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: November 27

Happy Thanksgiving weekend everyone! Hope you’re staying home safe with your family or close friend(s) or roommate(s) this year and enjoying each other’s company. Keep the social distancing if you’re going out for Black Friday shopping and get cozy with these latest music picks! We have all new music from pop stars Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift (feat. Bon Iver), singer-songwriter Austin Mahone (feat. Früt), Australian recording artist Sam Fischer & last but not least British DJ/producer Nathan Dawe w/ pop sensation girl group Little Mix. All that and more in this week’s edition of New Music Friday here at Philip’s Music Corner…


“Angels Like You” by Miley Cyrus

Kicking off this week’s picks with a song from Miley Cyrus’ new album, Plastic Hearts. “Angels Like You” is a nice ballad about one of her past relationships, perhaps the one with actor Liam Hemsworth. Some fans have also speculated that it’s about her relationship with fellow pop singer Cody Simpson or maybe the one with influencer/podcast producer Kaitlynn Carter.

The relationship couldn’t continue for many reasons but it’s not their fault for the downfall. That’s just the way the cookie crumbles as Cyrus emotionally sings “angels like you can’t fly down here with me.”

I love the melody of the song and Cyrus for giving it that rocker’s edge when belting out this tune. I think this should be the next single for radio, how about you?

The 28-year-old singer-songwriter crafted another solid song and I highly recommend you check out the rest of her new album too. Many of the new tracks were notably co-written by other fellow singers/producers like OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, and watt and co-produced with artists like Mark Ronson, whom worked with other others singers like Bruno Mars, Adele, and Lady Gaga in the past. Ronson himself is an established recording artist as well, in case you didn’t knew.

Listen to previous 2020 releases like the 80’s influenced dance track, “Midnight Sky,” and most recent single, “Prisoner feat. Dua Lipa (which came out last week) on the physical and digital versions of the album plus “Edge Of Midnight” feat. Stevie Nicks and her cover songs for “Heart of Glass,” and “Zombie” from the iHeart Festival and NIVA Save Our Stage Festival respectively exclusively on the digital version of the album.


“exile” feat. bon iver (folklore: the long pond studio sessions) by Taylor Swift

I really dig this version of “exile” by Taylor Swift featuring Bon Iver. The Long Pond Studio Sessions as it’s called is a concert special made for the streaming service, Disney+. A very intimate version of this collaborated song if I do say so myself. Love the harmonies and the delivery of each line of the song.

I admire and love Ms. Swift’s innovative mindset when putting this together for all her fans around the world. Since she can’t go on tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is the next best thing we could’ve asked for in terms of promoting her new album, folklore.

Even though we’re not physically at her recording session, it’s almost like we’re at the studio with the video seen above. It’s cool to see all the equipment and instruments needed to put on this socially-distanced production on and I really believe folklore deserves to win big at next year’s telecast of the Grammy Awards.


“You Got Me” by Austin Mahone feat. Früt

24-year-old recording artist, Austin Mahone released his latest single/collaboration with Früt called “You Got Me.” Co-produced with rapper LunchMoney Lewis (see his hit song, “Bills”), Mahone tackles the idea of a confused relationship.

This is a song about dating someone that you’re genuinely in love with, however they don’t love you back the same way that you do. You’re left in this confused state. Are they committed to you? Are they on the same level of love?

Mahone professes in the pre-chorus part of the song, “All that chasing/Time gets wasted/You should already be my lover/And this situation/Is so heartbreaking/You’ve got me right where you wanna.”

You can sense the frustration illustrated in the music video as Mahone chases after this girl through this pretty elaborate labyrinth. Watch the ending for an interesting plot twist! Overall, I thought the visuals justified the lyrics. Share your thoughts about this single in the comments box below.


“For Now” by Sam Fischer

Australian singer-songwriter Sam Fischer has a new song out now that’s really soothing to the ears. This acoustic ditty titled “For Now,” is about a broken relationship one might experience.

Hearing the chorus will hit you deep as he sings, “I need to be lonely without you/I know that you only mean well/But I’m not used to being without you/Have to learn to be lonely myself.”

You need the time to breathe by splitting up with your boyfriend or girlfriend, perhaps on a temporary basis. A slight pause from seeing each other is what you need to get some sense of clarity in life, mentally and or emotionally speaking. But this situation can also apply on a more long-term basis. Sometime separating entirely is what’s best for both parties in life. You got to do what’s best for your own well-being!

