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

Lyrics: https://genius.com/Post-malone-only-wanna-be-with-you-pokemon-25-version-lyrics

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

Lyrics: https://genius.com/Nick-jonas-spaceman-lyrics

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

https://genius.com/Waterparks-snow-globe-lyrics

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

Lyrics: https://genius.com/Elle-king-and-miranda-lambert-drunk-and-i-dont-wanna-go-home-lyrics

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

Lyrics: https://genius.com/Zara-larsson-look-what-youve-done-lyrics

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 19

Happy Friday, February 19, 2021! This week we have brand new tunes from indie pop band AJR, pop artist Conan Gray, electronic artist Alan Walker and rising singer-songwriter Salem Ilese, English artists Ella Henderson and Tom Grennan & last but not least Brit DJ Paul Woolford with American singer-songwriter, Amber Mark. All that and more in this week’s edition of New Music Friday!


“Way Less Sad” by AJR

Lyrics: https://genius.com/Ajr-way-less-sad-lyrics

Indie pop band AJR released their first single for 2021 to much fanfare on Wednesday. “Way Less Sad” is the fourth single to drop from their upcoming fourth studio album, OK Orchestra (releasing March 26th.) They’ve enlisted their friend Edoardo Ranaboldo again (see “Bummerland”) to direct the music video. The video features a lot of cool camera tricks and nifty VFX (thanks to Caleb Natale). Shoutout to TWA Hotel for letting them film there. Major props to their team for also shooting scenes on location like on a carousel in Central Park, by the beach and on the various sets like the escalator and bedroom scenes.

Lyrically speaking, the brothers said that this is a song about lowering your standards. You don’t have to be so hard on yourself in life. From my interpretation, the song’s verses speaks to those who were once sad and depressed for a long period of time but now can see some joy in their surroundings and in their overall mental state by taking a more relaxed approach to things in life. Even though you won’t feel happy 100% of the time, you’re at least “way less sad.” You wrestle with that idea of pure bliss and pure sadness. So its like a middle ground where sometimes you’re beaming, but sometimes you’re a bit bummed. Hopefully this feel-good song will make you feel way less sad for real! Don’t be too hard on yourselves!

I’m guessing the band didn’t want to make an artwork for this single because the OK Orchestra artwork illustrates this song well with the two mood ranges (Ryan looking optimistic and Adam looking pessimistic) plus Jack in the middle ground neutral area.

Some references in this song/video that I noticed:
-Jack wearing the iconic “The Band Name Here” shirt which is a nod to the Neotheater song “Don’t Throw Out My Legos.”

-The alarm clock is set to 3:30 which is a nod to their song from The Click, “Three-Thirty.” They sure love the number 3! I don’t think they’ll reveal the reason why though.

-The lyrics “half past three” also refers to “Three-Thirty” and may also be a reference to their upcoming unreleased song, “3 O’Clock Things.”

-In the beach scene when they all stared and sang face forward to the camera, that felt like the Bang! music video. They’re also wearing the same outfits seen on the album art!

-In the outro, we have once again a cool instrumental transition going on much like “Bummerland” has. This could be a recurring thing with the other unreleased tracks on OK Orchestra too. Thoughts?

Sonically speaking, I love the up tempo catchy vibes, the production values keep impressing me with each new song they produce. At first I was questioning their decision with the AutoTune part in the bridge but it has now grown on me the more I listen to it. I can’t wait for OKO to drop next month!

According to their recent live stream session, this song was 9 years in the making! They sampled Simon & Garfunkel’s 1975 song, “My Little Town.” The horn sections that you hear in this song were originally going to be sold away to Kygo and Cardi B in different iterations but they were turned down by their respective teams. Thankfully, AJR kept it for themselves after all these years and have used it for “WLS.”

Overall, I thought it was a solid song that incorporated that AJR aesthetic/magic that we’ve all come to love through the years. I give props to Jack for braving the upside down stunt where he pours wine out and drops apples among other objects in the video. I predict this song will be their next radio hit in a slow rise up the charts that “Bang!” achieved over this past year.

For more BTS scenes, please check out director Ranaboldo’s IG post, here. I hope Ryan will post a “How We Made” video for this song later down the line. I always enjoy those vids!


“Overdrive” by Conan Gray

https://genius.com/Conan-gray-overdrive-lyrics

22-year-old singer-songwriter Conan Gray returns to the music scene with a brand new single called “Overdrive.” It follows his 2020 collaboration with fellow pop artist, Lauv in “Fake.” This new song is about falling in love with somebody really quick and all you want to do next is expedite the relationship. It’s risky, yeah, and you may get rejected down the line, but who cares as Gray uses driving/vehicular analogies to describe how he wants to take things in overdrive. He doesn’t want to see the red light, and he wants to burn down the street without turning left or right repeatedly meaning he wants that whirlwind of love and amazing epic fun times consistently.

This song is for those listeners out there who can relate to finding their match out of the whim and can confidently say that they know where it will lead them — a committed long-term relationship! I feel as he matures more as an artist, more fans will come flocking to his fanbase. His popularity is only going to go higher. If you’re already a hardcore fan of his, you’ll definitely enjoy this latest track. It’s expected that this song will appear on his upcoming second album. It’ll be interesting to see how his sound evolves in future singles.

