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SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK


KEITH URBAN | WILD HEART

Keith Urban has returned with a catchy new single, ‘Wild Hearts,’ marking his first solo release of the year thus far. The uplifting track with pop and rock elements that the country superstar co-produced with Mitch Furr. Urban wrote the Hit Red/Capitol Nashville track with three fellow artists, Eric Paslay, Brad Tursi of Old Dominion, and Jennifer Wayne from Runaway June. The song follows Urban’s “One Too Many,” featuring P!nk, which recently became his 43rd Top 10 hit on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. This week, he climbed into the Top 40 of that countdown as the guest artist on Breland’s “Throw It Back." ‘Wild Hearts’ comes as Urban’s first chunk of solo material for 2021, following the release of his 11th album, ‘The Speed Of Now Part 1’, last September. Urban, who is on the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone Australia, is set to resume his Las Vegas residency in September at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.


CXLOE | SOFT ROCK

Sydney singer CXLOE has released another dark pop cut inspired by heartbreak and the songs that help heal, titled "Soft Rock." “This song is dedicated to my 15yr old self. Heartbroken, crying over an a$$hole, listening to Blink-182 thinking I was hard,” CXLOE said of her new single ‘Soft Rock,’ adding that it channels “Kelly Clarkson, side fringes, iPods, low rise jeans and Paramore.” Written in Los Angeles in 2019, ‘Soft Rock’ predates the pop-punk moment currently happening in the mainstream, but its palm-muted guitars and emo sincerity fit snugly into the movement. The track follows May’s "Cry & Drive," which was a heartfelt ode to her late grandmother. She released her debut EP ‘Heavy, Pt. 1’ in 2020 but didn’t tour it until May of this year. She was unable to complete the run of shows due to COVID-19 border restrictions.


LIVINGSTON | MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE

Last year, Drake Livingston was an average teenager chasing a dream and trying to find his place in the world. The 18-year-old singer-songwriter is an up-and-coming pop star known by his last name. Now, Elektra Records singer Livingston has debuted his new single “Message In A Bottle," which is fresh off the release of his EP, "An Unlikely Origin Story." Livingston elaborated on the single, adding, “There are times when I waste so much potential thinking about what could have been – what I could have changed, what I would have said differently. I wanted to write a song about what it would feel like to let that go – to say one statement of closure and make peace with the change.” Last year, the self-taught singer, songwriter, producer, and engineer shared his debut EP Lighthouse, praised as “uplifting and inspiring” by PopularTV and earning Livingston the title of “pop star in the making."


DYLAN | NINETEEN

Rising pop newcomer Dylan unveils her brilliant new single “Nineteen, “which is the first since her EP "Red" which was released last year. she says: “Nineteen’ is a nostalgic song about youth, love, and heartbreak. It’s just about being young, and the summer of [being] 19 was so superior to every other summer because I had no responsibilities, and no school, and no reason to be anywhere.” While a lot of new music coming out these days has understandably been influenced by the pandemic, Dylan's new track is actually reflective of the year before the world turned upside down, 2019, the year she turned 19. It's a three-and-a-half-minute dose of escapism, reminiscent of carefree joy, wide-eyed days of youth, and blissful summer life. Following support from the likes of "The Sunday Times," "Notion," "Dork," and "London in Stereo" among others for her early EPs, "Nineteen" precedes a hugely exciting second half of 2021 for the singer, which has already seen her support "Yungblud at the O2 Kentish Town Forum" on Sunday just gone.


SURFACES & TAI VERDES | SHEESH!

Multi-platinum-selling duo Surfaces release their latest single, "Sheesh!" featuring Tai Verdes via 10k Projects/Universal Music. The impossibly catchy song is also accompanied by a new visualizer and a live performance video featuring Tai, filmed at Lollapalooza. The release comes ahead of their 2021 "Good 2 Be Back Tour", kicking off September 8 in Phoenix, AZ. Produced by Live Nation, the 21-date tour will hit San Diego, Boston, New York and more, before wrapping up in Madison, WI, at The Sylvee on November 18th. The tour will include special guests Verzache, Khai dreams, and Public Library Commute. In June, the duo released their fourth studio album, "Pacifico," via 10K Projects. The project arrived after the success of their singles, "Wave of You," "Next Thing (Loverboy)," and "So Far Away." "Wave of You" continues to rake in massive streaming numbers, with over 34 million global streams to date. The track marked the duo's biggest solo debut of their career and has been met with overwhelming support.


LYN LAPID | IN MY MIND

Lyn Lapid is back with a brand new single titled “In My Mind,” which was first teased on TikTok last week, which garnered over three million views in just a few days, with her fans lovingly dubbing the song the “quiet kids song.” Lapid’s soothing vocals seamlessly blend with the airy notes of the guitar as she sings the first verse: “Quiet as the city air on a summer night after it rains/Faster than a bolt of lightning, the speed of a Japanese bullet train.” Moving onto the chorus, the artist demonstrates her soulfulness: “People/Say I’m/Quiet/Most of the time/If only you knew what goes on in my/Mind (if only you knew).” “In My Mind” hinges on a jazzy groove as Lyn adopts a fittingly smoky delivery. Her voice wraps around airy guitar, and a steady beat as it builds towards a swooning refrain, and Lyn’s dynamic vocals and sharp songwriting instantly enchant listeners.