SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK
DIONNE WARWICK | NOTHING'S IMPOSSIBLE (FEATURING CHANCE THE RAPPER)
Dionne Warwick and Chance the Rapper have delivered their collaborative cut, “Nothing’s Impossible.” The seemingly unlikely collaboration was the result of a connection the two artists made after the R&B legend tweeted about Chance the Rapper’s name back in December saying, “Hi, @chancetherapper,” she wrote on Twitter on Dec. 5. “If you are very obviously a rapper why did you put it in your stage name? I cannot stop thinking about this.” “Nothing’s Impossible” carries the overarching themes of strength and perseverance. The track begins with soulful and uplifting vocals from Warwick before Chance matches her energy with a silky smooth verse of his own. “Nothing’s Impossible” was co-produced and composed by Dionne Warwick’s son Damon Elliott and Chance The Rapper’s collaborators Smoko Ono and Peter Cottontale. The song will raise money for Chance’s SocialWorks nonprofit and Warwick’s Hunger: Not Impossible charity.
KILLBOY | JUST SAY IT
Alt-pop-punk princess KILLBOY’s newest single “Just Say It” introduces you into their unique soundscape. She has been releasing a steady stream of music all year long, with her most recent single being "Space“ and "I F*ck Up Everything." Relatable. KILLBOY is a Mexican-American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, engineer, music video director, and visual artist, among many other titles. She originally gained recognition back in December 2019 with her bedroom-produced single “WHEREDAFUCC” and has been growing exponentially ever since. The melody contrasts KILLBOY’s somewhat sad, mellow tone of voice. These two factors really help push the emotions of this song to the forefront and allow you to feel them, and the song’s message, on a much more personal level. It’s clear to see that KILLBOY is not stopping anytime soon. With a consistent release of new music, many upcoming shows being planned, and so much more in store, we will be seeing a lot more of her in the future.
NICKY ROMERO | WHY DO I CALL
The Dutch producer Nicky Romero has demonstrated his relentless versatility once again, with his emotional new dance-pop record entitled "Why Do I Call" via Virgin Records / Republic / Universal Music. The song plays to anyone who has chased the past, adding a rhythmic dance twist to an otherwise radio-friendly track. Nicky Romero began his partnership with Virgin/Universal and forayed into the softer side of the electronic dance music spectrum just last year after also launching his underground side-project Monocule while heading up his imprint Protocol Recordings, so we can’t wait to see what he comes up with next. “Why Do I Call” also follows up his recent remix of John Dahlbäck’s classic hit “Pyramid” and his acid house-infused anthem “Acid is my DNA”. Stirring tracks like this one are no longer unusual for Nicky, expanding his musical horizons beyond the progressive and electro house club anthems. In recent years, he has also found great success with down-tempo releases, with this new release joining other unique productions, such as “Okay”, “Nights With You” and “Stay”.
JULIE BERGAN | SECOND HAND LOVE (FEATURING RUBEN)
Norwegian singer-songwriters Julie Bergan and Ruben teamed up to release a duet version of “Second Hand Love” which the original version of the song is included on her debut album “Turn On the Lights” released in 2018. Bergan got a real surprise when she was in the program HAIK was surprised by Ruben Markussen who did a cover of "Second Hand Love." So surprised that she immediately went into the studio with Ruben to record a beautiful duet. The result of this collaboration and the single is heartbreaking as the acoustic piano in combination with their razor-sharp voices creates goosebumps time and time again. Both strong advocates for LGBTQ issues make the song even stronger as a call to love beyond gender. Something that becomes clear when the singers change pronouns in their verses to suit the person they are singing to. Julie Bergan broke through in her native Norway in 2016 with "Arigato" peaking at number one. Bergans major-label debut album "Turn on the Light" was released in 2018.
IVY ADARA | WANT WHAT I CAN'T HAVE
Ivy Adara offers releases clever and catchy confessions magnified by expansive pop soundscapes with her new single“Want What I Can’t Have.” Ivy’s raw, dreamy vocals chase a vintage acoustic guitar that provides an organic canvas to tell the story of a girl who’s brave enough to face her demons in order to find herself again. Wrapped in a warm, driving rhythm, the lyrics make you want to dance and cry at the same time. Ivy had the concept for the track floating around her head for months and was continuously mapping out in her mind the best possible way to tell the story, eventually giving us a classic rock song with a modern, minimalistic twist. The budding talent wrote her first song at seven-years-old and simply never stopped writing since, leaving her discography’s total streams exceeding 200 million on Spotify alone. It is no surprise that ivy is becoming an in-demand talent behind-the-scenes and is definitely an artist to look out for!
CATIE TURNER | GOD MUST HATE ME
Catie Turner has released her most vulnerable yet entitled "God Must Hate Me" which she teased the track on her TikTok and the video quickly reached over a million views within 24 hours of posting. “God Must Hate Me” follows the singer’s recently released duet with Los Angeles-based artist JORDY, known for his single, “(Wish I Didn’t Have To) Lie.” Turner co-wrote the song alongside JORDY, and their dual efforts paid off by landing the pair on the cover of Spotify’s Sad Hour playlist. She recently performed the duet with JORDY at The Troubadour Music Center and completed a couple of sets at both LA’s Roxy Theatre and New York’s Bowery Ballroom opening for Faouzia. Catie Turner first rose to prominence when she featured in Season 16 of the popular singing competition television series American Idol as a fan favourite contestant in 2018. She later went viral when her original song, “Prom Queen,” was featured in the trailer for the documentary "The Beautiful World of Jeffree Star," which holds over 14 million views on YouTube.