Magnus Sörensen and Marcus Bohm are the two guys behind the brand-new duo Hazy Weekends. Both of them have a background with other projects; Marcus comes from the indie band Kyte and is still active with the Swedish group Marcus Bohm & the BANG! Magnus was the lead singer of Suburbia and can also be heard in his solo project Magnus Sörensen & the Captains Inc. The two of them started writing music together in the trio Crossing Memory Lane and that’s where the idea of Hazy Weekends was born.
It started as they discovered writing together led to a whole new creative process and the result sounded like nothing they would’ve come up with on their own. They decided to occupy a secluded cabin in the woods without any disturbances such as internet, phones, neighbors or telly, but with only the peaceful silence of the nature surrounding them… and of course a couple of instruments.
The result is the freshly released EPs “Hurricane” & *Chloroform”
If you are a regular listener of the show, you’ve heard ThBenj before with his singles Flip It and Slip In Th Mud. This is his 3rd time on Le Café Music, and we will continue to support this dude! Check out the new release, nananana!
Aaron Carter and his fiancé split up one week after the birth of their son…because Aaron Carter is, and always has been a little douchebag.
After one follower asked if he was battling addiction, Aaron replied with…
“I’m not suffering from any addiction problems that is very appalling and rude of you to say I expect an apology,” the 33-year-old man child replied.
Three days after the horrible crowd surge at Travis Scott’s Astroworld that left 10 people dead and hundreds of others injured, the rapper publicly announced he would pay for victims’ funerals.
As Rolling Stone reported Monday, the family of nine-year-old Ezra Blount, the youngest victim, told Scott’s legal team they wouldn’t accept his money. Attorneys representing four other victims say they have also declined the offer.
A family member of one victim stated, “It’s bullshit. If you gave a shit about these families, you wouldn’t have to put out a press release for everyone to see saying he’s willing to pay for a funeral,”
Travis Scott played on for almost 40 minutes after ‘mass casualty incident’ was declared at Astroworld.
Officials declared a mass casualty event at 9.38pm, but the rapper continued to perform until around 10.15pm.
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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:
A music executive on LinkedIn discussed how TikTok is only good for producing “One-Hit-Wonders” while specifically naming Lil Nas X as one of them, with his first number 1 hit, Old Town Road.
I couldn’t disagree more, but I kept my trap shut because LinkedIn is for professional connections and I’m not trying to get into a Twitter argument on a professional platform.
TikTok is incredible for artists AND labels alike. It’s a great place for A&Rs, like myself, to discover great new artists…like Lil Nas X.
Not to mention, Lil Nas X is far from a “one-hit-wonder. He has had several hits since Old Town Road. His track Holiday reached number 37 on the Billboard Hot 100. Panini hit number 5, and Rodeo hit number 22.
With all due respect to this music executive…this is one of the dumbest things I’ve heard in a long time.
TikTok creators…keep creating. Put yourself out there. You don’t know who’s watching.
Labels and music executives…use TikTok. Discover the unbelievable talent on the platform. You might find your next Lil Nas X.
Here’s Lil Nas X with his next hit, MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)
The Kid LAROI – Shot For Me
A week after LAROI’s feature on Justin Bieber’s new album, Justice, the 17-year-old Australian rapper dropped a piano version of Drake‘s 2011 hit, Shot For Me. This track comes out as a part of Spotify’s Single Session. The Kid has already blown up in Australia, and Spotify has taken notice.
Here is The Kid LAROI’s cover of Drake’s Shot For Me.
24kGoldn – Love or Lust
Another TikTok star proving my point that some music executives don’t always know what they are talking about, 24kGoldn releases another gem off of his debut album El Dorado.
24kGoldn dropped out of the University of Southern California to pursue his music career. TikTok helped him succeed…and succeed quickly.
If you know him from TikTok, you know the single that blew up on the app, Valentino. If you discovered him with the rest of the world, you know him from his number 1 hit, Mood.
I love this new track. It hits a lot differently than Mood does, and I am into it.
Tate McRae – bad ones
The 17-year-old Canadian singer began her performance career as a dancer on So You Think You Can Dance?
You probably know her from her hit single You Broke Me First. From her new EP, too young to be sad, here is her next hit, bad ones.
These are my four featured tracks for the week. There is some really good new stuff from Rag n’ Bone Man, Evanescence, Demi Lovato, and so much more right here on Spotify’s weekly New Music Friday playlist.
