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“We're excited for it because it has a lot of different influences. It has this cool Latin vibe and even some Spanish thrown in there. We want to showcase everything we have. And we haven't showcased the Latin side yet.”
― Sergio Calderon talking about the "How Badly" single[1]

"How Badly" is the third single recorded by In Real Life, released via Hollywood Records on April 20, 2018. A few days prior, they teasingly gave the enigmatic tweet, "How badly do y'all want this new music?"[2][3] On April 26, 2018, the single was featured in Apple Music's "Best of the Week" Playlist.[4]

Background

The single has a mix of English and Spanish lyrics, dubbed as "Spanglish". The recording took five hours, which Tutton commented upon, "when a song naturally fits with an artist it becomes a lot easier and more natural to record."[5] They performed the song live at ¡Despierta América!, 97.3, and in many of their performances, including on the American Idol Tour and their first headline tour, Tonight Belongs to You. In Real Life have also done a fan reaction video, which was uploaded to YouTube on June 14, 2018. They had fans listen to the track, which was unreleased at the time.

Credits and personnel

  • Brady Tutton – vocals
  • Chance Perez – vocals
  • Conor Michael Smith – vocals, writer
  • Drew Ramos – vocals
  • Edwin "Lil Eddie" Serrano – writer
  • Erik Madrid – mixer
  • John Ryan – writer
  • Joyride – producer
  • Marco Borrero – writer
  • Mark "M-Phazes" Landon – writer, producer
  • Sean Phelan – engineer
  • Sergio Calderon – vocals
  • William Binderup – assistant recording engineer

Gallery

Videos

Lyrics

[Verse 1: Chance Perez, Drew Ramos]
Hello, hola
Right now you're speakin' my language
Hold up, lemme show ya
This how you talk in Spanglish
And I don't wanna be my heart without ya
And I hope when I see your face it all works out
Hold up, lemme show ya
That kind of look can be dangerous

[Chorus: All]
How badly do you want mi amor?
How badly do you want my love?
Dime más, dime más
Is it enough?
How badly do you want mi amor?
How badly do you need me in your life?
Dime más, dime más
Is it enough?

[Post-Chorus: Drew Ramos]
Oh my, I want you so bad
Oh my, I want you so badly
Oh my, I want you so bad
Oh my, I want you so badly

[Verse 2: Michael Conor, Chance Perez, All]
Now you can tell me that you wanna be the one for me
See, you can promise, but your word just ain't enough for me (Ay)
Now this one you better keep 'cause I ain't playin' no games
No intersection on the street it's gotta go both ways
I'm tryin' to stay in my lane, pero te quiero de más
Quisiera ser el que te gusta, mami, dime no más (Hey) (Ay)
I just want your affection, but all you seek is attention (Oh)
Baby-girl I only got one question, let me know how

[Chorus: All]
How badly do you want mi amor?
How badly do you want my love?
Dime más, dime más
Is it enough?
How badly do you want mi amor?
How badly do you need me in your life?
Dime más, dime más
Is it enough?

[Post-Chorus: Drew Ramos]
Oh my, I want you so bad
Oh my, I want you so badly
Oh my, I want you so bad
Oh my, I want you so badly
Oh my, I want you so bad
Oh my, I want you so badly
Oh my, I want you so bad
Oh my, I want you so badly
 
[Bridge: Sergio Calderon, Brady Tutton, Chance Perez]
Hello, hola
Right now you're speakin' my language
Hold up, lemme show ya
This how you talk in Spanglish
And I don't wanna be my heart without ya
And I hope when I see your face it all works out
Hold up, lemme show ya
That kind of look can be dangerous (dangerous, dangerous, dangerous...)
No

[Chorus: All, Chance Perez, Brady Tutton]
How badly do you want mi amor? (Want mi amor)
How badly do you want my love?
Dime más, dime más
Is it enough? (Is this enough?)
How badly do you want mi amor? (No, woah)
How badly do you need me in your life? (You want my love, you want my love)
Dime más, dime más
Is it enough?

[Post-Chorus: Drew Ramos, Chance Perez]
Oh my, I want you so bad
Oh my, I want you so badly (Yeah, baby)
Oh my, I want you so bad
Oh my, I want you so badly (Oh, so bad)
Oh my, I want you so bad (Oh, I want you so bad)
Oh my, I want you so badly (Yeah, baby)
Oh my, I want you so bad
Oh my, I want you so badly

References

  1. "@fusetv". Twitter. April 19, 2018.
  2. "In Real Life". Instagram. April 20, 2018.
  3. "@InRealLife". Twitter. April 17, 2018.
  4. "@InRealLife". Twitter. April 2018.
  5. "Exclusive: In Real Life on Handling Fame and Friendship". Stage Right Secrets. June 12, 2018.
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