Sam Smith publica su tercer álbum, ‘Love Goes’

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Love goes

Sam Smith tenía previsto publicar su tercer disco el pasado 1 de mayo, pero el artista decidió posponer su lanzamiento debido a la terrible situación que estaba viviendo todo el mundo.

En el momento de ese anuncio, el cantante confirmo también que el disco no se llamaría finalmente ‘To Die For ya que no lo consideraba apropiado dentro del momento que todos estamos viviendo por la pandemia global del Covid-19. Ahora, varios meses después, Sam Smith por fin ha puesto a la venta su tercer álbum de estudio, titulado finalmente ‘Love Goes‘.

Asi describe el artista este nuevo trabajo: ‘Los últimos dos años han sido la época más experimental de mi vida, tanto personal como musicalmente. Cada vez que iba al estudio, me hacía una promesa a mí mismo; que no tendría limitaciones. El resultado ha sido tan mágico, tan terapéutico y divertido. Mi amor por la música es tan enorme y todos mis placeres culpables musicales se han convertido en placeres. Sin culpa, sin vergüenza, solo el amor por cantar, crear y bailar. Estoy tan agradecido con cada ser humano que ha abrazado mi creatividad y mi dirección y me ha permitido ser quien quiero ser en el estudio cada día…  escuchad estas canciones con el corazón abierto y tratad cada canción como si fuese una flor diferente en el jardín. Espero que os divirtáis con ellas, yo he tratado de no tomarme demasiado en serio al escribir algunas de estas canciones. Espero que os hagan sonreír como a mi hoy en día’.

El disco está formado por once temas nuevos incluyendo su último single ‘My Oasis‘, junto a un segundo disco que incluirá los diferentes sencillos que el artista ha publicado durante el último año. Así queda el contenido de ‘Love Goes’:

1. Young
2. Diamonds
3. Another One
4. My Oasis (feat. Burna Boy)
5. So Serious
6. Dance (‘Til You Love Someone Else)
7. For The Lover That I Lost
8. Breaking Hearts
9. Forgive Myself
10. Love Goes (feat. Labrinth)
11. Kids Again

BONUS TRACKS

1. Dancing With A Stranger (Sam Smith & Normani)
2. How Do You Sleep?
3. To Die For
4. I’m Ready (Sam Smith & Demi Lovato)
5. Fire On Fire
6. Promises (Calvin Harris & Sam Smith)

El actual single oficial del disco es ‘Diamonds‘, un pegadizo uptempo en el que ha trabajado con Shellback, Oscar Görres y Oscar Holter. Así describe el artista este nuevo sencillo: “He estado bailando en mi jardín esta canción durante mucho tiempo y estoy muy emocionado de que la gente lo pueda escuchar ahora. Fue hecho en un momento muy divertido, y espero que la gente pueda sentirlo así”.

Everything We Know About Ariana Grande’s ‘Positions’ Album

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Get in position, Arianators, because Ariana Grande is just days away from the release of her upcoming sixth album, Positions!

After weeks of teasing, fans will soon have their hands on the pop star’s first album in more than a year and a half — and her first big release since K Bye for Now (SWT Live) after wrapping her massive Sweetener World Tour in Dec. 2019.

«This project is my favorite for many reasons and i really can’t wait for it to be yours. thank u for your love and excitement, it means the world to me,» she tweeted on Saturday (Oct. 24) while sharing the album’s 13-song track listing in the lead-up to its release.

The album’s lead single

Ahead of the long-awaited full-length’s release, Grande surprised the world with lead single (and title track) «Positions,» a smitten love song about, ahem, her flexibility in making a new relationship work. Hours later, she also dropped the track’s White House-set music video, which reimagines what life would be like with Ariana as commander in chief and features cameos by the likes of Tayla Parx, Victoria Monet, Nija Charles and the pop star’s beloved mother, Joan Grande.

The release date

Ariana isn’t wasting any time! Just one week after unleashing the innuendo-laden title track and its presidential music video on the world, the superstar is set to drop Positions on Friday, (Oct. 30). The album will be the pop star’s first full-length studio set since 2019’s Thank U, Next. Since then, she’s released a live album of her 2019 Sweetener World Tour, K Bye For Now (SWT Live), as well as high-profile collaborations with Justin Bieber («Stuck With U»), Lady Gaga («Rain On Me») and more.

The collaborators

Ari is no stranger to teaming up with her other artists, though she hasn’t included any guest features on an album since 2018’s Sweetener, where the likes of Nicki Minaj, Missy Elliott and Pharrell Williams all made appearances.

Unveiling the Positions track list on Oct. 24, the big-voiced pop star revealed she’ll be teaming up with both Doja Cat («Motive») and Ty Dolla $ign («Safety Net») among the LP’s 13 tracks, as well as collaborating once again with The Weeknd («Off the Table») for their second duet following Dangerous Woman-era smash single «Love Me Harder.»

The three (slightly) different album covers

Arianators dying to get their hands on a physical copy of the new album will three separate covers to choose from, with each featuring glam ’60s-inspired portraits of the pop star. «I’ve been so excited to show u these !!! three (slightly) different versions of the physical albums are now available to preorder on my website,» Ari wrote on Oct. 26 to share a look at the cover art for the CD versions of Positions.

In each close-up, she’s photographed from the left, alternately glancing to the right, gazing over her shoulder and framing her face with her hands. No word yet on which visual will make the cut as the album’s digital — or official — cover art.

