New Music Friday: October 23

Happy Friday folks! It’s October 23, 2020 and another round of picks are coming your way this weekend. We got the latest from EDM hitmaker Zedd & English singer-songwriter Griff, pop singer-songwriter Bea Miller, Aussie recording artist Ashton Irwin, indie pop artist FITZ & alternative pop band COIN! All that and more in this week’s post…

“Inside Out” by Zedd & Griff

DJ and record producer Zedd joins forces with British singer-songwriter Griff to make another EDM banger for us to enjoy! “Inside Out” follows the 31-year-old musician’s previous single release, “Funny” with Jasmine Thompson back in July. In this love song, it’s all about someone you met and deep down you know you’ve found the one, your better half. You can’t wait to spend quality time with each other, like staying up and sharing all the unique details, qualities, etc. you like about each other and being an open book about your own life to them. It will likely extend to a more deeper connection as time goes on with the likelihood of an everlasting marriage.

I love the artwork for this single. From my interpretation, it’s multiple staircases leading to a world full of light and wonderful memories. This is a metaphor for the infinite possibilities a relationship can take and explore. Even though the song title shares the same name as the 2015 PIXAR movie, the lyric video will have you feeling like you’re in the world of 2001 PIXAR’s Monster’s Inc with all the portal like doors opened like that. Very immersive experience indeed!

Whether you’re young and in love or young at heart with the one you hold close to every night, then you’ll enjoy this collaborative effort/song. I’ll admit, I didn’t know Griff before this collaboration came to the spotlight this week. Props to Zedd for working with her and now I will be checking out more of her body of work. Her vocals on this track are brilliant to hear and I hope more people will be discovering her discography moving forward.

Lastly, Zedd’s crafty mixing skills prove once again why he’s one of the best in the business for the EDM world. I love how the beats matched the lyrics Griff sang (“I’m gonna love you, love you inside out/I’m gonna love you, love you inside out/Nothing you say is gonna scare me now/Still gonna love you, love you inside out”). It’s very bouncy and upbeat and overall puts me in a good mood. I wonder what the rest of his next album will sound like. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments box below.

“making bad decisions” by Bea Miller

21-year-old singer-songwriter/The X Factor alum, Bea Miller just dropped her latest single called “making bad decisions.” This soft song packs a punch! The beginning channels a little bit of a Billie Eilish vibe in my opinion. I wonder if she’s a big fan of hers?!?

Anyways, the song talks about all the impulsive moments of one’s life. One thing leads to another and in certain cases, they don’t end up the way you expected or had hoped for.

If you’re feeling indecisive or have already made a bad choice or decision in life, the lyrics of Miller’s song will touch you to the core. Don’t worry, because it’s okay to not be okay. If you’re not feeling your usual self, relax and take a breather.

Hopefully this song will inspire you to make the changes in your life that will undo whatever that’s been bothering you. If not, talk it out with a loved one or write down your feelings in a journal and then take baby steps towards your next personal life move, goal or career choice, etc.

The lyric video seen above was created by artist, G I Z E L L A. It has a VHS aesthetic to it. Feel free to check out her work here.

“Drive” by Ashton Irwin

Well, it’s finally here… Superbloom, the solo debut album project from 5SOS drummer Ashton Irwin. I picked this deep cut song because it really deserves the attention right now.

I love all the layers that Irwin put into this song and the guitar chords are just epic in sound! From my understanding, the lyrics are about attempting to reconcile a relationship via a long drive into the night. It can also be interpreted as a song about someone trying to console someone after they had broke up with somebody else. You’re there to help provide them clarity, an open mind and hope for the future.

Sonically and lyrically combined, it felt like a Coldplay and The Killers song marinated into one in my opinion.

Hearing the bridge was an eye opener. I didn’t expect it to go the way it did. It’s so good! You can really feel all the raw emotions put into the lyrics, “I’m here for you when the world is falling down/I’ll be with you when the world is falling down/Down, down, down.” A lot of emphasis on the “down’s.”

Superbloom as a whole is a must hear album! There’s simply no bad tracks. You won’t skip any of them. If you’ve a casual or hardcore 5SOS fan, you need to hear this album. If you’re into alternative rock music, you need to hear this album. Please put this on your on the road playlists this week! You won’t regret it! If you’re looking for a new contemporary rock artist to add to your physical music collection or listening library, then look no further to Ashton Irwin’s introspective solo debut record!

“Head Up High” by FITZ

FITZ, better known as the lead vocalist of Fitz And The Tantrums, the indie pop band with hits like “Handclap” and “Out Of My League,” has released his debut solo effort.

If you’re in a need of some positivity and motivation right now, then you’re in luck. “Head Up High” by FITZ is a feel good song that will do just that!

