Welcome once again to another edition of New Music Friday here on Le Café Music Blog. It’s been a bit of a hectic week, so I haven’t posted since last Friday. I will definitely have more for you guys this week!
Now let’s get to the music!
Olivia Rodigo – Deja Vu
Olivia burst onto the scene with her debut track Drivers License, so it’s going to be hard to top that on her second shot.
This song seems to be a follow up about the blonde girl that always made her pout. This time, she wasn’t driving through the suburbs. She started this song with a car ride to Malibu.
Let’s see what Twitter had to say about this track.
Let’s get to the video.
Demi Lovato – Dancing With The Devil
Demi Lovato makes her emotional return after her 2018 near-death experience after an overdose. Dancing With The Devil...The Art Of Starting Over is Demi’s first album since 2017.
Lovato has been through hell and back. I won’t get into those details out of respect for her. She lays a lot of it out in this recent documentary, so have a watch if you’re interested. Just a warning…it’s a lot to take in.
Here is the title track from her new album, Dancing With The Devil.
BTS – (방탄소년단) Film out
Their first single after smashing the charts with their hit Dynamite, the South Korean boy band is back. This time, they are not singing in English…or Korean. Film Out is sung in Japanese.
The upcoming BTS album, which includes Film Out, expected to be released on June 16…is entirely in Japanese.
Here is the K-Pop Japanese track, Film Out
Iggy Azalea, Tyga – Sip It
Yup, Iggy is back and she’s teaming up with Tyga on her newest release. I’m not gonna lie to you guys. This song is f*cking horrible. It’s like a Walmart brand of WAP. Iggy, you went away for a while…what made you think this was the song to come back with? Straight up trash.
Jane Handcock – Forgive Them
Sorry, Jane. I can’t forgive Iggy for that sack of sh*t she just dropped. But this song right here…is fire. This is Jane’s second release with Estabrook Road Records and this woman deserves more recognition in the R&B world.
Iggy Azalea still sucks.
There is much better music out there, so have a listen to Spotify’s weekly New Music Friday playlist right here:
Happy weekend, buttcakes! It’s New Music Friday! Last week’s NMF is going to be tough to beat. But there is some good stuff this week!
Selena Gomez ft. Myke Towers – Dámelo To’
Selena Gomez officially released her first 7-track EP entirely in Spanish, Revelación. In an interview with Apple Music, Selena said that a project is something she has wanted to do for 10 years because she is proud of her heritage.
Here is Dámelo To’, which means “Give it to me.” This song is about doin’ it.
Nick Jonas – 2Drunk
The most popular Jonas brother just released his studio album Spaceman. This is Jonas’ first solo album since 2016 when he released Last Year Was Complicated. When singing with his brothers, it’s that bubble gum pop for the teenage girls. Solo Nick Jonas is definitely leaning more to the R&B side.
This is definitely a song I can relate to. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been waaaay 2Drunk.
Rosé – On The Ground
Blackpink and K-pop fans have been waiting for this album for a long time. Rosé’s first solo album, R dropped today and reactions have been mixed.
We have a little bit of everything from her fans. We’ll let you be the judge.
Here is Korean pop superstar, Rosé with On The Ground
Machine Gun Kelly ft. CORPSE – DAYWALKER!
Now for something completely different.
DAYWALKER! is intense and actually gives me anxiety…but I kind of like it. This song is its own new genre…like “Screamo Whisper Rap.” I know that doesn’t make any sense at all and is an absolute contradiction, but you’ll understand when you hear the song.
AJ Mitchell – Cameras On
AJ Mitchell does not get nearly enough attention. I started listening to him when I randomly heard I Don’t Want You Back and his vocals blew me away. This dude can hit some ball-crushing notes, and I think the 19-year-old deserves a much brighter spotlight.
Check out his new single, Cameras On
We had some highly-anticipated releases this week. None more anticipated than Rosé. There is a lot more to hear, so check out Spotify’s weekly New Music Friday playlist right here!
I woke up to “YG Stop Sabotaging Lisa” trending on Twitter today. The alleged mismanagement of the Blackpink superstar from Thailand has been a topic of controversy for quite a while. Fans are officially tired of it.
Back in 2010, Lisa auditioned for YG Entertainment in Thailand at the age of 13. Out of 4,000 others, she was the only one chosen by the South Korean entertainment company. Yang Hyun-suk, CEO of YG, officially offered young Lisa a position as a trainee.
At 14, Lisa packed her bags and moved to Korea to become YG’s first non-ethnically Korean artist to join the company. Her training lasted 5 years before she officially made her debut as a member of Blackpink in 2016.
On February 2, 2021, #RespectLisa trended all over the internet after anti-fans racially abused Lisa. These comments mainly came from group chats in China and Turkey. They were based on her appearance and the fact that she is from Thailand…which is just plain ignorant. I lived in Thailand. It is a beautiful country and the people are lovely and attractive.
