Okay (LANY and Julia Michaels song)

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Single by LANY and Julia Michaels
ReleasedApril 23, 2019 (2019-04-23)
RecordedJanuary 9, 2019
LANY singles chronology
"Malibu Nights"
"Mean It"
Julia Michaels singles chronology
"What a Time"
"Hurt Again"
Music video
"Okay" on YouTube

"Okay" stylized as "okay" is a song by American band LANY and American singer Julia Michaels. The song was released on April 23, 2019.


Of the writing of the song, Michaels told Zane Lowe of Beats 1 "It was a pretty intense day. Emotionally, we had both been going through a lot... and it was our first time really even meeting. So when you have that time together, and then you're like, 'Okay, let's spill everything out on the table' it can get a little heavy. There was a point where [Paul] looked at me, very serious, and said, 'I'm going to be okay, right?' And I was like, 'Oof, we have to write this.'"[1][2]

Music video[]

The music video was released on May 24, 2019.[3] In the clip, Michaels and LANY lead singer Paul Klein wander around the Santa Monica beachfront in solitude. They both end up at a roller derby, skating around and observing a masked dancer under a giant disco ball.[2]


Madeline Roth from MTV said "The way [Michaels] and Klein repeat the song's central lyric — "I'm gonna be okay / Right?" — makes it both a declarative statement and a self-conscious query." adding "their voices are intertwined throughout, breaking the traditional formula of a collaboration wherein artists take turns trading verses."[4]

Rania Aniftos from Billboard said "It's so common to feel so low after a heartbreak that you start to wonder if you'll ever be okay again. That's the question LANY and Julia Michaels are tackling in their new collaboration. The tune is surprisingly catchy and light for such a heavy topic, but the rhythmic beat adds to the feeling of, yes, maybe I will be okay amidst the darkness."[5]

Mike Wass from Idolator called the song "another gem" for Michaels.[6]


Chart (2019) Peak
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ)[7] 16

Release history[]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various April 23, 2019
  • Side Street Entertainment
  • Polydor


  1. ^ "Hear LANY, Julia Michaels' New Breakup Song 'Okay'". Rolling Stone. April 23, 2019. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  2. ^ Jump up to: a b "LANY, Julia Michaels Let Their Feelings Out at the Roller Rink in 'Okay' Video". Rolling Stone. May 24, 2019. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  3. ^ "LANY, Julia Michaels – okay". May 24, 2019. Retrieved August 28, 2019 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ "LANY and Julia Michaels Tell Us How They Turned Heartbreak Into a 'Breezy Bop' with 'Okay'". MTV. April 23, 2019. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  5. ^ "LANY & Julia Michaels Hope They'll Get Through Heartbreak in 'Okay': Listen". Billboard. April 24, 2019. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  6. ^ "Another Gem: Julia Michaels Teams Up With LANY For 'okay'". Idolator. May 23, 2019. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  7. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. April 29, 2019. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  8. ^ "Okay – Single by LANY & Julia Michaels". Apple Music. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
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