New Music Friday!

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Happy New Music Friday, my friends! We’ve got lots of new music this week, so let’s get down to it.

Taylor Swift – Love Story

I know what you’re probably thinking…

“Love Story is not a new song, dumbass.”

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)

This is a big win for Taylor Swift, and a well-deserved “f*ck you” to Scooter Braun.

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.

And this is what it feels like
Reach a level, make you question, “Is it real life?”

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.

I’m on an island, even when you’re close
Can’t take the silence, I’d rather be alone

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.

I put my pride aside
I traded this whole life
Just for one night

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.

cover me in sunshine
shower me with good times
tell me that the world’s been spinning since the beginning
and everything’ll be alright

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.

Where did you come from? There’s no way
Did I do something in another life to deserve your grace?
How did they make you so pure and free?
Living in a world where we lose our hearts, but yours still beats

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.

Can you feel my love?
Rising with the heat above
Life’s the story of
Ascending to the stars as one

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!

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

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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.

New Music Friday: 6 of This Week’s Top New Releases.

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It’s that time of the week again! All clocked out for the weekend and ready to discover some brand new music!

We have some early 2000’s nostalgia hitting us this week, so let’s start with that.

Foo Fighters – Making A Fire

This single comes off the band’s 10th studio album, Medicine At Midnight.

The Foo Fighters started in Seattle in 1994 by former Nirvana drummer, Dave Grohl, after the tragic “suicide” of Nirvana Frontman Kurt Cobain.

Hear what Grohl had to say about Cobain’s death and how he formed the Foo Fighters in this 2018 interview with ABC’s Anthony Mason:

Whenever I see a new artist that’s young and just blows up, and becomes gigantic overnight…I kind of get worried for them. I don’t think anybody’s cut out for it.”

Grohl was only 25 when he started the group. 26 years and 12 Grammys later, The Foo Fighters are still making great music. I guess Grohl was cut out for it, after all. The man is an absolute legend.

Here’s the new track, Making A Fire.

Are you afraid of the dark?
I know a place we can start
But if this is the last time
Make up your mind
I’ve waited a lifetime to live
It’s time to ignite
I’m making a fire

Hayley Williams – My Limb

This brings us to our second nostalgic sound of the week. Paramore lead singer, Hayley Williams dropped a surprise solo album today, Flowers for Vases/descansos.

This is her second solo album, which was written and performed in its entirety from her Nashville home during the pandemic.

The 32-year-old rocker intentionally leaked My Limb on January 28th, by driving to a Nashville fan’s home and leaving her a package containing a candle, a burnt copy of the track on a CD (like we used to do back in the early 2000’s,) and instructions to leak the single early.

“Neighborhood watch has really got a tight butthole right now”

Here it is. Officially released today, My Limb.

If you gotta amputate
Don’t give me the tourniquet
You wished that I would runaway
Sever what isn’t working

Cardi B – Up

Honestly, I’m just here for the comments section on this one.

Billboard’s 2020 Woman of the Year has released the second single off of her upcoming album, and just like her last single, W.A.P. Cardi holds nothing back with Up.

Cardi B songs always slap, and this one is no different. The beat hits hard and her flow is always on point, though she has caught a little flack for the hook. Mir Fontane and Mir Pesos claim Cardi stole their 2020 song, Stuck. While the hooks to both songs do sound similar, Chris Mench of Genius shows us that “If it’s up then it’s stuck” has appeared in dozens of rap songs. For Chris’ explanation and breakdown of the accusations, click the Genius link above.

This is NOT your kid’s Pixar version of Up.

But just for funsies, watch the opening scene from Pixar’s Up, then watch Cardi B’s Up…you’ll find yourself on a wild rollercoaster ride of emotions.

Also note: the music video is NSFW.

I’m not crying. You’re crying.
I could make the party hot, I could make your body rock
B*tches say they f*ckin’ with me, chances are they probably not

Can we also talk about the blatant disregard for COVID while the ladies slap their tongues together? Am I the only one thinking about that?


Dan + Shay – Glad You Exist

On a much more family friendly note, Dan + Shay are back with their air-tight harmonies and seemingly endless positivity.