Hey everyone! Happy weekend. It’s time to roll out the newest tracks for the week…some good. Some not so good. Let’s go!
Post Malone – I Only Wanna Be With You
Yeah, that I Only Wanna Be With You.
Honestly, I like Post Malone…but this ain’t it, man. The song was chosen for the Pokemon 25th Anniversary event…which…doesn’t even make sense.
It just sounds like a cheap cover band version of Hootie and the Blowfish. The added Pokemon sounds in the music don’t help.
They really missed the opportunity to call it I Only Wanna Be With Mew. Shame.
Leon Bridges & Keite Young – Like A Ship
We started with a really unfortunate cover of a popular song above. This cover is much better.
THIS is music.
Leon Bridges and Keite Young team up on the cover of Pastor T.L. Barrett‘s gospel song, Like A Ship for Truth To Power Project’s Soundtrack To Empowerment.
The Truth to Power Project’s Website states “The Truth to Power Project is a creative endeavor working to engage people with inspiring new music and multimedia content to encourage community involvement. Let’s bring truth to the light so that we can heal, grow, and prosper together.”
They also state “A percentage of the revenue generated from this project will support the next generation of emerging musicians through the Music Forward Foundation. This national nonprofit organization is dedicated to transforming young lives, inspiring careers, and championing a more inclusive music industry.“
I love the message. This country really does need to heal, grow, and prosper TOGETHER.
Here is Like A Ship.
The Offspring – Let The Bad Times Roll
After a 9-year hiatus, The Offspring is back.
Their last album, Days Go By was released in 2012, and I know I have been waiting for new music from the band. We finally get it today with a teaser from the new album, Let The Bad Times Roll, which will be released April 16.
The new track has that old school alt rock sound that made The Offspring famous. Let The Bad Times Roll is about the current state of America…which sucks. The song does not suck. Check it out.
Green Day – Here Comes The Shock
More like Here Comes The Suck.
We are in year 2 of the punk band’s 2 year partnership with the NHL, in which Green Day songs are played during NHL games. The band has released songs that have been introduced during games, and they are at it again.
They introduced their new track, Here Comes The Shock as part of the National Hockey League’s Lake Tahoe outdoors game last Saturday.
As an unapologetic Green Day fan, I absolutely hate this song. The lyrics are nonsense. The band behind Billie Jo Armstrong sounds great, musically, but this is honestly just a trash sports anthem and I hope I never hear it again. You’re so much better than this, guys.
And you would be absolutely correct. The song was originally released in 2008 under Scott Borchetta’s label, Big Machine Records.
Swift was only 15 when she signed with Big Machine, and 18 when her second album Fearless was released. This is the album that ultimately launched her career, with 5 hit singles, including Love Story.
So why are we posting this song on New Music Friday in 2021?
If you are a Taylor Swift fan, or even a fan of popular music in general, you have probably heard of her fight to own the master recordings of all of her previous songs.
Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun
In 2019, Taylor’s Tumblr post rocked the music world. She revealed that “For years I asked, pleaded for a chance to own my work. Instead I was given an opportunity to sign back up to Big Machine Records and ‘earn’ one album back at a time, one for every new one I turned in.”
Taylor declined that offer, as she knew that Borchetta would just sell the label, “thereby selling me and my future.” Borchetta then twisted the knife in her back by selling her master recordings to well-known Taylor Swift bully, Scooter Braun.
“All I could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at his hands for years.” This bullying was done by Scooter (which is a stupid name) and his clients, Kanye West and Justin Bieber.
She went on to say “This is my worst case scenario. This is what happens when you sign a deal at fifteen to someone for whom the term ‘loyalty’ is clearly just a contractual concept.“
Just to wrap this up, Taylor went on to sign with Universal Music Group and focus on her future, rather than her past.
Later in 2019, Taylor told Billboard that she would deny any requests to license her old music until she is able to rerecord and rerelease it, thus preventing Big Machine and Scooter Braun from profiting off of her work.
Love Story (Taylor’s Version) was released at midnight, along with an announcement that the entirety of Fearless has been recorded and will be re-released, along with never before heard tracks.
Here is Love Story (Taylor’s Version)
Nipsey Hussle and Jay-Z – What It Feels Like
The late Nipsey Hussle and the 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominee, Jay-Z, on the same track at last. The anticipated collaboration appears on the soundtrack of the new film Judas and the Black Messiah, in theaters and HBO Max today.
