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SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK


JC STEWART | DON'T SAY YOU LOVE ME

JC Stewart is back with his brand new single "Don’t Say You Love Me, " the first song to preview his eagerly anticipated second EP this autumn. ‘Don’t Say You Love Me’ is already established as a firm fan favourite after being the opening song in JC’s live show for several years – and one listens precisely why he always chose to introduce himself to new audiences with the song. It brings everything that makes him an absolute rising star into one three-minute pop package. It simmers with drama as it escalates from introspective singer-songwriter verses before erupting into an immediately memorable hook. JC says JC Stewart wrote “Don’t Say You Love Me” with Sam Merrifield (Mimi Webb) and the song’s producer Nathaniel ‘Detonate’ Ledwidge. It was subsequently completed with mixing from the Grammy-nominated Matty Green. Emerging from Northern Ireland, JC Stewart possesses all the traits needed to become a globally recognized artist. His music is powered by a voice as real and powerful as the heartfelt emotions he explores. Yet while his talent is remarkable, his personality is relatable.


SCOTTY SIRE | MOOD SWINGS

Musician, entrepreneur and digital creator Scotty Sire premieres "Mood Swings” his first single release with Fearless Records. On "Mood Swings," Sire details the whole rollercoaster of emotions one feels throughout life and how they can change drastically in an instant. Scotty Sire's studio album What’s Going On was released in September 2019 and was followed by a 30-city headline tour in partnership with Live Nation. His fingerprint-distinct blend of alternative pop and hip-hop has a sense of humour while unexpectedly ironic and reflective. Scotty's music understands and explores the angst, social anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues prevalent in today's young adult culture. The 29-year-old has garnered more than 135 million Spotify streams to date and amassed more than 390M+ YouTube views. He has treaded the transition from a YouTube creator to a musician with alternative pop and hip-hop songs inflected with his darkly ironic sense of humour.


GIVEON | FOR TONIGHT

After being featured alongside some of the world’s biggest stars in less than a year, Givēon returned today with his first new solo material of 2021. The emotional ballad “For Tonight” finds the Long Beach crooner in his bag as he yearns for his lover, with a full, ethereal video directed by Sophia Nahli Allison to match. Givēon announced the single in a social media teaser on Monday; a press release says it’ll appear on his debut album later this year. The Sevn Thomas-produced “For Tonight” is Givēon’s debut solo release of 2021; the R&B powerhouse has consistently dominated. He was featured on Justin Bieber’s “Peaches,” the No. 1 song in the country in March, giving both Givēon and Daniel Caesar their first No. 1 and one of the stronger contenders for song of the summer. Givēon​​​​​​​ is additionally gearing up to embark on his Timeless Tour, a 14-city run that will kick off in Detroit on Nov. 28. The tour announcement came after he and Bieber won the award for Best Pop for “Peaches” at the MTV VMAs, with Bieber using his acceptance speech to give a quick shout-out to the singer.


JORDY | IF HE'S IN YOUR BED

Pop artist JORDY has released his new single entitled "If He's In Your Bed," which is filled with anecdotes about cancelling plans and wasting time and money on the wrong people, the track sends some serious advice on protecting yourself from guys who could not care less. Over a lighthearted pop beat, JORDY sings, “Stop making messes just to hide in messes” and “Don’t send that message ’cause you’re bored with nothing better to do,” knowing that all of it will lead to even more issues later. The video for the track is a cute take on 80s poolside music videos, filled with bright colours and a playful storyline that go well with the catchy melodies. We see JORDY being a bit extra, trying to catch the attention of a lifeguard on duty. As much as this lifeguard tries to avoid interacting with JORDY, he ultimately has to jump into the pool and rescue JORDY from drowning. JORDY shares about the track, “I missed my friend’s beach party to hang out with a stupid boy who didn’t deserve my time. We all have ‘weak’ moments, the spontaneous urge to be held, to be touched. But when it starts to interfere with the things that make you the most happy, you begin to realize that maybe changes are necessary.


SANTANA | WHITER SHADE OF PALE

Carlos Santana has released the third single from his upcoming album "Blessings and Miracles," a soulful cover of Procol Harum’s "Whiter Shade of Pale," He teams up with fellow electric guitar icon Steve Winwood. Santana recalled how back in 2017, he and Winwood were sharing a bill at a concert at London’s Hyde Park and suggested they record the song: "I said, 'You and I have to do it, but we’re going to do it very sexy, like a Hare Krishna but with congas.' I played the components in his ear, and he said, 'I hear it, Carlos. You're right.' So that's what we did — it’s Santana, Cuban, Puerto Rican in an African way. And man, you talk about sex. Steve’s voice is so sexy and beautiful." "Whiter Shade of Pale" joins the previously released "Move," which marked the first time Santana had teamed up with singer Rob Thomas since the pair released their monumental megahit "Smooth" in 1999. Many notable collaborators appeared on "Blessings and Miracles," with Kirk Hammett, Chris Stapleton, Rick Rubin, Diane Warren, Corey Glover, Ally Brooke, Narada Michael Walden and the late Chick Corea, all confirmed to be making an appearance on the album.


JANA KARMA | VOICES

ACM Award-winning singer Jana Kramer has released her new single “Voices.” The song, written by good friend Sara Brice & Deleah Shane and produced by Bruce Wiegner, marks the first release from the singer and actress in more than a year. The independent release speaks to the inner struggle often felt when dealing with self-doubt and insecurities. Speaking to feeling less than and not enough, “Voices” later provides a message of hope and strength. "This song was really important for me and helped me a lot through my divorce because obviously during that time, all I heard was the negative voices; that I wasn't lovable, I wasn't enough, I wasn't worthy, that I was broken," says Kramer, 37. "And this song was something that helped me get out of that and to believe that I am worthy, I'm not broken, I do deserve love." Since her divorce, Kramer has been linked with former NFL quarterback Jay Cutler — and the pair were spotted together at a bar opening in Tennessee earlier this month. Last week, Kramer attended the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas and planned to keep her next relationship on the down-low.