Post Malone, Billie Eilish & Winners at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 24: Post Malone and Billie Eilish attend the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/AMA2019/Getty Images for dcp)

Post Malone was the big winner at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, which were presented Wednesday (Oct. 14). He won nine awards, including artist of the year.

Khalid was the year’s second-biggest winner, with five awards, followed by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus, who won four awards each on the strength of their record-setting collab “Old Town Road (Remix).”

This year’s show was originally scheduled for April 29 but was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kelly Clarkson hosted the show for the third year in a row.

Billie Eilish: The teen phenom’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?  won top Billboard 200 album, nearly nine months after it won the Grammy for album of the year. It’s the fourth album in the past 10 years to receive both of these awards, following Adele’s 21 and 25 and Taylor Swift’s 1989. Eilish also won top female artist, beating last year’s winner, Ariana Grande, and three-time category champ Swift. Eilish also took top new artist. She’s the first female artist to win in this category since Lorde in 2014.

See all the night’s big winners below:

ARTIST AWARDS

Top Artist:
Billie Eilish
Jonas Brothers
Khalid
WINNER: Post Malone
Taylor Swift

Top New Artist:
DaBaby
WINNER: Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
Roddy Ricch

Billboard Chart Achievement Award (Fan Voted):
Mariah Carey
Luke Combs
Lil Nas X
WINNER: Harry Styles
Taylor Swift

Top Male Artist:
DaBaby
Khalid
Lil Nas X
WINNER: Post Malone
Ed Sheeran

Top Female Artist:
WINNER: Billie Eilish
Ariana Grande
Halsey
Lizzo
Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group:
BTS
Dan + Shay
WINNER: Jonas Brothers
Maroon 5
Panic! At The Disco 

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Drake
Billie Eilish
Khalid
WINNER: Post Malone
Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist:
DaBaby
Billie Eilish
Khalid
Lil Nas X
WINNER: Post Malone 

Top Streaming Songs Artist:
DaBaby
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
WINNER: Post Malone
Travis Scott

Top Song Sales Artist:
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
WINNER: Lizzo
Post Malone
Taylor Swift

Top Radio Songs Artist:
WINNER: Jonas Brothers
Khalid
Lizzo
Shawn Mendes
Post Malone

Top Social Artist (Fan Voted):
WINNER: BTS
Billie Eilish
EXO
GOT7
Ariana Grande

Top Touring Artist:
Elton John
Metallica
WINNER: P!nk
The Rolling Stones
Ed Sheeran

Top R&B Artist:
Chris Brown
WINNER: Khalid
Lizzo
Summer Walker
The Weeknd

Top R&B Male Artist:
Chris Brown
WINNER: Khalid
The Weeknd 

Top R&B Female Artist:
Beyoncé
Lizzo
WINNER: Summer Walker 

Top R&B Tour:
B2K
Janet Jackson
WINNER: Khalid 

Top Rap Artist:
DaBaby
Juice WRLD
Lil Nas X
WINNER: Post Malone
Roddy Ricch

Top Rap Male Artist:
DaBaby
Lil Nas X
WINNER: Post Malone

Top Rap Female Artist:
WINNER: Cardi B
City Girls
Megan Thee Stallion 

Top Rap Tour:
Drake
WINNER: Post Malone
Travis Scott

Top Country Artist:
Kane Brown
WINNER: Luke Combs
Dan + Shay
Maren Morris
Thomas Rhett

Top Country Male Artist:
Kane Brown
WINNER: Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett 

Top Country Female Artist:
WINNER: Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Top Country Duo/Group:
WINNER: Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Old Dominion

Top Country Tour:
Eric Church
Florida Georgia Line
WINNER: George Strait 

Top Rock Artist:
Imagine Dragons
WINNER: Panic! At The Disco
Tame Impala
Tool
twenty one pilots

Top Rock Tour:
WINNER: Elton John
Metallica
The Rolling Stones

Top Latin Artist:
Anuel AA
WINNER: Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Ozuna
Romeo Santos

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:
Avicii
WINNER: The Chainsmokers
DJ Snake
Illenium
Marshmello

Top Christian Artist:
WINNER: Lauren Daigle
Elevation Worship
For King & Country
Hillsong United
Kanye West

Top Gospel Artist:
Kirk Franklin
Koryn Hawthorne
Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Sunday Service Choir
WINNER: Kanye West 

ALBUM AWARDS

Top Billboard 200 Album:
WINNER: Billie Eilish “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”
Ariana Grande “Thank U, Next”
Khalid “Free Spirit”
Post Malone “Hollywood’s Bleeding”
Taylor Swift “Lover”

Top Soundtrack:
“Aladdin”
“Descendants 3”
WINNER: “Frozen II”
“K-12” by Melanie Martinez
“The Dirt” by Mötley Crüe

Top R&B Album:
Beyoncé “Homecoming: The Live Album”
Justin Bieber “Changes”
Chris Brown “Indigo”
WINNER: Khalid “Free Spirit”
Summer Walker “Over It”

Top Rap Album:
DaBaby “Kirk”
Juice WRLD “Death Race For Love”
WINNER: Post Malone “Hollywood’s Bleeding”
Roddy Ricch “Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial”
Young Thug “So Much Fun”

Top Country Album:
Kane Brown “Experiment”
WINNER: Luke Combs “What You See Is What You Get”
Maren Morris “Girl”
Thomas Rhett “Center Point Road”
Morgan Wallen “If I Know Me”

