Maxim Mower
Bailey Zimmerman's meteoric ascent has been charted by a variety of recent accolades, from ‘Rock and A Hard Place’ and ‘Fall in Love’ being certified Double-Platinum to the Louisville native receiving his first ever ACM nomination for 2023 New Male Artist of the Year.
However, the latest of these momentous steps in the country prodigy's rise to prominence is one that very few country artists have achieved - a spot on a multi-billion dollar Hollywood film soundtrack.
Bailey Zimmerman is releasing a brand new collaboration with Dermot Kennedy and YoungBoy Never Broke Again, ‘Won't Back Down’, which is set to drop on Thursday, May 4 at 12pm PT and 8pm BST.
The hotly anticipated track will serve as a genre-blending anthem that'll no doubt help to heighten the intensity of the action-packed new film. Dermot Kennedy generally operates in a pop-leaning space, while YoungBoy Never Broke Again is a prolific rapper that recently became the youngest person ever to chart 100 songs on the Billboard Hot 100.
Although these are not standard choices of collaborator for Bailey Zimmerman, it marks an exciting new step for the singer-songwriter that produced the acclaimed 2022 EP, Leave The Light On.
‘Won't Back Down’ will appear on the soundtrack for the latest instalment of the immensely popular Fast and Furious franchise, Fast and Furious 10, which is also being referred to as Fast X.
Although some will deem Bailey Zimmerman's appearance on the soundtrack to be somewhat trivial, it undoubtedly highlights country music's growth and expansion in recent years. Until now, the blockbuster Fast and Furious soundtracks have almost exclusively recruited artists from across the realms of hip hop, rap, pop and R&B.
Fast and Furious 10 is due to hit cinema screens on May 19, with the first single from the new film's soundtrack, ‘Let's Ride’, featuring YG, Ty Dolla $ign, and Lambo4oe, having arrived in mid-February.
Bailey Zimmerman is currently readying his debut full-length album, Religiously, for May 12, with the new project due to include previously released singles such as ‘Fix'n To Break’ and ‘Get To Gettin’ Gone’.
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