New Music Friday: April 17

The quarantine playlists continue to grow as these five artists are here to vie for your attention this week! We got the latest ambitious project from Grammy winning pop artist, Kelly Clarkson, a collaborative new song from Sam Smith and Demi Lovato about seeking new love, Florence + The Machine’s previously unreleased track spotlighting health care workers, and new singles from Jason Mraz and Oh Wonder that will lift your spirits up.

“I Dare You” by Kelly Clarkson

I love the message behind Grammy-winning artist, Kelly Clarkson’s new single, “I Dare You.” She challenges us all to show and spread love and kindness instead of being fearful and hateful because at the end of the day, we’re all human. A potent motto to live by during this ongoing pandemic for sure. This is the top pick of the week I recommend you all to listen to. It’s open-minded, motivational and it builds up your confidence. This song will unite us all to be better human beings.

This is Clarkson’s first major single since her 8th studio album, Meaning Of Life released back in 2017. She recently told TODAY Show‘s Hoda Kotb that she’s been working on this for over a year now and was contemplating on shelving it for a later release date but decided not to because this is a song that’s needed for tough times like the one we’re living in currently.

Did You Know? There are five other versions of the song. She called it her favorite and most challenging project to date in her recent video tweet:

Each version she collaborated with an artist, for example the French version she worked with singer Zaz and for the German version, she teamed up with musical duo Glasperlenspiel. There are versions in Hebrew, Spanish, and Arabic too with the talented Maya Buskila, Blas Cantó and Faouzia respectively.

Give them all a listen right now wherever music is streamed.

“I’m Ready” by Sam Smith & Demi Lovato

It’s a new dawn and a new day for Sam Smith if you will. Still working on his third studio album during this quarantine, they joined with pop singer Demi Lovato for a powerful collab effort promoting their brave next step, finding love!

With their turbulent past in behind, they are now ready to start dating again. I love that they made an Olympics-styled music video considering this year’s Tokyo Summer Games have been postponed to next year. So this is our only slice of something Olympics related this year, unless you play the virtual version within the video game, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, but I digress.

It’s funny and sad that this is what it’s come to this year in regards to the Summer games but it’s nice to have Smith and Lovato do something fun in light of the situation we’re living in. They both get the gold medal for this song!

Download/stream “I’m Ready” today!

“Light Of Love” by Florence + The Machine

This is a track that was supposed to be on her High As Hope album in 2018 but appropriately is now being released as this is culturally relevant to today. She calls it a token of her love for her fans and for supporting the doctors, nurses and other ancillary healthcare professionals treating patients in ICUs due to the coronavirus.

Florence Welch’s vocals are therapeutic for a time like this and overall this song was beautiful and inspiring to listen to.

All of the proceeds from this lovely song will go to the United Kingdom’s Intensive Care Society.

“Look For The Good” by Jason Mraz

“Look For The Good” is the first single off Mraz’s upcoming seventh studio album. Mraz’s positivity just oozes out on this reggae track as he adds his name to the growing list of artists who have released content during this pandemic. If you love any or all of his past songs, you’ll definitely love this one.

It’s true we should all be looking for the good in everything and everyone. Love always wins and hate will not be tolerated!

Hear the uplifting track now while we wait for his next album of the same name which drops June 19th!

“Keep On Dancing” by Oh Wonder

For my final recommendation this week, we have Oh Wonder’s latest track from their Home Tapes series. This recently launched series from the indie pop duo was created from their London studio while in quarantine.

This song is very soothing to listen to and it encourages us all to keep on dancing to our favorite tunes despite the challenging conditions we’re living in right now. Celebrating a birthday nowadays isn’t like in the past. Under our new norm, we cannot host or have extravagant parties outdoors.

So what should we do instead? Listen to music! Music always persists and is a welcoming distraction in life especially if your birthday is coming up. Whether you’re alone in quarantine or with a close friend or living inside a shared home with your family during this pandemic, we should all stay the course and have fun indoors by enjoying our favorite songs from our favorite artists.

Stream/download their new song, right here. Submit ideas for their music video for this song, right here.

I hope these five picks are as enjoyable for you as they are for me. Comment below which song was your favorite and why. Stay safe and happy listening!

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