New Music Friday: January 1

Happy New Year!! 2021 is finally here! Kicking off the new month and year are these five picks. We’ve got the latest from pop singers Lauv, Aly & AJ, dance pop phenoms Kylie Minogue and Dua Lipa, Grammy-winning English artist Jacob Collier & alternative artist Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness. All that and more in this week’s New Music Friday post for January 1, 2021.


“2021” by Lauv

Pop singer-songwriter Lauv gave one more song for the fans on New Year’s Eve to help end 2020 on a higher note. This song is an ode to a fresh start in 2021. One where you’re going to do your best to elevate your love life, to be more attentive to their needs, wants, wishes, etc. This is for all the guys and girls out there who want to continue dating their love of their life and nobody else.

Sonically, I feel it fits the current vibes of mainstream radio and I feel like this could be the next hit song for the 26-year-old artist. If not on radio, I predict this will be a heavily used song on TikTok with fans lip-syncing or dancing to the track. It’s definitely a different sound from him compared with his first album, ~how i’m feeling~. “2021” is like hip-hop meets pop meets EDM.

I expect a corresponding music video to be released soon but if not I’m still looking forward to hearing more tunes from him as the months go on. How about you? Maybe a new EP or even a second studio album is in the works! Drop your predictions in the comments below.

Check out Lauv’s official merch store, right here. His touring dates for later this fall are available here. He will be making stops in New Zealand, Australia & Jakarta. Singer-songwriter Jeremy Zucker will be joining him as his opening act. Hopefully more dates will be added after the pandemic in other parts of the world including North America.

In the meantime…


“Potential Breakup Song” by Aly & AJ

Due to the rise in popularity of their 2007 Platinum-selling single, “Potential Breakup Song” on TikTok, the ladies of music duo Aly & AJ have re-recorded it for a new generation of listeners. This also serves as a nostalgic trip for those who discovered them and adored them over a decade ago.

This is not for the children as they’ve added expletives in the song. Sonically, this track has definitely gotten a whole new edge and a fresh new sound. I feel it’s sassier than the original and fitting for those who are currently experiencing or had experienced a one-sided relationship or multiple. Thoughts?

Play this song if you want to warn your boyfriend or girlfriend to step up or else the days of you dating them are being numbered.

If you want to hear the clean version, click here. If you want to hear the original version from 14 years ago, then click here. Watch the performance above for a “Slow Dancing”/ “PBS” jam session! It aired on New Year’s Eve online for you guessed it, TikTok! Enjoy!

Prior to that epic performance, they proposed to their fans on Twitter, the idea of re-imagining their other hit song, “Like Whoa.” Commenters seemed to be onboard with that suggestion with some requesting the whole Insomniatic album to get the explicit treatment. Click on the tweet below to see all of their positive reactions.

Would you like to see this come to fruition? Let me know in the comments box below.


“Real Groove – Studio 2054 Remix” by Kylie Minogue & Dua Lipa

Get up on your dancing shoes for this remix of Kylie Minogue’s hit song “Real Groove.” 2x Grammy-winning artist, Dua Lipa joins her dance pop track for an epic collaboration that fans will be buzzing about. With the rise in stardom for Lipa in 2020 in her Gold-certified Future Nostalgia album release, this remix makes perfect sense to be dropped for the world to hear.

This track is for all those dance lovers, Minogue and Dua Lipa lovers, 80’s disco-lovers and everyone else in between! A perfect distraction from the stresses of the day.

Check out my original post featuring “Real Groove” by clicking here. The song is featured on her latest album, Disco which ranked in the top 10 on Billboard’s Best Dance Albums of 2020 as well as the top 10 on Variety’s Best Albums of 2020.


“The Sun Is In Your Eyes” by Jacob Collier

Grammy-winning artist Jacob Collier kickstarts 2021 with a short and sweet stripped down style single, “The Sun Is In Your Eyes.” The 26-year-old explained in the description in the video seen above, “Here’s a song I wrote last year! I recorded it on my phone for safe-keeping. [Now] it’s yours to keep.”

A nice gift for fans of his for the new year! I enjoy the laid-back vibes on this love song which talks about the beauty of your significant other. Their eyes are like sunshine to you, their smile is refreshing like a glass of cold water, and their lips are like golden treasure. Very poetic if I do say so myself. Thoughts?

No matter where life takes you, the love you have for him/her/them is unconditional. I love how it’s capped off in the ending of the song, when he sings, “I see you clearly now/I hold you dearly now/The sun is in my eyes.” It went from their eyes to now his eyes, so that I feel encapsulates the overall and genuine affectionate feelings he has for his lover.

2021 will hopefully be a brighter year for many, and I’m eager to hear more from Collier later this year. Check out Jacob’s merch store, right here. Stay updated with his official website, here. It includes a list of 91 cities he’s promising to tour in once the pandemic is over and concerts can run safely for the fans.


“New Year Song” by Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

My last pick of the week is from none other than Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. He expressed how difficult 2020 was for him saying, “I’ve been on this earth a fair amount of years, most of them I’d count myself lucky while a handful have been quite challenging. If I’ve learned anything, they sneak up on you, the hard years, and this one was no exception.”

As December 2020 came to a close he found inspiration to create this hopeful new song just in time for 2021! He shared that the song was born on a piano at 4th Street in Santa Monica, Los Angeles. A snippet from the above video’s description reads as follows:

“Wherever this song finds you in life, whether you feel inclined to skip it or listen on repeat, I send it on with the sincere hope that whatever hardships and beauty you’ve encountered this year. you find half the hardship and twice as much beauty in the next.”

Aurally speaking, this is such a feel good song filled with optimism and warm wishes moving forward as we begin 2021. I thought the piano melody was beautifully composed. By 2:10, you will likely get goosebumps! Credits to Suzy Shinn for helping him produce this amazing track.

So here’s to a new year that we can all picture together that should be and hopefully will be brighter, one with brand new opportunities, pathways, and memories being made.


That does it for this week’s post! Thank you all for reading another edition of New Music Friday here at Philip’s Music Corner. If you liked what you read, kindly click on the follow button down below. Also if you like, please support my work by donating to my Paypal. I truly appreciate it!

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New Music Friday: November 20

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


“Famous Friends” by Chris Young & Kane Brown

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


“Prisoner” by Miley Cyrus feat. Dua Lipa

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


“Walked Through Hell” by Anson Seabra

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

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

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

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


That wraps up this week’s post! Thank you all for reading another edition of New Music Friday here at Philip’s Music Corner. If you liked what you read, kindly click on the follow button down below. Also if you like, please support my work by donating to my Paypal.

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