2020 has been a roller coaster year thus far. It seemed like there were a lot of lows than highs in life for many. But even when we’re knocked down proverbially, physically, mentally/or emotionally, we have to do our best to shrug it off and move forward to brighter and better days ahead.

The music video for the song is very creative, witty and imaginative. You’ll see FITZ in all sorts of outfits like an astronaut or a deep sea diver. You’ll see him in a Grand Theft Auto-esque video game driving along the coastline. You’ll even see an animated version of him with his face superimposed on the moon! Overall, this video will leave you smiling.

I also wanted to point out that the trumpet added a cool touch to the song. Love the rhythm and the flow of this single and can’t wait to hear more from FITZ in the coming weeks. He revealed on his Spotify page that he “locked [himself] in the studio for 4 months and did the only thing [he knew] how to do to keep sane: make music, make music, make music.” If this is any indication as to what his own solo songs will sound like, then I’m already sold! How about you? Chime in down below and tell me your thoughts about FITZ’s solo efforts.

“Make It Stop” by COIN

Alternative pop band COIN just dropped their first EP in a series of what they’re calling the Rainbow Mixtapes. This first wave is called the Indigo Violet EP. I picked the third track from this emotionally charged track list. It’s called “Make It Stop.”

Upon listening to this song, you will question your own life to this point. It really hits deep when you get to the lyric, “Who do I become when my youth fades away?” in the second pre-chorus section of the song.

You might feel an existential crisis coming on but don’t worry, we’re all human after all. Life moves fast and sometimes we just need to chill, reevaluate life, then get back up in pursuit of our dreams/goals. The band really put out a beautiful EP out. It’s well crafted and their efforts need to be heard by as many listeners around the world.

The band recently shared a tweet about the EP calling it, “this is the most important music we’ve ever written. This is the most fun we’ve ever had. This is about being human. This is about seeing what’s right before what’s wrong. Lemons in the lemonade.”

If you need to soak up some serotonin right now or let out a good cry then definitely go check out COIN’s Indigo Violet. I can’t wait to hear the rest of the colors in their series. How about you?

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New Music Friday: October 16

Happy Friday!! We’ve made it through another week! I’ve selected five new candidates for your playlists this weekend! Hope you enjoy them. We’ve got the latest from Grammy-nominated artist, Demi Lovato fresh off her world premiere performance at the BBMAs earlier this week, pop singers-songwriters Lauv & Conan Gray with a catchy new anthem, EDM group Louis The Child and their collaboration with alternative rock group COIN, & last but not least DJ/singer/entrepreneur Paris Hilton with her amazing new collab with DJ Lodato.

“Commander In Chief” by Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato follows her strong and emotional post breakup single, “Still Have Me” two weeks ago with another equally strong and emotional song called “Commander In Chief.” She co-wrote this track with none other than FINNEAS, brother to Grammy-winning artist, Billie Eilish and fellow pop singer herself, Julia Michaels.

This time she’s taking a stand against the current administration and POTUS himself. She enlisted several individuals of varying ages, races, and ethnicities to lip sync her evocative message to the President so the whole world can hear. We see everyone from a young Black girl to an older white male with a hat that reads “Make America United Again” to an adult female in a wheelchair mouthing the words: “Commander in Chief, honestly/If I did the things you do/I couldn’t sleep, seriously/Do you even know the truth?/We’re in a state of crisis, people are dyin’/While you line your pockets deep/Commander in Chief, how does it feel to still/Be able to breathe?” Powerful imagery to watch!

The strong chorus references the racial injustices seen earlier this summer and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which has tragically killed over 210,000 Americans to this date. Lovato asks how can the President behave like this, so ignorant and heartless, hiding from the protesters, lining his pockets from these tragic events and she wonders, does he really know the truth?!?

She hopes this song will elicit a response from this administration while also enabling a public discussion. With less than three weeks left until Election Day, she’s using this song as a platform to stress the importance of voting.

ICYMI: Demi performed this song for the first time at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards two nights ago. Check it out here:

“Fake” by Lauv & Conan Gray

Singer-songwriter Lauv follows his five-track EP, Without You with a new collaborative effort with fellow pop singer Conan Gray. Gray, in case you didn’t know, is best known for his hit song “Heather” which currently has over 22 million views on YouTube and “Maniac” which has been certified Gold by the RIAA. This is the first time the two artists have worked together on a song.

The two twenty-somethings explore the world of fakeness in this fun new song. Know someone who acts one way to others but totally different towards you? If you have a fake friend or relationship either currently or in the past, then you should definitely check their single out!