The lyric video seen above was nicely made. I love the overall aesthetic and the graphics showing a race as the laps click by. Doesn’t this song make you want to take a cruise down the road/highway with the windows wide open with no stress and no worries?!? Perhaps in a post-pandemic world, many will feel inspire to do so. Of course, do drive safely and responsibly.


“Fake A Smile” by Alan Walker x salem ilese

https://genius.com/Alan-walker-and-salem-ilese-fake-a-smile-lyrics

EDM hitmaker, Alan Walker teamed up with TikTok star/singer-songwriter, Salem Ilese in “Fake A Smile.” If you’re feeling down and have to make an effort to smile or fake smile in and out of your household then this song is for you. Hopefully, it actually makes you smile upon listening to it. I also hope you felt seen by the lyrics.

Walker added a short letter in the description of the above music video, saying:

“We’ve landed, Walkers. Welcome back to the World of Walker. I’m so excited to finally share my latest single with you all alongside the super talented @salem ilese​. Our journey may have been paused at moments last year, but you’ve all shown that not even the worst can break this community. Thank you for being there for me and more importantly for each other. While we wait for the day to be together in person again, I hope this song resonates with you. You are not alone.”

Said music video is very cinematic, almost like an actual video game in my opinion. I appreciated the crisp production values and the added SFX. I’m not sure what their budget was for this video but I predict they had a bigger budget to create their unique vision for their fans to see. See the names of the talented people behind the scenes and on camera listed in the above video’s description.

I thought Ilese had lovely vocals on this track. I also thought the bridge was a cool enhancement to the emotional verses and encapsulated the overall upbeat essence. Thoughts?

If you want some cool merch based on this latest song collaboration, click here. They have hoodies, tees, pins, stickers and much more!


“Let’s Go Home Together” by Ella Henderson & Tom Grennan

https://genius.com/Ella-henderson-and-tom-grennan-lets-go-home-together-lyrics

25-year-old English musicians, Ella Henderson and Tom Grennan brought a cool duet/collaboration to the table this week. Previously, there was a version of this song with fellow English artist, James Arthur (he also co-wrote it). Watch a throwback performance from 2017, here. Arthur approved of this new version by the way.

This song deals with two people whom are madly in love with each other, flaws and all! No matter how imperfect each of them are, there’s still something that attracts one another. The lyrics video’s design shows coasters and beer stains to emphasize a fun night out hanging with each other at a bar or restaurant.

Both Henderson and Grennan’s vocal performances complement each other and I applaud them for joining forces in this iteration of the song. I thought the guitar/piano melodies were aurally pleasing to the ears. The chorus is oh so catchy and will be stuck in your head the more you listen to it!

This track is slated to appear on her upcoming second studio album.


“Heat” by Paul Woolford & Amber Mark

https://genius.com/Paul-woolford-and-amber-mark-heat-lyrics

Capping off this week’s picks is yet another epic collaboration! 27-year-old singer-songwriter, Amber Mark provides the vocals on this hot dance track from British DJ/music producer, Paul Woolford.

From my interpretation, this song deals with one-sided love. If you really love somebody but the sentiments from the other person isn’t the same towards you, then this song is for you. It’s a shame that this person doesn’t see the amazing qualities about you, the ones where you can boldly flaunt out in public a.k.a. that H-E-A-T!

By the way, the post-chorus where Mark spells the word, “heat” out like that was very catchy. Kudos to Woolford for working with her amazing vocals and embellishing them with his signature fiery beats.

Add this to your playlists now and save it for later in the year because it’s going to be perfect for parties, dances and clubs in a post-pandemic world.


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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: February 5

It’s Friday again which means I got FIVE brand NEW tracks for you to go check out this weekend! While February is the shortest month of the year, that doesn’t mean we’ll be short of new picks! We’re loaded with talent this week. Rising artist Sam Fischer teamed up with chart topping pop artist Demi Lovato, Dutch DJ Martin Garrix collaborated with Swedish hitmaker Tove Lo, pop artist Sia joined up with French DJ David Guetta for a feel good song, American Idol alum Francisco Martin brings his latest to the world, and last but not least an all new track from actor/musician Aidan Alexander. All that and more in this week’s edition of New Music Friday here at Philip’s Music Corner for Friday, February 5, 2021!


“What Other People Say” by Sam Fischer & Demi Lovato

Yesterday, Australian singer-songwriter Sam Fischer released his duet collaboration with 2x Grammy-nominated artist, Demi Lovato. It’s called “What Other People Say,” and the two in my opinion made an incredibly powerful anthem.

Lovato’s strong vocals really illustrates the emotionally revealing lyrics which talks about losing who you were once were. You’ve become more attached to what the critics have to say or what your haters have to say. You’ve reached a really low point in your life. You’re not the same person as you were when you were an innocent child.

Fischer joins her on the second verse and later sings together through the remaining parts of the song which all in all makes for an amazing well-balanced single. It shows that when two artists come together to acknowledge their similar paths of changed hearts, perhaps things can turn around for the better.

In the music video, we see a Guess-Who styled game depicting the two musicians. In Lovato’s case, we see several descriptive words like “Aloof, Confident, Stubborn, Angelic and Naughty.” For Fischer, words like “Humorous, Touchy, Nervous and Impatient.” When the two sides of the board game starts spinning, it gets dizzying to watch but deep down I felt like that highlighted the confusion one might experience when they realized their current state of mind.