Hussle is originally known for his numerous mixtapes, one of which caught the eye of Jay-Z. The “King of Rap” bought 100 copies of his last mixtape, Crenshaw for $100 each.
On March 31, 2019, Nipsey Hussle was fatally shot outside of his LA clothing store after a confrontation earlier that day. Investigators say he was shot at least 10 times by 29-year-old Eric Holder, who has yet to face trial. We hope Hussle gets the justice he deserves.
Here is Nipsey Hussle and Jay-Z with What It Feels Like.
Dua Lipa – We’re Good
She’s back with The Moonlight Edition of her 2020 album Future Nostalgia. The new edition features 4 new songs, including We’re Good.
Buzzfeed reported on the backlash Dua Lipa has received on social media for all of her pandemic travels. Ironically, the first line of We’re Good is “I’m on an island.” As fans have pointed out, she seems to be on a new island every week.
Check out her new tracks, and be jealous of her travels. I know I am.
Pink Sweat$ – Heaven
There’s not a ton of information out there on 28-year-old David Bowden. The up-and-coming R&B singer-songwriter from Philadelphia, known as Pink Sweat$, just released his debut album Pink Planet with Atlantic Records.
He started gaining traction after the 2018 release of his debut single Honesty, which hit the top 10 on Spotify’s US Viral Charts. He was later nominated for Best New Artist at the 2019 Soul Train Awards.
Bowden released his first two EPs independently, and dammit…I wish I was the A&R to discover him. He’s got a bright future ahead of him.
Here is the first single off of Pink Planet, Heaven.
P!nk and Willow Sage Hart – Cover Me In Sunshine
From Pink Sweat$ to P!nk, there’s a whole lot of pink this week. I’m okay with that.
This mother-daughter duet is exactly the kind of content this world needs right now. P!nk, 41, and Willow, 9 just released the feel-good track of 2021.
In a statement earlier, mom said “Willow and I find comfort in music, so we’re putting this song out for no other reason than that we hope it brings you sweetness, sunshine and comfort, too.”
If this song doesn’t hit you right in the feels, check your pulse…you might be dead.
Robin Thicke – Look Easy
Robin Thicke is officially putting his Blurred Lines days behind him. In a recent interview with Brianne Tracy of People Magazine, Thicke opened up about the death of his father, Alan Thicke.
Alan Thicke sadly passed away in 2016 after a heart attack. Robin says “I wasn’t in a good place when he passed.” He said it all started in 2013 with the success of Blurred Lines.
“My marriage to Paula (Patton) was crumbling,” he says. “I started using painkillers. It was a melting pot of trouble brewing, and I was so arrogant that I thought I could handle it all.”
He said the death of his father was a turning point for him.
“After my father’s death, I remember a friend of his said, ‘A big tree has fallen.’ That’s what my dad was: the big tree. Now here I am, this medium-size tree, and I’ve got to grow my branches and protect everybody. Every day I try to make him proud of me.”
Robin Thicke has some big shoes to fill. His 4 children are his biggest inspiration to fill those shoes.
Off of his new album, On Earth, and in Heaven, here’s his newest single Look Easy.
Greta Van Fleet – Heat Above
Greta Van Fleet does not get the recognition they deserve. The rock band from Michigan has been criticized for “copying” Led Zeppelin’s sound and a “lack of originality.”
Yes, their sound does bear a strong resemblance, but it takes nothing away from the band’s originality. They have brought back Rock & Roll, and as a huge Led Zeppelin fan…I love that.
The band’s second studio album, The Battle at Garden’s Gate, is set to release in April.
Here is Greta Van Fleet’s new single from the album, Heat Above.
That does it for this week’s New Music Friday. For more from Rita Ora, Kings of Leon, A$AP Rocky, and more, have a listen to Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist right here:
We’ll be back tomorrow with an interview with unsigned country artist, Sam Phelps! Don’t forget to subscribe, and let me know what new songs you love this week in the comments!
I was going to do the Billboard Global 200 every week, but it hasn’t changed much since last week, and I want to give you guys some new music to discover.
The Spotify Viral 50 is full of music I’ve never heard, so let’s do it!
1.Issam Alnajjar – Hadal Ahbek اغنية ” حضل أحبك
The number one viral song in the world on Spotify comes all the way from Amman, Jordan. This is an eclectic top 10, for sure. Hadal Ahbek is all over the place, thanks to TikTok.
