This week in pop music saw energetic releases that previewed new eras of music. Charli XCX released her first solo single of the year, Rosalía returned with a catchy tune and Finneas offered another look at her upcoming LP.
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Charli XCX – “The good guys”
Charli XCX officially launched a new musical era with the catchy pop song “Good Ones”. The singer uses the track as an opportunity to showcase her far-reaching vocal range, swapping the hyperpop heard on her latest album. How i feel now for a more bubblegum pop sound. “The first single from my new chapter embraces all that my life has to offer in the world today – glory, glamor, inner demons and global successes,” Charli said of the track in a statement.
Rosalía, Tokischa – “Linda”
International pop star Rosalía teamed up with Dominican musician Tokischa this week for the irresistible “Linda” collaboration. Inspired by the dembow and flamenco music genres, the rapid lyrical delivery of the two singers is accompanied by an infectious beat on a rhythmic track.
Finneas – “The 90s”
Finneas gave his fans another sneak peek at his upcoming debut album Optimistic this week with the cerebral pop number “The 90s”. The slow-burning tune begins as a tender reflection on internet age celebrity, picking up speed before a full EDM beat hits the bridge.
Camila Cabello – “Million for one”
Camila Cabello’s new film Cinderella debuted on Amazon Prime this week, with the original song “Million To One”. The floating melody shows Cabello’s powerful voice, urging listeners to overcome obstacles to achieve their dreams with unhindered perseverance.
Small mix – “Amour (Sweet Love)”
Pop group Little Mix returned this week to release an uplifting song about self-love. The new track from the now trio “Love (Sweet Love)” details the importance of focusing your energy on pampering yourself on a bloated beat.
LANY – “Ex that I never had”
LA LANY trio continue streak of fading pop hymns with new album gg bb xx. LANY closed the album launch with the scintillating single “Ex I Never Had”, detailing a toxic relationship on a euphoric, rolling beat.
Jhay Cortez, Anuel AA – “Ley Seca”
Reggaeton superstars Jhay Cortez and Anuel AA teamed up this week for the new single “Ley Seca”. Already racking up millions of streams, the laid-back single shows Cortez at his best, finding the perfect medium between an expressive Reggaeton track and a lo-fi pop tune. The song arrives on the Puerto Rican rapper’s long-awaited album Timelezz, which sees collaborations with people like Myke Towers and Skrillex.
Priya Ragu – “Lock”
Trailblazer Priya Ragu draws inspiration from her Sri Lankan roots and 90s R&B love for her captivating debut mixtape Damnshestamil. The project includes her scintillating single “Lockdown”, which was written at a time when she felt isolated from those around her. “It is the purest and most sacred work I have ever published in the world,” Ragu says of his mixtape. “I carried it with me for a very long time until I found a way to translate it into these songs.
Sofi Tukker – “The sun has risen”
starring Chicago house producer John Summit “We did this song when we were in quarantine, dreaming of the sun coming up, so to speak.” We dreamed of dancing with people again. It’s about being together, in the dark and in the sun. And to be able to recall that experience over and over again in our imaginations and memories. “
Baby Queen – “Fake Believe”
Baby Queen musician perfected her anti-pop star status with her first mixtape The Directory. The mixtape track “Fake Believe” plays on the project’s coming-of-age theme, drawing on Baby Queen’s finely tuned songwriting skills while creating a cerebral yet catchy tune.
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