Everything We Know About Katy Perry’s Fifth Album

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Katy Perry

Katy Perry might deliver her first baby with fiancé Orlando Bloom before or after her fifth studio album, but either way, the pop star has been preparing her KatyCats for both this summer.

The «KP5» singles keep sprouting on streaming services and her baby bump keeps growing since she debuted it in the «Never Worn White» music videofrom early March. So let’s retrace her steps before the pop star pops out both a baby and an album.

See below for everything we know about Perry’s fifth studio album so far.

The release date

KP5 comes out on August 14 via Capitol Records.

The singles

Although not the lead single, «Never Worn White» came out first out of this bunch of KP5 singles, a wedding-themed ballad about securing a lifelong love with Bloom.

Perry then dropped «Daisies» in mid-May, but the ray of sunshine beaming from it originated from her darkest times. «I wrote this song just like it’s another anthem for myself. I came out of a pretty dark time on [2017’s] Witness and I’ve been writing a record for two years,» she told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe on the release date. «I wrote some of it while I was clinically depressed and trying to find the light at the end of the tunnel. And when I’m writing songs like ‘Firework’ or ‘Roar,’ it’s not because I’m feeling hunky-dory. It’s literally because I am having really dark thoughts and trying to come out of it.»

During a remote interview with Connecticut radio station KC1010 in late June, Perry teased another single titled «Teary Eyes» and how it ties back to her goal of releasing a project during the coronavirus pandemic. «There was conversation about not putting it out this year. I was like, ‘We need some songs to dance through our tears through,» she said. «I mean, there is one song on the record called ‘Teary Eyes,’ and it’s really about just dancing through your tears. And I’m like, ‘Wow that really resonates. That slaps, that hits hard for me right now.’ So I’m excited for it. I’m excited for all of it.»

During her Amazon Live mini-concert and Q&A session, the singer-songwriter said every song on her upcoming project exemplified «resilience, redemption, joy and empowerment» and served as a supplemental kind of therapy with her actual therapy to deal with clinical depression.

The videos (and pregnancy announcement!) 

Her «Never Worn White» music video from early March gave the KatyCats the first glimpse of her baby bump, clarifying what she meant by a «jam packed summer.» But Perry told SiriusXM Hits 1 the real kicker about her pregnancy announcement coming in this specific clip. «Honestly, I was getting way too fat to hide it, so I was like, ‘Well, I think this song would be a great reveal! Let’s start there,» she joked with host Mike Piff. «And that’s how I communicate things — I communicate through music.»

When the 35-year-old pop star gave the powerful «Daisies» tune the music video treatment in mid-May, she exposed her gentle side while frolicking in a field of daisies and even caressing her then-smaller baby bump in a nude shot by a waterfall.

She later transformed into a faceless animated woman for the «Daisies» lyric videoshe released in late May that Vallee Duhamel studios created. Perry turned the sticks and stones thrown at her from her haters into a pink house on a grassy knoll before she defied gravity.

The merch

Perry joined the wave of artists selling name-brand face masks to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by customizing her personal protective equipment (PPE) with the «Daisies» signature print and song title. Proceeds from the face mask benefited DirectRelief.

Just in time for Mother’s Day this year, the «Daisies» singer opened up a digital flower shop called Katy’s Daisies that offers 12 free multicolored bouquet options.

The features

Perry’s kept her lips sealed about which artists might be featured on KP5, but she shut down the rumors that Taylor Swift‘s name would appear on the tracklist. «No, it’s not correct. But the fans are definitely excited for something like that to happen in the future and I’m always open,» she said in an interview with Hits Radio Breakfast.

Lady Gaga Scores Sixth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With ‘Chromatica’

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Lady Gaga notches her sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with the chart-topping debut of Chromatica. The set starts with 274,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending June 4, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data — the biggest week for any album by a woman in 2020.

Chromatica was released on May 29 via Interscope Records. The set was led by the singles “Stupid Love” and “Rain on Me” with Ariana Grande. The former debuted and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March, while the latter opened at No. 1 on the June 6 chart.

