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SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK


JAMES BLUNT | UNSTOPPABLE

James Blunt today releases his uplifting new song "Unstoppable," which is taken from his forthcoming greatest hits album, "The Stars Beneath My Feet (2004-2021)," out November 19th on Atlantic Records. The "You’re Beautiful" singer has compiled 17 years of hits for "The Stars Beneath My Feet (2004-2021," featuring his best-loved singles from debut release "Back to Bedlam" through to 2019’s "Once Upon a Mind." James will embark on a nine-date UK arena tour for 2022, which will see him celebrate songs spanning a 17-year career that has spawned over 23 million album sales, a global smash hit with "You're Beautiful," two Brit Awards and two Ivor Novello Awards, as well as receiving five Grammy Award nominations. Amongst the string of hit singles, 'The Stars Beneath My Feet (2004-2021)' will include four new songs ("Love Under Pressure," "Unstoppable," "Adrenaline," & "I Came For Love"), as well as four exclusive live performances from around the world, including the Glastonbury Festival. It also features stunning tracks from his latest Gold-selling album, "Once Upon A Mind," including "Cold" and the heartbreaking ballad for his father, "Monster."


JOHNNY ORLANDO | YOU'RE JUST DRUNK

Following a string of standout singles, international pop artist Johnny Orlando unveils his highly anticipated new track “You’re Just Drunk” and accompanying visuals via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company, and Island Records. “You’re Just Drunk” follows a stellar release streak for Orlando in 2021, including the pop-EDM track “I Don’t (with DVBBS),” the melodic pop smash "Daydream," and the lead single “It’s Alright” from Netflix film, "My Little Pony: A New Generation." Throughout 2021 Orlando has highlighted his ever-evolving artistry and identity as an artist with a significant international presence, and “You’re Just Drunk” continues to set the stage for his forthcoming full project. The accompanying visual for "You're Just Drunk," directed by Iris Kim. The creative for the official video kept an abstract approach in mind, combining an array of hazy, muted colours and quick cuts to emulate the feeling of being at a party that you want to escape from. Upon release, "You're Just Drunk" made its broadcast premiere on MTV Live, MTVU and ViacomCBS Times Square billboard. With high demand from his global fanbase, he recently announced Johnny Orlando: One Night Only in Los Angeles at The Roxy on November 21. Tickets for the LA show are on sale now


NIGHTLY | LOSE MY NUMBER

Nashville-based alt-pop band Nightly is back with brand new music as they released their addictive new single "Lose My Number." The band first performed the song at The Avalon in Los Angeles on October 27th. It was written by Jonathan Capeci, Joey Beretta, Nicholas Sainato, Andrew Stoelzing and Nate Miles and produced by Nightly. "We are so excited for fans to hear 'Lose My Number,'" Nightly shares about the new track. "It's a different energy for our band that we haven't tapped into since our song 'Honest." "Lose My Number" arrives on the heels of their latest singles, "A Million Pretty Pieces," in collaboration with Fleurie and "Lover/Loner." Variance Magazine called the latter "all too relatable," writing, "Despite the shimmering melody, the song's lyrics are reflective of being torn between a state of romance and loneliness, happiness and defeat." With over 300 million streams across their catalogue to date, the band is preparing more new music to share soon. The new songs are the band's first offerings since their recently released "Night, Love You." (alt EP), which featured reimagined and stripped-down tracks from their debut record. Perfectly demonstrating their ability to colour outside of the lines and push themselves creatively, they reworked pop-driven upbeat songs like "so sly" and "summer" into acoustic-driven tracks.


JORDY | SOUTH DAKOTA

Emerging pop singer/songwriter JORDY releases his new track "South Dakota," which will be lifted from his debut album “Mind Games” on November 5th. The 12-track record features the recent singles – “Long Distance, “Tomorrow” ft OSTON, “I Just Wanna Be Loved, “Better In My Head, “Till It Hurts, “and “If He’s In Your Bed." On “South Dakota,” JORDY daydreams about how nice it would be to get out of southern California for a while, trading in the “sea of people always checking their phones” for a place “out in the middle of Minnesota” or “somewhere far away like Indiana.” He mentions how nice it would be to “watch the leaves fall in late October” and be in an environment that is a little less fast-paced. The simple sounds of the acoustic guitar and the upbeat melodies evoke the spirit of the fall season, adding to JORDY’s rustic desires. The accompanying music video features the pop artist out in the woods, breathing in the fresh air and clearing his mind among the trees. As we see the open sky and the verdant leaves, we better understand the appeal of being in these calm places that JORDY describes. In many ways, because of a complete shift in dynamic and musical diversity. “South Dakota” made me stop in my tracks and appreciate his lyrical prowess even more. Writing with Jonny Shorr and Sophie Hintze resulted in a track that is special and tender.


SANDRO CAVAZZA | SHAMELESS

Swedish Sandro Cavazza has long been someone who had such a distinct ID that it is impossible not to know who the pipe belongs to immediately. He has always been faithful to himself and his sound, from great guest appearances on Avicii and Kygo 's songs to his own singles releases and EPs. That has not changed; as he releases his new single "Shameless," Sandro Cavazza temporarily leaves the acoustic guitar to drive the pop songs and instead gives us a piano ballad with incredible empathy and nerve-wracking feeling. Here he opens his heart and tells of a previous love that has now ended. He sings, among other things, "You made me better / You got the best out of me / I was better when I was with you." A powerful message is accompanied by a mood-enhancing string orchestra that touches deeply. With success already reaching his career, Sandro Cavazza has been dominating the scene with his works of wide-ranging styles, which has the power to conquer listeners in their first seconds of reproduction. We draw the conclusion from his works presenting an admirable experience, and their numbers of followers reached, and that has been growing more and more.


CHAZ CARDIGAN | PICTURES

Following his 2020 album "Holograma," alt-pop singer/songwriter Chaz Cardigan found himself burnt out with the stresses of major label success. During the lockdown, he began writing and producing in his childhood bedroom, entering a new era for his shimmering indie-pop. Newly signed to NVAK Collective, Chaz returned this year with “We Look So Good,” and he’s back today with his latest single, “Pictures,” along with an accompanying video. Chaz Cardigan’s latest effort is an indie-pop gem, carried by an upbeat vocal performance, bouncing pop melody, and an irresistible hook. Chaz has already shown off a unique talent for melody, but “Pictures” also injects hints of bittersweet lyricism as he reflects on a relationship breaking down and desperately tries to hold on to what’s left. As Chaz describes, “It’s easy to remember; it’s hard to reframe. When a relationship isn’t working, you go out of your way to ignore all its red flags. You develop these weird ways of not seeing that it isn’t working…because it used to be so great…or was it? Was it ever actually good? Did you just make things look better in hindsight? After releasing his debut album, "I" Chaz put out a series of singles that all ended up on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist—a triumph that soon earned him the distinction of becoming the first artist jointly signed to Capitol Records and Loud Robot (a label from J.J. Abrams production company, Bad Robot).


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