Top Rock Album:
The Lumineers “III”
Slipknot “We Are Not Your Kind”
Tame Impala “The Slow Rush”
WINNER: Tool “Fear Inoculum”
Vampire Weekend “Father of the Bride”

Top Latin Album:
WINNER: J Balvin & Bad Bunny “Oasis”
Farruko “Gangalee”
Maluma “11:11”
Romeo Santos “Utopía”
Sech “Sueños”

Top Dance/Electronic Album:
Avicii “Tim”
The Chainsmokers “World War Joy”
Illenium “Ascend”
WINNER: Marshmello “Marshmello: Fortnite Extended Set”
Alan Walker “Different World”

Top Christian Album:
Bethel Music “Victory: Recorded Live”
Casting Crowns “Only Jesus”
Hillsong United “People”
Skillet “Victorious”
WINNER: Kanye West “Jesus is King”

Top Gospel Album
Kirk Franklin “Long Live Love”
Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers “Goshen”
William McDowell “The Cry: A Live Worship Experience”
Sunday Service Choir “Jesus Is Born”
WINNER: Kanye West “Jesus is King” 

SONG AWARDS

Top Hot 100 Song:
Lewis Capaldi “Someone You Loved”
Billie Eilish “bad guy”
WINNER: Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road”
Lizzo “Truth Hurts”
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello “Señorita”

Top Streaming Song:
Chris Brown ft. Drake “No Guidance”
Billie Eilish “bad guy”
WINNER: Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road”
Lil Tecca “Ran$om”
Post Malone & Swae Lee “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)”

Top Selling Song:
Lewis Capaldi “Someone You Loved”
Billie Eilish “bad guy”
WINNER: Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road”
Lizzo “Truth Hurts”
Blake Shelton “God’s Country”

Top Radio Song:
Lewis Capaldi “Someone You Loved”
WINNER: Jonas Brothers “Sucker”
Khalid “Talk”
Lizzo “Truth Hurts”
Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber “I Don’t Care”

Top Collaboration (Fan Voted):
Chris Brown ft. Drake “No Guidance”
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road”
WINNER: Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello “Señorita”
Post Malone & Swae Lee “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)”
Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber “I Don’t Care”

Top R&B Song:
Chris Brown ft. Drake “No Guidance”
Doja Cat & Tyga “Juicy”
WINNER: Khalid “Talk”
Lizzo “Good As Hell”
The Weeknd “Heartless”

Top Rap Song:
WINNER: Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road”
Lil Tecca “Ran$om”
Lizzo “Truth Hurts”
Post Malone & Swae Lee “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)”
Post Malone “Wow.”

Top Country Song:
WINNER: Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber “10,000 Hours”
Maren Morris “The Bones”
Old Dominion “One Man Band”
Blake Shelton “God’s Country”
Morgan Wallen “Whiskey Glasses”

Top Rock Song:
Imagine Dragons “Bad Liar”
Machine Gun Kelly x Yungblud x Travis Barker “I Think I’m Okay”
WINNER: Panic! At The Disco “Hey Look Ma, I Made It”
Twenty One Pilots “Chlorine”
Twenty One Pilots “The Hype”

Top Latin Song:
Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, Karol G, Ozuna & J Balvin “China”
Bad Bunny & Tainy “Callaita”
WINNER: Daddy Yankee ft. Snow “Con Calma”
Jhay Cortez, J Balvin, & Bad Bunny “No Me Conoce”
Sech ft. Darell, Nicky Jam, Ozuna, Anuel AA “Otro Trago”

Top Dance/Electronic Song:
Black Eyed Peas x J Balvin “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life)”
WINNER: Ellie Goulding x Diplo ft. Swae Lee “Close To Me”
Illenium & Jon Bellion “Good Things Fall Apart”
Kygo x Whitney Houston “Higher Love”
Marshmello ft. Chvrches “Here With Me”

Top Christian Song:
Bethel Music, Jonathan David Helser & Melissa Helser “Raise A Hallelujah”
Casting Crowns ft. Matthew West “Nobody”
Lauren Daigle “Rescue”
WINNER: For King & Country “God Only Knows”
Kanye West “Follow God”

Top Gospel Song:
Kirk Franklin “Love Theory”
Kanye West “Closed on Sunday”
WINNER: Kanye West “Follow God”
Kanye West “On God”
Kanye West “Selah”

KYGO ANNOUNCES UPCOMING REMIX OF DONNA SUMMER’S LEGENDARY SONG «HOT STUFF»

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Kygo has announced that he will be releasing a remix of the late Donna Summer‘s legendary 1979 song, «Hot Stuff.»

He shared a video teasing the new rework across his social media pages, offering fans a taste of what’s to come. In addition to the remix, Kygo has a new music video on the way featuring two of the stars from the Netflix series Outer Banks, Madelyn Cline and Chase Stokes. In the short clip, you can see what appears to be a nostalgic love story set in the era that Summer helped to soundtrack.

Kygo’s latest remix follows his trend of paying homage to some of dance music’s most inspiring figures. In 2019, he released a posthumous collaboration with Whitney Houston, «Higher Love,» while 2020 saw him take on Tina Turner‘s iconic single «What’s Love Got to Do with It

Kygo’s remix of «Hot Stuff» by Donna Summer and its accompanying music video are set to be released on Friday, September 18th.

