New Music Friday: February 26

Happy Friday folks! This week I’m highlighting these five songs from pop singers Post Malone, Nick Jonas, alt-rock band Waterparks, alternative artist Elle King & country artist Miranda Lambert & last but not least Swedish singer-songwriter Zara Larsson. All that and more in this February 26th edition of New Music Friday!!

“Only Wanna Be With You (Pokemon 25 Version) by Post Malone


In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Pokémon, pop singer Post Malone is headlining a virtual concert on Saturday, February 27th. He will be singing a Hootie & the Blowfish cover song called, “Only Wanna Be With You.” Check out the original 1995 version here, if you like to compare the two.

In this latest version, you can clearly hear it has a new touch to it. Post Malone added a slight change of lyrics. Instead of “dolphins,” he added “cowboys” since he’s an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. So the new lyric goes, “I’m such a baby ’cause the Dolphins make me cry.” The overall sound is fit for the modern mainstream audience. It’s nice and lofty and contains some samples from the actual Pokémon video games too! What a cool way to celebrate this storied franchise that produced numerous successful iterations of games, toy collectibles, movies, TV seasons and more over the past two and a half decades!!

If you’re a big fan of Post Malone, Hootie & the Blowfish and/or Pokémon, you’ll definitely enjoy this song. Share your thoughts below.

You can tune in to the concert event, Saturday night at 7 P.M. EST on the Pokémon YouTube channel, Pokémon Twitch channel, and on the official Pokémon 25 official website here.

Who’s your favorite Pokémon? Favorite Pokémon game? Let me know in the comments below.

“Spaceman” by Nick Jonas


Pop singer-songwriter/The Voice coach, Nick Jonas releases his newest single, “Spaceman,” already out now. This song will be a part of his third solo full length album of the same name following the 2016 album, Last Year Was Complicated.

I feel like this track is catered to those feeling frustrated, disconnected or emotionally drained by whatever is in your current way. It could describe those feelings of being lost with all the strange things that the pandemic has caused in your everyday life like extended unemployment or working from home. It could be the stressful news cycle we’re exposed to every day or perhaps if you’re not with a certain loved one due to quarantining over the past year. If any of these situations apply to you then you will feel seen and or touched by this song from the 28-year-old musician.

Sonically speaking, this pop track with a little bit of R&B elements in it, is quite catchy and will be a sure fire hit on the radio this year. The upbeat vibes offers some hope for listeners despite the tough times that continues to grasp the year.

He explained in a recent IG post that the new album/era will have four central themes to it.
1) Distance
2) Indulgence
3) Euphoria
4) Commitment

He hopes this new body of work helps us on our own journeys through space and time.

Jonas will be the host and musical guest on this weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live, so tune in for that where he’ll be promoting this new song. Also be sure to watch him coach a new set of aspiring singers on the 20th season of NBC’s The Voice which premieres March 1st at 8 P.M. EST.

Check out the official Spaceman merch on his official website. Are you excited for this new era of music for Nick? Let me know in the comments below.

“Snow Globe” by Waterparks

Alternative rock group, Waterparks released their first single of 2021 called “Snow Globe” which will appear on their upcoming fourth major label album, Greatest Hits, out May 21st! Written and produced by lead singer Awsten Knight, this track starts off with an unexpected descending piano melody (one of my fave parts) then flows into a groovy up tempo AutoTuned song that’s giving me major Daft Punk vibes but with that classic Waterparks essence. Shoutout to the recently retired French electronic music duo, Daft Punk by the way.

Waterparks, much like my other favorite band, AJR, always come up with such unique songs that inspire deep thought while entertaining our souls. Knight committed a lot of time and effort in crafting this latest single and I can already tell that this next album will be quite the eye opener for the core fanbase — the Parxies! I wonder what the other songs are going to sound like!

The production values on this track are top-notch! While I’m not a big fan of artists overly using AutoTune, in this case, it’s done right! Case example, the “Into, into, into” line in the chorus section. Soooo good! I thought it matched the mood of the song quite nicely. I also thought the transition from the pre-chorus section into the chorus section was seamless. Lastly, I felt the layered outro was like the cherry on top of the sundae! *insert vibing cat here*

From my interpretation, the verses of the song delve into someone who’s stuck in a rut or lacks the autonomy to make decisions on their own because others in your social circle try to control or shape who you are. You feel like your life is like a snow globe, it gets shaken up by people you once loved, and the ensuing events that occur afterwards become a major mess to your mental and or physical state.

The performance music video was very artsy! There’s no actual plotline this time around, just a cool jam session with fake snow to make it seem like they’re inside a snow globe. The shaky camerawork and the in and out of focus shots made it seem like you were in the proverbial mosh pit inside said snow globe. Nice!

What do you guys think? Share your takes down below.

“Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” by Elle King & Miranda Lambert


Here’s another song you can add to your post-pandemic party playlists! Singers Elle King & Miranda Lambert collaborated for a fun anthem about getting drunk, hanging out with your friend(s), and just simply having the time of your life. In real life, the two artists are best friends forever, so watching the above music video, you can tell this friendship is genuine and whole.

The two previously sang together on the cover song of “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” back in 2019. Click here to watch that performance video which also features artists Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes and Caylee Hammack!