Listeners will get chills listening to this vulnerable song, so definitely go check this song out! Fischers and Lovatics will love it! I predict this track will be therapeutic and cathartic for them if they’re brave enough to reveal their own insecurities in life on social media platforms like TikTok or Instagram Reels. Hopefully you will have a strong support system in your life just like Fischer and Lovato does when everything is said and done.

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“Pressure” by Martin Garrix feat. Tove Lo

24-year-old DJ Martin Garrix dropped his first song for 2021 with Swedish singer-songwriter, Tove Lo doing the vocals. I thought this was an interesting sound/vibe. “Pressure” seems to be about a relationship that is like a game of cat and mouse. Depending on your significant other’s mood, you could be experiencing moments of deep passion with one another or you could be left in an tumultuous state where your lover might not be the lover you once thought they were towards you. You’re left wondering during times of tension but can also still be craving that attention from them while awaiting your next date (or hookup.) That’s the ups and downs of dating I suppose. It can be a double-edged sword for certain people.

Another interpretation of the song could lead you to thinking this song is just a passionate, hot and heavy love making song. The yearning of each other’s caress is high! If you’re in a healthy sexual relationship, and you need a song to dedicate to your lover, then this is a track you need to add to your shared playlists! For example, it would make for a great Valentine’s Day date night playlist addition. Let the hearts feel all the love! 💞

Sonically speaking, I thought it had a cool flow to it. Very groovy to the ears. Tove Lo’s vocals matched perfectly over the beats of the song. I don’t know about you but when she sings “ah-ah” at 2:05, it reminded me of the same “ah-ah” in her 2014 smash hit song, “Habits (Stay High).” It’d be interesting to see if they perform this track together in concert once the pandemic ends. Overall, if you’re fans of either artist, you’ll likely enjoy this track!

It remains to be seen what’s next for Garrix but I predict he’ll drop more singles later this year. Likewise for Miss Lo! Thoughts?


“Floating Through Space” by Sia & David Guetta

Sometimes just getting through the day is an accomplishment. That’s what pop hitmakers Sia & David Guetta are conveying in this song called “Floating Through Space.” It follows the recent single “Hey Boy,” her collaboration with Burna Boy. It also follows her collaboration with Guetta from last year, “Let’s Love” which already has over 70 million streams on Spotify.

You can hear this song on Sia’s upcoming soundtrack album, Music, out February 12th. Those songs will appear in said movie of the same name. The film will also be releasing in select theaters on that same day and on digital/DVD in March.

This latest track serves us a reminder that we’re all humans, we make mistakes, we fail at times and we should always exercise kindness. While we won’t see good days every single day, the fact that you’re alive and well should still be applauded. At the end of the day, we’re still “grains of sand,” a.k.a. tiny beings on this planet that’s “floatin’ through space!” Makes sense, right? So don’t sweat over trivial things, you can still persevere!

Watch the music video seen above for some cool skateboarding scenes done by three actors donning Sia-styled wigs. I love the slow-mo shots of them launching off the boards. It really captures the “floating energy” of the song’s lyrics. You fall and laugh it off, and you get back up. Overall, it looked like a fun session despite the falls! I give props to the actors, Bryan McGowan, Cory McMillin & Janthavy Norton who “suffered” for their craft. 😊😊😊


“Wild Girl” by Francisco Martin

American Idol alum, Francisco Martin has an up-tempo song out now called “Wild Girl.” It follows “Swollen” which was released last fall and has kicked off his professional career with great fanfare especially among his fans who’ve supported and voted for him when he was singing on the hit competition show.

Now as a signed artist to 19 Recordings, he’s taken the initiative in creating the sound you hear right now. I commend his authentic artistry thus far and for giving us another taste as to what’s to come — perhaps a full album later this year!

His bio might still say he “makes sad boy pop” but this is definitely a departure. He teased on his socials snippets of the music video production with actress Keana Marie (Dash & Lily) prior to today’s release.

In the music video, we see Martin and Marie having the time of their lives driving around through the desert and around town, sightseeing, goofing off in a bookstore, throwing shoes up on powerlines, even sharing a kiss by the shoreline. If they’re truly dating IRL, I support and ship it!

Martin shared that, “we spent the first few days of 2021 traipsing around SoCal filming this video and I’m obsessed with it.” You can tell they really enjoyed making the video, for sure! Major props to the crew members who brought Martin’s vision together beautifully.


“the end of the world” by Aidan Alexander

When the world seems like it’s crumbling down, all you need is a “friend for the end of the world according to social media influencer/singer-songwriter, Aidan Alexander. The 20-year-old artist’s latest tune should not go unnoticed. It follows his 2019 single, “Guts.” This new one will likely give you chills and goosebumps after hearing it in my opinion. Play the visualizer seen above for an even more dramatic impact!

Feel free to share it with your friends whether they need it or not. Let them know about this song if they’re pessimistic about the world or their own future or if they just need some human connection during this crazy pandemic! Hopefully this song will inspire you to reach out to your family and friends more often.

Overall, I thought the song had a great arrangement. When the strings enter around 1:00, that felt great to the ears. It really added to the surrealness of the song’s vibe.

