With its electric guitar arpeggios, “Learning to Fly” chord progression and narrative lyrics, “Saturday Nights” seemed readymade for country crossover potential out of the box. As such, the two performers don’t mess with the arrangement, but Brown drops in with a new second verse that lets him put a different spin on this tale of a woman with dreams and the obstacles standing in her way. “Saturday nights/Your work shoes are stilettos/Smell of cheap perfume,” he sings. It’s another example of Brown’s versatility as a vocalist, his warm, round tone blending in with the gauzy atmosphere of Khalid’s track despite his pronounced twang.
Both artists have made collaboration a part of their work, with Khalid appearing on the suicide awareness song “1-800-273-8255” with Logic and Alessia Cara as well as teaming with Marshmello for the dance hit “Silence.” Likewise, Brown earned his first country Number One with “What Ifs,” featuring Lauren Alaina, and also appeared on a remix of Camila Cabello’s “Never Be the Same” in 2018.
Khalid’s Suncity was released in October and includes the hit “Better.” Brown released his second album Experiment in November, which featured the Number One song “Lose It.”