So if you need a song to cry to post-breakup or to sway your hands to while listening with family or friends, then this song needs to go on your playlists this week! I highly recommend it!


“No More Tears” by Nathan Dawe & Little Mix

English DJ/producer Nathan Dawe teamed up with pop group, Little Mix for an epic and cool collaboration! This song will get you pumped up and ready to tackle whatever goals and challenges you have for the day and beyond! Take this song to the gym or play it at your next socially distanced mini-hangout with your friends. Save it for the clubs and big parties next year (I hope) for when you want to bust our your dance moves.

The song talks about moving on from a breakup in a rather quick fashion. You’ve cried your tears out but won’t let yourself be down forever. You’re ready to tackle whatever life hands down to you next, whether that be a new relationship or a new creative endeavor, what have you. The ladies of Little Mix have a strong vocal performance in this song and all of their voices blend quite excellently with Dawe’s uptempo beats.

Definitely go check this song out today if you’re an EDM fan, house music fan, dance pop lover, or a fan of Dawe’s and or Little Mix’s. It will make you happy after listening to it. 🙂


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New Music Friday: September 18

Happy Friday folks! This week’s I’m highlighting the latest songs from Grammy-winning artist, Sam Smith, EDM hitmaker Kygo with his remix of one of Donna Summer’s timeless songs, pop singer MAX featuring SUGA of mega hit sensational K-pop group, BTS, alternative band LANY and last but not least, indie pop artist Rachel Platten.


“Diamonds” by Sam Smith

4x Grammy-winner, Sam Smith returns with their latest single off their upcoming third studio album, Love Goes which drops October 30th!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year, Smith had to delay the release of SS3 which was originally titled, To Die For from May 1st, to June 5th and ultimately til this fall at the end of next month. Overall, this album cycle took up two years of his life to make. So in that span of time, a lot of events and personal life moments definitely were captured in this album’s essence. They call “each song a separate story” and that the process of making the new record was “magical, therapeutic, and FUN.”

See the full letter he posted to his fans here:

This single follows the release of “My Oasis” back in July which featured Nigerian singer-songwriter, Burna Boy. Smith also teamed up with Demi Lovato in the charted single, “I’m Ready” earlier this year. Both songs will appear in the new album’s tracklist.

In “Diamonds,” Smith doesn’t hold onto material love anymore. They dance solo in this upbeat electropop track showing confidence and poise while illustrating the navigation of this new chapter in life without this lover who took them for granted.

Are you looking forward to hearing the rest of Smith’s third album soon? What do you think about this new song? Share your comments below.


“Hot Stuff” by Kygo & Donna Summer

Kygo returns with another remix of another legendary artist! This time he’s taking on The Queen Of Disco a.k.a. the late Donna Summer’s dance classic, “Hot Stuff.” It follows his previous remixes of Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got To Do,” and the late Whitney Houston’s “Higher Love.”

In the music video for “Hot Stuff,” we see Madelyn Cline and Chase Stokes, two of the stars of Netflix’s hit drama, “Outer Banks” as the two lovers seen having a blast together. They definitely have that lovey-dovey couple vibe to them and shown great chemistry in this video. It must’ve been a really enjoyable time producing this on set in Carolina Beach, North Carolina.

Like the original version from 1979, this iteration will also put you in high spirits after listening to it. Put this on your feel good playlists today and dance to your heart’s content!

I wonder what Kygo will do next!?! He’s been picking so many iconic songs from equally iconic artists lately for his remixes. Which artist would you like to see him reimagine next? Let me know in the comments box down below.


“Blueberry Eyes” by MAX feat. SUGA of BTS

This is the summer of fruit based songs! Harry Styles can claim the watermelon but pop singer MAX has rightfully done justice for the blueberry!

MAX has made a tender love song for all those couples out there who are living on cloud 9 with each other. His real life wife, Emily stars alongside him in the music video and they are expecting their first child later this December. I enjoy all the blue aesthetics/wardrobe they wore in making this video. I thought it was a cute and sweet video from start to finish.

BTS member Suga lends his vocals for a verse. The two are very good friends and this is the second time they have worked together. See: “Burn It” for the first instance in which MAX was the featured artist and Suga was the leading vocal under his other stage name Agust D.