If you’re a fan of Charlie Puth or Lauv, and haven’t heard of Alexander before, then you’ll be in for a treat! He has a similar sound to theirs and would make a great discovery/addition to your playlists this week and beyond.


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New Music Friday: January 29

Hello and welcome back to another edition of New Music Friday! It’s January 29, 2021 and this week you should go check out the latest tunes from pop record producer Benny Blanco w/ Marshmello & Vance Joy, multi Grammy-nominated rock group The Killers, EDM record producer Sam Feldt feat. pop hitmaker Kesha, pop recording artist JoJo & last but not least Brit pop singer-songwriter/poet Arlo Parks!


“You” by Benny Blanco, Marshmello & Vance Joy

Artist and producer Benny Blanco teams up with DJ Marshmello and alternative singer, Vance Joy for a feel good upbeat track plus a whimsical stop motion animation music video!

This is Blanco’s first single for 2021 and the first time all 3 musicians have collectively worked together on a project. From a lyrical standpoint, I felt that this song deals with someone who has doubts in life or recently have lost confidence in a relationship, task or job-related responsibility. You cannot focus or tap into your gut feeling so the next best thing is to reach out to someone.

How you do so can vary! You can text with someone you love who lives far away and cannot be in your presence right now or spiritually communicate to a beloved ancestor that you can’t physically speak with, or even physically seek someone in real life that you can safely meet up for some advice and emotional support. So when times are tough, these three example methods are likely options for you to pursue.

The production values are superb overall and the song should give you a great pick-me-up if you’re feeling confused, stressed, lost, or mentally not yourself this week. Play this song if you want a slice of [Vance] joy (pun intended)!

As far as the music video is concern, I applaud the animation versions of the 3 artists. Props to their creative crew who put this all together. The storyline takes a lot of twists and turns but don’t worry, it has a happy ending. How did you feel after watching it? Let me know in the comments box down below.


“C’est La Vie” by The Killers

Chart-topping rock group, The Killers, surprised their fans with three new tracks in what’s dubbed their deluxe edition of their hit summer 2020 release, Imploding The Mirage.

This is such a neat song from them. It doesn’t sound like any of the other tracks on their most recent record. I love how lead singer Brandon Flowers sang this track. He talks about people living through the positive, exuberant times and the challenging and downright harsh times. Life isn’t perfect, we all know that and he’s reassuring us that we’re all human beings, so don’t fret everything! There will be ups and downs all throughout our lifetime.

I love the comparisons in each of the verses. Take for instance in the first verse and second verses:

Well, sometimes, you’re the hammer/And sometimes, you’re the nail/It’s not about how you get lost/It’s what you do to find the trail.

Well, sometimes, you’re the prisoner/And sometimes, you’re thе free/Just let your conscience bе your guide/When heartbreak hits you, c’est la vie

That’s life!

In addition to this track, there’s also a new version of “Caution” and an acoustic version of “Blowback.” The band has made their quarantine really productive and have already got another album, their seventh, already in the works. It’s slated to drop later this year. Are you excited for more Killers tracks later this year? What’s your favorite from the deluxe edition? Share your thoughts below!


“Stronger” by Sam Feldt ft. Kesha

Add this track too to your motivational playlists! DJ Sam Feldt teams up with pop star Kesha for an inspirational anthem that will leave you feeling refreshed and determined to conquer anything thrown your way!

Feldt shared some details about the song citing, “for me, “Stronger” is all about new beginnings – about becoming a stronger person through challenging times.” He added, “Back in the days I listened to all [of] Kesha’s track[s,] so when she approached me with the idea for the track “Stronger” I was very excited. The message Kesha sends with the track is really inspiring and super relevant in these turbulent times. That’s why I knew I had to be part of this message.”

The 27-year-old Dutch DJ crafted a wonderfully balanced track in my opinion. Kesha’s vocals are phenomenal and match in tone and delivery with the verses. While a song for the clubs in a post-pandemic world, this would also work well for montages or segments for television shows to celebrate perseverance, overcoming obstacles, and fighting for your own survival.

The music video seen above was beautifully made and has an important message at the end! I won’t spoil it for you. It definitely complements and symbolizes the song’s lyrics well!

Do you agree that this collaboration was a hit? I hope to hear more from Kesha later this year as she embarks on her fifth studio album era. How about you? Voice your comments below.

“American Mood” by JoJo

Singer-songwriter JoJo follows her first Christmas album, December Baby with a new single called “American Mood.” It’s a song that talks about the Dreamers and the silver spoon kids in the current state of America. Often the Dreamers have limitless potential but they cannot fulfill every goal they want to or they get shunned, restricted or stymied by white privilege, institutional racism, and discriminatory workplace practices.

I applaud the 30-year-old musician for raising awareness at the inequalities that’s sadly still continues in America. According to the description of her song’s music video, “proceeds from the song go to the “I Have A Dream” Foundation, which provides individualized social, emotion, and academic support to young people from low-income communities.”

If you’re a first-generation American with immigrant parents, or migrated from a foreign country and are in the process of getting your U.S. citizenship, then this song will resonate a lot. The lyric, “to all the kids without a silver spoon…you deserve much more, this one’s for you,” hits deep.