They sing in the rather catchy and anthemic chorus, “Man, you’re so f—ing fake (ahh ah)/You don’t mean a single thing you say (ahh ah)/If we’ve got a problem, say it to my face (ahh ah)/And you’re just like all the people that you hate/You’re so fake/When the real you’s back, I’ll pick up my phone.” Through a series of different mini sets they travel from one to another with set production extras providing the props and necessary components for some cool effects alongside including a confetti blaster! It’s such a COVID style music video yet it’s simplicities make for quite an enjoyable video to watch unfold. So kudos to everyone on their respective teams who worked on this production safely during this ongoing pandemic.

“SCAR” by Ashton Irwin

5SOS member, Ashton Irwin is back with another tasting/preview off his upcoming solo album, Superbloom. In “Scar,” Irwin wears his emotions on his sleeves as he sings about mental health in this song. He’s advocating to us that life is filled with so much joy, so many possibilities and just because life hands you lemons, you simply mustn’t give up. The scars we get in life provide lessons for the future not a helpless pit of doom and gloom.

I love the arrangement of this rock song. Love the inclusion of the harps which made the song so unique. The guitar chords have a soothing tone and the drums provided the punch for that maximum effect. The chorus and post-chorus leaves an indelible mark! The bridge leading to the outro was out of this world good! Please turn it up! It’s truly an aural experience.

In a recent tweet the 26-year-old singer-songwriter calls it his “favorite song” off the record. He also describes it as “powerful and raw” adding that it’s “a message to my family, a message for anyone that listens, about perseverance though periods of intense struggle.” His emotional openness is truly commendable!

Like I said the last time I mentioned Ashton Irwin for my picks, I’m excited to hear the rest of his album and him sharing his story/journey for listeners all around the world!

“Self Care” by Louis The Child & COIN

EDM group Louis The Child has teamed up with alternative rock group COIN for the first time. In this upbeat dance track, the two groups are preaching the importance of self care.

“I do it for myself/I’m dancin’ for no one else/I do it for myself, baby/Ah-ah, ah-ah-ah, ah, ah.” The chorus really strikes a chord because if you’re feeling like you’re energies have been exhausted as of late or been absorbed by others and not yourself, then you need to listen to these lines and the song as a whole. It will definitely give you a wake up call to say, ‘hey, listen, I’m important too. I deserve the rest. I deserve a break. I deserve to be happy too. I deserve to be appreciated for the things I do in life!’ The list goes on!!

See the accompanying music video above for some feel good vibes as the two groups and some interpretive dancers just let loose and have fun in a desert!

“I Blame You” by Paris Hilton

Credit: @ParisHilton

Call it a comeback single, but really, has Paris Hilton really left? Hilton dropped this surprise new dance track and it’s all about love despite the song title, “I Blame You.”

“I feel good, I feel good. I blame you, I blame you.” Those simple lines get repeated in such a way that you can’t help but say, ‘wow, this really makes me feel happy and positive in life.’

So if you’re feeling like you met your better half or just have a really close friend and or family member, then this song is for you! They bring the joy and sunshine to your life and you can credit them for changing your perspective on life especially if you’ve had a troubled past, or a rough patch in a previous relationship, or even something as trivial as receiving a bad grade in school. It doesn’t define you forever.

DJ Lodato really sets the mood for this track and I want to say he mixed it excellently with the entertainer/entrepreneur’s dreamy vocals.

Paris shared in a recent Instagram post that proceeds from this song will go to Breaking Code Silence, a “movement organized by a network of survivors and advocates to raise awareness of the abuses in the troubled teen industry.”

Hilton recently released her eye-opening YouTube documentary which dives deeper into her life story from her childhood to present day. In this doc, she details for the first time publicly, the verbal, psychological and physical abuse she endured when she was sent to Provo Canyon School when she was a teenager. Watch her YouTube Original documentary, This Is Paris, here. You can’t help after watching this, to support Paris Hilton. Virtual hugs all around!

Now she’s standing up and raising awareness for the survivors in support of closing down that institution. Feel free to sign her petition.

That wraps up this week’s post! Thank you all for reading another edition of New Music Friday here at Philip’s Music Corner. If you liked what you read, kindly click on the follow button down below. Also if you like, please support my work by donating to my Paypal. Feel free to share your thoughts and feelings about any of these picks in the comments box down below! You can also give the songs featured this week a thumbs up or a thumbs down using the buttons under each pick. As always, stay safe and happy listening!

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New Music Friday: October 2

Happy October everyone! We’ve made it through 3/4 of the year! Let’s make the best of the final 1/4 of 2020 and embrace that fall feeling! In this week’s selections, we have all new music from Grammy-nominated pop singer Demi Lovato, chart topping K-Pop girl group BLACKPINK, pop band Why Don’t We, 5SOS drummer Ashton Irwin & alternative pop singer-songwriter Bishop Briggs.