The music video for this song is very entertaining and funny. It’s partly recorded as if you were using an old fashioned camcorder and King and Lambert are dressed up for an 80’s style wedding reception. The video will definitely put a smile on your face.

So if you need a new jam to bond to with your besties, then look no further to this track from King and Lambert. Both of their voices complement one another on this duet. Very refreshing flow especially the infectious ooh-ooh-oohs! I can’t wait to see them perform this song during an upcoming awards show later this year.

“Look What You’ve Done” by Zara Larsson


Zara Larsson dropped her first promo single to help kick off her next album era, Poster Girl releasing next Friday, March 5th. “Look What You’ve Done” is about moving on from a relationship and confidently owning yourself and your future ambitions. While your ex continues to obsess about you post-breakup, you are thriving and stronger than you ever was before you dated this person.

I love the violin intro by the way, how about you? Larsson continues to be a very underrated artist in my opinion. It’s only a matter of time for her to reach the pop superstardom levels like an Ariana Grande or a Dua Lipa, the former of which I got in terms of vibes in the bridge section of this track.

I also felt some “thank u, next” vibes from a lyrical standpoint. From an overall aural standpoint, I got Sia and Anne-Marie vibes in this feel-good, dance-worthy track that’s sure to put a smile on your face upon listening to it. Thoughts? If this song gets the remix treatment, I nominate the incredible Lindsey Stirling to join her. It would be epic!

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New Music Friday: February 12

Happy Lunar New Year (Year of the Ox) to those celebrating this weekend! If not, happy Friday nonetheless. We have brand new tracks coming from pop stars Taylor Swift, P!nk featuring her daughter Willow Sage, Dua Lipa, country pop icon Carrie Underwood & actress/musician herself, Victoria Justice. All that and more in this week’s edition of New Music Friday for Friday, February 12, 2021…

“Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” by Taylor Swift

Pop superstar Taylor Swift announced on ABC’s Good Morning America on Thursday that her next single, “Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” will be out today. On her socials, she also hinted when her re-recorded album, Fearless (Taylor’s Version) will be out. And for those who haven’t figured it out, it’s going to drop April 9th!! As in 4/9 or 4+9 = 13 😉

She explained in a letter to her fans that she will also include six unreleased tracks from the vault, bringing the album’s track list to a whopping 26 songs, a.ka. a multiple of her lucky number 13!! 😉😉

I’m not sure if it was fate but it’s also been 13 years since the original “Love Story” was released. I’m pleased to report that this new version is exceptionally made. I can’t really detect any major changes, but I do think this new version is crisper than the older one. I dig this new version.

In the above lyric video, you can see some throwback memories of Swift and some of her adoring fans as well as Taylor on stage in various Fearless era outfits. So sweet!

I commend her once again for undertaking a huge project in re-recording her original six albums in her efforts to own the rights to her music. She’s 1/6 complete!

I don’t know about you but I’m excited to go aboard the nostalgia train and re-listen to her classic songs like “Fifteen”, “White Horse,” & “You Belong With Me,” now produced and recorded her way! Share your thoughts in the comments below. Will you be buying the new album?

“Cover Me In Sunshine” by P!nk feat. Willow Sage Hart

2020 and now 2021 has been challenging for everyone! Multi Platinum winning pop singer-songwriter P!nk sought music as a way to cope with the pandemic. She recorded a new song with her daughter, Willow Sage in their home and it’s called “Cover Me In Sunshine.” This song follows her 2020 collaboration with Keith Urban in “One Too Many.” It’s also her first new song since her eighth studio album, Hurts 2B Human was released in 2019.

She said in a video message, “it made us feel happy, so we’re going to put it out for no other reason.” She hopes the song makes you happy too! And it certainly did for me! 🌞 🌞

In the music video, we see the two of them tending to their farm, riding horses, goofing around, and laughing and enjoying each other’s time. They just puts a big smile on my face.

Overall, I thought this new single was very wholesome through and through and will provide a glimmer of joy for those feeling stressed, confused, angsty, or scared in this crazy world we’re living in right now. It has the power to turn that frown upside down! Boost your mood with some positivity by hearing this song and adding it to your playlists this week. You won’t regret it!

I have a good feeling Willow will be following in her mom’s footsteps one day. Thoughts? Meantime, here’s hoping you enjoy this latest track. Can’t wait for more new P!nk songs in 2021!

“We’re Good” by Dua Lipa

25-year-old pop songstress, Dua Lipa is back with some new songs including “We’re Good” in what’s billed as her reissued Future Nostalgia album. It’s called Future Nostalgia: The Moonlight Edition and it’s available now to stream.

According to the singer, she says this new single is about an amicable breakup. “I think a lot of people wish and hope for those especially because it can be such a difficult process to go through that at some point you just hope it’s a very easy break and you can both just move on with your life. So in a perfect world, this is ‘We’re Good’.”

So if you’re on the brink of a breakup and want to end things on good terms, then this song is for you. You can also play it for your soon to be ex so that potentially things won’t get awkward between the two of you.

