SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK
G-EAZY | BREAKDOWN (FEAT. DEMI LOVATO)
G-Eazy released his newest single "Breakdown," featuring Demi Lovato with an accompanying music video. This track will be featured on G-Eazy's highly anticipated album "These Things Happen Too" set to be released on Sept. 24. The track sees both stars confront their demons, with G-Eazy rapping about the pressure and scrutiny that comes from being in the spotlight. The music video was directed by G-Eazy’s frequent collaborator, Daniel CZ. In it, the rapper and Lovato face the various media headlines they’ve made over the years, including Lovato’s 2018 drug overdose and G-Eazy’s arrest and assault charges that same year. "This is one of my favorite songs off the album, it's a real deep record about being human and what comes with it. We've all been through breakdowns," G-Eazy said in an Instagram video. The rapper's upcoming album, "These Things Happen Too," is a sequel to his 2014 album "These Things Happen." This is his first album release since 2017's "The Beautiful & Damned," inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel with the same title.
LIL NAS X | THAT'S WHAT I WANT
After two years of hype and social media brilliance, Lil Nas X finally released his debut album, "Montero." The record features a tasteful selection of collaborators from Megan Thee Stallion, Elton John, and Miley Cyrus, to Jack Harlow and Doja Cat. One of the stand out tracks is one called "That's What I Want" which is a yearning pop-rock song and clear successor to “Hey Ya!” with a similar call-and-response hook that instantly and regrettably brings T-shirt launchers to mind. The steamy, drama-filled video for the rocking single Lil Nas burns into the atmosphere in a fiery crash as fans at a high school football game who, of course, have the name of the album painted on their chests -- look up to the skies while No. 55 lands mid-field and is taken off with a re-entry knee injury. t's a fittingly high drama visual for an album that has already given us some other iconic videos for "Industry Baby" and "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)." Lil Nas X’s infectious self-confidence and captivating artistry have carried him far and his career is it seems as this is just beginning.
MAJID JORDAN | SIMMMER RAIN
R&B duo Majid Jordan drop their new song “Summer Rain,” a romantic, new wave-inflected single and nostalgic video via OVO SOUND. Before the new offering, the two already steadily built momentum with their previous singles “Been Through That” and “Waves of Blue,” two emotional singles Majid Jordan dropped earlier this year. The duo’s producer Jordan Ullman and Stephen Kozmeniuk worked together on the superbly created ’80s backbeat suited for the vocalist Majid Al-Maskati’s story about how a stiff love hold pins him down. Majid Jordan made sure to give a bit of detail about what the song means to them, as they aim to deliver a vibe that listeners can use to transport to bliss. “Summer Rain is the moment that hits and clears your mind of anything else,” they say about the song via press release. “We want people to escape to the track.” Earlier this year, Majid Jordan shared two tracks, including “Been Through That” and “Waves of Blue.” These two songs, along with “Summer Rain,” lead up to a new project from the OVO Sound duo. Their last project, The Space Between, came out in October 2017.
ASHLEY KUTCHER | FAKE BITCHES
Rising pop singer/songwriter Ashley Kutcher unleashes her explosive new single “Fake Bitches” via Interscope Records. The 22-year-old artist holds nothing back the track, using her soaring vocal melodies to tear into fakes, flakes, and haters. “The idea for this song came about after talking about my transition from nursing to signing a record deal,” says Ashley on the creation of ‘Fake Bitches’. “While it’s an exciting stage of my life, I have also received a lot of unwanted “feedback” from people around me. This made me realize that as I’ve gotten older, I only have a couple of real friends that truly have my back. I wanted to make a fun song that people can relate to when it comes to knowing who the real people in your life are, and of course, knowing who’s definitely not.” “Fake Bitches” arrives amid a productive streak for Kutcher. She recently shared the sentimental single “Favorite What If” and the softly cinematic “If I Could,” the latter of which has gathered nearly 2 million Spotify streams since its April release. This recent run follows Kutcher’s breakout debut song, “Love YouFrom A Distance,” which has amassed over 36M combined streams across platforms.
RYAN WRIGHT | U WERE NEVER MINE
Ryan Wright has released an exciting new single "U Were Never Mine" which is a synth-pop single. It touches on being ghosted by someone you're into, and the unexpected devastation that comes from having a relationship collapse before it even begins. Virginia-based singer-songwriter Ryan Wright creates songs that don't make sense on paper--an ethereal, haunting voice singing angsty lyrics over confectionary, synth-driven hooks and yet the results are at once timeless and timely. Lyrically, the track is unapologetically a little melodramatic as we probably are all guilty of moments like this, “I knew intellectually that my distress over the whole thing was probably silly but also knew I couldn’t help the way I was feeling," Wright says. "Being able to transform this painful situation into something strange and beautiful—elevating it into art—made everything I was feeling easier to process. Wright was born in the suburbs of Northern Virginia in 2002. She began writing songs and performing live alongside her singer/songwriter dad at the age of 11. By the time she was a teenager, she was working in the studio and on stage alongside some of her biggest musical influences.
YLONA GRACIA | DON'T GO CHANGING
Ylona Garcia has released the new single, ‘Don’t Go Changing’ that transports us to a heartfelt ballad gradually peeling off her vulnerable layers. This is her sophomore track under 88rising, and is also part of the music label’s latest compilation album “Head in the Clouds III.” For this track, she’s worked with Jonas Jeberg and Marcus Lomax, known collaborators of Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus, respectively. In the music video, the Filipino-Australian singer-songwriter walks aimlessly around her apartment one hand on her head, the other holding a few packs of famous Filipino snacks. Mulling over what seems to be an upcoming wave of change, Ylona mixes her soulful vocal treatment and powerful belting skills (I mean, the way she sang “don’t go changing,” brought us to different places) to unveil her brand of R&B. Torn between brawling with her fear and just accepting it, “Don’t Go Changing” ultimately feels both like a slow dance go-to and a song to scream to. This is the first out of three music videos of the label’s visual album to be released in tandem with the record, made in partnership with Samsung and R/GA. South Korean R&B singer BIBI will kick off its next installment.