New Music Friday: January 15

It’s New Music Friday once more on this Friday, January the 15th, 2021! This week’s song picks include the latest from pop boy band Why Don’t We, country superstars Tim McGraw & Tyler Hubbard, pop star/actress Selena Gomez, country pop singer-songwriter Hunter Hayes & last but not least recording artist, Greyson Chance. Scroll down to read all about them! 😃


“Grey” by Why Don’t We

Pop band, Why Don’t We’s most ambitious effort yet, The Good Times and The Bad Ones is finally out for the fans to hear! The piano ballad, “Grey” is for those who feel a sense of regret for breaking up with one’s boyfriend/girlfriend/relationship.

It’s truly a tragic moment if one experiences this in their life and now all they can do is beg for forgiveness. The guys’ vocals have really matured in this era and I love the accompanying strings seen in the background for the performance video seen above.

You can really feel their emotions pouring out through these well-crafted verses especially in the chorus when all five members croon:

Tears and slamming doors
I’m falling, down on the floor
Begging, begging, please
You don’t want me no more
I never hurt like this before
I’m begging, begging, please
Now every day it rains
And I’m the one to blame
Baby, I walked away
When you came to stay
Oh, now everything’s grey

The many months of planning, writing and recording, plus editing must’ve been a tiring yet rewarding experience for the group. I really appreciate their dedication to writing this whole album by themselves this time around and now they can look forward to performing the tracks when they go on tour after the pandemic — hopefully later this year!

What’s your favorite song on the new album? Share your responses in the comments box below!

Lastly, be sure to check out their GMA interview & performance of “Slow Down” here. Fun Fact: They got to sample the Smashing Pumpkins’ hit song, “1979.” 😎


“Undivided” by Tim McGraw & Tyler Hubbard

Tyler Hubbard of Grammy-nominated country duo Florida Georgia Line teamed up with country legend and 3x Grammy-winner, Tim McGraw for a feel-good duet song that calls for unity over division.

In this very divisive time in America as we speak, we could all use this moment to reflect and hope for a better future. This song is a welcome distraction from all the negative news headlines we’ve witnessed on our TV’s and phones.

In a CBS This Morning interview, Hubbard revealed in regards to this song, “I didn’t think we could need it any more than we needed it last year, but apparently we still do.” Little would they know the tragic events of the Capitol coup last week because this song was conceived and recorded last year during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns and the marches against racial injustices.

“The song — it speaks to more of the social contract that we have with each other. It’s not about politics. It’s about how we’re supposed to treat each other,” McGraw shared.

He also tweeted, “My wish is that y’all can hear the hope in this one!!”

I myself believe that this song could not have come out at a more relevant time. So please give this song a listen this week and also feel free to check out the two country stars sing together in the black-and-white styled video attached above.

It won’t change things drastically but at least it will help warm your heart and soul. It will also serve everyone a reminder that kindness counts!


“De Una Vez” by Selena Gomez

Pop singer-songwriter Selena Gomez returns to the spotlight with an all Spanish single called “De Una Vez” or “At Once” in English. It’s just the second all Spanish track since her 2010 release, “Un Año Sin Lluvia.”

This song follows the release of “Ice Cream,” her collaboration with K-pop girl group BLACKPINK last summer. “De Una Vez” is the first song slated to appear on her upcoming untitled fourth studio album.

This was something Gomez wanted to do as she revealed in an interview with Zane Lowe for Apple Music. “I’m so proud of my heritage.” With all the division going on in the world, she called it “perfect timing” in releasing this project out now. “There’s something about Latin music that, globally, just makes people feel things.”

Lyrically speaking, the 28-year-old songstress talks about overcoming heartbreak and being strong and resilient moving forward being single. This love song is beautifully composed and I’m glad she sung this in Spanish rather than English because the verses flow better en español and she’s showcasing her diverse talents and heritage in true authentic fashion.

If you’re still interested in seeing the English translations, feel free to click here. For more about the visuals in the music video and the creative process behind it, check out this Vogue article.

Meantime, Gomez is a busy woman in 2021. While busy recording new music, she’s also set to release season 2 of her cooking show, Selena + Chef on HBO MAX on January 21st. She will also be returning to her acting roots in a new Hulu comedy series, Only Murders in the Building starring alongside actors Martin Short and Steve Martin.