Sonically speaking, I feel this is going to be another mainstream hit. It has a cool arrangement to it. I love in the chorus section where she splits the lines up into several chunks: Not gonna judge / you when you’re with / somebody else / as long as you swear / you won’t be pissed when I do it myself. It has an nifty flow to it in my opinion.

While it may be a B-side song, I feel like it could’ve fit well on the main original album. What do you guys think?

Watch the official music video seen above for a Titanic-esque tragedy, Lipa owning the cruise ship stage while wearing elegant dress attire, lobster trauma, lobster heartbreak and eventual lobster freedom. Don’t worry she also makes it out alive!

Additional collaborations on the latest iteration include her song, “Prisoner” with Miley Cyrus, “Un Dia” with J Balvin, Bad Bunny & Tainy, and “Not My Problem” with JID.

“Softly And Tenderly” by Carrie Underwood

Country hitmaker Carrie Underwood is planning on releasing her first gospel covers album on March 26th. It’s called My Savior and one of those songs that I would love to highlight is “Softly And Tenderly.” That single, out now was originally composed by Will L. Thompson in 1880. It has gone on to be covered by other famous artists like Pat Boone, Amy Grant, and Reba McEntire with Trisha Yearwood and Kelly Clarkson just to name a few.

With Underwood’s version, we hear a powerful yet delicate vocal performance. The attached audio video would make for a calm listening session, perhaps for meditation too. I felt at ease listening to her sing the verses. Feel free to play this if you need some spiritual healing. It also works for destressing and for those listening before bedtime sessions!

Fun Fact: She sung this during the 51st Annual CMA Awards back in November 2017 for the In Memorium segment. Check that out here to relive that moment.

The 37-year-old artist expressed on her socials that the songs on My Savior “set the foundation for me and I hope you love them as much as I do.” She wanted to sing these classic hymns because they’ve been a part of her life for as long as she could remember.

Per her website, My Savior has been dubbed as a “spiritual companion” to her Christmas album, My Gift which was released last fall. You can expect her versions of songs like “Amazing Grace,” “Blessed Assurance,” “I Surrender All,” and “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” which features Grammy winning gospel singer, CeCe Winans.

“Stay” by Victoria Justice

27-year-old artist, Victoria Justice follows her 2020 single, “Treat Myself” a.ka. her triumphant return to the music scene with “Stay,” out now!

This ballad is about convincing your lover to stay the night, to keep you company and get to know you more. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, date night, snowed-in days, movie nights, what have you, etc.

Aurally, I love her angelic vocal performance. It matches well with this soft and light arrangement. What do you guys think?

I hope she releases a music video for this new song. I also hope it receives radio airplay. I expect this to be a hit amongst her adoring fans regardless.

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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: November 20

Hey guys! It’s Friday, November 20, 2020 which means another edition of New Music Friday is here! This week I’m highlighting the following five picks. We’ve got all new music from country artists Chris Young & Kane Brown, a new remix track from Sasha Sloan featuring Charlie Puth. a new collaboration between pop stars Miley Cyrus and Dua Lipa, a cool new single from The All-American Rejects, and finally a sweet ballad from rising singer-songwriter Anson Seabra.

“Famous Friends” by Chris Young & Kane Brown

Grammy-nominated country artist, Chris Young has a new jam out now that will leave you in high spirits. He collaborated with one of his best friends for life and fellow country musician himself, Kane Brown! 35-year-old Young and 27-year-old ACM-nominated Brown are little known famous friends. The two have previously worked together on Brown’s song “Setting The Night On Fire” which appeared on his self-titled debut album’s deluxe edition.

In this single, they give a nod to their respective hometowns of Rutherford County, TN and Hamilton County, GA as well as their other shared so-called unofficial hometown, Davidson County, TN. The communities are tight-knit and the friendly residents over there welcome them both with open arms. They’re the ones that the two artists admire. The ordinary, average citizens are those they call their “famous friends” in this case.

The lyric video seen above manifests their names on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next to other famous names like actor Matthew McConaughey and director Ron Howard. Someday, I do believe these two will receive their stars and due respect on the famous Hollywood, California streets.

But for now, please enjoy this feel-good song. It will be played a lot on country radio, for sure!

“Is It Just Me?” by Sasha Sloan featuring Charlie Puth

28-year-old pop singer-songwriter Charlie Puth joins forces on Sasha Sloan’s song, “Is It Just Me?” for a soft soothing anthem. Puth revealed in an Instagram story recently, “I only sing on songs I didn’t write when I wish I wrote them. And this is a song I really wish I wrote. Excited about this one.”

The song discusses various topics that will cause one to say, “is it just me? or am I the only one” who thinks that way. For example, “politicians are annoying,” “I don’t think love lasts forever,” & “the Internet’s obnoxious.”

Sure, some will disagree with some of the lyrics like “the show Friends was overrated,” but plenty will think the same way for other verses and for those reasons, this song will connect to a wide audience. I believe listeners around the world will resonate and enjoy this collaboration effort. Sonically, it’s just pleasing to the ears. Nothing that will drive your anxiety up, nor make you super hyper.

So if you need a new easy listening track for your playlists this weekend, then feel free to add this one!

