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ased their second studio album, I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It, in February 2016. The record peaked atop the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200 and was considered by numerous critics to be one of the best albums of 2016. In February 2017, lead singer Matthew Healy tweeted: "Music For Cars – 2018". In an April interview on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 Radio show, the singer confirmed the title Music For Cars and announced a 2018 release, saying "[the album] has always been called that, and we were always gonna do a trilogy of records". He later told Tom Connick of NME that the title was a reference to the band's third extended play of the same name (2013), saying it "was always my favorite title of everything we'd ever done". With Music For Cars, the singer aimed to create the most important pop album of the decade, hoping to achieve the same impact as Radioh
ead's OK Computer (1997) and The Smiths' The Queen Is Dead (1986). In August 2017, the 1975 stated they were in the editing process of Music For Cars, having over two hours worth of material. Healy also revealed the name of a new song, "Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America" (2020), while the band's manager Jamie Osborn said the first recording sessions for the album were planned for September. Posters promoting the album began emerging around London and Manchester in April 2018. In May, the 1975 announced that Music For Cars would now serve as an umbrella term to denote an "era" comprising two albums. Regarding the decision to release two separate bodies of work rather than a double album, Healy called the double album format "prog and annoy