After much anticipation--when the album first became available for pre-order, it shot straight to the top spot on iTunes in ten countries--Blue Neighbourhood has finally arrived. Expanding upon the six songs released as part of an EP, Wild, earlier this fall, the Australian-based YouTube sensation's debut feature length album is the culmination of years of writing and producing.
Sivan accumulated his many millions of devoted fans by sharing aspects of his personal life across various social media platforms. In his music, the 20-year-old has found a way to go deeper, offering new and even more intimate insight. In particular, Sivan lays himself bare in 'Heaven,' featuring Betty Who, a moving tribute to his journey towards self-acceptance.
Sivan, who was raised in a culturally Jewish family, struggled to reconcile the teachings of his faith with his growing awareness of his sexuality when he was around 14-years-old, News.com.au reports. In a short teaser video, Sivan explains in greater detail:
"When I first started to realize that I might be gay, I had to ask myself all these questions--these really really terrifying questions. Am I ever going to find someone? Am I ever going to be able to have a family? If there is a God, does that God hate? If there is a heaven, am I ever going to make it to heaven?"
As he came to embrace who he was, Sivan goes on to say he realized:
"If there is a heaven, but I can't be myself up there, then maybe I don't want heaven."
Blue Neighbourhood is now available for purchase worldwide.