Fans of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s “Daisy Jones & the Six” — the best-selling, blockbuster novel that was released in 2019 — are definitely very excited for the new miniseries based on the story, coming to Amazon Prime Video this March. But perhaps even more exciting is the fact that the series creators also made a real album, “Aurora,” for the band. For fans of the novel, it’s been a long time coming.
Let’s explain. In “Daisy Jones & the Six,” the fictional, titular band creates their own ’70s masterpiece album, “Aurora.” Then they split up and never record together again. The book is a fake oral history of how the band came together and how it fell apart so spectacularly at the height of the group’s powers. But if there’s one thing that’s a little annoying about the book, it’s that the songs they spend so much time talking about aren’t real! Reid includes a list of the songs and their lyrics at the back of the book, and she put together a playlist of songs that inspired the novel (and not surprisingly, it includes a lot of Fleetwood Mac), but there’s no way to actually listen to the music. Until now.
“Aurora” is officially on the way, with music sung by the show’s cast. “‘Aurora’ exists and it is a stunning, nostalgic, timeless album. Daisy Jones & The Six are real and they are better than my wildest dreams,” Reid said in a recording posted to the band’s Spotify page. One song, “Regret Me,” was released alongside the show’s new trailer on Jan. 25.
However, there’s a pretty big caveat. The songs for the show are not the same ones Reid wrote, even the handful that have the same titles, like “Regret Me.” Reid laughed at the notion that she was a real songwriter in a 2021 interview with the Hollywood Reporter. “Can I tell you, when they went and hired a real music team to do this, I was just floored that they were going to use some of my song titles? I was like, ‘Oh, there’s going to be a song called something I called the song?'” When it comes to songwriting, she said, “I’m way out of my league.” She added you need somebody great to write real, great music, and the team behind the show did just that.
Atlantic Records said in a statement that that album’s production was helmed by Blake Mills, a Grammy-winning songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. Phoebe Bridgers, Marcus Mumford, and Jackson Browne all have co-writing credits on it.
Ahead, here’s everything we know about “Aurora” so far, including how it compares to the book-version of “Aurora,” and the first track, “Regret Me.”
“Aurora” by Daisy Jones & the Six Release Date
“Aurora” will be released March 3, the day the series premieres.
Daisy Jones & the Six “Aurora” Track List in the Novel
“Chasing the Night”
“This Could Get Ugly”
“Turn It Off”
“A Hope Like You”
Daisy Jones & the Six “Aurora” Track List in the TV Show
“Let Me Down Easy”
“Kill You to Try”
“Two Against Three”
“Look at Us Now (Honeycomb)”
“You Were Gone”
“More Fun to Miss”
“Regret Me” by Daisy Jones & the Six
“Regret Me” was written by Mills and Chris Weisman.
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