Chromatica was originally slated for an April 10 release, but was delayed due to COVID-19 concerns.Lady Gaga previously hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with the A Star Is Born soundtrack (with Bradley Cooper, in 2018 and 2019), Joanne (2016), Cheek to Cheek (with Tony Bennett, 2014), Artpop (2013) and Born This Way (2011).

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new June 13-dated chart (where Chromatica starts at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard‘s website on June 9.

Of Chromatica’s starting sum of 274,000 equivalent album units, album sales comprise 205,000, SEA units total 65,000 (equating to 87.16 million on-demand streams of the set’s tracks in the week ending June 4) and TEA units equal a little more than 4,000.

Here’s a look at some notable achievements earned by the debut of Chromatica at No. 1:

Fifth Biggest Week of 2020, Largest for an Album By a Woman: Chromatica’s start of 274,000 equivalent album units earned marks the fifth-largest week for any album in 2020 and the biggest for an album by a woman. The only larger weeks posted in 2020 were from the debut frames of The Weeknd’s After Hours (444,000), BTSMap of the Soul: 7 (422,000), Lil Uzi Vert’s Eternal Atake (288,000) and Eminem’s Music to Be Murdered By (279,000).

The last larger week for an album by a woman was racked up by Taylor Swift’s Lover, which blasted in at No. 1 on the chart dated Sept. 7, 2019, with 867,000 units.

Album sales comprise 75 percent of Chromatica’s overall debut frame (205,000 of 274,000). The set’s sales were bolstered by dozens of merchandise/album bundles sold via her official webstore, and a concert ticket/album sale offer with her three upcoming U.S. stadium shows scheduled for August. In addition, the album sold well via traditional retail, including the iTunes Store, Amazon and Target. The latter carried an exclusive deluxe CD edition of the album with bonus tracks.

Strong Streams: Chromatica’s bow with 65,000 SEA units equates to 87.16 million on-demand streams of the set’s tracks in the week ending June 4. That’s the biggest streaming week for any non-R&B/hip-hop or Latin album in 2020.

The largest streaming week of 2020 for any album is owned by Lil Uzi Vert’s hip-hop set Eternal Atake, which bowed at No. 1 on March 21 with 400.4 million clicks.

For comparison among non-R&B/hip-hop or Latin albums, here are the next-biggest streaming weeks of 2020 after Chromatica’s start with 87.16 million: Selena Gomez’s Rare (debut, 79.3 million; Jan. 25), Halsey’s Manic (debut, 75.6 million; Feb. 1) and BTS’ Map of the Soul: 7 (debut, 74.8 million; March 7).

The last album outside of the R&B/hip-hop or Latin genres to manage a bigger streaming week than Chromatica was Harry StylesFine Line, which started at No. 1 with 108.7 million clicks (Dec. 28, 2019-dated chart).

The last non-R&B/hip-hop or Latin album by a woman to collect a bigger streaming week than Chromatica was Taylor Swift’s Lover, with 117.4 million in its second week on the list (Sept. 14, 2019).

Six No. 1 Albums in Only Nine Years: Lady Gaga has tallied six No. 1s on the Billboard 200 chart in just nine years and two days — the fastest a woman has claimed six No. 1 albums. Lady Gaga logged her first No. 1 with Born This Way, when it debuted atop the list dated Jun 11, 2011.

Previously, Taylor Swift achieved six No. 1s the fastest, among women, when Loveropened at No. 1 on Sept. 7, 2019 — just 10 years and nine months after her first No. 1, Fearless, topped the list (Nov. 29, 2008).

Among men or groups, there are acts that have scores their first six No. 1s in quicker time than Gaga — The Beatles, Justin Bieber, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Drake, Future, Jay-Z, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Elvis Presley and Kanye West.

One of Just Eight Women With at Least Six No. 1 Albums: Lady Gaga joins an elite club of just eight women who have landed six No. 1 albums. She’s now tied with Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears and Taylor Swift, all with six each. Ahead of them: Barbra Streisand, with the most of any woman, 11; Madonna, with nine; and Janet Jackson, with seven.

Among all artists, The Beatles continue to hold the record for the most No. 1s, with 19 leaders.

Only Two Women Have Had a No. 1 Album in 2020: So far this year, just two women have led the Billboard 200 — Lady Gaga with Chromatica and Selena Gomez with Rare. The latter opened atop the list on Jan. 25.