“Still Have Me” by Demi Lovato

Singer-songwriter Demi Lovato recently called off her engagement to actor Max Ehrich last week and the Lovatics have been expressing their support for the 28-year-old artist through this very tough time. With great sadness comes impeccable art. Lovato has put out another heartfelt piano ballad in “Still Have Me,” which addresses the split and also focuses on being grateful for the things she still has, namely, her life and her faith.

Lovato repeatedly belts out in the chorus, “I don’t have much but at least I still have me (I still have me)/And that’s all I need.” Hearing this song will give you chills, you can really feel her emotions throughout this entire song. The background singers enhanced her sentiments too.

Even though she’s no longer planning a wedding and is now single, hopefully she takes the time to reflect on this moment and continues to show her confidence both personally and professionally in her next album moving forward. Sending virtual hugs to her and her family.

Be sure to tune in to the 2020 Billboard Music Awards to see Demi perform all new music (presumably this track) live! It airs October 14th at 8pm EST on NBC.

“Lovesick Girls” by BLACKPINK

Successful K-pop girl group, BLACKPINK finally dropped their first Korean album aptly titled, The Album today! One of those new songs is “Lovesick Girls.” It will serve as their third official single from the new record.

The quartet have choreographed another top-notch dance routine for what will presumably be their next big commercial hit! Props to their stylists too as each member wore a unique look.

Ok, let’s face it. Love is really complicated for the girls and the mixed emotions felt towards the idea of being in love is evident in this song.

They sing: “We are the lovesick girls/But we were born to be alone/Yeah, we were born to be alone/Yeah, we were born to be alone/But why we still looking for love?”

The theme of being lovesick is something many will probably agree they have experienced in life. We crave love and happiness but sometimes it just doesn’t come all together. We then embrace our own independence but of course, you still wonder if your one true love is out there. A very delicate balance for sure.

Musically speaking, it’s a catchy track to listen to if I do say so myself. If you loved any of their previous hits like “Ice Cream” with Selena Gomez or “How You Like That,” you’ll likely add this one too to the top of your playlists this week!

The Album contains 8 tracks in total, including an all English collaboration with rapper Cardi B in “Bet You Wanna” which was co-written by OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder among others. Let me know which is your favorite track. Drop your response down below.

“Fallin'” by Why Don’t We

L.A. based boy band group, Why Don’t We ended their months long hiatus this week (which coincidentally enough was their four-year anniversary) with a brand new song called “Fallin’.”

The guys have changed their image this time around. They’ve matured in sound, picked up the instruments (e.g. see Daniel Seavey drumming), showcasing more production skills and taking control of the writing process.

This pop song is about the lead up to telling someone you love them. The adrenaline and rush you get just thinking about them will lead you to falling deeper in love with that someone once you’ve expressed your feelings. You will feel nervous but optimistic at the same time. Teens and 20-somethings will resonate the most with the lyrics and that feeling of young love for sure.

Cool Observation: I love how they made a nod to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” when they posed just like the legendary rockers. See that moment at 2:41 in the above video.

Another interesting nugget, the guys got to sample Kanye West’s drumline from his 2013 song, “Black Skinhead.”

Overall, I enjoyed this song from the quintet and I will definitely check out more of their upcoming music down the line. I’m sure all of you WDW fans will be eagerly awaiting at what’s to come as they evolve their sound in their upcoming second studio album. The future looks bright for this group. Share your thoughts in the comments below. Do you like their new look and vibe?

“Have U Found What Ur Looking For?” by Ashton Irwin

5 Seconds of Summer drummer Ashton Irwin released his second teaser song from his upcoming solo album, Superbloom. It’s called “Have U Found What Ur Looking For?” and I got to say, I really dig this alternative rock sound he’s channeling. It’s a big departure from the 5SOS sound.

Irwin shared on his recent Instagram post that “this song is about overcoming mental resistance and facing every fear you’ve ever had.”

I applaud Irwin for delving into his psyche and sharing how he feels in life with his fans. Hopefully this song can inspire listeners to take more chances in life and chase their wildest dreams. Nothing is impossible unless you make it impossible as the saying goes!

I look forward to hearing the rest of his solo album, which drops October 23rd!

“HIGHER” by Bishop Briggs

British-American singer-songwriter Bishop Briggs released a track for all those listeners out there who just went through a tough breakup but are now feeling grateful for it’s life lessons which ultimately helps you move on.

I love how Briggs turned something that’s a low point in one’s life into a renewed positive high. “HIGHER” will boost your mood and confidence, so definitely go check that out if you’re feeling down about losing your ex.

