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: 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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