“The One That Got Away” by Hunter Hayes

29-year-old country-pop artist Hunter Hayes is back with an all-new upbeat single titled, “The One That Got Away.” It’s the first track released from his upcoming album, Red Sky which is set to drop later this summer.

This is a song for those who broke free from a bad relationship and can see themselves on the path of freedom. Instead of being down in the dumps about this heartbreak, Hayes is seen dancing alone looking relieved and happily cruising solo in a cool car free from the troubles of the past. Watch the video for picturesque countryside footage, some sunny desert footage and some amazing aerial drone shots.

He debuted the song on national TV earlier this week on ABC’s Good Morning America. Check out his performance, right here. He also gave a little preview at what his next album’s theme will be about, citing it’s about “moving on and self-discovery and growth and change.”

On Instagram, the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter shared his appreciation for the important and integral people who helped brought this project to life:

Putting the song out for the world to hear really means a lot to him and he shared he cannot wait to perform this for the fans soon.

Are you looking forward to more Hunter Hayes music this year? Let me know in the comments below.


“Holy Feeling” by Greyson Chance

Greyson Chance dropped his first single for 2021 and it’s quite an impressive track! From my interpretation, it’s about loving somebody but they’re not necessarily on the same page or level as you…yet. You want them to commit more to you so you can both feel like you’re floating on cloud 9 a.k.a. that godly, holy feeling. That eternal love that only true loving relationships can feel and know.

2020 was a challenging year for the musician and he shared on Twitter all about the struggle to put pen and paper to make music and how releasing “Holy Feeling” in 2021 is a fresh start with renewed hope and vision for him moving forward:

He said the new song brought color back into his life, sparking that “joy of singing for you, of sharing my story with you.”

I’m enjoying the direction of his sound based on this new single and I highly anticipate more music to be dropped this year in the form a full album that will channel deeper into his poetic mind.

Check out his exclusive YouTube acoustic performance of the song, right here:


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New Music Friday: December 4

We’ve made it to the final month of 2020! Chill out with the following new tunes out this week! Pop boy band Why Don’t We, Grammy-winning artist/producer FINNEAS, EDM hitmakers Cheat Codes ft. Marc E. Bassy, pop duo Aly & AJ & Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna are my recommended picks for you to check out. Read all about them and more in this week’s edition of New Music Friday here at Philip’s Music Corner for December 4, 2020.


“Lotus Inn” by Why Don’t We

Successful quintet boy band, Why Don’t We have released their next single off their forthcoming second studio album, The Good Times and The Bad Ones due in January 2021. It’s called “Lotus Inn,” and I strongly believe this will definitely be their next hit song which follows “Fallin’ (Adrenaline)” released earlier this fall.

From my interpretation, the song talks about catching eyes with somebody attractive and this budding relationship takes off like fireworks exploding in the sky as your newfound love takes your hand so you two can spend the night together at the “lotus inn.” I’ll leave the rest for you own take(s). The seemingly instant love connection that takes place is something to behold. You feel like you’re on cloud nine and want to re-live the heart thumping moment again and again!

Fans of WDW got an early invitational postcard late last month to visit the cozy looking lotus inn (clever marketing, Warner Music Group!). The actual website looks like a legit place to make a reservation too. Click here to see for yourself! It even has the date December 4th (TODAY) on the calendar. It will lead to their merch site if you do click on it, letting fans know that “all of the rooms are booked.” Also, do check out the Lotus Inn IG page for some cool interior shots and much more!

Overall, I believe teens and young adults will adore this upbeat love song from the guys! It will have you dancing along and swaying your hands to the beat of the song. Many will even have tears of joy as well for a multitude reasons like the sheer pride you have in the WDW fandom and the craftmanship the band has taken on in this era.

I can already tell this track will be a fan favorite when the band resumes touring duties in 2021 and it will sound amazing in an arena like setting.


“Another Year” by FINNEAS

FINNEAS offers his holiday song to the world and it doesn’t disappoint! This piano ballad/love song was beautifully written and produced. He talks about not needing Baby Jesus to save him, or a New Year’s resolution to change him. He doesn’t even need presents! The most important thing is spending time with your loved ones or your one true love this holiday season and beyond!