David Guetta Reunites With Sia for the Hopeful ‘Let’s Love’: Listen

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David Guetta
Ellen Von Unwerth David Guetta

 

Frequent collaborators David Guetta and Sia have reunited on Thursday (Sept. 10) to release their ode to overcoming obstacles, «Let’s Love.»

The dance-y, anthemic track finds Sia’s characteristically powerhouse vocals over Guetta’s signature groove. «We’ll get through it all together / Let’s love,» she proclaims in the powerful, unifying hook.

“During this time of isolation, I’ve been incredibly inspired to release music that has an uplifting energy,” Guetta said of the song in a press statement. “I love producing club tracks but at the same time, especially now, I feel like creating ‘feel-good’ music. ‘Let’s Love’ is a message of love, hope and bringing people together and once again, Sia has out done herself on the vocals.”

Earlier this year, the renowned producer raised more than $1.5 million for COVID-19 relief with his «United At Home» charity livestream events in Miami in April and New York City in May.

This also this is hardly the first time Guetta and Sia have worked together. The duo have a number of collaborations, including smash hit «Titanium,» «Wild One Two,» «She Wolf (Falling to Pieces),» «The Whisperer,» «Bang My Head,» «Helium,» «Flames» and «Light Headed.»

Listen to «Let’s Love» below.

Songs of the Summer 2020: Billboard Picks

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Harry Styles "Watermelon Sugar"
PHAM Harry Styles «Watermelon Sugar»

 

DaBaby and Roddy Ricch’s «Rockstar» may have been named Billboard‘s Song of the Summer after ruling the Songs of the Summer chart for 13 out of 15 weeks, but it wasn’t the only hot tune we had on repeat the last few months.

Harry Styles‘ sweet «Watermelon Sugar» was a staff favorite, as was Benee’s «Supalonely» (appropriate, considering all the social distancing and quarantining we’ve been doing). Below, find out which songs had us dancing and humming during the warm-weather months of 2020, and listen to all the tunes in our playlist.

Aminé, “Compensating” (feat. Young Thug)

«The slinky beats on this song, with Aminé’s bouncy bars and ad-libs, always got me shimmying my shoulders. But Thugger literally eating on the beat made me love it that much more.» — Heran Mamo

Benee, «Supalonely» (feat. Gus Dapperton)

«Every year there seems to be at least one song with a retro vibe that breaks through the noise and becomes a radio hit, and this one feels like it checks the boxes for 2020. For one, it’s got a paradoxically uptempo vibe, is catchy as hell, and has a random dude named Gus Dapperton on it. For another, it’s also about being, ahem, super lonely, which seems like a common enough sentiment for #PandemicLife that everyone can relate to it in one way or another. It is truly surprising it didn’t become bigger, but such is the lonely life we lead.» — Dan Rys

«This delightful tune blends classic pop/soul values with a thoroughly contemporary vibe. It joins a long line of songs with sad lyrics set to a bouncy beat. Just one problem: ‘Supalonely’ peaked at No. 39 on the Billboard Hot 100. This shoulda been a top 10 smash. « — Paul Grein

BLACKPINK, «How You Like That»

«I’m a sucker for sassy, edgy tunes, and this catchy one by BLACKPINK totally stuck with me this summer, despite the fact that K-pop is generally not my jam. Whether I was consciously hitting ‘play’ or subconsciously humming it, I couldn’t escape the song — nor did I want to.» — Anna Chan

BTS, «Dynamite»

«‘Dynamite’ is so instantly grabby and danceable, the first time I heard it I thought, ‘Is this some kind of mad genius lite-funk mind-control experiment from the disco days?'» — Gil Kaufman

Chris Brown & Young Thug, “Go Crazy”

«Fresh off his 2019 summer smash ‘No Guidance’ featuring Drake, C. Breezy etched out a new earworm with Thugger a year later. The dance-happy bop not only birthed the #GoCrazyChallenege, but solidified Breezy and Thugger’s status as summertime heavy hitters. « — Carl Lamarre

Dougie Poole, “Los Angeles”

«I like this strangely sublime song because it’s a new take on the road trip anthem, negotiating ambition and love across a cosmic cross-country journey. It’s breezy yet sophisticated, weird but surprisingly familiar (much of the guitar work feels borrowed from Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”) and perfect for staring directly into the ceiling fan while getting lost in the circular patterns.» — Dave Brooks

Dua Lipa, «Love Is Religion» (The Blessed Madonna Remix)

«Madonna made a cameo on The Blessed Madonna’s remix of Dua Lipa’s ‘Levitating.’ but the real Material Girl homage came via the producer’s Club Future Nostalgia‘s edit of ‘Love Is Religion.’ Emotionally deep and deliriously joyful, the track packs serious ‘Like a Prayer’ vibes (The Blessed Madonna called that latter track «among the most perfect records ever made») and delivered the uplift that, after a seriously hard summer, we were all in need of.» — Katie Bain

Glass Animals, “Heat Waves”

«It’s more or less in the name, but this standout track from the U.K. group’s new album Dreamland is an absolute sizzler. It’s catchy and compellancholy, which is a new word I’ve just invented that means a mix of ‘compelling’ and ‘melancholy.’ The perfect tune for ‘late nights in the middle of June’ and beyond.» — Gab Ginsberg

Gunna, «Dollaz on My Head» (feat. Young Thug)

