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Gwen Stefani And Saweetie Team Up On ‘Slow Clap’

The video was directed by Sophie Muller, a long-time Stefani collaborator who also helmed the visuals for No Doubt’s ‘Don’t Speak’ and Gwen’s solo track ‘WInd It Up.’

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Gwen Stefani adds yet another epic pop collaboration to her catalog with an updated version of “Slow Clap,” featuring the multi-platinum rap star Saweetie. The empowering track, a stirring rendition of Stefani’s first single of 2021, is inspired by a mash-up of sounds with Saweetie’s unabashed verses.

The “Slow Clap” video was directed by Sophie Muller, a long-time Stefani collaborator who also helmed the memorable clips for No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak” and Gwen’s solo track “Wind It Up.”

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With lyrics about embracing resilience and staying confident despite feeling like an underdog, “Slow Clap” is classic Gwen: “Been the champion, rang the bell / Rocked the bottom, been through hell,” she sings. “Climbed the mountain, now I’m well / I just feel like coming back for the belt.”

Saweetie, whose forthcoming debut album featuring recent drops with Doja Cat (“Best Friend”) and Demi Lovato (“My Girlfriends Are My Boyfriend”), reinforces this confidence with bold and unapologetic lines: “My favorite position is CEO check the stats / Me and Gwen Stefani snatchin’ wigs on the track.”

“Slow Clap” builds on the momentum of “Let Me Reintroduce Myself,” which reached No. 1 on the iTunes chart upon its release. In 2020, Stefani also had two No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart with fiancé Blake Shelton, “Nobody But You” and “Happy Anywhere,” and reissued her holiday album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas, with two new songs, including “Here This Christmas” co-written with Ryan Tedder.

The reggae-inflected “Slow Clap” marked a return to the classic Stefani and No Doubt sound. The singer and Voice judge is expected to release her fifth studio album later this year, featuring both “Slow Clap” and “Let Me Reintroduce Myself.” Her last full-length solo studio album, This Is What The Truth Feels Like was released in 2016.

Gwen Stefani’s “Slow Clap” is out now. Purchase it here.

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