New Music Friday!

Clock out now and listen to new music. Work can wait until Monday. It’s New Music Friday!

Let’s get right into the music!

Lil Nas X – MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)

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)

Cocaine and drinkin’ with your friends
You live in the dark, boy, I cannot pretend
I’m not phased, only here to sin
If Eve ain’t in your garden, you know that you can

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.

It’s love or it’s lust, we just need to be clear
‘Cause if you’re in love, then I shouldn’t be here
It’s never enough, so I gotta leave you now
Ooh-woah-oh, oh-oh

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.

I keep falling for the bad ones
The always-make-me-sad ones
Trying hard to hold my ground
But it always ties me down, yeah, the bad ones
Way too good at falling for the bad ones

Conclusion

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.

And TikTokers…keep TikTokin’.

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Time to clock out for the weekend because it’s New Music Friday! We’ve got chart-topping stars AND indie/small label artists today!

Classic. Don’t do caffeine pills, kids.

Ariana Grande – Test Drive

Test Drive comes off of Ariana Grande‘s Positions Deluxe edition. It’s 1 of 5 new tracks on the album, and it stays with that promiscuous theme.

Sex. It is most definitely about sex.

As you could imagine, Ari stans are losing their minds on social media.

It’s even killing people with Asthma

Let’s go ahead and listen to what all the chaos is about.

Pull up, pull up on me, ayy-ayy
Might just recline the seat when I want it
Give you a set of keys ’cause you own it
Pull up, pull up on me, ayy-ayy
No second-guessing, checking the rearview
Ain’t looking back unless it’s right at you

The Fiasco – Played Me At My Own Game

In our latest Indie Artist Interview, I talked to Adam and Tim of The Fiasco ahead of their newest release. The 4-man alt-rock band from England gives off that original Warped Tour vibe, and I am here for it. Influenced by bands like The Offspring and All Time Low, you can understand why.

Played Me At My Own Game will smack you in the face with nostalgia. Be sure to check out the interview and follow these guys before they blow up.

You changed up all the rules
To make me the fool
And god knows
I had a close escape

24kGoldn – 3,2,1

Only 20-years-old, Golden Landis Von Jones has himself another hit. Coming off the massive success of his last chart-topping single, Mood, 24kGoldn might be trending on TikTok again soon.

TikTok and Mood gave us this gem from @jrzl: Asian Mood.

The young 24kGoldn has a bright future ahead of him. Here’s his new single, 3,2,1.

3 sides to the story
Yours and mine and the god damn truth girl
2 lies that you told me
Said you love then you hate me I don’t know what to do girl
But 1 thang for sure
You can back that ass up n baby I want more

Trippie Redd, Travis Barker, Machine Gun Kelly, blackbear – PILL BREAKER 

This is an interesting collaboration that is blending the genres of hip-hop and rock together. Trippie Redd teamed up with former Blink 182 drummer, Travis Barker, to produce this fusion album, NEON SHARK vs Pegasus.

Redd’s new album features collaborations with Chino Moreno of the Deftones, MGK, blackbear, Scarlrxd, and Zillakami.

This drug-infused love song slaps, and honestly…I’m digging the whole 40-track album so far.

There’s purple in my 7up
I’m hurtin’ this is not enough (I’m hurtin’ I can’t fix it though)
I ate a Percocet for lunch (pop that perky yea)
I’m in heaven off this angel dust

Jane Handcock – Ion Like Dat

Introducing: Estabrook Road Records artist, Jane Handcock. The Oakland-born R&B singer-songwriter is coming in hot and she’s ready to make herself known. She has worked with some big names as a songwriter, including Kelly Rowland (who also has a new track out today,) Dr Dre, Ma$e, and producer Teddy Riley.

Jason Payne, CEO of Estabrook Road Records is putting Jane in the spotlight with her new single, Ion Like Dat.

“We just dropped Jane Handcock’s first single with us and I have to say, there’s a lot of excitement and buzz going on with this track. Jane is definitely a new artist on the rise and we are grateful to be apart of this journey with her.” Payne said.

Ion Like Dat is now available on all streaming platforms, and she will surely be hitting radio stations near you very soon!

That’ll do it for this week’s New Music Friday! For more new music from Chris Brown, Conan Gray, Lil Yachty, Luis Fonsi, and much more, listen to Spotify‘s New Music Friday playlist right here.

Tell me your favorite new track in the comments below!

Happy weekend, everyone!

Top 10 on the Billboard Global 200 + The Weeknd’s Super Bowl Performance

I have been incredibly under the weather the last few days, so this is going to be brief.

Billboard Global 200 (Top 10)

Here are the music videos (with some alternate videos mixed in to switch it up) for the Billboard Global 200 Top 10:

1. Olivia Rodrigo – Drivers License

The music video has been posted a million times, so here is the first live performance of Drivers License.


2. The Weeknd – Blinding Lights


3. BTS – Dynamite


4. The Weeknd – Save Your Tears


5. Bad Bunny and Jhay CortezDakiti


6. 24KGoldn ft. Ian Dior – Mood


7. Dua Lipa ft. DaBaby – Levitating


8. Doja Cat – Streets


9. SZA – Good Days


10. Ariana Grande – 34+35


Super Bowl Halftime Show – The Weeknd

I’ve seen a lot of lazy, piss-poor takes on The Weeknd’s performance…like Mesfin Fekadu of the AP calling it “boring.” That’s literally all he had to say about it, with a couple of 3rd-grade metaphors thrown in there for flair. I hope you reached your word quota, Mesfin.

The Weeknd got up there in front of nearly 100 million people and displayed his talent: Singing.

He’s not a dancer like Bruno Mars or Beyoncé. He’s never been the type of entertainer to run all over the damn place. If you did your research, you should have known what to expect. The Weeknd is an incredibly gifted vocalist, and that’s exactly what he gave us.

I’ll give it to you…his schtick isn’t for everyone. His music is dark and some people don’t like it. I understand that. But to say it was “boring?” Come on, man. If anything was boring, it was the game itself.

What did you guys think about the performance? Let’s talk about it in the comments.

Billboard global 200 Top 10 (week of January 30, 2021)

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.

‘Cause you said forever, now I drive alone past your street

2. Ariana Grande – 34+35

Nobody can explain this track the way Lewis Capaldi does, so I’ll leave you with this:

A song about the joys of learnin’

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.

Sin City’s cold and empty

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.

Dando vuelta por El Condado contigo siempre arrebatao

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.”

Why you always in a mood?

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.

화이팅!!

Shining through the city with a little funk and soul

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.

You want me, I want you, baby, My sugarboo, I’m levitating

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.

Tell me I’m not my fears, my limitations
I disappear, if you let me

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.

Yikes
But then you saw me, caught you by surprise
A single teardrop falling from your eye
I don’t know why I run away
I’ll make you cry when I run away

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.

Looking back on my life, you’re the only good I’ve ever done
Yeah, you, if it’s not you, it’s not anyone 

I hope you enjoyed this breakdown of the Billboard Global 200 Top 10.

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