Briggs is an exceptional artist and her deep, solid and mature vocals are top-notch to listen to. You can absorb the message of the song as she sings the chorus. “Higher, your love has set me free/Now nothing’s out of reach/Higher, higher, ooh/Higher, your love has set me free (Has set me free)/Now nothing’s out of reach/Higher, higher/Higher, I’m stronger now I’m free/I’m who I wanna be/Higher, higher, ooh.” Those “ooh’s” are simply infectious!

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New Music Friday: August 28

Hello all! Happy Friday! Philip’s Music Corner brings you another exciting edition of picks for you to listen to this weekend! This week’s lineup includes two powerful collaborations in BLACKPINK with Selena Gomez and Calvin Harris with The Weeknd. There’s also new tracks from Katy Perry, 5 Seconds of Summer and ILLENIUM. All that and more in this week’s New Music Friday for August 28, 2020!

“Ice Cream” by BLACKPINK & Selena Gomez

K-pop girl group sensation, BLACKPINK have teamed up with pop icon Selena Gomez for a fun track called “Ice Cream.” It’s the first time the two artists have worked on a song together. The collaborative effort has earned the nickname Selpink across social media. This is a really catchy tune sonically speaking, perfect for that late-summer vibe at the beach with your friends/family or poolside hangout.

The brightly colored music video is filled with a lot of flavors, if you will. In it, it alternates with Gomez driving an actual ice cream truck to singing and posing in front of a vintage convertible car, and the girls of BLACKPINK playfully interacting on very Instagrammable sets. Both artists are dressed stylishly for the summer heat!

Did You Know? The track was co-written by Grammy-winning pop artist, Ariana Grande. You can hear some influences of Ms. Grande’s vocal stylings when BLACKPINK member Jennie sings in the second verse.

Did You Know? The entrepreneurial Selena Gomez teamed up with Serendipity in creating her own ice cream flavor: Cookies ‘n Cream Remix (pink vanilla ice cream and cookie pieces)

Back to discussing the song, the post chorus is very addictive the more you listen to it. “Ice cream chillin’, chillin. Ice cream chillin'” Doesn’t that make you crave an actual ice cream cone/cup right about now? With the summer months still heating up across the country, it’s very fitting to have one to cool us all down.

Overall, this is a collaboration that works well and it will benefit both fandoms moving forward. I predict this will go viral over the next 24 hours, and maybe perhaps reclaim the title of most views over the first 24 hour period for a music video which was previously held by BLACKPINK until fellow K-Pop group, BTS took the #1 spot last week with their new song, Dynamite.

Lastly, I just wanted to point out the continuing trend of female artists coming together in 2020. Notable mainstream examples include BLACKPINK & Lady Gaga in “Sour Candy” and Doja Cat & Nicki Minaj in “Say So.”

“Over Now” by Calvin Harris (with The Weeknd)

Moving along with this second pick of the week is EDM-hitmaker Calvin Harris with his latest collaboration with R&B/pop artist, The Weeknd in “Over Now.” The song is about a guy who’s literally done with his ex. There’s no more second chances, no more redo’s, no more going back to the girl he once called his girlfriend. For both parties, it’s best to move on and that’s the overall message of the song. The Weeknd’s smooth vocals layed over this groovy arrangement made for a very lit track in my opinion. What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments box below.

This is the first time the two artists have worked together and to be honest, they hit it right out of the park on their first try! The Weeknd’s popularity has soared in 2020 with his smash hit song “Blinding Lights” which is certified Platinum by the RIAA and is also a Billboard Hot 100 mainstay approaching 40 weeks straight on said chart. I expect this song will also go to #1, giving the two artists yet another mainstream hit to their credit.

The accompanying music video for this single features a computer generated version of The Weeknd dancing and pouring his heart and soul out as he sings the song with trippy backdrops of cityscapes, shrooms, and outer space scenery. Props to the visual effects artists who brought this vision to life.

“Cry About It Later” by Katy Perry

What a week pop star Katy Perry is having! Just two days ago, she became a first time mom by giving birth to her daughter, Daisy Dove Bloom. Now today, her fifth major studio album, Smile is officially out! She joked on her IG page by posting a meme that this was her second child.

This uptempo song is great for those who want to move on from a relationship and just de-stress overall. There’s no need to be down on yourself because you can find someone new and shed your tears afterwards.

The animated video for the song gave me Chilling Adventures of Sabrina vibes for some reason. Very cute. What are your thoughts? Voice them in the comments box down below. You can see the other Smile Series videos, by clicking here.

Perry is embracing her new chapter in her life both professionally and personally, so this song is a perfect addition to her discography. Hopefully this breath of fresh air a.k.a. the new album era is resonant with the fans this time around. We don’t want to see Perry lose her smile again!