“Prisoner” by Miley Cyrus feat. Dua Lipa

Pop star Miley Cyrus just released a new single called “Prisoner” with English singer-songwriter, Dua Lipa. This track talks about being stuck in an abusive relationship where you literally cannot leave or else you’ll face some serious backlash from your controlling “boyfriend” or “girlfriend.” You feel trapped like a prisoner, sadly.

Even though the subject matter is quite heavy, the song overall in sound is pretty catchy and the chorus is sung in the style of the 1981 song “Physical” by Olivia Newton John. This continues the theme of 80s influences on Cyrus’ upcoming seventh studio album, Plastic Hearts out November 27th!

If you like dance pop mixed in with some pop-rock elements, then I highly recommend this song for you!

“Me Vs. The World” by The All-American Rejects

AAR is back with all new music in 2020! The rock group with hits like “Gives You Hell,” “Dirty Little Secret” & “Move Along” are paying it forward with this latest single. Proceeds from this song will be going to MusiCares which is helping touring crews across the country impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with necessary relief aid for them and their families.

This song was originally conceived years before the current pandemic that’s raging around the globe as we speak. The original intentions of the song was coming from the perspectives of lead singer, Tyson Ritter, keyboardist/producer Scott Chesak and guitarist Nick Wheeler while working separately for a brief moment in time prior to their most recent EP release last year, Send Her To Heaven. Fast forward to 2020 and the band has finally polished the track off for a very appropriate time.

Now the meaning of the song delves into people who feel like it’s just them vs. the world. The challenges of living in a global pandemic is tough. You feel like day-to-day life is weighing you down like a “monkey on your back.” However despite all that, this song will perk you up and give you that slice of serotonin you need for the day!

It’s very uplifting to hear this rock song from a band that shot to mainstream success in the early 2000s. It has a very nostalgic AAR sound in my opinion and I feel that this is very comforting for those hardcore fans. I also expect this song to usher in new fans to their fanbase moving forward.

“Walked Through Hell” by Anson Seabra

Written and produced by Anson Seabra himself, this song really hits deep. The 26-year-old singer-songwriter wrote a beautiful ballad if I do say so myself. It follows the fan favorite single, “Hurricane” released earlier in July.

In this new song, Seabra talks about a tough breakup that makes you feel like you could’ve put more effort into the relationship to make things work again. Unfortunately, you’re left in the dark again as depicted by this black-and-white music video of Seabra looking down holding onto his shirt with one hand inside clutching onto this chest feeling the emotional pain of said breakup.

If you’ve recently broke up with your boyfriend or girlfriend or significant other of many years, then you’ll feel the feels after listening to a song like this one. Even if you didn’t experience a breakup ever, then you can still hear this track. Perhaps, you know a friend or two who recently had a rough breakup, then feel free to send them this song to help get them through this difficult moment in their life. Heartbreak deserves some relief!

Seabra deserves a lot of praise and credit for crafting this track and I encourage you all to go check this one out if you’re into soft pop/alt-pop songs! After that, take a listen to his debut EP album, Songs I Wrote In My Bedroom. It’s only a matter of time for his name to reach mainstream radio levels. Maybe this one will be the catalyst.

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New Music Friday: July 24

Happy New Music Friday everyone! We’ve got a wide variety of artists this week showcasing their latest works! Taylor Swift surprised us all with an all new album and leading single, “cardigan,” Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani teamed up once again for another country love song, Ashe dropped an emotional banger, Neon Trees released their latest song off their new album that will have you evaluating your past and last but not least, Kylie Minogue is spreading her love in an out of this world dance anthem. All that and more in this week’s edition of Philip’s Music Corner for Friday, July 24, 2020!

“cardigan” by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is back! 2020 hasn’t been the year all artists had envisioned. Touring is something most artists would be doing in the summer months but with the coronavirus pandemic still in the forefront, a lot of artists are taking this downtime to create art. Swift no less is one of those examples. She surprisingly announced an eighth studio album effort on Thursday morning titled folklore. This album follows the chart-topping album Lover which was released just eleven months ago. It will contain 16 new tracks, 17 if you buy the physical deluxe version. The bonus song on that iteration is called “the lakes.” She notably collaborated with 2x Grammy-winner, Bon Iver on a song called “exile” and worked with award-winning producer and artist himself, Jack Antonoff once again, as well as The National member Aaron Dessner and songwriter William Bowery (pseudonym for someone perhaps??) whom she calls her musical heroes. See her official announcement tweet below:

With her leading single “cardigan” out today, Swift revealed that she directed the accompanying music video and took the necessary precautions (e.g. doing her own HMU, everyone on set wore masks and kept their distance) to remain safe producing this during quarantine.

She explained in her online Q+A before the music video was premiered that the song “is about a lost romance and why young love is often fixed so permanently within our memories. Why it leaves such an indelible mark.”

Overall, the new sound is very chill. It’s definitely a departure from her singles from the Lover era. It’s perfect for those casual listening sessions when you want to de-stress from a long day of work or school. It has that “great with a cup of your favorite beverage while you read a book” kind of vibe. The Swifties will be very warm and content with TS8! I wonder what other surprises she has in store for this new era?

“Happy Anywhere” by Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani

This is the second time Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani have worked together on a song following their hit single, “Nobody But You.” It makes sense to work together again since they’re both dating each other in quarantine in the same house. “Happy Anywhere” is a jovial anthem that fans will love and adore.

