Can you believe that VH1’s Behind the Music is turning 15?
The series launches its latest season this Sunday, Sept. 16, at 9 p.m. with an hour focused on pop-rock band Train, which delivered its biggest hit in 2009 with “Hey, Soul Sister.” But it’s actually another of their singles — 2001’s “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” — that truly launched them, climbing to No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
That song is the subject of an online-only, Behind the Music companion series titled Behind the Song, which EW is exclusively debuting below.
The process of creation wasn’t easy, according to frontman Pat Monahan: “I just couldn’t figure out what to write, but then I woke up from a dream about a year after my mother passed away with the words ‘back in the atmosphere,'” he remembers. “It was just her way of saying what it was like — she was swimming through the planets and came to me with drops of Jupiter in her hair.”
The rest, as they say, is history. The full, four-minute Behind the Song episode is below, and parts of it are woven into Sunday’s season premiere episode of Behind the Music, which will also touch on Train’s multiplatinum success, struggles ith drug addiction, money woes, and two-year hiatus.
The second episode of Behind the Music on Sept. 23 dives into the life and career of singer-songwriter Ne-Yo, and future episodes in the season will tackle everyone from Carrie Underwood and Nicole Scherzinger to Gym Class Heroes and Toni Braxton. Keep coming back to EW.com to find an exclusive clip from each episode.
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