In total, of the 18 No. 1 albums in 2020 — which include two carryover No. 1s from 2019 — 14 are by solo men, two are by male groups (BTS and Jackboys) and two are by women.

At this point a year ago, there were 17 No. 1s — with one carryover from 2018. Of those 17, four were either by a solo woman, or co-credited to a woman and a man (Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born soundtrack). The other 13 leaders at this point a year ago consisted of three No. 1s by male groups (Backstreet Boys, BTS and Vampire Weekend) and 10 by solo men.

At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Jimmy Buffett lands his highest-charting album in over 15 years, as Life on the Flip Side starts with 75,000 equivalent album units earned (with 74,000 of that sum in album sales). The last time the veteran singer-songwriter (and Margaritaville brand boss) was higher on the list was in 2004, when License to Chill became his first No. 1 when it opened atop the chart dated July 31, 2004.

Life on the Flip Side is Buffett’s 40th charting album on the Billboard 200. He first visited the list in 1974 with Living and Dying in 3/4 Time, which arrived on the March 2 chart, on its way to a No. 176 peak on March 30. In total, Life On the Flip Side is Buffett’s 22nd top 40 album, and 12th top 10.

Life on the Flip Side is Buffett’s first non-holiday studio album since Songs From St. Somewhere, which hit No. 4 in 2013.

The new album’s sales were helped by a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with a slate of upcoming Buffett shows. The bundle offer was originally attached to a string of dates that were meant to run from May 16 through Oct. 15, 2020. Some of those shows were ultimately canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, while the remaining shows were postponed and rescheduled to July 10 through Sept. 2, 2021. Only the postponed and rescheduled shows are part of the ticket bundle offer which contributes to the chart total.

With Gaga and Buffett at Nos. 1 and 2, it’s the first time since the Jan. 4-date chart that the top two titles are both non-R&B/hip-hop titles. On the Jan. 4-dated chart, Harry Styles’ Fine Line was No. 1, while Michael Bublé’s Christmas was No. 2.

A trio of former No. 1s come in at Nos. 3-5 on the new Billboard 200, as Lil Baby’s My Turn falls from No. 2 to No. 3 (62,000 equivalent album units; down 4 percent), Gunna’s Wunna drops from No. 1 to No. 4 in its second week (49,000; down 56 percent) and Future’s High Off Life dips from No. 3 to No. 5 (44,000; down 27 percent).

Drake’s Dark Lane Demo Tapes is steady at No. 6 (41,000; down 14 percent) and Polo G’s The Goat falls 5-7 (40,000; down 22 percent).

Anuel AA claims his first top 10 album on the all-genre Billboard 200, as Emmanueldebuts at No. 8 with 39,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, 36,000 are in SEA units, equating to 55.8 million on-demand streams for the album’s songs.

The set is the Latin album to reach the Billboard 200’s top 10 in 2020, following a pair of Bad Bunny efforts (YHLQMDLG, No. 2 and Las Que No Iban a Salir, No. 7).

Emmanuel is Anuel AA’s second studio album. His first, Real Hasta La Muerte, peaked at No. 44 in 2018. It also spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums chart, and finished as one of the top 10 biggest Latin albums of 2018 and 2019 on Billboard’s year-end charts.

DaBaby’s former No. 1 Blame It on Baby falls from No. 7 to No. 9 on the new Billboard 200 with just under 39,000 equivalent album units (down 8 percent).

Closing out the new top 10 on the Billboard 200 is Run the JewelsRTJ4, bowing at No. 10 with 38,000 equivalent album units earned (with 30,000 of that in album sales). It’s the first top 10 for the rap duo, which previously notched two charting sets, Run the Jewels 3 (No. 13 in 2017) and Run the Jewels 2 (No. 50 in 2014).

RTJ4 was released early via digital retailers and streamers on Wednesday, June 3 — instead of on June 5 (a Friday, traditionally the day in which albums are released each week). The album’s sales also benefit from an array of merchandise/album bundles sold via the act’s official webstore.