Number one on Spotify and Shazam, and currently has over 23 million views since the song was uploaded to YouTube last September. You may not understand what he is singing, but Hadal Ahbek in Arabic directly translates to “I Love You.”
Watch out. This song will get stuck in your head.
2. Ez Mil–Panalo (Trap Cariñosa)
The number two song comes to us from the Philippines. The young Filo-American rapper went viral after performing Panalo on Wish USA Bus, with over 16 million views on YouTube since it premiered just three days ago.
After watching this video for the first time…my head nearly exploded. The energy and passion this kid brings is insane. There’s a good reason this song went viral. Watch this video. Crank your headphones up. You won’t regret it.
3. Olivia Rodrigo – Drivers License
Surprised this song made the list? Absolutely not. Olivia Rodrigo has held the number one spot on the major Billboard charts since it premiered three weeks ago. We talked about this one last week, so here it is.
4. SOPHIE – It’s Okay To Cry
Glasgow born trans rights activist, SOPHIE comes in at number four after the tragic news of her death. According to CNN, the 34-year-old Grammy nominee passed in a “terrible accident” at her home in Athens, Greece on Saturday.
SOPHIE’s debut album Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides was nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album at the Grammy Awards in 2018.
5. JESSIA – I’m Not Pretty
With another TikTok hit on the charts, Vancouver pop singer JESSIA released the body-positive song I’m Not Pretty, which was written in just 72 hours.
I’ve said this before on this blog and I’ll say it again. If you are an artist, consistently POST CONTENT! You never know what is going to blow up. Especially on TikTok.
6. Yung Baby Tate, Slade Da Monsta – I Am (ft. Flo Milli)
Tate Sequoya Farris (Yung Baby Tate), the Georgia-born 24-year-old hits number six on the Viral 50 with I Am, along with Flo Milli. Tate won a Grammy in 2020 as a songwriter for Dreamville’sRevenge of the Dreamers III. I Am is a female-empowering anthem, and these two female rappers absolutely kill it together.
7. SOPHIE – Immaterial
This is SOPHIE’s second song in the top 10 this week. Sam Smith took to Twitter on Saturday to pay tribute to the star after she passed. Here’s what he had to say:
“Heartbreaking news. The world has lost an angel. A true visionary and icon of our generation. Your light will continue to inspire so many for generations to come. Thinking of Sophie’s family and friends at this hard time” pic.twitter.com/7qr4aI0DDi— samsmith (@samsmith) January 30, 2021
Here is the 2018 hit, Immaterial.
8.Teto, Matuê – M4
It took me a bit to find any information about Teto, the Brazilian rapper. After reaching 1 million followers on Instagram and nearly 8 million views on YouTube for M4, I have a feeling we’ll be hearing about him a lot more.
9. Masked Wolf – Astronaut in the Ocean
The number nine viral hit comes all the way from Sydney, Australia. With the hip-hop scene growing by the day in Sydney, Masked Wolf is likely going to be a name we hear a lot in the US.
Astronaut in the Ocean was released last year. The official audio video on YouTube has reached 20 million views, and he just dropped the official music video in November, which has nearly 9 million views. Masked Wolf posted this intro on his YouTube:
“I have a lot of people ask me “what made you write Astro … what is it about?” The art of music is that it means one thing to me but so many other things to other people… for me it was about knowing i was on a journey like an astronaut but I wasn’t where I wanted to be… I wanted to be in space… I wanted to do what astronauts do.. me saying im in the ocean means i felt I was somwhere I didn’t belong.. but I knew I was close to finding myself as an artist and getting the recognition I wanted from people about my music.. also “whatchu know about rolling down in the deep actually meant what do you know about being down in life and depressed.. i was kind of saying.. have you been similar to me and my down time.. have you been in the rough and the trenches.. some people also say why is the video not in the ocean.. well because I have found my spot in the world.. i know who I am with my music now.. so i’m not in the ocean.. i’m now in space.. where I belong… 2021 gonna be even bigger 🙂 peace“
10. Jeff Costa, Mc Danny – Xerecard
Xerecard is the second Brazilian hit in the top 10 this week. Released in November of 2020, Xerecard has been going viral on TikTok with fans dancing to the tune. There is no Portuguese to English translation of the word Xerecard, and I’m quite positive Google translate botched the translation of the lyrics, so we can try to figure out its meaning together by listening to the song.
The viral top 10 is pretty diverse, eh? These are some songs I would have never listened to on my own. I really actually enjoyed some of them.
Which one is your favorite? Tell me in the comments!