Drake, Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak Highlight New Music Friday!

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Happy weekend, everyone. Welcome to New Music Friday. We’ve got a big week, including 2 out of 3 off of Drake‘s Scary Hours 2, Silk Sonic, Justin Bieber, and more.

Drake – What’s Next

This is probably my favorite track off of the 3-track EP, Scary Hours 2. Drake just doesn’t miss on this one. It’s 3 minutes and 20 seconds of straight fire.

When you put it that way…it really is a damn shame

Alright, we got the Twitter hype out of the way. Let’s get to the video!

I’m makin’ a change today
The liquor been takin’ the pain away
I heard you was givin’ your chain away
That’s kinda like givin’ your fame away

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak) – Leave The Door Open

This…is the definition of baby makin’ music. They put the silky part of Silk Sonic in this one. Anderson .Paak is so underrated as an artist, and Bruno is an absolute legend. The vocals are so smooth. I love the vibe.

I can’t get past the fact that Anderson .Paak looks like a young Dave Chappelle on the drums. Bruno looks like he’s in a 70’s buddy cop movie. I love it.

Do your thing, young man. I love that attitude.
It really is, Kojo. It really is.
I ain’t playin’ no games
Every word that I say is coming straight from the heart
So if you tryna lay in these arms
I’ma leave the door open

Justin Bieber – Hold On

Honestly, this sounds like pretty much every other Justin Bieber song to come out in the last year or 2, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. His voice gets better with each track. And the lyrics have a great message, especially for the times we are living in right now.

Beliebers are losing their shit on Twitter

I don’t know why this tweet is so funny to me.
You’re not wrong, candy man.

Also, I think I’m hearing a little sampling from the synth in Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes, as my buddy P just pointed it out.

Take my hand and hold on
Tell me everything that you need to say
‘Cause I know how it feels to be someone (Someone)
Feels to be someone who loses their way

Tate McRae – Slower

The Canadian artist of You Broke Me First fame released Slower this week, with the announcement of a new EP too young to be sad, which will be released March 26.

I like the song, but I have a feeling radio stations are going to play it to death and I’ll end up hating it in a few weeks.

Here’s Slower.

We could take it slower
Wait until we’re older
But I might be somebody
You might not even know her

Drake ft. Lil Baby – Wants and Needs

There’s a little bit of controversy going around with this track. Twitter has been blowing up since midnight about it.

Some lyrics in Wants and Needs slyly suggest a possible scandal including Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

Have a listen and tell me your thoughts in the comments.

Forty-two millimeter, was made in Geneva
Yeah, I probably should go to Yeshiva, we went to Ibiza
Yeah, I probably should go link with Yeezy, I need me some Jesus
But soon as I started confessin’ my sins, he wouldn’t believe us

Conclusion

I’d say it’s a pretty damn good week for new music. Drake, Biebs, Bruno and Paak…good stuff.

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For more new releases today, here’s Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist.

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10 Songs That Use Samples You May Recognize

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You ever hear a song and think “I’ve heard that before.”? Chances are, you have. Artists sample from older records all the time. Sometimes it’s just a quick snippet, sometimes it’s the entire beat. Here are 10 songs that use samples, along with the original songs!

Now, I could do 3 posts alone on Beyonce, Kanye, and Drake…so I’ll leave them out of this one. I could make this a weekly thing.

1. Notorious B.I.G. – Big Poppa

I’m sure you all know this track. What do you think it sampled?

I’ll tell you.

It’s the entire beat of the 1983 baby-maker, Between The Sheets by the Isley Brothers.

Here are both songs so you can hear it for yourself.

Man, both of these songs are great. There’s a possibility that I was conceived to Between The Sheets, but I don’t want to think about that.

2. Rihanna – S.O.S.

This one may be obvious.

Here’s a hint:

If you know 80’s music, you should hear the sample from Tainted Love by Soft Cell.

Check it out!

3. Mary J Blige – No More Drama

This one isn’t quite as obvious for everyone. You have to be a big fan of soap operas to get this.

Blige sampled the theme song for The Young And The Restless, titled Nadia’s Theme. If you check the songwriters on No More Drama, you will find the names Perry Botkin Jr. and Barry De Vorzon, the writers of Nadia’s Theme.

4. Panic At The Disco – Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time

Panic frontman Brandon Urie was influenced by a ridiculous song from the 80’s. He said he heard it when he was younger and thought “This is a party”

That song is Rock Lobster by the B-52’s.

You’ll hear that guitar riff throughout the song.

5. 2 Pac ft. Dr. Dre – California Love

I remember thinking I was cool blasting this song in my car…in Erie, PA. The least California-like place on the planet.

Pac and Dre used a sample from So Ruff, So Tuff by Roger Troutman, which isn’t the most obvious one on the list.

6. Mariah Carey – Honey

Mariah sampled not one song, but two on Honey.

The Body Rock by the Treacherous Three and Hey DJ by The World’s Supreme Team.

Let’s see if you can spot them.

7. Cardi B and Bruno Mars – Please Me

One baby-maker turns into another. Please Me samples Freek’n You by Jodeci. This one is pretty easy to spot.

8. Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise

It took a bit of time for Stevie Wonder to approve of this sampling of Pastime Paradise because of all of Coolio’s swearing. He finally got approval after he cleaned it up. This one is SO obvious.

9. Fall Out Boy – Centuries

This is one of many songs that sampled from the first song to ever be converted to MP3, Tom’s Diner by Suzanne Vega. You’ll hear the “duh duh duuuda duh”

10. Janet Jackson – That’s The Way Love Goes

This song is FULL of samples. Not one or two…four.

James Brown demanded approval of the lyrics before he would allow Jackson to sample Papa Don’t Take No Mess because he was pissed at rap groups for using his songs with foul language. Janet got approval pretty quickly for this one.

She also uses samples from Impeach The President by The Honey Drippers, If It Don’t Turn You On (You Oughta Leave It Alone) by B.T. Express, and Georgy Porgy by Toto.

Here are all 5 songs for you.

Conclusion: 10 Songs That Use Samples That You May Recognize

There we have it. 10 songs that use samples that you might recognize. There are countless more out there, so we will do this regularly. It’s fun to hear the songs side by side.

Hope you all enjoyed it and lets all have a great week!

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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!