«During a summer in which we were denied the opportunity to watch Gunna perform ‘Dollaz on My Head’ at hip-hop festivals and his own shows, I settled for head-banging to its beat a countless amount of times while driving around the New Jersey suburbs. I am certainly not cool, but Gunna is, effortlessly; his tossed-off observations have never sounded slicker than on this Mike WiLL Made-It/Myles Harris production, and Young Thug, ever the chameleon, slips into the groove on its back half, providing some bounce to balance out Gunna’s viscous flow.» — Jason Lipshutz

Harry Styles, «Watermelon Sugar»

«A sweet blast of Peter Gabriel-esque power-pop that oozed summer out of every note.» — Ian Drew

«The past few months have been extremely bad for many reasons, but tuning out for a few moments every so often and listening to Harry Styles’ fruit-filled musings has been the closest thing I’ve gotten to a true ‘summer feeling.'» — Josh Glicksman

«From the lyrics that mention summer no fewer than four times to the languid, woozy feel of the song, ‘Watermelon Sugar’ provided the perfect respite from a summer that most of us would rather forget. Add in a mouth-watering video that not only brought the beach into the viewer’s living room but took eating watermelon to a new orgiastic heights and Styles provided peak escapism when we needed it the most.» — Melinda Newman

«Mostly because I’m a sucker for Harry Styles dressed in Gucci on the beach. Who isn’t?» — Mia Nazareno

«It’s such a feel-good, carefree, and quite relaxing song.» — Quinton McMillan

«Harry Styles says ‘summer’ six times in ‘Watermelon Sugar,’ so it’s taking the crown for me. Also, the breezy melody and music video will have me wishing for berries and that summer feelin’ well into fall and winter.» — Rania Aniftos

Jayda G, «Both of Us»

«I’m convinced that this airy, blissed-out house earworm from Canadian producer-DJ Jayda G works for any occasion. I had it on loop all summer, whether I was working, working out, hanging at home in quarantine or doing what it was clearly meant for — dancing.» — Tatiana Cirisano

Jowell y Randy with J Balvin, «Anaranjado»

«Jowell y Randy are keeping perreo and old-school reggaeton alive one song at a time — and ‘Anaranjado’ is proof of that. The slowed-down contemporary urban tune in collaboration with J Balvin is both captivating and sensual, perfect for dedicating to that special someone and dancing to it all summer long.» — Jessica Roiz

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande, «Rain on Me»

«Because no better hit could soundtrack this messy summer with a motto that reminds us to be thankful for what we do have. » — Lyndsey Havens

Morgan Wallen, «7 Summers»

«A great country track that peaked at No. 6 on the Hot 100.» — Thom Duffy

Phoebe Bridgers, «Kyoto»

«‘Kyoto’ came out in April but really picked up play for me during this mess of a summer, as it was the perfect high-low combo: an upbeat rocker (with trumpet and pocket piano!) coupled with darkly funny lines like ‘I’m gonna kill you/ If you don’t beat me to it.’ It is the perfect time for a sardonic Song of the Summer.» — Christine Werthman

Renee Blair, «Heatin’ Up My Summer»

«I’ve already expressed my appreciation once on Billboard for how this ‘Carly Rae-goes-country banger’ saved me the trouble of having to pretend to engage in a traditional summer myself. Now, though, I’m also realizing that while its sound is low-stakes warm-weather, its tone is actually more Summer 2020-appropriate — frustrated, yearning, and seemingly unsure of how much of its anxiousness is based on real life and how much is just going on in Renee Blair’s own head.»
— Andrew Unterberger

Rina Sawayama, «Comme des Garcons (Like the Boys)»

«Rina Sawayama’s ‘Comme des Garcons (Like the Boys)’ was my go-to summer 2020 dance jam (and therefore, my song of the summer): With chilly Chicago house grooves, a disco veneer and a touch of electrocrash attitude, it’ll get you moving, but it’s laid-back enough that you’re not going to embarrass yourself on the tiled dance floor of Club Kitchen (where the acoustics are decent but the lighting is terrible). » — Joe Lynch

Rosalía & Travis Scott, «TKN» 

«To this day, I still don’t know what TKN stands for, but it sure stuck with me all summer long thanks to an easy-to-remember chorus and the song’s irresistible fusion of reggaeton, dembow and trap.» — Griselda Flores

Shamir, «On My Own»

«Putting aside the on-the-nose theme of isolation while living through a global pandemic, ‘On My Own’ was the hazy, guitar-filled jam that I needed this summer. Shamir’s crystal-clear vocals and deep-cutting songwriting just made for a deeply satisfying experience every time I pressed play on this song.» — Stephen Daw

Taylor Swift, «The Last Great American Dynasty»

«Despite Folklore‘s general evocation of chillier seasons, ‘The Last Great American Dynasty’ gives off a more summery-vibe. (Perhaps it’s because the famed Holiday House was the site of Swift’s Instagram-friendly Fourth of July parties.) As for why it was on repeat? I like to imagine myself having a marvelous time ruining everything.» — Denise Warner

 

This article is originally by Billboard

New Music From SZA, Big Sean, 6ix9ine & More

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SZA
Radka Leitmeritz

SZA photographed on Nov. 12, 2018 at Skyline West Mansion in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles.