Sonically speaking, the melodies and harmonies are pretty. It’s refreshing to see JoJo expand her sound into the folk genre. If Taylor Swift can do it, so can JoJo! I’m looking forward to hearing where she goes with this in her next studio album effort. Perhaps she can make her very own folk album later this year. Share your predictions below.


“Hope” by Arlo Parks

20-year old British singer Arlo Parks released her debut studio album, Collapsed In Sunbeams today and the first single for 2021 is out now and it’s called “Hope.” Parks has a lovely voice and she’s reassuring us all that we’re not alone during this pandemic. Our feelings are valid when we feel despaired by the seemingly never-ending quarantining, the social distancing fatigue, and emotional and mental stress from hearing, watching and reading of the news headlines on TV, social media, etc.

She’s giving us hope that better days are ahead and hearing this song felt like an actual physical hug. Hopefully you feel the same after your hear this track!

In the music video, we see a girl played by English actress Molly Windsor, all alone and feeling sad in various social situations until Parks starts to hang out with her. It’s warm to see a hopeful scene play out like that. The video continues on as their friendship bond grows stronger and stronger after a lot of laughter, dancing and impromptu singing sessions.

While there will be blips of sadness here and there even after a friend lends their support, don’t fear the worst because as Parks sings, “you’re not alone like you think you are/We all have scars, I know it’s hard/You’re not alone, you’re not alone.”


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New Music Friday: January 22

It’s Friday, January 22, 2021 and another New Music Friday post has arrived for you to go check out! The following FIVE picks are ones that I highly recommend this week and they’re from alternative pop singer Tate McRae, pop rock band Weezer, house music duo Silk City feat. Ellie Goulding, pop singer Sabrina Carpenter & EDM artist 3lau w/ Norwegian DJ Funkin Matt & featured rising vocalist Frawley!


“rubberband” by Tate McRae

17-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter Tate McRae continues to impress following her smash hit, “you broke me first” from last year. In “rubberband,” she talks about having regrets about a relationship.

She posted in the above video’s description that “snapping a rubberband is a way to get over something…. sometimes even a person. this song means a lot to me, i hope you guys love it.”

If you already broke up with the person you once dated and now have a ton of questions surrounding said breakup, then first off, you’re not the only one, and secondly, this song is suited for you to hear!

McRae really captures the essence of the struggle of post-breakup(s) in her choreographed moves. I appreciate her efforts for being vulnerable in crafting this song for her fans.

I predict this song will be a hit with the TikTok crowd. Young fans will likely be creating lip-synced videos of them snapping a rubber band (hopefully not too hard) on their wrists, as well as replicating her talented dance moves in their own creative clips.

It’s expected that this song will be a part of the young musician’s next EP which will drop later this year.


“All My Favorite Songs” by Weezer

Grammy-winning rock band, Weezer returns with surprise news of a new album not named Van Weezer. That album was suppose to drop last year to coincide with their coheadlining tour, the Hella Mega Tour with Fall Out Boy and Green Day, but has since been pushed to May 2021. Instead, they are going ahead and calling this new project, OK Human their new fourteenth studio album. The lead single, “All My Favorite Songs,” is out now and the video stars the band alongside fellow actor Sonny Golden (Modern Family), and actress/dancer Monroe Cline as they teeter in and out of the virtual and reality worlds in the music video.

Sonically, it’s an upbeat jam but lyrically it contradicts all the happiness. You might take it from a quarantine perspective because the pandemic has messed with our overall mental health over the past year and our plans have been altered or been put on pause. So it’s okay to feel disappointed by the crisis. It’s a natural human instinct. It makes one think, at least from my own thoughts, would this album be made or even sound like this if it weren’t for the pandemic?!? Sometimes there are hidden blessings behind a dark moment in time such as this one and also as evident by the ending of the music video where Golden’s character meets someone new online a.k.a. Cline’s character and eventually befriends her.

The album, OK Human is a reference to fellow Grammy-winning rock group Radiohead and their 1997 album, OK Computer. The band posted on their socials a little background info about the album citing it “was made at a time when humans-playing-instruments was a thing of the past. All we could do is look back on ancient times when humans really mattered and when the dark tech-takeover fantasy didn’t exist.” The instruments they used were tuned to the ’60s and 70’s styles and with the orchestra sounding like the 18th and 19th centuries. They added, “we had no click track or loops or hi-tech sounds. Not even an electric guitar.”

There will be a total of 12 new tracks, including this one, on the new record. Are you excited for two Weezer albums this year? Let me know in the comments below!


“New Love” by Silk City feat. Ellie Goulding

Need a new dance track to add to your playlists this week? Then you’re in luck! Look no further to house music duo, Silk City’s latest collaboration with fellow pop singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding. This track follows the group’s 2019 Platinum-certified hit “Electricity” with Dua Lipa.

In the music video for “New Love,” Goulding is seen singing and owning the stage with a big perm and donning trendy 1980s fashion! This is such a feel-good track that will have you dancing on your own living room floor! It will definitely raise your spirits/mood.

Lyrically, the song takes pride in showcasing the renewed self-love one has developed in their life. This could also branch out into overall self-image, body positivity and self-esteem as well as self-acceptance.

I give props to multi-Grammy winners Mark Ronson and Diplo, the masterminds behind this musical project. It’s another excellently produced single from them and having Goulding as their featured artist was the right choice!

