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‘American Idol’s Fritz Hager Releases New Ballad ‘Bad Friend’

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American Idol Season 20 star Fritz Hager has released a new single called “Bad Friend.” Hager shared that the song is “about how young love can ruin friendships.” The singer has been on a roll releasing new music since his time on the show.


Fritz Hager Releases New Song ‘Bad Friend’

“Bad Friend” is a quiet, understated song that showcases Hager’s vocals as he sings, “I didn’t know what I’d lose, falling in love with you / Call me a bad friend, was I a bad friend? / Seventeen in my room, I didn’t know the rules / Of being a good man, was I a bad friend?”

Hager co-wrote “Bad Friend” with Ilsey Juber. The singer wrote on Instagram upon its release that he’s “incredibly proud of this track.” Hager previously teased the song back in May in a post featuring several demos. He also shared an acoustic version around the same time.

“When we wrote this song, we wanted to explore how confusing love can be at a young age when you don’t have the tools to communicate it,” Hager said in a press release. “‘Bad Friend’ is a melancholic look into the past and a kind of apology to the people we hurt.”


SEE ALSO: ‘AMERICAN IDOL’S FRITZ HAGER DEBUTS NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR SONG ‘CAROLINE’

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Hager Has Released a Few Songs This Year

Since releasing his single “Hearts Align” as part of his time on American Idol last year, Hager has put out three more songs in 2023 alone. The first was the tongue-in-cheek track “Caroline,” about the aftermath of one-night stand as the narrator tries to remember the woman’s name.

Hager followed that up with “Two Step,” which was described as “a rom-com in a song.” On the track, Hager sings about “picturing a future with a girl I’ve never met.” This newest track “Bad Friend” takes a more serious approach than the previous titles.


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