Put this on your quarantine playlists for feel good vibes and if you relate to having someone in your life you truly admire no matter where you are on Earth!

The music video was made by Gwen’s brother, Todd whom is also living in quarantine with the couple. It was shot in Oklahoma at Shelton’s ranch on a really hot, triple digit degree day. It also showcases and highlights some of the couple’s precious memories they experienced together over the past months.

“Save Myself” by Ashe

Rising singer-songwriter Ashe has followed up her hit single “Moral Of The Story” featuring Niall Horan with this emotional and cathartic song called “Save Myself.”

This song is about regretting and being angry about the wasted time and money one has put into a past relationship. Sonically speaking, it’s not even sung in a rage-like manner which is commendable. In fact, it’s a soothing vocal that will make you empathize with her. The lyrics speak for themselves and that’s the beauty of Ashe’s songwriting abilities. She’s saving herself now via this song so that she can laugh about it in the future and not make the same mistakes.

The color aesthetics in the video shifting from this golden yellow sparkly tone to black and white to normal colors should not go unnoticed too. I appreciated that artistic choice. It really makes you think about your own life as if you were floating on water like Ashe did, deep in thought.

Personally, I feel this song and “Moral Of The Story” goes hand in hand. What do you think?

“Nights” by Neon Trees

Multi-Platinum alternative rock band, Neon Trees have dropped their latest single off their fourth studio album, out today! It’s called “Nights” and according to their recent IG post, they made this song to signify the “rush of complicated emotions.” Listeners can relate if you find yourselves staying up late at night, deep in thought and contemplating about what was once was (i.e. a relationship you had that just broke off or perhaps a lost of someone or something), and hopefully using this song to find clarity on what lies ahead.

“Nights” has that classic Neon Trees charm to it. I enjoy the overall melody for this uptempo song and this kick starts the new era for the band in my eyes. It will likely be a mainstay song for their future set lists. What are your thoughts? Share your comments below.

“Say Something” by Kylie Minogue

If you’re looking for an optimistic dance pop track then look no further to Kylie Minogue’s latest single, “Say Something.” The cosmic track from the 52-year-old Australian-British singer is back to her dance pop roots after experimenting with a country sound in her last album, Golden (2018). This song will be a part of her upcoming milestone fifteenth studio album effort, Disco which will be releasing in the fall, November 6th.

This song was co-written and produced by long time creative collaborator Richard “Biff” Stannard whom worked with her on numerous songs in the past like “Love At First Sight,” “In My Arms,” and “In Your Eyes” just to name a few.

I really felt the lyrics for it’s desire and hope for a loving future. Yes, we’re proverbially a million miles apart from some of the people we love and we miss them oh so much but that doesn’t mean the love isn’t there. Minogue repeatedly asks and sings in the bridge and outro portions of the song, “‘Cause love is love, it never ends…Can we all be as one again?” Those lines are so resonant and so meaningful in crazy times such as the one we’re living in now in 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic. Why can’t we all just get along and respect one another and learn to spread kindness and love rather than anger and hate.

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New Music Friday: July 17

Happy New Music Friday everyone! This week we have the latest song from DJ/producer extraordinaire Zedd with his new collaborative pairing in the talented Jasmine Thompson; a very legendary and epic collaboration from Kygo and Tina Turner; an all-new Ellie Goulding song which is a part of her fourth album out today; a brand new Keith Urban song that’s sure to make listeners smile, plus a heartfelt tune from newcomer/folk singer-songwriter Anson Seabra.

“Funny” by Zedd & Jasmine Thompson

Grammy-winning artist Zedd and English singer-songwriter Jasmine Thompson have teamed up for what’s sure to be their next big hit song! This song is about someone who broke up with someone else and that someone else is trying to come back to make amends but its simply too late. Fans and listeners who’ve moved on with a new and happier relationship can relate to this song the most if they too see their ex attempting to re-enter their respective life.

The above music video contains a macOS interface with the apps Photobooth, Zoom and iMessage in the forefront. After Thompson breaks off with this proverbial relationship on iMessage, she receives a surprising text from Zedd in the prospects of collaborating thanks to fellow Grammy nominee Lewis Capaldi (“Someone You Loved”) who gave him her number. See through the creative video as Capaldi himself hilariously makes a cameo.

Overall, the song was nicely produced and Thompson’s vocals match well with the melody of the song. I presume this song along with his previously released songs like “365” with Katy Perry, “Good Thing” with Kehlani and “The Middle” with Maren Morris and Grey which went multi-Platinum two years ago will be a part of his upcoming third album which has yet to be titled.

“What’s Love Got To Do With It” by Kygo & Tina Turner

The hitmaker from Norway has done it again! This time Kygo teams up with the legendary Tina Turner to remix her classic #1 hit song from 1984.

Kygo isn’t shy from remixing previously released songs from other artists. He reimagined the late Whitney Houston’s “Higher Love” last summer which hit #1 on the Billboard Dance Club songs charts and is Gold-certified by the RIAA.