Who knows?!? This could very well be eligible for numerous awards and accolades this year and in next year’s Grammy Awards! Thoughts?


“Skin” by Sabrina Carpenter

21-year-old singer-songwriter Sabrina Carpenter now signed under Island Records released her response track to the love triangle drama between her, actor Joshua Bassett (High School Musical: The Musical: The Series) and Olivia Rodrigo (HSMTMTS.) Rodrigo’s “driver’s license” has seen a surge in mainstream popularity and success this month so it’s only fitting that Carpenter shared her side of the story.

Carpenter talks about how she’s happy with her relationship with Bassett and that Rodrigo shouldn’t “drive [herself] insane” about their romance. They could be friends but she doesn’t see they could even if they were to pretend to in another life. You can’t get under her skin while he’s on hers.

Overall, this is a fiery track and I applaud Carpenter’s candidness in telling her side of the story with her carefully crafted verses. She’s definitely showing her confidence and ability to not let others tell her how to feel. Expect this track to contend on the charts in the days and weeks to come.

As the songstress sings in the bridge, “I just hope that one day/We both can laugh about it/When it’s not in our face.” Hopefully this drama will get resolved publicly and they can remain at peace one day. At the end of the day, we should leave it up to the artists themselves to settle it and not let the fans misconstrue all the facts. Please be kind in their respective comments sections of their social media posts. 🙏


“Everything” by 3lau & Funkin Matt feat. Frawley

Singer-songwriter Frawley joins 3lau & Funkin Matt’s latest collaborative project in “Everything.” This is an up-tempo song that talks about the fake love one can detect in an ex-lover.

You know they’re lying to you and even they know they’re lying to you despite showing up at your doorstep trying to convince you to date them again.

Frawley’s vocals are solid on this track and this song in my opinion has what it takes to be a really big dance/club hit in 2021!

3lau is promoting his new single in the world of NFT or Nifty Gateway, a blockchain powered world where you can earn cool collectibles. Read this article to get a better understanding of this innovative technology.

He also started the “Everything” scholarship which is open to any high school or undergraduate student. Check that out here.


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New Music Friday: December 25

Hello everyone! Merry Christmas to those celebrating today! This week we have another round of amazing songs to go check out. All new music from Grammy-winning pop rock group Coldplay, indie pop band AJR, pop singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, DJ ILLENIUM and producer Dabin feat. Canadian singer-songwriter Lights & rising singer-songwriter Chaz Cardigan. All that and more in this week’s New Music Friday post for December 25, 2020!

“Flags” by Coldplay

Originally a bonus track on the now Grammy-nominated Everyday Life LP in Japan, “Flags” is finally released for the rest of the world! Coldplay posted on their socials explaining why they released this track earlier this week saying, “we love this song but by the time it came along the spaces on Everyday Life had been filled and we had to socially distance it. Thank you for all the ways you’ve supported us this year. We love & appreciate you more than you could know. Love c, g, w, j & p.”

I, a longtime fan of theirs can agree with that sentiment too! This song is a feel good jam that’s unifying for listeners all around the world despite our continued necessary lockdowns and socially distanced needs. No matter what our country of origin is or what our current residence is, we shouldn’t let others define who you are or what you should be doing in life. We have more in common than we think we do. We can’t let borders divide mankind. Self-love is what we all need! If we can love ourselves, we can in turn love others. In the chorus, lead singer Chris Martin sings, “you don’t need no flags to tell you who you are, so say I just want to be myself.” A great reminder in case anyone needed to hear that this week.

The guys never create a bad song in my opinion and that streak continues with “Flags.” It’s going to sound amazing when they perform this live one day! I hope a music video gets made for this bonus track.

As a side comment, you’re not going to find another mainstream pop song with references to Tchaikovsky or La Varsovienne. A very unique thing for sure, but I digress!

Lastly, I predict this will be performed at a future Global Citizen event or even have some sort of media placement during the rescheduled 2020 Olympics in Tokyo next summer! 😎


“My Play” by AJR

Indie pop band AJR is really feeding their fans this week with fresh announcements, content and more! This past Sunday, the brothers announced the name of their upcoming album will be titled, OK Orchestra, which is set to be dropped next spring, March 26, 2021! Pre-orders are available now! On Monday, they shared what the artwork for their forthcoming fourth studio album will look like. The new song “My Play” was released on Tuesday to the fans’ delight! And tomorrow, a one-of-a-kind virtual concert experience is set to wow them even more in the One Spectacular Night spectacle event! “My Play” will be played for the first time live tomorrow evening along with many of their previous hits and deep cuts from Living Room, The Click & Neotheater.

Going back to discussing this new single…”My Play” will really hit home for many listeners. From my understanding, it delves into children who grew up with divorced parents and the notion of growing up and adapting to the changes in separate households from their POV. It also brings attention to the child’s play or act he/she/they want to showcase in front of their parent(s) as a welcoming distraction. The uniqueness of this play is so special that it’s value can only be experienced once and only once! Otherwise, it loses meaning. Having the parents’ watch you perform is also another element to the whole situation. Do they pay attention? Do they really listen to you speak? It can really make or break how things shape out in terms of family dynamics, for sure!

