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SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK


WESTLIFE | HERO

Westlife has released their brand new single, My Hero, following their powerful performance on Pride of Britain Awards on ITV. "My Hero," a soul-stirring new ballad from Westlife’s upcoming album "Wild Dreams," was played to more than five million viewers during the inspirational finale of the iconic event. “My Hero has such beautiful lyrics. It is a powerful, heartfelt song that has such a strong meaning for all of us. The single reminds us of the heroics people have shown over the last 18 months, and it also reflects on our own loved ones who so often have been our own personal heroes,” said the band. The song was co-written by Ed Sheeran and Steve Mac and has an uplifting new music video, which sees the band together in the studio performing a classic acoustic version of the track, has also been released. The release of ‘My Hero’ follows Westlife’s return to music last month by announcing a highly-anticipated new album and a 2022 stadiums and arena tour. The Wild Dreams will be the first time they have performed at the UK and Ireland’s most prominent arenas before the pandemic and their record-breaking 2019 reunion tour, which saw the band play to more than 600,000 fans.


MADISON WATKINS | SOMEDAY

Madison Watkins is a singer/songwriter and was recently a finalist on season 19 of the hit singing competition show “American Idol.” Watkins made her industry debut on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in 2016 and has since been independently releasing her original music, including her latest powerful new track, Someday. Watkins has opened for numerous globally renowned artists, including Elle King, Gwen Stefani and Jason Derulo. She also had the honour of performing with Tori Kelly during her time on “American Idol.” Recently Watkins' song "Blinded," which continues to climb on all streaming platforms, was featured on CBS’s “Love Island USA. In 2020, Watkins partnered with famous haircare brand Aussie on a social media campaign, and in turn, the brand licensed her song Curls. The #CurlMagic TikTok campaign generated over 1.7 billion views. Watkins boasts an impressive social following and has collaborated with leading brands such as Netflix, Puma and Bose, among others. Watkins is a Fayetteville, Arkansas native and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.



CIAN DUCROT | HELLO GORGEOUS

Fresh from his debut sold-out headline show at Colours Hoxton, London, and his first headlining date in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland, Cian Ducrot announces his brand new EP "Make Believe" due for release on December 12th via Darkroom/Interscope, Polydor UK. The announcement is accompanied by releasing his new single ‘Hello Gorgeous,’ one of Cian’s most personal songs. Inspired by real-life experiences, the powerfully emotional song beautifully demonstrates Ducrot’s masterful songwriting talents. It puts both his awe-inspiring classical music training and captivating pop sensibility in the spotlight. Since his debut single, ‘Not Usually Like This,’ which has been streamed more than 4.1 million times on Spotify, Cian continues to harvest tastemaker support. Tipped by Jack Saunders as one of three artists to watch in 2021 on Notion and as ‘a phenomenal songwriter’ on BBC Radio 1, he has also gathered support from the likes of CLASH (‘something to treasure’), 1883, The Independent, Official Charts, Pop Justice, MTV UK and was labelled as ‘on the brink of great things by the Daily Star. In parallel, Cian has built a 650k-strong audience on TikTok. With live shows back under his belt, and his first EP on Darkroom/Interscope Records, Polydor UK on the way, Cian Ducrot continues to build towards his much-anticipated breakout year.


GABBY BARRETT | PICK ME UP

Gabby Barrett eases into a new musical chapter with “Pick Me Up,” her newly released back-roads anthem about the kind of love that makes everything right in the world. "Pick Me Up” is one of four new tracks added to the extended version of her Gold-selling debut album, "Goldmine (Deluxe)," out November 19. Penned by Gabby, Ross Copperman, and Jon Nite, this backroad ballad has a clever double meaning, as it refers to the subject of the song literally picking the singer up in their truck and picking her up in terms of mood. The track has the contemporary country sound we’ve come to expect from Barrett, with a bit of electric guitar toward the end. The new tracks on "Goldmine (Deluxe)" include “Pick Me Up,” “Never Get It Back,” a cover of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” – previously released as an exclusive Amazon Original – and “The Good Ones (Wedding Version).” The latter was inspired due to an overwhelming request from her fans on social media for a stripped-down rendition of her chart-topping single to use at weddings. Barrett is the most-nominated female artist at the upcoming 55th Annual CMA Awards and is up for four nods, including Song of the Year and Single of the Year for “The Good Ones,” Female Artist of the Year, and New Artist of the Year.


JAKE MILLER | THE OPPOSITE

In June, global superstar Jake Miller, American singer-songwriter Jake Miller released his fourth studio album, “Silver Lining II,” for the first time in three years. He released a pop-punk single “I Forgot About You” in September, following the album. Now, he reveals his brand new stunning pop-rock single “The Opposite“ Earlier this year, Miller released his massive 21-song album Silver Lining II, the follow-up to his 2018 Silver Lining LP, which showcases Miller’s redefined “pop trap” sound backed by a fresh new set of notable producers and songwriters. He also completed his 33-date headline US tour that hit major markets across the US. Jake shares, “This song was so much fun to make. It has the perfect blend of so many different genres and sounds. I’m so excited to play this one live!” Jake Miller has amassed a diehard 3.5+ million social fan following dubbed “The Millertary,” clocked 275 million cumulative streams, shared the stage with the likes of Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, and Fifth Harmony embarked on ten headlining nationwide tours and has garnered the endorsement of People Magazine, Billboard, MTV, Teen VOGUE, Forbes, Cosmopolitan, and so many more along the way. At the height of the pandemic, Jake took TikTok by storm by accumulating more than 850K followers, 50 million views, and more than 10 million likes on his viral “Quarantunes.”


AIDEN MARTIN | EASY

Returning with his second single following his major-label debut with Warner Music Germany, Aidan Martin delivers a gripping, self-reflective ballad, tackling the subject of falling in love with the wrong person in “Easy.” Exploring the nuances of making the wrong choices in love, despite knowing better, Martin again delivers a compelling musical statement, confirming his status as one of the most promising new artists to emerge from the British music scene in recent years. “Easy” was co-written by multi-platinum songwriters Neil Ormandy (James Arthur, Lukas Graham, Alesso), Wayne Hector (Nicki Minaj, One Direction, Jess Glynne) and produced by Ollie Green (Freya Rydings, Gavin James, Sody). Paired with a music video featuring Martin in a moment of deep heartbreak, he delivers a stunning performance interlaced with surrealist elements of rainfall and gusting winds, mirroring these tumultuous emotions. Aidan’s previous single “Good Things Take Time” has been streamed by fans in the millions, and is currently playlisted across German regional radio stations and made its German television debut in the popular late-night TV show, ‘Ina’ Nacht,’ a program known for finding and supporting groundbreaking international artists early in their careers.



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