Like “Higher Love,” Kygo only enhances the original work. Because of this remix, I feel a whole new generation of listeners around the world will be discovering Turner’s discography as well as the flip side of things, older generations will be finding out about Kygo’s work after this. Win-win for them both!

The music video for this remix features actress Laura Harrier (BlacKkKlansman, Spider-Man: Homecoming) and TV actor Charles Michael Davis (NCIS New Orleans, Younger) as the main leads.

“Love I’m Given” by Ellie Goulding

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding drops her fourth album, Brightest Blue today and one of those songs I wanted to highlight this week is “Love I’m Given.” This song sees a vulnerable Goulding expressing her past mistakes in life and her desires to start a new chapter by turning over the proverbial leaf. She sees a brighter future with a new relationship in this song as well who acknowledges her for being human and that it’s okay to make mistakes in life.

Sonically, this song gives me chills and I believe it will do so for the Goulding fans/stans as well. Changes are inevitable in life and this change is proving to be fruitful for Goulding as we embark on this new era of her amazing career. A lot of positive buzz surrounds this record, so go check that out for yourself.

The new album contains 19 new tracks and features collaborations with serpentwithfeet, blackbear, Lauv, Diplo, Swae Lee & the late Juice WRLD.

“Superman” by Keith Urban

Country singer Keith Urban has been on a roll lately putting out new music during this pandemic. This single follows last month’s collaboration with DJ Dzeko in “Both Still Young.” I covered that song in the June 12th edition of New Music Friday, check that post out here if you haven’t done so yet. Today he releases “Superman,” a song about relishing on the good old days with a past relationship.

I like the creative approach for this music video which was done flipbook style, it’s part animated and part IRL with vibrant backgrounds containing creative motifs. If you’re interested in learning more of the creative process, watch this video as artist Andy Bailey (@andymation) breaks down how he drew Urban for the cool new music video. Overall, its a feel good jam that anyone can be in the mood to listen to.

This song is slated to be part of Urban’s upcoming twelfth studio album, The Speed Of Now Part 1 which is due to be released on September 18.

“Hurricane” by Anson Seabra

Rising singer-songwriter Anson Seabra’s new single “Hurricane” caps off this week’s list of picks you have to listen to! I stumbled upon this track on Spotify and to be honest I wished I discovered him sooner. This track is so good and so soothing for your ears. It will have you empathizing his lyrics because it delves into a heartbroken soul who has lost the love of his life.

Getting dumped is a terrible feeling to experience in life and Seabra excellently uses the weather phenomenon as a metaphor for the pain and sorrow one would feel after a breakup.

Props to Seabra for braving all of the “elements” during the music video production. He had to do multiple takes of getting wet and drying off just to perform the song in the video.

If you enjoy music from artists like Niall Horan, Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles, or The Fray, just to name a few, then you’ll like Seabra’s vocal stylings.

That concludes another edition of New Music Friday! What picks will you be listening to this week? Let me know in the comments below. Come back next Friday as I breakdown the next five songs you need to listen! Stay safe and happy listening!

New Music Friday: June 26

Grammy-winning artist, Usher, multi-platinum recording artist Charlie Puth, fan-favorite rising indie-pop artist Lauv, teen sensation Kenzie, and politically outspoken country band The Chicks are bringing their latest releases respectively for this edition of New Music Friday, June 26, 2020!

“I Cry” by Usher

8x Grammy-winner, Usher released a heartfelt new tune called “I Cry” this week that’s sadly relevant to our current times. With the unjust killings of Black Americans via unethical and aggressive tactics by the police force across the country, the R&B hitmaker wanted to contribute a piece of art for the world to hear.

With melancholic lyrics like, “I can’t keep it together. I usually don’t show my emotions. But it ain’t getting better. ‘Cause you can’t be blind with eyes wide open” in the first verse and the pre-chorus and chorus respectively with “And I see struggle, I see pain. I see only the mess we made. I see things that I can’t change. And it hurts my heart to say–”

“I cry — for the sons without fathers. And the pain that their mothers hold deep inside. And I’ll fight for the future we’re making. We can change if we face it. ‘Cause these tears won’t dry. So I cry,” you can’t help but feel the raw emotions he as an artist has felt and witnessed just like we all did over the past month especially after the unjust murder of George Floyd in Minnesota. An integral person of their family, gone too soon. The unfathomable pain and sorrow that they had to go through is just too much. These lyrics really make you think and empathize with the family members of the victims as well as inspire action for change.

Usher really made a beautiful song that doesn’t need a lot of embellishments, or fancy bells and whistles. It’s a clear cut, cathartic song that’s topical to moments of instability such as the one we’re living in right now. Remember, it’s okay to feel the feels after hearing the song especially if you’re a guy. No one will blame you if you cry after hearing his song. In fact, Usher wanted his own sons to be okay with showing their emotions.

Check out his latest tweet which sums up what he has felt during this pandemic on top of the effects of police brutality which was the catalyst in making and completing this single:

Proceeds of the song will be going to which supports the Global Goal “Unite For Our Future” campaign. Click here to donate to this cause. Download/stream the song, right here.