“Kill My Time” by 5 Seconds of Summer

Australian pop rock band 5SOS is back with a bonus track off their album, CALM which has a new iteration called CALM PLUS1. The song was previously exclusive to their online merch store but now it’s available on all streaming platforms. This single has a very 1980’s feel to it in my opinion. Singer-songwriter, Luke Hemmings discusses being in love with someone but there’s a catch, he awaits what she decides since this girl is also in a relationship with somebody else too! He doesn’t want to kill his time with anyone else but her. He talks about his desires to take her to the dive bar downtown and the prospects of having a fun time.

Love is truly complicated and I’m sure there are 5SOS fans who can relate to this situation and will connect well to this song. But if not, and you’re like me, you can still enjoy this track for its unique arrangement and overall sound. I appreciate the maturity this group has gone through over the years and I’m looking forward to what’s to come!

“Nightlight” by ILLENIUM

Capping off this week’s picks is this new single from Nick Miller, DJ, musician and record producer better known for his stage name, ILLENIUM. This is the first single off his forthcoming fourth album, title TBD. It follows his 2019 album release of Ascend which spawned the hits “Takeaway” with The Chainsmokers and Lennon Stella and “Good Things Fall Apart” with Jon Bellion. Both songs are certified Platinum by the RIAA.

“Nightlight” is a love song with vocals from the angelic and soothing Annika Wells. She’s a Californian singer-songwriter with previous credits on ILLENIUM’s past albums Awake and Ascend. I enjoy this song for the vocals and for it’s production. The distorted sounding guitars plus Wells’ vocals match really well together.

Thematically, the song is about someone in love with somebody and that somebody is their ride or die. This special someone help you get through the tough time(s) in life.

Hopefully in 2021, ILLENIUM can resume touring and can showcase the songs he’s cooking up in quarantine from his next album.

That does it for this week’s edition of New Music Friday here at Philip’s Music Corner. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention a call to action in light of the recent news of Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin who was shot by a police officer 7 times in the back in front of his three kids this week. Truly sad what the world has become as of late. Please consider helping out by visiting this link: or by donating to the GoFundMe page at:

As always, please stay safe, and be kind to one another. Happy listening!

New Music Friday: March 27

This week we have two tracks that pertain to the coronavirus pandemic from chart toppers OneRepublic and indie pop band Foster The People, as well as new music from Dua Lipa, 5 Seconds of Summer, Kane Brown & John Legend!

Read on to get the latest scoop…

Better Days” by OneRepublic

Ryan Tedder, Brent Kutzle and their friend/producer Tyler Spry were in contact with someone who had tested positive with the coronavirus two weeks ago, so they had to quarantine themselves in their California studio. Fortunately, they haven’t experience any symptoms thus far.

While in the midst of their downtime, they were able to produce this timely new single that the whole world can relate to. During one of their recent Instagram Live sessions they revealed that they had the chorus made months prior to the pandemic and only now living and experiencing this time of uncertainty that the remaining verses came together for the song.

With this song, they want us all to remain hopeful and that this pandemic is just temporary and finite. Better days are indeed ahead of us and when we do see the light at the end of this scary unknown tunnel, we can all once again rejoice and return to our normal day-to-day lives.

You can download and stream “Better Days,” right here. Portions of the proceeds from the new song will go towards Musicares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund. Also check out the new merch they released along with the pre-order for their next album, all right here.

“It’s Ok To Be Human” by Foster The People

Mark Foster, lead singer of Foster The People released a song earlier this week in response to the global pandemic we’re currently experiencing. It’s a chilling yet beautiful song that reassures us that we’re all in this together and that there’s no one to place blame on because this virus affects us all.

In an accompanying blog post, Foster reflects on today’s world and past events in global history like the 9/11 attacks, when WWII ended as well as the terrorist attacks at the famous Bataclan venue in Paris five years ago. He said that those moments in time had their own feeling of unity and hope for a better future.

In today’s world, this feels different to him too.

“The fear is different. The uncertainty is different. The unity is also different. As I woke up this morning to texts from friends and family with updates, warnings, and the desire to connect with other people, I found myself thinking about the beauty of this pause. The entire world has pressed pause. It’s as if mother earth said, “O.K. you degenerates give me the wheel. I’m gonna steer us back in the right direction.” 

Mark Foster

I love when artists use a time of uncertainty to create art. It gives us all a sense of hope. What are your thoughts on the new song?

Listen to the song on their official website now.

“Break My Heart” by Dua Lipa

Pivoting to something totally unrelated to the pandemic is Dua Lipa’s third official single from her freshly released second studio album, Future Nostalgia. In this song, she’s questioning her relationship choices.

