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

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!

6 Socially Distant Side Hustles For Musicians

Let’s face it…being a musician isn’t easy during a global pandemic. We haven’t been able to play live shows in over a year, so what do we do?

We are creative people. it’s time to get creative and make some extra cash. Here are 6 socially distant side hustles for musicians:

1. Create and Sell Online Music Courses

What are you the most knowledgeable and passionate about? If you’re a musician, it’s likely music. Are you a singer? Teach vocal lessons. Are you a DJ? Teach a mixing course. Are you a music theory expert? Create a course and make a passive income. There are so many great platforms online to create and sell courses.

My favorite platform to learn new skills on is SkillShare. It’s a subscription based platform where you can learn just about anything. You can also create and place your courses on the platform. SkillShare reports that the top teachers can make around $40,000 a year. Not bad for not leaving the house.

Other platforms that I’m less familiar with, but are very popular include: Udemy, Teachable, and Thinkific.

2. Teach on Zoom

Along the same lines as above…freelance as a teacher over Zoom. These are live classes that you can do 1-on-1 or with a group. Teach what you know the best and make some coin!

3. Freelance on Fiverr

You can provide pretty much any service you want on Fiverr. Voiceovers, write a jingle, play a guitar riff for someone’s song, build websites, design a logo…the possibilities are endless. The best part is, you can set your own prices. The market is a bit oversaturated, so you have to know how to market your services.

4. Trade Stocks

The newest trend is screwing Wall Street by making volatile stocks go skyrocketing, like Gamestop, Blackberry, Dogecoin, and AMC. I don’t know anything about how this works, but 10-year-olds are banking off of this…so I’m assuming you can too. Check out this article on ABC News to learn what’s going on there. Also check out the Reddit group that started it all, WallStreetBets. Go ahead. Stick it to the man!

5. Go Live

You are a performer, right? You have a fanbase, right? Set up a weekly gig on Facebook, IG, YouTube, or even TikTok live. You can set-up a virtual tip jar simply by using PayPal or Cashapp. If you have a strong fanbase, this has potential to be quite profitable.

6. Translate

Speak two or more languages fluently? You can make some great money translating documents. One great site to start with is Translator Cafe. Lots of my friends in Montreal and Hong Kong could take advantage of this.


I hope this article was helpful for some of you. If you know of other ways musicians can make money during the pandemic, comment below and share this post if you think it might help someone!