Later in the song, when lead singer Jack Met sings, “it’s gonna get really, really, really, really bad before it’s okay,” I felt that and I feel for those families out there affected by a divorce or any other life-altering event. For example, you can even correlate that to today with the insanity that 2020 brought to us all and to everyone’s individual life. What the brothers have done was bring us some common ground in being seen by the lyrics while also sparking some hope moving forward. I applaud their candidness and willingness to translate all of that into an exceptionally well-crafted song.

I think that raw emotion will be a driving force on the new record and it’s already best illustrated on the album artwork itself. Ryan is looking towards the lighter side of the road, that’s optimism heading to a new season of life or perhaps the new year overall when we get closer to a post-pandemic world. Jack is in the middle caught in between both ends. That’s like the confusing moment such as now when times are still uncertain with the COVID cases still skyrocketing and yet vaccines are slowly making it’s way around the world. And then there’s a sad Adam on the right side of the road. You can’t help but feel the feels. This end is going to be the songs that represents the really down, bummer moments in life whether that be something from the past as a child or the present day trials and tribulations and in both cases, you think there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully those sad songs are disguised in a up-tempo way much like “Bummerland” was produced.

Overall, I’m excited for the new LP arriving in just 3 months time. I hope I get to see them play live again in 2021 but for now I will be cheering them on virtually tomorrow night for their One Spectacular Night concert event, which will be fun to watch. Definitely have to tune in to the Gary-Cam when “My Play” is played for the first time! Anyways, I’m so thankful for them and all of their hard work they put on to make their fans feel special in a year that’s been so trying. 😊


“Afterglow” by Ed Sheeran

Grammy winner, Ed Sheeran returns to the spotlight after a long hiatus. It’s his first release since Divide came out back in 2017. This new single talks about his wife, Cherry and the eternal love he has for her.

I love this sweet ballad from the 29-year-old singer-songwriter and first-time dad. It’s very heartfelt, genuine and honest. If you’re looking for a song to dedicate to your lover, significant other, what have you, then this song should definitely go on your playlists this week. It would make for a great song to listen to on a date, a song you would play during your first dance at a wedding, or any of your future anniversaries.

I also admire the minimalist aesthetic in the performance video seen above. No fancy bells and whistles required. Just poetic lyrics sung acoustic style. That’s all that’s needed!

Even though this song is a standalone single and won’t be featured in his next record, I’m grateful he gave us something to listen to before this year ends. A wonderful surprise/early Christmas gift. I’m looking forward to whatever he has in store for us in the new year and beyond! How about you? 😊


“Hearts On Fire” by ILLENIUM & Dabin feat. Lights

29-year old going on 30-year-old EDM hitmaker/producer ILLENIUM joins forces with Canadian artists, Dabin and Lights for an epic collaboration! The song talks about a relationship that’s heading in the wrong direction. You were once in love with this person but now as the days, months, and years go on, it seems like you both lost that spark. You start questioning what went wrong? Why have things shifted? Why can’t they read the signs that you give them?

This is the third single released off ILLENIUM’s untitled fourth studio album which is slated to be released some time in 2021. I enjoy Lights’ discography and if you do too, then this is a worthy pick for you to check out. Her vocals on this track really capture the essence of the song’s theme. It’s cathartic to hear and for those listeners out there who have experienced this kind of weird disconnect in a relationship, you will likely feel seen by this song. Overall, I like this hybrid electronic-rock sound they got going on here and if you love electronic music or any of ILLENIUM’s past works, then you’ll likely enjoy this new track as well.

It’d be interesting to see how this song will sound and be played in a live setting once it’s safe to attend concerts again. But for now, you’ll have to enjoy it from the comforts of your home. Turn up the volume! 😃😃😃


“Haircut” by Chaz Cardigan

25-year-old artist, Chaz Cardigan self-released his latest track called “Haircut.” He teased this song in a recent TikTok post which already garnered over 30,000 likes! This alt-rock song is a feel good way to leave 2020 behind and be inspired for exciting changes in the new year.

He talks about life and how the idea of getting a haircut can really change how you look and feel. It’s true from a visual POV that yeah, you will look different in the interim. But it’s more than that too, it symbolizes the evolution you go through in life. It’s a unique path for everyone whether you see that clearly or not. Hopefully this song does make things clear for you. Life isn’t short if you think that way. Life is long and has so many fruitful opportunities. It’s all in the mindset! Make a name for yourself! Do the things that make YOU happy and passionate!

Feel free to add this euphoric song to your playlists this week and let it kickstart a new positive attitude in 2021 and beyond! It will definitely be on loop on mine. 😉


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New Music Friday: December 11

Greetings! It’s December 11, 2020 which means it’s Friday once again! This week we have an assortment of new songs to check out. There’s all new music from pop stars Taylor Swift, and Gwen Stefani, indie pop band Foster The People, Australian singer-songwriter Cody Simpson & actress and pop recording artist Victoria Justice. All that and more in this week’s post.


“willow” by Taylor Swift

Pop superstar Taylor Swift surprised the Swifties yesterday with the announcement of her ninth studio album, evermore. It will be known as the sister album to the #1 Platinum-selling album, folklore which was released back in July. This time, another 15 new songs (+2 bonus songs on the deluxe edition) are heading your way!

Swift wanted to surprise us with new music since she’s turning 31 in two days. 31 is backwards for 13 which is her favorite lucky number. Whenever something significant comes up numerology speaking, you know she wants to do something special for her fans. She also wanted to provide some additional comfort given the challenging year it’s been thus far. Music is truly the connection we all need during a pandemic!