This week, SZA makes a delightfully unexpected return, Big Sean big-ups his hometown and 6ix9ine aims for the mainstream. Check out all of this week’s First Stream picks below:

The Song That’s The Most Pleasant Surprise of the Day:
SZA feat. Ty Dolla $ign, «Hit Different»

Although it’s only been three years since SZA released her masterful Ctrl album, the relative silence that has followed has been maddening for fans, as they eagerly await the next move from one of R&B’s most captivating voices. Now, out of nowhere, we get “Hit Different,” a new single featuring Ty Dolla $ign, produced by the Neptunes and showcasing the vision that makes SZA so unique. A song about yearning after a man and the jealousy that springs from passion, SZA runs circles around the sinewy beat, packing each thoughtful observation with enough vocal flair that she overshadows Ty’s sturdy hook. Will “Hit Different” lead a new project, or is it a one-off to tide us over? Either way, it’s nice to hear SZA back at what she does best.

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The Album That Helps Cement a Legacy:
Big Sean, Detroit 2

A sense of peace defines Detroit 2, Big Sean’s first album in three years and a sequel to his 2012 mixtape: once a punchline rapper looking up to Kanye West on the G.O.O.D. Music releases, Big Sean is now a seasoned, surefooted veteran, and his confidence in his craft elevates the work. Detroit 2 is a jam-packed record — there’s a nine-minute cypher featuring 11 Detroit MCs, a TWENTY88 reunion, a Travis Scott collaboration designed to be a smash, and an Erykah Badu spoken-word interlude, and that’s just the second half of this behemoth. Yet Big Sean nimbly hops around the different styles without sounding overtaxed or losing his carefree approach; on “Lucky Me,” he opens up about being diagnosed with a heart condition as a teenager, and through that lens, Detroit 2 is a celebration of life and survival from a still-hungry artist.

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The Album That Tries To Bring Trolling To The Mainstream:
6ix9ine, TattleTales

What happens when an underground hero, defined by his controversies and cult-figure status, goes fully mainstream? It’s the question that 6ix9ine’s latest full-length, TattleTales, tries to answer: after all, the most polarizing figure in modern pop is coming off of a jail stint as well as his first Hot 100 No. 1, both free and ready to dominate the charts with collaborators like Nicki Minaj, Akon and Lil AK. TattleTales ultimately straddles the line between more traditional pop craft — check the opening one-two punch of “Locked Up 2,” a rework of the Akon hit, and the rhythmic “Tutu” — and ultra-aggressive rap, as on “Punani” and the previously released “Gooba.”

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The Album That Compels You To Move:
Ozuna, ENOC

As you look at the track list to Ozuna’s new project, ENOC (El Negrito Ojos Claros), your eyes linger on the heavy-hitting guest list: not only has the reggaeton star tapped fellow Latin A-listers J Balvin, Nicky Jam, Daddy Yankee and Karol G, but he’s also united Doja Cat and Sia on the radio-ready single “Del Mar.” The collaborations often live up to their pedigree, but the 72-minute ENOC also gives Ozuna ample time to shine on his own, his voice deepening and winding around the simmering beats on tracks like “Sincero,” “A Escondidas” and the hit “Caramelo.” Both charming and prolific, Ozuna has figured out how to evolve on his own and alongside other major artists.

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The Music Video That Is… Absolutely Not What You Expected:
DJ Khaled feat. Drake, “Popstar”

It’s easy to imagine a music video for “Popstar,” the recent DJ Khaled/Drake collaboration, after a single listen — Drake and Khaled, floating around a decadent existence with expensive toys surrounding them, as they’ve done in countless clips together and separately. Instead, the “Popstar” video is high-concept — after an opening monologue in which Drizzy vents his frustration with Khaled’s many demands, he calls in a favor from Justin Bieber, who lip-synchs the song and enjoys the luxurious setting in his place. The gamble pays off, as “Popstar” sounds more arresting when its visual is an unexpected experience; also, kudos to Drake for some over-the-top, genuinely funny exasperation in the intro.

The Remix That Unites Six Rising Stars:
Chloe x Halle feat. Doja Cat, City Girls & Mulatto, «Do It» remix

Grouping Chloe x Halle, Doja Cat, City Girls and Mulatto together on the same remix feels like it will be a quietly important moment — as if, years from now, we’ll look back and marvel at how many soon-to-be stars shone on a single track. And the best part: this remix of Chloe x Halle’s Ungodly Hour standout “Do It” somehow doesn’t stray too far from the essence of the original, as the guests join the party without making the room too crowded. Listen for Doja Cat’s raucous energy, City Girls’ melodic flow and Mulatto’s confident drawl, but don’t overlook the classy vibe Chloe x Halle carried over from the original.

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The Song That Aims To Inspire During a Tumultuous Time:
Finneas, «What They’ll Say About Us»

In a statement, Finneas reveals that he wrote his new solo track “What They’ll Say About Us” in June, inspired by both the powerful voice created by the Black Lives Matter protests as well as the sorrow inflicted by the coronavirus  pandemic: “I hope this song can offer some sort of comfort to those who may need it,” he writes. During a year of great upheaval, Billie Eilish’s most trusted collaborator has done his best to take center stage and transmit 2020’s mix of emotions. While the production on “What They’ll Say About Us” is effectively restrained, credit Finneas for going full-on showstopper when he draws out the line, “We’ve got the time to take the world / And make it better than it ever was.”