In a short message attached to the video, MAX cites:
“Bringing this music video to life has been such a special experience. I wanted it to feel as if Disney magically made a baby with Wes Anderson in the world of Colour Vision with every bit of our souls intertwined. Emily is my actual wife and she is really pregnant right now with our first child, so art imitates life in a fun way with this video. We studied and memorized all of the Korean lyrics to Suga’s incredible and romantic verse and all of the blueberries in the bathtub ended up being reused to create limited edition blueberry dyed blueberry eyes shirts. This video is a piece of our hearts and I hope it sparks the same magic in you viewing it as it did for us creating it. Thank you to Suga for being so brilliant on this song and more importantly for being a wonderful friend. Much love.”

For what’s been a crazy 2020 thus far, it’s comforting to hear songs like this one, so you should definitely add this to your playlists this week.


“cowboy in LA” by LANY

Continuing the warm loving sentiments is this latest tasting from LA based alternative band, LANY’s upcoming third album, Mama’s Boy. In “cowboy in LA,” lead singer Paul Jason Klein brings up his Oklahoma roots and how it’s made him a unique, caring and respectful man he is today. He wants to take things nice and slow with his date and thinks beautiful things and places like the sunset, swaying palm trees and Malibu respectfully are all pale in comparison to his lover. Instead of going to the club or going to a crowded place, he would rather do something more romantic 1 to 1 in order to establish a deeper connection with each other.

It’s such a nice mellow track to listen to and overall, the lyrics were beautifully written. This song follows the release of “Good Guys,” “If This Is The Last Time,” & “You!” earlier this summer. 10 more unreleased tracks are going to be a part of the next album so expect all the feels coming October 2nd!


“Soldiers” by Rachel Platten

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Singer-songwriter Rachel Platten is back everyone! Now as an independent artist, she penned another powerful anthem for you all to hear. On her socials, she revealed why she wanted to release this song:

“Its my answer to all the division and confusion around us. I really believe that we NEED art and beauty of all kinds right now to help remind us who we are and that we all have the same beating hearts. So this is my little call to creators of all kinds – we need YOU.”

She goes on to say that “we need your brave voices and your truth. Keep sharing your beauty. We might fall but we won’t break!”

Personally, I admire her career thus far, and I love that she’s not doing it all for just the fame, and the glitz and glamour. If you loved “Fight Song,” this is like the continuation of that song. You can definitely feel the loving connection in this ballad as evident by the reassuring chorus, “No matter how the light may fade/We’ll carry on, it’s how we’re raised/Yeah, we might fall/But we won’t break/Yeah, we won’t break.”

Overall, it’s such a heartfelt song that deserves your attention this week and I hope you add this one to your playlists as well! May this song give you strength in what’s been a challenging year thus far!

I’m excited to hear what’s next for Platten and what her next album will sound like. How about you? Share your feelings in the comments box below. 🙂


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New Music Friday: January 3

2020 is here and so are new tracks ready for you to listen. This week’s picks include singer-songwriters Lauv and Ava Max, both of whom had multi-Platinum success in years past. What artists are you hoping to hear new music from this year? Let me know in the comments below.

“Changes” by Lauv

“Changes” is a very heartfelt song by Lauv admitting to not liking the status quo and wanting to make changes in his personal life for the better. This is a very appropriately timed release too now that we’ve flipped over to a new year and decade on the calendar and people are motivated to make and achieve their resolutions/goals.

If you’re not happy with your old self and old habits, why not break from the mold and be more proactive with your life because nothing ventured, nothing gained! This single will be a part of his upcoming debut album, ~how i’m feeling~ releasing March 6th.

Check out his recent Instagram post which explained more why he made this song for the world to hear:

“On Somebody” by Ava Max

The “Sweet But Psycho” hit maker is here with her new break up song! If you’re going through a recent and tough heartbreak, this song is perfect for you. In it, Ava delves into the emotions of getting over that someone who broke up with you and your ex already found new love. As frustrating as that may seem, this song should at least make you feel vulnerable to accept that yes, “heartbreak is a mf’er.”

“Happy” by Oh Wonder

Oh Wonder, the indie pop duo consisting of Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West, take heartbreak to a different direction as contrasted with Ava Max’s “On Somebody.” This song is for those who broke up with someone and that someone found new love and you’re actually happy for him/her finding a new love. It’s about accepting this new phase in their life as well as yours. Overall, this track’s arrangement is really nice and fun to listen to. Their upcoming album, No One Else Can Wear Your Crown drops February 7th.