In “willow,” the first single off the new record, Swift picks off where the “cardigan” music video left off. She re-enters the fantasy world deep inside the piano again, following a shiny sparkly golden string. The National’s Aaron Dessner returned to produce the single as well as helped co-write the song.

Directed by Swift too, the 30-year-old singer revealed that this song, “is about intrigue, desire, and the complexity that goes into wanting someone. I think it sounds like casting a spell to make somebody fall in love with you (an oddly specific visual).”

Dancer Taeok Lee joins the video as Swift’s co-star. “You’ve seen my co-star in this video somewhere before.” Do you guys know? In case you didn’t, he’s one of her tour dancers! Read more about him, here.

Swift also shared that “One scene represents how I feel about fame. There’s a scene to represent each season throughout the journey of the video.” Her imagination and vision in her music videos are truly limitless. 👏👏

Overall, I really enjoy this well thought out music video which was shot safely under COVID-19 protocols, as well as the cool scenery and effects featured all throughout. We really don’t deserve her to be honest! She’s making the Swifties feel warm and toasty this winter, that’s for sure!

She’s such a master at crafting her music from start to finish and it definitely shows again. Expect more awards and accolades in 2021 for this phenomenal piece of art!

Be sure to check out the rest of the album which has collabs from Bon Iver and The National again plus one from the hit sister trio HAIM too! Take a look at her letter on the release of the album here:


“Let Me Reintroduce Myself” by Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani, singer-songwriter and coach on the hit NBC singing competition show, The Voice, is back to her pop roots since four years ago with this new track. Released earlier this week, “Let Me Reintroduce Myself” is her way of saying she never really left. This isn’t a comeback! She sings that she’s still the “original old me,” mentioning that she’s not your dusty old records on your shelf while also referencing her famous spelled out lyric, “bananas” from her 2004 smash hit, “Hollaback Girl.” She’s here to provide a little joy in 2020.

The song is really fun and catchy to listen to just like all of her previous hits if I do say so myself. It reminds me a little bit of those No Doubt/Rock Steady days too. Do you agree? The 51-year-old singer debuted the song earlier this week on The Voice. Check out this clip of her performance and her fiancé, Black Shelton praising her new song.

Stefani still has that youthful look to her compared to 20 years ago and fans of hers will definitely dig the new track, the first of many more to come in the new year I hope. “LMRM” will be a part of her fifth solo studio album effort, whenever that comes to fruition.


“Cadillac” by Foster The People

Mark Foster and the guys of Foster The People are back with a six-track EP titled, In The Darkest Of Nights, Let The Birds Sing. All of the songs are worthy of your listen but “Cadillac” in particular is my new current fave. It has a different groove compared to their last promotional single, “Under The Moon.”

It’s safe to say this song is a nod to his newlywed wife and star of Netflix’s Ozark, Julia Garner. “Cadillac” is for all those people out there who have a significant other that they want to drive around with. They’re your soulmate for life and you want them to feel special. Foster sings, “Come with me, my queen/I wanna go with you еverywhere to lift your crown higher/You’ll always be my queen/I wanna go with you everywhere and lift your crown.” Such an empowering and sweet lyric!

Sonically, it’s an uptempo song filled with well executed layers. I especially love how Foster incorporates his vocal range — the low and high ends work well in their respective parts. The outro of the song is nothing I have ever heard from anyone else. Very unique and fresh overall!

Check out the colorful visualizer for some cool driving into the sunset vibes!

Be sure to check out the rest of the new EP which includes their previous releases “Under The Moon,” “The Things We Do,” & “Lamb’s Wool.”

You can pre-order exclusive vinyl version of the EP, here.


“Christmas Dreaming” by Cody Simpson

Get in the Christmas spirit early with Cody Simpson‘s version of Frank Sinatra’s classic 1957 holiday song, “Christmas Dreaming.” This is a lovely track to play by the fireplace with your Christmas tree lit up in the living room.

Simpson’s slow and soft baritone vocals would make the late great Sinatra proud! A very classy track from the 23-year-old Australian singer. He did this song justice in my opinion. I love the single artwork for that old-timey classic look. There’s no need for any crazy embellishments on the song, just an acoustic guitar strumming alongside his voice. It has a modern sound that even Gen-Z listeners will love and enjoy! Do you guys agree?

If you need a new holiday song to put on your playlists this month, feel free to add Simpson’s today!


“Treat Myself” by Victoria Justice

Actress Victoria Justice returns to the music scene. It’s her first new song in seven years and this time Justice is taking the steps in recording her first full length album (tentatively to be released next year).

She posted on her socials the importance of making this song:

This song is for those listeners out there who’ve been harsh critics of themselves. But the catch is, you’re taking the steps at turning over a new leaf. You want to refocus your personal or professional goals in life by letting go of that bad energy you once possessed. Hopefully this song will help you on your personal journey and as we approach the new year with new opportunities, may it help you get some much needed clarity and a boost to your self-esteem.

If you like artists like Julia Michaels or Selena Gomez, you’ll enjoy Justice’s latest tune. I feel like her voice has matured so much since her Victorious days and I’m really looking forward to hearing more songs in the coming months. How about you?


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