In addition, the album was available as a free download via the act’s website, alongside an appeal for donations to the Mass Defense Program. None of those free downloads were reported to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Lana Del Rey Defends Her Comments on Fellow Female Singers, ‘Racist’ Backlash

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Lana Del Rey attends the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Jan. 26, 2020 in Los Angeles.

After facing heavy criticism on thoughts she expressed via Instagram earlier on Thursday (May 21), Lana Del Rey is defending herself.

In her original post, the singer called out fellow female stars Doja Cat, Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Kehlani, Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé, who «have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, f—ing, cheating, etc.» She then asked if she can continue singing about her own dark past «without being crucified or saying that I’m glamorizing abuse?”

«To be clear because I knowwwwww you love to twist things,» she wrote in the comments section of her post. «I f—ing love these singers and know them. that is why I mention them.»

«I would also like to have some of the same freedom of expression without judgement of hysteria,» she clarified.

Del Rey continued to defend herself via Instagram story, writing, “Bro. This is sad to make it about a WOC issue when I’m talking about my favorite singers. I could’ve literally said anyone but I picked my favorite f—ing people.”

She added: “And this is the problem with society today, not everything is about whatever you want it to be. It’s exactly the point of my post—there are certain women that culture doesn’t want to have a voice it may not have to do with race I don’t know what it has to do with. I don’t care anymore but don’t ever ever ever ever bro- call me racist because that is bulls—.”

The «Blue Jeans» singer continued to slam critics who thought she was calling out minority artists specifically. «By the way the singers I mentioned are my favorite singers so if you want to try and make a bone to pick out of that like you always do be my guest, it doesn’t change the fact that I haven’t had the same opportunity to express what I wanted to express without being completely decimated and if you want to say that that has something to do with race that’s your opinion but that’s not what I was saying.»

She concluded by writing, «When I said people who look like me—I meant the people who don’t look strong or necessarily smart, or like they’re in control etc. it’s about advocating for a more delicate personality, not for white woman—thanks for the Karen comments tho. V helpful.»

Lana Del Rey’s upcoming album, the followup to 2019’s Norman F—ing Rockwell, will be out Sept. 5.

Lorde Updates Fans on ‘F—ing Good’ Music in the Works With Jack Antonoff

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Lorde photographed on Dec. 19, 2017 at Jonkers Farm in Auckland, New Zealand.

Some new Lorde music is finally on the way.

The singer sent an email to her fans on Wednesday (May 19) updating them on her past few months. «I realised the other day it had been a minute since we chatted, and I was missing you. Do you wear your hair long or short now? Did you take your piercings out? You’ll probably be pleased to know my hair is big and long again,» she lightheartedly opened the message, before noting that she has «never felt more spiritually rich, and in touch with the voices that guide. (Yes I’m a f—ing herb. Sue me!!!)»

After some updates about her life in New Zealand and how the pandemic has affected her home country, she revealed that the music making process suffered after the death of her beloved dog, Pearl. «It was summer, a time of year which is usually so clarifying and special to me, but I was grieving hard for Pearl, carrying it everywhere with me,» she wrote. «I found a note in my phone from November which said: I eat a grief sandwich / I wear a grief coat / I see a grief film.»

«I started going back to the studio again in December, just for something to do, and to my surprise, good things came out,» she continued. «Happy, playful things. I felt my melodic muscles flexing and strengthening.»

She went on to explain that she and producer Jack Antonoff would meet up in New Zealand and in Los Angeles to work on music. «A thing started to take shape. And then, of course, the world shut down. We’re still working away — Jack and I FaceTimed for over an hour this morning going over everything. But it’ll take a while longer.»

“I know now how excited I am to get back out there,” she wrote. “I want to eat summer foods in beautiful countries—ice cream and tomatoes and anchovies. I want to use my gift, and watch it grow. Who knows when it’ll be safe to do those things, but I’m craving them, and I wanted you to know.”

The upcoming album, which would follow 2017’s Melodrama, she explained: «Waiting, the thing that felt so pointless and annoying when I was young, is now this kind of delicious activity. In my opinion, the greatest treat I can give you is work that will last ten, twenty, thirty years. And that kind of work takes time. So if you can, I’d like for you to try tuning in to the time spent waiting for something of the highest quality to arrive.»