“Wrong Direction” by Hailee Steinfeld

Continuing the heartbreak trend this week is this latest from singer-songwriter/actress Hailee Steinfeld. With this single, she’s admitting to feeling used and crushed by her ex which online sources and fans have predicted that this song is about her recent breakup with One Direction member, Niall Horan. She also places some blame onto herself for believing her ex wouldn’t cheat on her when in fact he did as she solemnly revealed in her lyrics:

Couldn’t even see you through the smoke
Lookin’ back, I probably should have known
But I just wanted to believe that you were out sleepin’ alone

“I Can Hardly Speak” by Bombay Bicycle Club

Capping my list of picks this week is the return of indie rock group Bombay Bicycle Club. This is their first single after a long three year hiatus. This track is very refreshing to hear and the band confirmed it’s “about struggling to express yourself with words and being an introvert.”

Their lyric video for this single is very imaginative and creative. Give it a view/listen!

I will definitely check out more of their discography after hearing this song. Perhaps you will too?

Their upcoming album, Everything Else Has Gone Wrong releases January 17th.

New Music Friday: December 27

Happy Friday everyone! Here are my top 5 songs to listen to this week.

“nasa – live” by Ariana Grande

This song along with 31 other songs are the live versions of her Sweetener World Tour set list. If you’re a fan of her work, you’ll enjoy this track which is a nod to the aeronautics agency of the same name. You’ll recognize the famous words said by Neil Armstrong on his famed lunar mission at the top of the track.

“¿ ” by Bring Me The Horizon (feat. Halsey)

If you’re a fan of Bring Me The Horizon, Halsey and or both, then you’re in luck because the alternative rock band is back with the drop of their surprise EP featuring a collab from the “Graveyard” pop singer.

It’s a very electronic sounding track with a catchy hook. Give it a listen along with the seven other experimental tracks from the EP with a very long name called Music to listen to ~dance to~blaze to~pray to~feed to~sleep to~talk to~grind to~trip to~breathe to~help to~hurt to~scroll to~roll to~love to~hate to~learn Too~plot to~play to~be to~feel to~breed to~sweat to~dream to~hide to~live to~die to~GO TO.

“Lost Again” by Mighty Oaks

Into something more folksy and easy to listen to, then check out “Lost Again” by this indie trio. I’ve never heard any of their works before today but I randomly played this track and I like their vibes. They have a similar sound to the Grammy nominated group, The Lumineers in my opinion. I think you would enjoy this track too! 🙂

“Somebody Loved” by Kina Grannis

A great song to de-stress to. Very soothing to listen to after a long day of work or travel.

“Alone, Pt. II” by Alan Walker & Ava Max

This upbeat track is perfect for single people around the world longing for a companion to come into their life. The Norwegian DJ picked a great collab in Ava Max whom is best known for her hit song, “Sweet But Psycho” for this track.

‘AGT’ Season 14: Week 6

Final round of AGT auditions

The final round of auditions aired this week and my next five picks worth watching are the following:

You want fries with that?!?

Kara excelled in her audition and I was laughing at her physical comedy and her actual comedy routine. She has a great and unpredictable delivery. I expect her to do well in the next round with more banter with the judges.

Mind reading FTW! How did they do that!??!

The Sentimentalists are basically this year’s Clairvoyants. Similar in delivery and setup. I’m always amazed at how mind readers do their thing and these two prove that once more! Watch to the very end to see how they survived elimination!

Strong and graceful moves!

Duo MainTenanT were so graceful in their performance. Simply flawless in their execution. You got to give it up for their acrobatic moves. When he balanced her on just his forehead, I was like OMG!

Power emanates from this girl group!

Revolution came out in full force with their act. I’m pleased they auditioned on the AGT stage/platform because they did what normally guys would have done with this routine. Great showmanship and display of fierceness with the drums and ropes and of course their feet!!!

A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY!

Finally, we have Julianne’s Golden Buzzer act, Luke Islam! He wowed the audience with his rendition of Sara Bareilles’ “She Used To Be Mine” from the hit Broadway show, “Waitress.” After that emotional performance, he most definitely earned that live shows spot!

I really hope he gets to be on Broadway in his post-AGT career. Check out Sara Bareilles’ reaction tweet:

Well, there you have it! Next week kicks off the Judge Cuts! It’s time to start eliminating and only the best will move on. Guest judges such as actress Ellie Kemper and comedian Jay Leno will join the table this season and they will each have the Golden Buzzer power to save one act to move on.

AGT airs every Tuesdays at 8 P.M. only on NBC!