“Girlfriend” by Charlie Puth

Charlie Puth, the 4x Grammy-nominated artist with smash hits like “See You Again,” “One Call Away,” and “We Don’t Talk Anymore,” is back with his first single of 2020 in “Girlfriend.” This track is all about Puth professing his desires to take the next step in securing a girlfriend and being a loving and open-eared gentleman in the relationship.

This song is easy on the ears and if you loved any of his previous catchy singles, you’ll love this new song too! Add this to the list of potential song of the summer candidates for 2020!

In a recent tweet, Puth stated this song was made while out on tour whether it be on the plane or on the bus. He used an SM7 microphone for those who want to learn some technical behind-the-scenes details and co-wrote it with Kash a.k.a. Jacob Kasher who is responsible for writing “Attention” and “How Long” just to name a few.

Hopefully, this is the real beginning of his third album cycle since he previously scrapped a CP3 effort earlier this spring.

Hear the new song, right here. As a bonus, check out Charlie in the new Subway ads which promote the return of the $5 footlong!

“Love Somebody” by Lauv

25-year-old singer-songwriter Lauv has followed his debut album, ~how i’m feeling~ released earlier this year with a brand new EP containing four new tracks, one of which is this song, “Love Somebody.”

This song is about the regrets Lauv has made in his choices in life most notably in past relationships. “Started off as a good thing, a sure thing. What the hell did I do?” he questions in the first verse. In the chorus, he passionately sings:

Every time I think I love somebody
Always find a way to throw it all away
I don’t ever wanna hurt nobody
I don’t wanna be the one to say
That we gotta have a conversation
I don’t wanna watch the tears roll down your face
No, I hurt you and I, I’m sorry
All I wanted was to love somebody.

After hearing this song in its entirety, it really makes you feel for him. This track overall will be resonant to many listeners out there who are fighting their inner thoughts and feelings constantly when navigating a relationship.

Download/stream Lauv’s new EP, Without You now! These songs were made during this quarantine and it includes a demo version of “Miss Me” which originally was released on his SoundCloud page back in April.

“EXHALE” by kenzie feat. Sia

16-year-old Kenzie Ziegler has teamed up with Sia once again for her new single, “EXHALE.” This uptempo song is all about not giving up. When times are tough, sometimes you just need to literally take a deep breath and exhale because stress and anxiety is not good for our mental health and well being. Keep the positive spirits up and maintain confidence in whatever you pursue in life is the message of the song as Sia sings, “Don’t stop, keep it goin’. Lights on, lights off, I’m still glowin’. Confidence I’m overflowin’. Voices tell me, “Keep your focus.” 😎

The music video, while not to professional standards a.k.a. being shot on a set, is still a well crafted and edited piece. It was filmed on an iPhone by her big sister Maddie Ziegler, who worked with Sia earlier this year in “Together.” It has a lot of fun improvised choreography that will cater to the TikTok crowd for sure. It also features some of Kenzie’s best friends: Dove Cameron, Johnny Orlando, Emily Skinner, Sage Rosen, Abbi Dicenso, Dylan Conrique, Tati McQuay, Cameron Field, Charlize Glass, Gio Pilla, Hayden Summerall and Lucas Stadvec. They too submitted their dances for this feel-good video.

If you want a good chill song to add to your playlists this week then look no further and download “EXHALE” today! Get exclusive “EXHALE” merch, right here.

“March March” by The Chicks

The Chicks formerly known as award-winning country trio The Dixie Chicks have released another track from their upcoming eighth studio album, Gaslighter. Yesterday they announced they are now going to be known as The Chicks because ‘dixie’ is a word that connotes slavery and the Confederate South. Given the current times we’re living in, they didn’t want to shed light on that dark moment in history anymore.

The music video starts off with a powerful quote, “If your voice held no power, they wouldn’t try to silence you.” It also shows some of the peaceful protests and marches both past and present fighting for various issues like racial justice, equality, gun reform, and climate change just to name a few. The names of the fellow Black men and women who died at the hands of the police like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor are solemnly displayed as well.

It’s very surreal and sad how history tends to repeat itself. But one thing that hasn’t folded is the power of speaking out. Included in the description of the above video are website links to various movements and organizations like Black Lives Matter, Planned Parenthood, Headcount, and the Innocence Project just to name a few. Check those out after you watch the video to learn more.

You can get the latest single from The Chicks, right here.

Thanks for reading another edition of New Music Friday! With the Black Lives Matter movement still in full force, I wanted to direct your attention to helping the family of Elijah McClain fight for justice. McClain was yet another innocent Black soul who lost his life at the hands of police brutality while walking home. He was only 23-years-old. Click on the tweet below to learn more.

Demand justice for McClain by signing this petition, right here. Support his mom’s GoFundMe Page right here. And if you would like to directly voice your opinions to the Colorado mayor, governor, etc. via phone, here’s a page with their appropriate phone numbers and a sample speech format you can use in your call.

With that being said, thanks again, stay safe, happy listening and have a great weekend! 💓

New Music Friday: June 5

The world has completely changed since the last posting. For this week, I will be highlighting songs that I feel are needed for challenging times like this. We’re in the midst of re-writing the history book with these ongoing protests. Generations down the line will be studying this year heavily and I hope REAL change and reform takes place soon.

