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Why Soul Icon Bill Withers Shares Songwriting Credit on Dan + Shay's 'Lying'

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When details of Dan + Shay's fourth studio album, Good Things (out Aug. 13), reached fans in mid-July, one name stood out in the songwriting credits: Bill Withers. Had the soul icon, who'd passed away in 2020, took part in a Music Row co-write, or had one of his songs been sampled by contemporary country music's most decorated duo? The song in question, "Lying," hit streaming services on Friday (July 30), and flourishes of the familiar piano accompaniment from "Lean On Me" confirmed that the latter was the case.

Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney share songwriting credits for their latest R&B-flavored breakup song with Withers, Andy Albert and Jordan Reynolds.

It's from the Nashville superstars' first new album since its self-titled effort from 2018. The duo has dominated awards shows since then, including three straight wins in the Grammys' Best Country Duo/Group Performance category.

Other tracks of note include award-winning Justin Bieber collaboration "10,000 Hours" and radio hits "I Should Probably Go to Bed" and "Glad You Exist."

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Pop star Shawn Mendes and Old Dominion member Brad Tursi are among Smyers' other songwriting collaborators.

Fans can pre-order and pre-save Good Things through the following link.

Good Things Track List

1. "Good Things" (Dan Smyers, Ross Copperman, Jason Evigan, Ashley Gorley)
2. "Steal My Love" (Dan Smyers, Andy Albert, Ashley Gorley, Jordan Reynolds)
3. "You" (Dan Smyers, Dave Barnes, Jordan Reynolds)
4. "Body Language" (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Scott Harris, Shawn Mendes, Jordan Reynolds)
5. "Give in to You" (Dan Smyers, Julia Michaels, Jordan Reynolds)
6. "Irresponsible" (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Julia Michaels, Jordan Reynolds)
7. "Lying" (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Andy Albert, Jordan Reynolds, Bill Withers)
8. "One Direction" (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Andy Albert, Jordan Reynolds)
9. "Let Me Get Over Her" (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Kyle Fishman, Jordan Schmidt, Brad Tursi)
10. "Glad You Exist" (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Ryan Lewis, Tayla Parx, Jordan Reynolds)
11. "10,000 Hours" (with Justin Bieber) (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Jessie Jo Dillon, Jordan Reynolds, Justin Bieber, Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd)
12. "I Should Probably Go to Bed" (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Sean Douglas, Jason Evigan)

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