SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK
DARIN | HOLDING ME MORE
Swedish pop superstar Darin has dropped his new track entitled "Holding Me More," a co-written ballad by Darin and Jamie Hartman, who helped the singer pen his recent hit "Can’t Stay Away." The song is in the same style and genre as some of his biggest Swedish-language hits in recent years. “This is definitely one of the most emotional songs I’ve ever sung,” he says of the single. “While I think anyone who has ever experienced heartbreak can probably relate to this song in one way or another, I feel that it hits different depending on how you’re feeling at any given time. “There is a real bittersweet complexity to it, where the tenderness of reconciliation and nostalgia sits side-by-side with the pain of not being sure if you’ll ever be able to trust that person completely again.” He adds: “I’ve really enjoyed writing with the incredibly talented Jamie Hartman on this one, and I can’t wait for you to hear more from our sessions. The singer-songwriter admitted that the recent global events gave him “a lot of time to think about things, and that made me open up to this new style that I have.”
PEACH PRC | CHRISTMAS KINDA SUCKS
Adelaide pop artist Peach PRC (aka Shaylee Curnow) dropped a holiday-themed track titled 'Christmas Kinda Sucks." As for the song, fans can expect more energetic indie-pop that earned Curnow her breakout earlier in the year. The track is driven by hazy, effects-drenched guitars and thumping synth bass, with Curnow’s autotune-flourished vocals soaring over the mix. As its title implies, ‘Christmas Kinda Sucks’ eschews the typically nostalgic and romantic fare associated with Christmas music, as Curnow sings: “This tree looks kinda high, then again so do I / Can’t smoke up a mistletoe, but damn I tried / I hate this winter theme, it’s 38 degrees / A bump’s the only snow I’ll ever see.” The new release pre-empts her forthcoming single ‘Heavy,’ which will land on November 5 via Republic / Universal. The track comes as Curnow’s fifth Peach PRC release for 2021, following the singles ‘Josh’ and ‘Symptomatic’ – released in February and June, respectively – and acoustic versions of both. She chose her stage name due to her love of pink, as a homage to Princess Peach, using the title while performing as a stripper. An abbreviation for porcelain, she began using the suffix PRC on TikTok due to not wanting to type out the entire word.
WALKER HAYES | U GURL
The viral hitmaker Walker Hayes shared his new track “U Gurl,” which is inspired by his wife Laney, who’ve been together for 17 years, and co-written by Hayes alongside Dylan Guthro and Jodi Guthro, “U Gurl” finds the Alabama native singing about the feeling he gets each time he looks at his wife. “With ‘U Gurl,’ we wanted to capture that feeling when you look at your significant other, and you just can’t take your eyes off them, yet freshly,” Hayes said in a press release. “I get that feeling every day when I look at my wife.” “U Gurl” follows Hayes’ viral hit “Fancy Like,” which took TikTok by storm with the dance as well as put the Oreo Milkshake back on the Applebee’s menu, not to mention also appears in an Applebee’s commercial. Additionally, Hayes’ recently made his awards show debut at CMT’s Artists Of The Year ceremony. He performed “Fancy Like” and got some of the event’s star-studded guests up and dancing, including Kane Brown, Gabby Barrett and more. In the meantime, “Fancy Like” is racing up the charts. It’s topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and currently sits inside the top five on country radio and at #3 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100.
DEAN LEWIS | LOOK LIKE ME
Dean Lewis has always put so much emotion in his music that it can be felt in every word he sings. He packs so much vulnerability into all of his songs and is no exception with his new single “Falling Up." Sometimes, we can’t help but wonder if we’d be so much happier in life if we were in a different position. This thought process was the foundation of “Falling Up.” Dean spilled, “I always thought I would be happy when I finished school or when I passed an exam, or I got a job or a promotion or if I went travelling and then I was like – ‘ooh, now I have a record deal, what if I have a big song? Then, I had a big song, and I was on the road for three years, and when I stopped, I realized it had all passed me by, and I was less present and more anxious and stressed than ever. I looked back on my life and at all of these points along the way, and I realized that I’ve never felt any better; it’s always been onto the next thing, always moving.” the Australian singer/songwriter saw worldwide success with the release of "A Place We Know." The album debuted at #18 on the Billboard 200 chart and has received a Gold RIAA Certification. The lead single “Be Alright” has accumulated over 4.8 billion global streams and went 2x Platinum in the United States.
ABBY ANDERSON | BAD POSTURE
Abby Anderson is out with a new single entitled "Bad Posture," which serves as the first song from her new album in early 2022 via Stem. The singer-songwriter says she realized she wasn’t her most authentic self with the image she was projecting, so she listened to her heart and made some changes. Those changes shined through in the music she created and are reflected in a new track, “Bad Posture." With the release of her debut EP I'M GOOD in 2018, Abby Anderson was named MusicRow Magazine's 2019 Next Big Things and Sounds Like Nashville's 2019 Country Artists to Watch List, as well as her national television debut on NBC's "TODAY Show." Written with Anna Vaus and produced by Marshall Altman, “Bad Posture” showcases Anderson’s appreciation for the experiences and early life lessons that have helped her recognize and accept happiness. It also embraces her past and present with a sound that fully captures who she is as an artist, songwriter and woman who isn’t afraid to stand up tall and say what she stands for. Along with her album news, Anderson is also celebrating on the personal front, having wed her fiancé Tyler Graham at Saddle Woods Farm in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, earlier this month in a ceremony surrounded by family.
CHARLOTTE CARDIN | SCORPIO SEASON
Canadian singer and songwriter from Montreal, Quebec Charlotte Cardin unveiled a brand new song, "Scorpio Season," the first single from the deluxe edition of her album "Phoenix." The debut album was released back in April, and the deluxe edition comprises 20-track, featuring previously 13 songs and 7-track including five new songs. The new electro-pop track was co-written and directed by Stint and Jason Brando. "It is a period of mystery, intensity, emotion. It's the most sensual and confusing time of the year. As each end announces a rebirth, this song deals with the fatalities that no one escapes during the Scorpion season." explains Charlotte Cardin in a press release. She wrote 50 demos for the debut album. The deluxe version features B-sides initially registered with the rest of “Phoenix.” She said, “We wrote about fifty demos for the initial Phoenix album. Out of the batch, we picked thirteen to tell the story we wanted to tell with this first record. As much as we loved the other tracks, we couldn't fit all of them on there. But ever since we released the album, the response has been so positive that I wanted to give back to my ever-so-supportive fans by extending the Phoenix era a little longer. I went back to those first demos that I loved and chose to work on those particularly special to me for this release. I hope they will be special to you as well.”