SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK
ISAAC DUNBAR | CELEBRATE
Pride Month may officially be done, but bedroom pop heartthrob Isaac Dunbar Isaac isn't satisfied with the party ending. He has released a new song titled "Celebrate," in which he distills the exaltation into a song. The rising singer-songwriter declares that we ought to choose to celebrate each day, even if we don't feel like we have much to celebrate. He certainly makes it easy to indulge with the track's infectious '80s-style synths, mixed with heart-pounding drums and his ethereal vocals. "Celebrate' is about waking up and choosing happiness every single day instead of getting stuck in your own negativity," he said of the single in a statement. "It's sometimes easy to stay in a negative space than move to a positive one, so with this song, I wanted to bring awareness to that and to give people a reason to choose to celebrate each day."
FLY BY MIDNIGHT | TRAGEDY
Indie-pop duo Fly By Midnight started 2020 by taking a leap of faith and relocating to Los Angeles. The band -- made up of Tottenville High School alumnus Justin (Breit) Bryte and Florida-born Justin Slavo -- has released a new single, “Tragedy." Fly By Midnight has come a long way since its Staten Island beginnings. The band has been featured on MTV, VH1 and Billboard, and its first hit singles, “Brooklyn” and “Karaoke,” have racked up more than 300,000 views. Fly by Midnight first hit the scene with 2017’s "Cover Charge," a collection of pop covers including Harry Style’s “Sign of the Times” with The Janes, Julia Michaels’ “Issues,” and “Hotline Bling” by Drake. Bryte and Slavo left an indelible imprint, setting the stage for several original releases, from "New York Nostalgia" to Rerunning, both in 2018. But it wasn’t until 2019’s "Happy About Everything Else" when they collected their most-streamed song to date, the Betty Who-starring "Lovely,” which has amassed 17.5 million streams and broke through the static.
SAM RYDER | JULY
Sam Ryder has announced debuted his stunning new single "July," which is available now via Parlophone Records/Elektra Records. "July" sees Ryder reunited with his "Tiny Riot" writing partners Amy Wadge (Grammy-award winning writer - Ed Sheeran "Thinking Out Loud") and Max Wolfgang. The stripped-back piano intro perfectly showcases the full range of Sam's powerful voice, which soars throughout the song. Sam said about the track, "'July' is all about seeing the light after a period of darkness. Whether we're watching the blooms waking up outside in nature or experiencing an inner awakening after the longest year, I think we're all ready to say hello, July." "July" follows the success of Sam's previous singles "Whirlwind" and "Tiny Riot," which topped iTunes charts worldwide and have racked up tens of millions of global streams and over 4.5 million YouTube views. He recently performed his debut show from London's York Hall to an online audience of nearly 50,000 viewers.
JILLIAN ROSSI | GIVE ME ONE REASON
Singer and songwriter Jillian Rossi has been getting a lot of attention from her music which it was announced that she would be releasing her new compelling single, “Give Me A Reason." The song “Give me a reason” emphasizes Rossi’s vocal prowess and hopes to continue to cement herself as the next power vocalist of the next rising generation of pop acts. After the singer teased the song on Tik Tok, she had 1 million views on the media platform. She received attention from well-known celebrities, including Shaquille O’Neal, Disney Channel Star Skai Jackson, Tik Tok Star Nick Austin and many more. “Give Me A Reason” follows the release of Rossi’s hit single “Fever Dream,” which has independently become one of the most viral songs on the internet with 13 million views on Tik Tok, including 9 million streams on all platforms ever since it was released on April 28th.
JOHN DUFF | HIGH HEELS
Over the past year, the out singer has released a string of infectious earworms, including “Hokie Pokie,” I Hate LA,” “Do It,” and “100% Baby.” Now he’s finally released his debut EP, "Homo•Sapien," with his latest slice of pop perfection: “High Heels” featuring Lillias White. The track is an upbeat, infectious bop about the confidence that you can definitely play on repeat all summer long. "This is my most intricate and ambitious piece yet," Duff said about "High Heels" and his collection of 6 brand new tracks. "This is real music, played by real musicians. I’ve learned so much about myself from working with so many pros. The main thing is: I’m a real musician." This EP is everything I was told I shouldn’t do. It’s gay. It’s sexy. It’s honest. It’s a part of me." And speaking on the inspiration behind the "High Heels" track, Duff wrote the song in 2019 during a London trip when he saw a confident young woman sashaying confidently in a pair of stilettos in the wee hours of the day.
NOAK HELLSING | DESIRE
Swedish indie singer/songwriter Noak Hellsing has shared a new single titled "Desire," which he co-wrote and co-produced with Jacob Werner. As a young artist, Focusing on powerful lyrics, Noak is aiming for the listener's heart. With his dynamic voice, he is influenced by artists such as John Mayer, Ed Sheeran and Shawn Mendes, and Hellsing's soulful delivery in his music falls into a similar pop singer style. This song follows his third single, "No Love," which he wrote together with Philip Holmgren and David Kjellstrand. "No Love" falls under the same category as his earlier releases but with a more uptempo driving vibe combined with a distinct guitar melody connected with Noaks clear ID in his vocals. I am excited by what I hear in this endearing song because I feel Noak is setting the wheels in motion to secure his place as a powerful new music force. Keep watching.