Leaked messages from the group chats called her ugly because she has dark skin, they said she looks like a man and even called her a “ladyboy” which is what Transgender people are labeled as in Thailand.
Real BLINKs came to her rescue with the hashtag, #RespectLisa.
The Korean pop industry is no stranger to scandal and controversy. Everything from sex slavery, prostitution, drug rings, assault, rape, and a string of suicides. Some really disturbing stuff. For some specific examples, watch this video:
YG is now being accused of sabotaging Lisa’s career in a variety of ways. They are making it look like simple mismanagement, but there seems to be a lot more to it.
#YGStopSabotagingLisa started trending on Twitter this morning. BLINKs are DONE with YG. Here are some examples.
Intentionally sabotaging her style. It is well-known that YG and other entertainment companies control everything their artists say, do, and wear.
Intentionally sabotaging her relationships with brands she is affiliated with.
Intentionally not providing security for her while other members are surrounded by bodyguards.
Intentionally leaving her out of Blackpink promotional materials.
In my opinion, it is clear that something fishy is going on with YG. In fact, it couldn’t be more obvious. If you are a Blackpink and Lisa fan, show her some love. #ygstopsabotaginglisa.
Lisa’s first solo album will be released soon and YG has not promoted it at all. Here’s her first single, Say So.
Let me know what you think in the comments, and show your support for Lisa!
New Releases From Rosé and Lisa of K-Pop Supergroup, BLACKPINK
That’s right, K-Pop fans. The long-awaited solo projects have been released by the ladies this month. Both tracks are in English and they are both catchy as hell.
Lisa 리사- Say So
On February 2, Lisa, the rapper from Thailand and member of the South Korean pop group dropped an absolute banger, Say So. With nearly 2 million views on YouTube, it’s safe to say this solo project is a success. Check it out here:
Rosé – Love Is Gone(로제 GONE 가사)
Love Is Gone is Rosé’s first solo venture. The song has not officially been released yet, and she is asking her fans not to share the leaked content, so I will give you the teaser she posted before her performance of The Show last week. I have heard the whole song and I can tell you the song is beautiful, and her voice is as stunning as she is. Here is the teaser for Love Is Gone.
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It’s that time of the week! Breaking down 6 of the newest tracks all in one place so you don’t have to go searching!
We’ve got some interesting stuff today, so let’s get weird, nerds.
IU (아이유)- Celebrity
Let’s start off with one all the way from South Korea, K-Pop star IU (아이유) with Celebrity. This is a preview of what to expect on her 5th studio album, which is in the works right now. The video is already at nearly 12 million views on YouTube. With her bright, beautiful vocals, and upbeat electro-pop sound, I can imagine this track will be blaring out of every shop in Gangnam by this weekend.
2 Chainz – Grey Area
I highly recommend taking a hit of acid or some shrooms before watching this video…not that I know what that’s like or anything…
But seriously. Do it.
2 Chainz switches heads with his dog, Trappy and gets belly rubs from an angel around an entire litter of 2 Chainz-headed Trappy’s. Wild stuff, man.
On the music side of it all, this song is a banger. It’s got a dope beat, a great flow, and lyrics that may or may not offend you. Grey Area is the latest single off of his 2020 album So Help Me God.
Rag n’ Bone Man – All You Ever Wanted
Rory Charles Graham , AKA Rag n’ Bone Man has one of the coolest voices I’ve ever heard. His first album, Human was full of soul and beautifully executed. It didn’t sound like anything else out there. Maybe I need to let it grow on me, but All You Ever Wanted just reminds me too much of an Imagine Dragons song.
Lyrically, its nice…but the song itself just isn’t touching me in all the right places. The new single will be on Graham’s upcoming album, Life of Misdirection, which will drop in April.
Eric Church – Heart on Fire
With the first country song to appear on Le Café Music, Eric Church is giving the “Church Choir” exactly what they were hoping for with Heart on Fire. I was skeptical of this one from the opening line :
Roosevelt Road was too rough for my old truck
I couldn’t help but think “Man, not another country song about a truck.” That’s just a bit too cliche. But my feelings changed shortly after and caught myself actually enjoying it. It’s a fun song, Church is a very talented singer, and the lyrics shy away from the cliches after that first line.
Heart on Fire dropped today with the news that this song will be featured on his upcoming albums. That’s right, I said albums. Plural.
It will be a three volume set, titled Heart & Soul. This track will be on the album called Heart, which will be released April 16th. The second album of the series, Soul, will be released just one week later. & is going to be released as a 6-track vinyl EP and only available to Church Choir members. That’s pretty dope, Mr. Church.
Now, I’m trying to open my mind to the country genre a bit more these days. Country fans, please help me find the good stuff. Comment with your favorite country song below!
Rebecca Black – Girlfriend
Here’s a nice little redemption story for you. Rebecca Black…the internet sensation in 2011 at the age of 13 for releasing what some people say is “the worst music video ever.”
The song is called Friday. You know the one. If you don’t, here it is. Sorry, Rebecca.