This is a song you need to have on your playlist if you just need something playing while reading a book in the living room with a cup of coffee or hot cocoa. This song has the power that matches a much needed big hug or like a well-deserved massage. It will provide a lot of comforting feelings as we close out what’s been an unprecedented 2020.

What’s funny is that the 23-year-old singer-songwriter/producer penned this track last year around this same time. He didn’t knew the lyrics would be so poetic for a crazy time like this. He posted on his Instagram, “I wrote this song this time last year but if I had known what would happen in the following 12 months, I wouldn’t have changed a line. Hope it gives you a little comfort.”

Good thing he didn’t change anything because the verses of this song are absolutely perfect!

So if you’re looking for a new holiday song to add to your collection that’s soothing to the ears, look no further to FINNEAS’ “Another Year.”


“Do It All Over” by Cheat Codes feat. Marc E. Bassy

EDM trio Cheat Codes have teamed up with San Fran native singer-songwriter Marc E. Bassy for an infectious new anthem about wanting to start over again. That’s what most would say when it comes to this year! Am I right?

The conflicting emotions and cycles of love and heartbreak can take a toll on you so this track will be relevant to those listeners out there who want that re-do in life when it comes to your love life. It can also apply to other aspects of life too, like say a job that you lost. You want and plead for that second chance. Perhaps it will end in the same result, but that doesn’t stop you from trying!

Sonically speaking, I love the arrangement of the beats with Bassy’s solid vocal performance. I especially love the added synths. It’s very addictive and definitely deserves to be played over and over again. This is an A+ collaboration!

This song will be a part of Cheat Codes’ upcoming debut studio album, Hellraisers due to be released next year. Expect more amazing collaborations and teaser songs to be dropped before then.


“Slow Dancing” by Aly & AJ

Vibe out with Aly & AJ’s latest single, “Slow Dancing.” This is such a mellow track that will leave you feeling refreshed after listening to it. The sister duo crafted a lovely soft pop song. Clear skin is just a click away!

Lyrically, it talks about missing someone you know and love because they’re living far away from you due to various reasons (e.g a long distance relationship, COVID-19 distancing from a family member/relative/friend, or your lover is on a long business trip).

The ladies indirectly mention quarantine life of 2020 and the political divisions in the U.S. we’re currently experiencing in the lines, “Hell’s bending, keeping me captive,” and “I’ve got my reasons to complain/And they’re tangled in red, white, and blue/The battlе outside is blazing/And all I’m thinking about is you” respectively.

In my opinion, this song is like Fleetwood Mac mixed in with the current sound of Vanessa Carlton alongside with some HAIM essence too. What do you guys think?

I feel like this song can literally be used in teen dramas with a literal “slow dancing” scene or a school prom scene for a high-school based series.

If you need to feel the feels or de-stress your troubles away, then this is your pick of the week! This song is slated to be a part of their fourth studio album. A release date has yet to be announced. I’m stoked to hear more from them in the near future!


“Dance Like Nobody’s Watching” by Yuna

Capping off this week’s picks is Yuna’s groovy new song called, “Dance Like Nobody’s Watching.” Forget sadness and heartbreak because music is the remedy for all of that. Literally, Yuna wants you to immerse yourself with your favorite song(s) including this one. Life is short too be upset about lost love.

Dance the night away as the 34-year-old singer-songwriter belts out gracefully these notable lines from the lyrics, “Dance like nobody’s watching (Oh, oh, oh)/’Cause you won’t be the one to save me (Yeah, yeah)” and in the post-chorus, “Gonna take my shoes off and be free (Ooh)/No one to tell me how to feel (Ooh)/I got a solution baby (Ooh). Dance like nobody’s watching.”

This song exudes confidence in moving on and being a strong independent person overall. This is a great track for future club playlists but for now it will have to settle for those “party for one in my own house/apartment” kind of playlists.

Sonically speaking, Yuna’s vocals are delicate like a dove’s feather. Very calming to the ears, breathy, and matches well with the tempo of the song. It’s not too slow nor too fast. Just right!


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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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