Another solid dance pop track for enjoyment for those who love her previous singles and first album, but it’s also another song for you to ponder over. Are you better off being single or being tied to someone you know in the long run will not benefit your emotional psyche? Navigating one’s love life is definitely like walking on a tightrope. The steps you take during a consensual relationship can make or break your future.

The accompanying music video seen above has some pretty nifty dance sequences like on a plane which leads to some cool transitional moments like when Dua falls from that plane via a parachute which then leads to being under bed sheets in a bedroom as she leaves the room. That room she left is like leaving a relationship as the rotating beds move along in a conveyor belt fashion with all the figurative sleeping boyfriends she had a relationship with.

You can stream Dua’s sophomore album, Future Nostalgia which features “Break My Heart” right now!

“Wildflower” by 5SOS

Here’s a song from the guys of 5 Seconds of Summer that will put a smile on your face. You don’t have to think deeply about this one as the positive and loving vibes just oozes out in this track. You can definitely use this song to dedicate your significant other for like a wedding anniversary or the one you’re dating currently to show how much you really love them.

The lyric video above contains 10 hours worth of hand made stop-motion animation on top of 8 more hours of editing! 529 flowers were used in this mesmerizing video. Simply astounding how the artists and creatives came together to put that together for the band.

Fun Fact: The band partnered up with the meditation app, Calm to promote four exclusive remixes. Check it out here:

As they mature as a band, they’ve become more mindful of their surroundings in life and they hope this app collaboration will be beneficial for us all to listen. Keep calm and listen on (to CALM.)

Get their new album, CALM which contains “Wildflower” today!

“Last Time I Say Sorry” by Kane Brown & John Legend

This is an interesting collaboration effort from country pop phenom Kane Brown and R&B hit maker John Legend. It’s a collab that I didn’t knew would work if you said these two artists’ name out loud. Anyways, this song is about a person who’s owning up to his or her’s past mistakes and is doing his or her’s hardest to win back the love he or she once had. This person doesn’t want to go back to arguing, but rather they want to start a clean slate, a new chapter if you will, a hope for a rekindled romance as indicated by the lyrics, “So I swallow my pride, see it from your side
I promise I’ll do the best I can do
” and later on in the song, the verse, “If I could build a perfect world I’d only make you smile
I’d hang the stars, the sun and moon outside this room, but I’ll
I’ll never be perfect, though I’m gonna try
Oh, I’m gonna do better, I swear –“

Overall, its a cathartic ballad that both of their respective fan bases will love. Hear the song, right here!

With all of the chaos going around the world right now, I hope these five tracks can be a welcome distraction to your life right now. Feel free to comment and share below which song(s) you’re vibing with, whether it be any of these five tracks or some other new track this week not mentioned here that you would love to share too.

Remember to keep practicing safe social distancing and wash your hands often. Our new norm is just temporary, remember that! Happy listening and enjoy the weekend!

New Music Friday: February 21

Welcome to another edition of New Music Friday on this Friday, February 21, 2020! This week’s offerings that I recommend are Selena Gomez’s unforgettable new song, an introspective track from 5 Seconds of Summer, an emotional new tune from rising singer-songwriter Lauv among others too…

“Feel Me” by Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez just dropped a hot track that will make fans wonder is this a jab towards her ex, Justin Bieber?!? This song has been cut and recorded officially finally due to her dedicated fans. The origins date back to her 2016 Revival era where she performed the song on tour.

Gomez savagely calls out someone for sure in this single, which is also available on the vinyl version of “Rare,” her latest album. She doesn’t want to be forgotten despite the ex moving on in life. Figuratively, she wishes that person still feels her every time he kisses or dances with his new lover and to remember the times they use to spend with each other.

“Feel Me” is available now to download and or stream.


“Old Me” by 5 Seconds Of Summer

Lead vocalist, Luke Hemmings sings about the past versions of himself and how it’s shaped him to the current version of himself today. It’s pretty much an ode to one’s past mistakes. Each moment of the past is a lesson for the present.

Every sacrifice or compromise or action you take shapes your overall perspective in life. This is a song that will definitely have you look deep within yourself. Contemplate away as you enjoy this track which will be included in their upcoming album, CALM.

Fun fact: The artwork for this single contains photos of their younger selves in a cool collage age progression. The lyric video has a treasure trove of childhood photos/memories that the 5SOS fandom will enjoy!

Pre-order 5SOS’ CALM to get the single now. The new album drops March 27th!


“Modern Loneliness” by Lauv

Lauv raises the notion that we’re falsely believing we’re lonely despite living in a technological world where your friend(s) are a text or call away.