«Enjoy the sensation as it builds. When the moment comes, our wave will crest super f—ing high.I can tell you, this new thing, it’s got its own colours now. If you know anything about my work, you’ll know what that means.»

«The work is so f—ing good, my friend,» she concluded. «I am truly jazzed for you to hear it.»

See the email via an Instagram fan below.

Source: Billboard

Stream the ‘One World: Together at Home’ Album


Music fans can relive the all-star One World: Together at Home benefit any time now, as the concert has been released as a streaming album.

The album is available on Amazon, Apple Music and Spotify.

It features all of Saturday night’s televised songs — from Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish, Lizzo and more — plus several hours of performances from earlier in the day, when Adam Lambert, Kesha, Maren Morris with Hozier, Ellie Goulding, Niall Horan and others played live on the Internet. The album includes 79 tracks, which adds up to a total running time of over four hours.

Proceeds from the album’s streams will support the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization, powered by the UN Foundation.

The full eight-hour event, including the two-hour primetime lineup, can also be watched again on YouTube.


Source: Billboard

Selena Gomez Wants a ‘Boyfriend’ on New Track from ‘Rare’ Deluxe Edition


Thursday, Selena Gomez released her Rare Deluxe Album, featuring several new tracks. Gomez’s Rare debuted at Number One on the Rolling Stone 200 album chart upon its release earlier this year.

Gomez’s new tracks include “Boyfriend,” a song she has been teasing since the Rarealbum rollout. The clubby track has Gomez laying out the difference between a want and a need — and right now what she wants is a good guy by her side.

Prior to its official release this week, she made clear that a boyfriend is no longer what she wants as the world deals with the coronavirus pandemic. “We wrote it long before our current crisis, but in the context of today, I want to be clear that a boyfriend is nowhere near the top of my list of priorities,” she wrote on Instagram earlier this week.

Along with “Boyfriend,” the deluxe edition of Rare includes a studio version of “Feel Me,” a song she debuted on her Revival tour. On “Souvenir,” she sings about an overwhelming, bicoastal romance with a blue-eyed paramour who gives her chills and is “better than pills how you put me to sleep.” The song “She” is a modern take on Britney Spears’ “Lucky” with Gomez detailing the life of a young woman who succumbs to bad decisions, unable to fulfill her role as a “Hollywood type.”

Gomez is donating all money from merch available in her official store to two different COVID-19 relief funds. All proceeds from merch related to her song “Dance Again” will go toward MusiCares, while $1 from every purchase of other items in her store will benefit PLUS1 COVID-19 Relief Fund, which works with a variety of nonprofit organizations.


The Weeknd Beats Out 5 Seconds of Summer in Tight Race for Number One

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The Weeknd won a very close race for Number One on the latest Rolling Stone Top 200 Albums chart. His After Hours album earned 146,500 album equivalent units, just enough to squeeze by 5 Seconds of Summer’s Calm, which arrived at Number Two with 144,300 units.

After Hours enjoyed robust sales in its second week on the chart — 48,500 copies — as well as 113.9 million streams. 5 Seconds of Summer out-sold the Weeknd, moving nearly 70,000 copies of Calm. But the Weeknd enjoyed a massive edge in streaming (113.9 million to 21.5 million) and song sales (42,700 to 7,000), and that was enough to keep him at Number One.

The Rolling Stone 200 Albums chart tracks the most popular releases of the week in the United States. Entries are ranked by album units, a number that combines digital and physical album sales, digital song sales, and audio streams using a custom weighting system. The chart does not include passive listening such as terrestrial radio or digital radio. The Rolling Stone 200 Albums chart is updated daily, and each week Rolling Stone finalizes and publishes an official version of the chart, covering the seven-day period ending with the previous Thursday.

Aside from the competition at the top of the chart last week, three other albums debuted in the Top Ten. The leader was Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia, which arrived at Number Four with 46.6 million streams. Pearl Jam debuted at Number Seven with Gigaton; as is often the case with veteran rockers, the majority of the band’s consumption was driven by album sales. The R&B singer PartyNextDoor trailed behind with Partymobile, which arrived at Number Nine thanks mostly to 43.9 million streams.