The racial injustices must END!!! The world cannot live like this anymore. The human race cannot afford to continue to live like this anymore. With that said, please consider checking out the picks I have selected this week. First up it’s Eric Bellinger’s new single, “ENOUGH.” We also have all new music from rapper Tee Grizzley featuring Queen Naija and members of the Detroit Youth Choir; singer-songwriter Dua Saleh with their captivating new single, plus country singer-songwriter, Mickey Guyton & indie band Nothing. All that and more in this week’s edition of New Music Friday.

“ENOUGH” by Eric Bellinger

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Eric Bellinger boldly declares “ENOUGH” is enough after the brutal murder of George Floyd on May 25th in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This song which was released this past Sunday, is truly heartfelt. You can feel the pain in Bellinger’s voice as he belts out the chorus:

We’ve been through enough, enough, enough
It’s enough, enough, enough
We’ve been, We’ve been through too much, aye
Police brutality, yeah
We’ve been through too much, aye
Time for new strategy, yeah

Music is a source of comfort, and a source of healing, and an avenue for creative minds to voice their opinions on an issue that’s topical and relevant to today. This track, no less is for anyone who wants to listen to a song that will have you questioning the morality and ethics of the police force in America. The accompanying music video shows the recent protests going on in America and the unjust police brutality towards innocent protesters trying to exercise their given right to march and be heard and seen. Powerful stuff to witness!

Download/stream Bellinger’s new song, right here.

“Mr. Officer” by Tee Grizzley (feat. Queen Naija & Members of the Detroit Youth Choir)

Rapper Tee Grizzley offers a passionate vocal plea to officers in America and questions police brutality in this song that’s accompanied by members of America’s Got Talent semi-finalists, Detroit Youth Choir as well as singer-songwriter Queen Naija.

The lyrics to this song are just as powerful as Eric Bellinger’s new song. With this, Queen Naija and the DYC repeatedly questions the officers, “what if that was my brother…my dad…my uncle…what if that was all I had?” So many unjust murders of Black Americans by police for countless years and it has to stop! The passion and anger that fuels this song is evident in Tee’s verses. The first verse you can tell he’s angry, frustrated and bewildered with lyrics like:

Y’all supposed to be the heroes though
You know, protect and serve, not takin’ us off of the Earth
I see the police and it f— with my nerves
They pullin’ me over, I’m showin’ ’em both of my hands
And watchin’ my words, I got insurance, no warrants
He pointin’ his gun like he wanna blow it
Tell me why we gotta die? He went for his wallet, reach for a gun
You think that some sh-t he’d try? On a cop?
He can’t breathe and you still chokin’ ’em, man, why would he lie?
Your knee in his neck, you ain’t gotta do all that
It’s one against five, RIP

I really hope the peaceful protests and marches this week and next will inspire our nation’s lawmakers to make changes to the policing policies in America. Get “Mr. Officer” today!

“body cast” by Dua Saleh

Sudanese-American R&B artist, Dua Saleh offers their spirited song condemning police brutality and demanding justice to the world this week. The accompanying video seen above has all the names of the unarmed Black men and women who fell victim to the police’s violent tactics.

Saleh will be donating all the proceeds of this powerful anthem towards Black Visions Collective, an organization that is mobilizing for the greater good and better livelihoods of African Americans. They want to spark real change in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Saleh’s hometown. So, if you can afford to donate, please do so, right here.

Hear the track, right now!

“Black Like Me” by Mickey Guyton

To be honest, I haven’t heard Mickey Guyton’s works before writing this post. I’m glad I stumbled upon this song on Spotify. This is a soulful piano ballad that details her journey growing up as a Black female as well as being a Black country singer-songwriter in America. There aren’t many mainstream black country singers out there which is a travesty.

I was really touched by the lyrics:

It’s a hard life on easy street
Just white painted picket fences far as you can see
If you think we live in the land of the free
You should try to be black like me

It’s a sad reality that Blacks have to work twice (or more) as hard to make a name for themselves in this country. I hope non-Black listeners hear works like Guyton’s and try to understand and realize the disparities and hardships they face in life in this nation. We need to be more supportive of the Black community and to spark real change soon.

In regards to the song, Guyton expressed in her recent tweet that “Black Like Me” was written via a “God moment.” She added, “He put it on my heart to write it. I thought it was to heal my heart but now I realize it’s meant to heal every heart.” So true!

Listen to “Black Like Me” by Mickey Guyton, right here. Also go check out Guyton’s other music videos on her Youtube channel, right here.

GEORGE (EP) by Nothing

Need a rock recc? You should definitely check out Philadelphian indie rock band, Nothing’s latest release. They’ve recorded this EP back in December for the L.A. show “Part Time Punks” last year. They’re dedicating their latest four track EP titled George in honor of George Floyd. It also includes a cover song of Marcy Playground’s “Sex and Candy.”

All of the proceeds from their Bandcamp profile will go towards Act Blue Community Bail Fund which in turn splits the money up among 70+ community bail funds, mutual aid funds and racial justice groups.

Please stay safe everyone! Continue to fight for what’s right! Educate yourselves. Learn the facts before you make an assumption. Make sure you call out racial injustices, and above all, please listen, show compassion, and always respect one another. Treat others like you would want others to treat you!

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