New Music Friday!

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.

That certainly escalated quickly.
You learn something new every day

Let’s get to the video.

So when you gonna tell her
That we did that too
She thinks it’s special
But it’s all reused

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.

It’s just a little white line, I’ll be fine
But soon, that little white line is a little glass pipe
Tinfoil remedy almost got the best of me
I keep praying I don’t reach the end of my lifetime

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.

I’d say that’s…not bad.

Here is the K-Pop Japanese track, Film Out

(Romanized)
Tantan to furitsumotta kioku no naka de
Kimi dake wo hiroi atsumete tsunagete
Heya juu ni utsushite nagame nagara
Komiageru itami de kimi wo tashikamete iru

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.

Blonde, blonde, blonde, blonde, blonde, Richard on my arm
Rappers in my phone, in my DM, won’t leave me alone
Blonde, blonde, blonde, blonde, hair thirty inches long
Boys on my d*ck, sip this p*ssy like it’s Styrofoam, ayy

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.

Conclusion

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:

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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.

Top 10 Tracks From The Spotify Global Viral 50

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)

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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