The duo took to their Instagram, stating:

“To us, ‘Glad You Exist’ is more than just a song, It’s a message of gratitude and hope. A message to everyone in our lives: our fans, our friends, our families, to remind them all how grateful we are to be on the planet at the same time.”

Here is the country pop duo’s newest single, Glad You Exist.

Here’s to all the late night drunk phone calls that you picked up
Here’s to all the bad decisions that you didn’t judge
All the love yous and the hate yous and the secrets that you told me
Here’s to everyone but mostly us

Sia and David Guetta – Floating Through Space

This is the 10th collaboration between the two, and they clearly have a great chemistry between them. Out of the 10, they are most famous for Titanium, which was their first collaboration together, and Flames, which peaked at number 7 on the charts.

French DJ and Producer David Guetta has a nice collection of awards, including an American Music Award in 2012 for Favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist, two Grammy Awards for Best Remixed Recording, and DJ Mag’s World’s Number 1 DJ Award…twice.

Australian pop singer, Sia, really blew up as a solo artist in 2014 with her top 10 hit, Chandelier. She has released several hits since then, including Cheap Thrills and Elastic Hearts.

The duo strikes gold once again with Floating Through Space. Sia’s voice is perfect for this track, and the lyrics are up-lifting. If you’re having a tough day…listen to this one.

So today, baby
Remember it’s okay
We’re all floatin’ through space

FINNEAS – American Cliché

23-year-old Finneas Baird O’Connell is a singer-songwriter, producer, and actor. He’s most famously known for his collaborations as a producer and co-writer with his younger sister, Billie Eilish.

In a recent interview with Carolyn Droke of UPROXX, FINNEAS says the siblings are close to putting the finishing touches on Billie’s upcoming album.

But this isn’t about Billie. This is FINNEAS’ moment. According to Droke’s interview, fans “cyberbullied” him into finishing this track…and he said he is happy they did.

Personally, I’m glad they did too. I’ve always had respect for his artistry, and his voice is good enough for him to be as big as his sister is.

Finneas deserves some time in the spotlight. This track could be it.

Here is American Cliché.

I’m an American cliché
Missin’ a girl in a French café
I say, “God damn, you’re beautiful”
You blush and duck out of frame

There we have it. This week’s New Music Friday was fun! Let’s do it again next week!

Which of these six tracks is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!

Top 10 Tracks From The Spotify Global Viral 50

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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.

Put your head on the pillow
No one can be compared to you in my heart
White is the color of your heart
There is no one like you
Oh how I love your response
I will always be with you
Even if everyone is against you
I’ll keep loving you

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.

Ever since bata ako I’ve been kinda
Discriminated in my own home country
Sure, some would be like:
“LuH AmPuTi pUTi mO . tiSoY”
I ain’t tisoy
I’M PINOY

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.

And I know we weren’t perfect but I’ve never felt this way for no one
And I just can’t imagine how you could be so okay now that I’m gone
Guess you didn’t mean what you wrote in that song about me
‘Cause you said forever, now I drive alone past your street

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.

RIP SOPHIE

I hope you don’t take this the wrong way
But I think your inside is your best side

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.

I know that I should love myself
But it’s getting kinda hard
When you’re constantly feeling like garbage
Know I shouldn’t hurt myself
But I can’t find way to lose weight
Without literally starvin’

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’s Revenge of the Dreamers III. I Am is a female-empowering anthem, and these two female rappers absolutely kill it together.

I am healthy, I am wealthy, I am rich, I am that bitch (yeah)
I am gonna go get that bag and I am not gonna take your shit (uh)
I am protected, well respected, I’m a queen, I’m a dream (yeah)
I do what I wanna do and I’m who I wanna be
‘Cause I am me

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.

You could be me and I could be you
Always the same and never the same
Day by day, life after life

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.

Last year, you know, I disappeared, but, yeah
I came back, but, I’m on top, yeah
I’m doing it for my brothers
Betrayed me, it hurt my heart

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

She say that I’m cool (Damn straight)
I’m like “Yeah, that’s true” (That’s true)
I believe in G-O-D (Ayy)
Don’t believe in T-H-O-T

10. Jeff Costa, Mc DannyXerecard

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!

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

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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.

‘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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