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The Song That Understands its R&B History:
Bryson Tiller, «Inhale»

On the same day that SZA has returned with a new single, another enigmatic R&B star whose last project was released three years ago, Bryson Tiller, also takes a bold stride back into the spotlight with a single, “Inhale,” that’s daring in all the right ways. Sampling both SWV’s “All Night Long” and Mary J. Blige’s “Not Gon’ Cry,” Tiller uses the prism of ‘90s R&B to refract his own vulnerabilities on the track: “Yes, I spent all these f–kin’ years dwelling, yes, I feel irrelevant,” he sings, a few seconds after admitting he’s been both crying and overanalyzing text messages. Dating back to 2015’s TRAPSOUL, Tiller has proven to be a songwriting dynamo, and “Inhale” is one of his most inventive moments yet.

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New Music From Blackpink & Selena Gomez, Katy Perry, The Weeknd & More

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BLACKPINK Selena Gomez, "Ice Cream"
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BLACKPINK featuring Selena Gomez, «Ice Cream»

This week, Blackpink and Selena Gomez combine for a delicious treat, Katy Perry returns with an ear-to-ear grin, and The Weeknd teams up with Calvin Harris for some mood music. Check out all of this week’s First Stream picks below:

The Song That Will Give You an Instant Sugar High:
Blackpink & Selena Gomez, «Ice Cream»

After guesting on Lady Gaga’s Chromatica track “Sour Candy” and scoring a top 40 hit with their own single “How You Like That,” K-pop group Blackpink continues its steady U.S. takeover with “Ice Cream,” a new collaboration with Selena Gomez that doubles as one of the most high-profile pop releases of 2020. Uniting two huge fan bases with lots of sweet-tooth euphemisms and a dizzying hook, “Ice Cream” is an inspired style clash, with Gomez hitting the more subtle notes (“Coldest with the kiss, so he call me ice cream,” she happily shrugs) and the Blackpink ladies serving up ostentatious belting and rapping in turn. If “Ice Cream” represents a crucial step for the group’s stateside crossover, they sound like they’re having a blast taking it, as their new friend Gomez is all smiles as she quite literally drives the ice cream truck.

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The Album That Repositions a Pop Heroine:
Katy Perry, Smile

At the center of Katy Perry’s new album, Smile, are a song titled “Resilience,” in which the pop superstar sings, “You’re gonna watch this flower grow right through the cracks,” and another titled “Not the End of the World,” on which she asserts, “Flipping off the flop, now I just enjoy the ride.” Perry’s follow-up to 2017’s uneven Witness is in some ways a response to her first commercial misstep, but as the former mainstay atop the Hot 100 moves into the next phase of her career — and personal life, welcoming her first child, Daisy, just this week — she’s embracing change while adhering to her positive pop foundation. Previously released tracks like “Never Really Over,” “Harleys in Hawaii” and the now-prescient “Daisies” still serve as grade-A earworms, while “Cry About It Later” could be the sleek, carefree radio hit that Perry is still able to conjure. As Perry evolves, her voice remains a touchstone of modern pop, and it’s good to have it back.

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The Song That Requires Mood Lighting:
The Weeknd & Calvin Harris, «Over Now»

It’s fair to say that the commercial appeal of a collaboration between The Weeknd and Calvin Harris in 2020 is a question mark: although Abel Tesfaye has remained a dominant chart force this year, Harris has strayed from his radio-friendly production and used his Love Regenerator series to explore some left-field impulses, often to great effect. “Over Now” plays out like a meeting in the middle of crowd-friendly and idiosyncratic, an expertly produced lounge single that finds The Weeknd tossing out hooks and relying on his falsetto to navigate the throwback R&B terrain. As the first team-up between the two A-listers, “Over Now” is not the mainstream wallop it could have been, but a slinkier, ultimately effective vibe.

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The Album That Will Have You Longing For a Club Night in Quarantine:
Dua Lipa & The Blessed Madonna, Club Future Nostalgia

Although Dua Lipa’s outstanding sophomore album Future Nostalgia is barely five months old and is plenty uptempo on its own, the pop star has dropped a full dance remix album, in collaboration with the Blessed Madonna, into a world that could sure use a dance break amidst the tumult. Club Future Nostalgia is often a euphoric exercise, especially for those who have played the original songs on repeat — hearing the structures of “Hallucinate,” “Break My Heart” and “Pretty Please” broken down and reassembled by artists like Paul Woolford, Jamiroquai and Masters At Work demonstrates the craft of each multi-dimensional hook. And when a few pop stars show up to the party — Madonna and Missy Elliott on the “Levitating” remix, Gwen Stefani on a Mark Ronson rework of “Physical” — Lipa makes for a gracious mistress of ceremonies.

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The Song That Will Compel An Online Shopping Spree:
Ty Dolla $ign feat. Nicki Minaj, «Expensive»

Ty Dolla $ign’s last single, “Ego Death,” was a rhythmic, multi-part experiment that featured Kanye West, Skrillex and FKA Twigs — a collection of visionaries that are difficult to collect onto a cohesive four-minute jam. “Expensive,” his follow-up featuring Nicki Minaj, is a more streamlined effort, an ode to a woman with expensive taste that turns on Minaj popping in midway through to play the part of that woman. “Gotta get me ice if he tryna skate!” she declares on the guest verse, after name-checking Patek and before mentioning Chanel and Tom Ford; Ty Dolls $ign is simply asked to float above an itchy guitar lick, and the mission is accomplished. These two teamed up this time last year on “Hot Girl Summer” with Megan Thee Stallion, and once again exhibit top-notch musical chemistry.

