This Is What the Truth Feels Like is the third studio album by American singer and songwriter Gwen Stefani. It was released on March 18, 2016, by Interscope Records. The album debuted at #1 in the United States,
becoming Stefani's first to top the charts. Initially, the album was scheduled to be released in December 2014 with Benny Blanco being the executive producer and the songs "Baby Don't Lie" and "Spark the Fire" being released as singles. However, after the underperformance of both songs on the charts and the writer's block Stefani suffered, she scrapped the whole record in favor of starting again.
Inspired by the end of her marriage and the roller coaster of emotions she experienced during the time, Stefani returned to feel inspired and started writing new and meaningful songs. With the help of producers J.R. Rotem, Mattman & Robin and Greg Kurstin, as well as songwriters Justin Tranter and Julia Michaels, Stefani wrote the whole album in a few months and described it as a "breakup record", with the songs having a "sarcastic" and dark-humor vibe, as well as being real, joyful, and happy.
The album's official lead single, "Used to Love You", was released on October 20, 2015, to a positive response from critics and a moderate impact on the charts. Its second single, "Make Me Like You", was released on February 12, 2016. It received positive reviews upon its release, and its music video was the first video to be created live during the 2016 Grammy Awards commercial break. The song "Misery" was released as the album's third and final single on May 23, 2016.
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