He hopes we can find it in ourselves that there is love and affection waiting to be found out there despite our internal isolation that we put ourselves in.

In a recent MTV News interview he cited the song as his “favorite song on the album and the most important song” he’s ever made so far in his career.

“There is a lot of loneliness out there. We all feel it. But there is also a lot of love waiting for us and I hope this song can be a catalyst for that,” he added.

You can pre-order his upcoming album ~ how i’m feeling ~ now. It will be released real soon on March 6th!


All Night” by Afrojack and Ally Brooke

Need a fun pick me up this weekend? Then this one will be the best bet for your next party, get-together, what have you!

Turn the volume up and not have any worries at all to this tune! Ally Brooke, formerly of Fifth Harmony fame provides the impeccable vocals in this collaborative effort with reputable Dutch DJ Afrojack, who makes his triumphant return to Spinnin’ starting today!

Get the new collab song here.


“Dancing Next To Me” by Greyson Chance

Greyson Chance has evolved his sound from album to album. His upcoming untitled third album which will feature this new song will definitely continue that trend.

Chance tackles the aftermath of a breakup in this dance pop single as his falsetto vocals exudes a lot of emotion. A great way to enter Pisces season this year, this song is well produced and well-written in my opinion.

Did you know? Singer-songwriter Teddy Geiger co-wrote the song and is credited with playing the guitar in this song.

If you appreciated Chance’s portraits era, you will enjoy this latest song as he matures even more into the next era/decade of his career!

Download and stream the song today! Visit his official site for news and upcoming tour dates.

Come back next week for another round of New Music Friday picks! Happy listening folks!! 😊

New Music Friday: February 7

This week brings new songs from the likes of 5 Seconds of Summer, Adam Lambert & Carly Rae Jepsen just to name a few. Scroll down to read all about it and more!

What will you be listening to this weekend?

“No Shame” by 5 Seconds Of Summer

Aussie pop rockers 5SOS are back with a new single and upcoming album. “No Shame” is about peoples’ insatiable desire for attention in life. Everyone just wants to be noticed, be seen or be heard whether it’s in real life or on social media. #NoShame in that!

Overall, I like the progression of their sound as compared to their 2014 breakthrough hit song, “She Looks So Perfect,” and this new song’s melody is something I haven’t heard from other artists before. What about you? Let me know in the comments below.

The guys will be going on tour as part of their promotion of CALM, their fourth studio album due March 27th! Tickets and tour dates can be found here.


“Roses” by Adam Lambert feat. Nile Rodgers

American Idol alum and pop singer sensation, Adam Lambert is back and he’s brought a lot of funk and groove on this latest track. “Roses” is a very 80s, dance tune that’s sure to make you feel good after listening to it. It’s really catchy and I feel Adam could sing anything at this point and it will go viral! Kudos to his chameleon-like skills when it comes to making music for numerous genres.

Nile Rodgers’ slick guitar skills reminds me of his other collab with Daft Punk’s smash hit, “Get Lucky.”

With that said, this song is perfect since Valentine’s Day is approaching and couples and non-couples if you will, will enjoy this song. Download and stream the song here. His next album, Velvet releases March 20th!


“Let’s Be Friends” by Carly Rae Jepsen

Need a new breakup song? Then you’re in luck! Carly Rae Jepsen, best known for her hits “Call Me Maybe,” and “Run Away With Me,” is back with this unapologetic track for those who have been scorned. The accompanying music video is cute. I must say, this video was nicely done with the pop-up story book feel and whimsical animation.

The lyrics are really clever because she wants to be “friends” with an ex but then never speak to them again. It’s an amusing song for those who want to be cheeky towards their recent ex. Give it a listen because this is another appropriately timed song given Valentine’s Day is approaching and it’s not always sunshine and daisies on that holiday!

Download and stream the song today!


“Know Your Worth” by Khalid & Disclosure

Khalid and Disclosure team up for an easy listening song that will boost your confidence. If you’re feeling doubtful of yourself or just need a reminder that you’re worthy of a relationship, then you should definitely listen to this tune!

Get the latest updates on Khalid, here.
Get the latest news from Disclosure, here.

Download/stream the new single now!


“Everything Sounds Like A Love Song” by X Ambassadors

Heartbreak really takes you to a new state of mind. This song is for those who loved someone dearly but they broke up with you and now everything you do or see in this post-breakup life, it reminds you of your ex. This big band style ballad is really heartfelt and soulful and is worthy of a listen.

I admire the hard work X Ambassadors have put into their soaring career and craft thus far. They’ve been putting out new songs every year since their mainstream debut back in 2015. Visit their official website for more info and tickets for their current Orion tour.

Download their latest single today!