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The Album That Will Make You Yearn To Attend a Concert:
Halsey, Badlands (Live From Webster Hall)

“I miss performing for you live more than anything in the world so here I am. Right in your bedroom.” Halsey tweeted that out upon the release of Badlands (Live From Webster Hall), the pop star’s first live LP that doubles as a commemoration of the five-year anniversary of her debut album. Although New York’s Webster Hall is a little bit bigger than a bedroom, the album, recorded last year during a two-night underplay, offers an intimate look at a stage show that has expanded to fill arenas but hinges upon the vulnerability in Halsey’s vocal delivery. Plus, hearing the crowd shout along with every word of the fiercely loved debut full-length makes for a nifty bit of fan service, as if Halsey’s supporters have become part of the music, too.

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The Album That Will Inspire Spontaneous Movement Around The House:
Disclosure, Energy

Energy is full of just that, a tour de force third full-length from U.K. brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence that recalls the propulsive presentation of Disclosure’s 2013 debut, Settle, while righting some of the wrongs of its 2015 follow-up, Caracal. While that album was slightly unfocused and full of disparate guest stars, Energy stays lean, refracting the duo’s brand of house music through vocalists — Syd, Channel Tres, Kehlani, Mick Jenkins — that complement each other and help the songs sound part of a whole. The opening track, “Watch Your Step” with Kelis, soars as high as Disclosure’s best work, and Energy rarely looks down from that start.

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The Song That Will Be in Heavy Rotation On Your Hip-Hop Playlist:
Cordae & Roddy Ricch, «Gifted»

Maryland native Cordae has dropped the “YBN” prefix from his name and effectively begun the second phase of his career: “Gifted,” featuring 2020 MVP candidate Roddy Ricch, is an appreciation of past struggles and how they have birthed a bright future. Instead of confining their similar sing-rap energies to separate verses, “Gifted” plays out as a conversation between the two MCS — as soon as Cordae wraps up an anecdote about his teenage drug experimentation, Roddy grabs the mic and asserts that he was fortunate enough to buy foreign cars for his many cousins. There’s a sweetness to “Gifted,” thanks in part to the detailed storytelling; the more Cordae lets us into his imagination, the more success he’ll find.

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The Song That Functions as a Nice, Deep Breath:
Chris Stapleton, “Starting Over”

Starting Over, the forthcoming album from country great Chris Stapleton, was completed in late February, a few weeks before “social distancing” became part of the cultural lexicon in the United States. Yet its title track sounds designed for this moment, an exhalation in the middle of an anxiety-stricken year, with Stapleton’s gruff voice providing hope for a better future. “Nobody wins afraid of losing / And the hard roads are the ones worth choosing,” he sings, the focus on Stapleton’s message as the rambling guitar leads an unobtrusive arrangement. “Starting Over” portrays a sense of simple satisfaction, and right now, it’s a helpful feeling.

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Billie Eilish Recreated the NPR Offices in a Genius Way For Tiny Desk (At Home) Concert: Watch

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Billie Eilish performs during NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series.

Billie Eilish made her debut at NPR’s famous Tiny Desk on Wednesday (Aug. 26), and she somehow managed to do it from a very detailed recreation of the studio’s empty offices!

Accompanied by Finneas, the pop star kicked off her mini-set with her latest single «My Future,» which she played on the keyboard. «But I, I’m in love/ With my future/ And you don’t know her/ And I, I’m in love/ But not with anybody here/ I’ll see you in a couple years,» she crooned on the dreamy ballad’s final stanza.

«So obviously, we are not actually at Tiny Desk, because this is a cardboard cut-out of it. But it’s still real, it’s just not in-person real,» she said, gesturing around the office replica between songs. «Quarantine’s been weird; I know you all feel the same. It’s been weird, we don’t know how long it’s gonna go. There’s barely anything that feels like there’s any hope in, but I think the future is something to be super hopeful in, and the unknown and what is to come…

«We’ll be OK one day,» Eilish concluded. «Maybe not one day, but I think that’s what has been making me hold on.»

Next, the pop singer and her brother closed out their performance with 2019’s «Everything I Wanted.»

«I had a dream/ I got everything I wanted/ But when I wake up, I see/ You with me/ And you say, ‘As long as I’m here/ No one can hurt you/ Don’t wanna lie here/ But you can learn to,'» Eilish sang, with Finneas adding his own harmonies on the second half of the chorus.

The Tiny Desk home concert arrives on the heels of the teen star’s recent performance during the 2020 Democratic National Convention, where she spoke out against Donald Trump, urged her fans to «vote like our lives and the world depend on it» and debuted «My Future» live for the very first time.

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Disclosure, Kehlani and Sid Drop a ‘Birthday’ Gift

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With just two days before Disclosure drops their third LP, Energy, the duo is gifting the world another single, «Birthday.»

The track is a collaboration with Kehlani and Sid; the UK duo dropped into Los Angeles (pre-quarantine) to work with them. “Being in L.A. was a new one for us,” says Disclosure’s Guy Howard recently told Billboard. “We’re very London.”

The song is a smooth and mellow R&B influenced jam, on which scintillating percussion serves as the base for sultry lyrics that ponder whether or not it’s okay to call your ex on their birthday.

“Syd and I were going through a similar thing at the time,» Howard Lawrence says in a statement, «trying to work out if it was cool to call your ex to say hi or is it too awkward/mean to do so out of the blue?”

“It’s the oldest song on the album by far so has definitely stood the test of time and deservedly made the cut” adds Guy. “And the addition of Kehlani just took it to the next level and turned into a fire duet.”

Listen to «Birthday» below.