Selena Gomez Prepping Deluxe Edition of ‘Rare’ With Three Unreleased Tracks

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Selena Gomez performs onstage during the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Nov. 24, 2019 in Los Angeles.

The release will also help raise funds for COVID-19 relief.

Selena Gomez is prepping a deluxe edition of her new Rare album, and it’s coming way sooner than you think. The singer announced on Monday (April 6) that the new version will feature three previously unreleased tracks, «Boyfriend,» «She» and «Souvenir,» which will appear on the beefed-up version due out on Thursday (April 9).

You can pre-save the album here now, as well as donate to the Plus1 COVID-19 Relief Fund, which is providing assistance to musicians and music industry workers affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic, as well as those whose physical and mental health and safety are most at risk from the virus that has infected more than 1.3 million people in 212 countries and killed more than 75,000.

«Many of you know how excited I have been to release a song called ‘Boyfriend,’” the singer, 27, said in a letter to fans about the bonus tracks. “It’s a lighthearted song about falling down and getting back up time and time again in love, but also knowing that you don’t need anyone other than yourself to be happy. We wrote it long before our current crisis, but in the context of today, I want to be clear that a boyfriend is nowhere near the top of my list of priorities. Just like the rest of the world, I’m praying for safety, unity and recovery during this pandemic.”

Because of her concern, Gomez said she’s personally donating to the Plus1 relief fund, as well as $1 from every order of the album on her official store to the fund. The singer earned her third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with Rare, which was released on Jan. 10 via Interscope Records and kicked off with 112,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. for the week ending Jan. 16, according to Nielsen Music.

Gomez appeared on Miley Cyrus’ Bright Minded Instagram series last week, where she discussed her bipolar diagnosis for the first time in a candid chat about mental health.

«Recently, I went to one of the best mental hospitals in… America, McClean Hospital, and I discussed that after years of going through a lot of different things, I realized that I was bipolar,» Gomez told Cyrus. «And so when I got to know more information, it actually helps me. It doesn’t scare me once I know it.»

See Gomez’s announcement below.

Which Forthcoming Dance Music Album Are You Most Excited About? Vote!

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Steve Aoki photographed on April 25, 2018 at The Venetian in Las Vegas.

Projects from Major Lazer, Steve Aoki, Kaskade & more are on the horizon.

Dance music festival season may be on pause, but the scene’s album release schedule is still packed, with new projects en route from big names like Major Lazer and Kaskade and some excellent projects from a few new names too. All of this comes in addition to recent album releases from Four Tet, Nicolas Jaar, Caribou and more.

We want to know: Which soon-to-drop dance music album are you most excited about? Vote below!

What Forthcoming Dance Music Album Are You Most Excited About? Vote!
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Rihanna Jumps Back to Music With Partynextdoor on Grooving ‘Believe It’


Partynextdoor came back with his first album in four years on Friday morning (March 27), Partymobile. But more importantly for fans thirsty for new Rihanna music, he brought along his old friend for the sensual single «Believe It.»

«Best make me believe it/ Best make me believe it/ Believe you won’t deceive me,» the pair sing on the R&B slow burner’s silky smooth chorus. It’s the first new music from Rihanna since the 2017 N.E.R.D. track «Lemon» and it’s a strong relationship breakdown, with the pair playing lovers imploring each other to believe in the power of their connection.

«First you gotta forgive me Let me know everything gon’ be okay/ Even if I come out with everything I did/ Would you still punish me even though I did it a long time ago?/ If so, let me know/ If I propose, would you say no?/ Would you break my heart?/ Would you embarrass me or play your part?» Party sings over the finger-snap beat, warning that if things don’t work out he might not make it.

The song appears on Party’s OVO Sound album and it marks a reunion with Rihanna, for whom he wrote the 2016 single «Work» featuring Drake, who also appears on the Partymobile track «Loyal.» Rihanna hasn’t released a new album since 2016’s Anti and the Navy has been patiently awaiting word on her next full length.

Drake helped stoke those flames this week when playfully trolled Rih when both tuned into DJ Spade’s IG livestream on Wednesday and Drizzy commented, «Rihanna drop R12 right now.»

Listen to «Believe It» below.