Black was destroyed by the media. She was bullied at school. Kids threw food at her in the cafeteria. She suffered from self-esteem issues and depression. At 19, she was told that no producer or songwriter would ever work with her again.
Kids can be really f****** mean.
Honestly, she didn’t deserve any of that ridicule at 13. You know who deserves all of the ridicule?
“Producers” Clarence Jey and Patrice Wilson. They had to know that song was trash, yet they released it anyway. Wilson, the writer of Friday and co-founder of ARK Music Factory was also the UNCREDITED featured rapper in the song.
Gee, I wonder why he wouldn’t want his name associated with it…
Wilson later opened another label under the name Pato, called Pato’s Music World...which failed miserably.
Hmm…I wonder why he changed his name…
Enough about those frauds. Let’s talk about Rebecca.
Despite the bullying and the depression…Black continued to make music and work on her craft. Her net worth is now estimated at $1.5 million. Suck on that, bullies.
Today, Rebecca Black is back. And it is Friday, but that’s just a coincidence. Here is her new single, Girlfriend.
benny blanco, Marshmallow, & Vance Joy – You
There are some wild-ass music videos being released this week. Here’s another one.
In our only claymation video of the week, the boys are enjoying a little cookout, when a terrifying tree monster comes out and captures mallo and Joy while blanco is flipping burgers. blanco then finds them tied up inside the tree. Instead of killing the monster…he gives it a hug. Tree monster unties the boys and they all proceed to get drunk and become best friends.
What a day.
The song is nice, and I enjoyed hearing Vance Joy for the first time since Riptide in 2013.
The claymation is pretty badass too!
There we have it. Six of the most talked-about releases of the week. I hope you enjoyed my breakdown of these tracks and their videos.
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Every Tuesday, Billboard releases all of their charts. As I am a “citizen of the world,” I will bring you the Billboard Global 200 Top 10 every week. The Global 200 ranks the top songs based on sales and streaming data from 200 territories worldwide. Let’s get to it!
1. Olivia Rodrigo – Drivers License
The former Disney Channel’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star debuted her first single last week at number 1. That’s where she’ll stay this week. Since Drivers License was released, it has broken the record for most daily streams on Spotify…twice. The song has reached the top of charts in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, the UK, and here in the US.
2. Ariana Grande – 34+35
Nobody can explain this track the way Lewis Capaldi does, so I’ll leave you with this:
Jumping 9 spots from 11 to 2, here’s 34+35:
3. The Weeknd – Blinding Lights
20 weeks on the chart and this song is still up near the top. From the Canadian star’s fourth studio album After Hours, Blinding Lights moves down just one spot to number 3.
4. Bad Bunny and Jhay Cortez – Dákiti
Staying put at number 4 this week, Dákiti reaches its 12th week on the chart. If you don’t speak Spanish, this song is basically about getting drunk, smoking weed, his lady’s butt, and doin’ it.
I can’t believe I fit a Ladies Man reference in here. I’m proud of myself. Anyway, bending the rules of reggaetón, here is Dákiti by the Puerto Rican duo.
5. 24kGoldn ft. Iann Dior – Mood
Staying put at number 5, the 20-year-old TikTok sensation 24kGoldn reaches his 20th week on the chart with Mood. After breaking out on TikTok, he had some sound advice for his fellow TikTokers in an interview with the New York Post “Don’t make anything you wouldn’t want to watch yourself.”
6. BTS – Dynamite (방탄소년단)
The K-Pop boy band slides 3 slots to number 6 this week. This is also their 20th week on the chart after their debut at number 1. Dynamite has over 800 million views on YouTube and over 600 million streams on Spotify.
Those numbers don’t surprise me one bit. After living in South Korea for almost three years, I know how loyal Korean pop fans can be.
7. Dua Lipa ft. DaBaby – Levitating
The British vocalist sits at number 7 once again this week with the hit from her second studio album, Future Nostalgia. Warner Music got a huge win by signing Dua Lipa in 2015.
8. SZA – Good Days
SZA will stay at number 8 this week, her 8th week on the chart with Good Days. The American neo soul vocalist announced yesterday that she wants Frank Ocean on the remix for this track.
I think that’s something we can all get behind.
9. The Weeknd – Save Your Tears
Abel reaches the top-10 again this week after jumping from 13 to 9. This is the fourth single from After Hours, and his second on the chart this week. The Weeknd continues his on-going theme throughout his music videos from After Hours by revealing his botox-injected face of nightmares.
10. Justin Bieber – Anyone
The single released by Def Jam Recordings stays in the top-10 for a third week, dropping from number 6. Bieber’s character seems to be evolving from “idiot kid” to an adult with regrets. He recently reflected on the 7-year anniversary of his DUI arrest in Miami in an Instagram post.
You love to see that he’s learned from his mistakes and is trying to move on with his life. I know the feeling…minus the being famous thing.
I hope you enjoyed this breakdown of the Billboard Global 200 Top 10.
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