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New Music Friday: Ariana Grande, Lil Nas X, Kali Uchis, Bishop Briggs, 21 Savage and More...

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January 12, 2024

New singles and albums from Jennifer Lopez, Teezo Touchdown, Suki Waterhouse, James Arthur, and Jessica Baio.


ew Music Friday, January 12th Edition.

Ariana Grande, 'yes, and?'

Ariana Grande's latest single "Yes, And?" marks a significant return to her solo music career after nearly four years. The track, serving as the lead single from her forthcoming seventh album, is a bold departure into a ballroom-ready house beat, reminiscent of Madonna's iconic "Vogue." Lyrically, Grande delivers a powerful message of self-assurance and personal autonomy, urging listeners to respect her boundaries and refrain from unsolicited comments on her body. The collaboration with Max Martin, a key figure in her previous successful projects, hints at the continued evolution of Grande's musical style.

Kali Uchis, 'Orquídeas'

"Orquídeas," the latest album from Kali Uchis, released on January 12, 2024, is a vibrant showcase of her distinctive blend of R&B, neo-soul, and Latin rhythms. This fourth studio album, following the acclaimed "Red Moon in Venus," features the hit single "Muñekita," a collaboration with El Alfa and JT from City Girls, highlighting Uchis' Colombian roots and her flair for blending diverse musical styles. Another standout track, "Te Mata," comes with an engaging music video, adding visual depth to the album's narrative.

Lil Nas X, 'J Christ'

Lil Nas X's latest single "J. Christ," released after a notable two-year gap since his last album, is a provocative blend of religious imagery and contemporary cultural commentary. The track is accompanied by a visually striking music video, directed by Lil Nas X himself, featuring surreal scenes including a celestial basketball match against the devil and a journey on an ark amidst a global flood. This release, steeped in Biblical references and infused with Lil Nas X's signature online trolling style, hints at the start of a new, possibly more introspective album cycle.

21 Savage, 'american dream'

"american dream," the third studio album by 21 Savage, represents a significant milestone in the artist's career. The comprehensive project doubles as the soundtrack to his debut film, "American Dream: The 21 Savage Story," chronicling 21 Savage's path to success and his prolonged battle with immigration issues. It provides an introspective look at his life, intertwining personal experiences with artistic expression.

Young Miko: Bzrp Music Session #58

In "Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 58," Young Miko collaborates with Argentine producer Bizarrap, marking their first joint project. Released on January 10, the session features Young Miko delivering a contemplative verse against Bizarrap's dynamic electronic production. The Puerto Rican rapper reflects on her rapid rise in the music industry, touching on themes of success and gratitude.

Jennifer Lopez, 'Can't Get Enough'

Jennifer Lopez marks her return to music with "Can't Get Enough," the lead single from her forthcoming ninth studio album, "This Is Me… Now." The single sets the stage for the album, which acts as a sequel to her earlier work, "This Is Me… Then," and reflects on her rekindled relationship and marriage to Ben Affleck. Recorded at her Los Angeles home, the album features tracks such as “Mad in Love” and “Greatest Love Story Never Told.” It is scheduled for release on February 16.

Kid Cudi, 'INSANO'

"INSANO," Kid Cudi's ninth studio album, released on January 12, 2024, marks his final contractual project with Republic Records. Following his 2022 album "Entergalactic," "INSANO" features collaborations with artists like Travis Scott, ASAP Rocky, Lil Yachty, and Pharrell Williams, and includes production from Plain Pat, Dot da Genius, and Cudi himself.

Residente, 'Ron En El Piso'

In his latest release, "Ron En El Piso," Residente introspectively reflects on his career and time with Calle 13. The video, rich in symbolism, shows a cut-out of a young Residente journeying from a record store to being discarded, mirroring his feelings of fading relevance. The lyrics ponder on past triumphs and challenges, and the video concludes with Residente confronting his younger self, suggesting a closure of a significant chapter in his life. The song also hints at a potential reunion with his brother and former bandmate, Eduardo Cabra.

Alok, Bebe Rexha, 'Deep in Your Love'

Brazilian DJ Alok and American singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha have teamed up for their first collaborative track, "Deep In Your Love." The song, a blend of their unique musical styles, was written by a team including Alok, Rexha, and other notable contributors, and produced by a diverse group of producers. Alok shared his enthusiasm for the collaboration, highlighting the seamless process of working with Rexha both online and in Brazil. Rexha echoed this sentiment, expressing her excitement for the song's release. "Deep In Your Love" promises to be a dynamic and danceable track, showcasing the synergy of Alok's and Rexha's artistic talents.

Teezo Touchdown, 'How Do You Sleep At Night? With You'

Teezo Touchdown's debut album, "How Do You Sleep At Night?," the 14-track album, infused with rock and indie influences, features collaborations with artists like Janelle Monáe on "You Thought," Fousheé on "Sweet," and Isaiah Rusk on "Too Easy" and "I Don’t Think U C Me." Each song on the album offers a distinct sound, from the punk guitar melodies of "UUHH" to the stripped-down ballad "Daddy Mama Drama," and the electronic-influenced "The Original Was Better."

Bishop Briggs, 'Triumph'

Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Bishop Briggs has released a new song titled “Triumph” in collaboration with the Japanese automobile company Honda for their brand campaign “Chasing Greatness.” “Triumph” is Briggs' first release since her EP “When Everything Went Dark,” which came out in June 2023. The track, written by Jax Anderson, Nigel Hemmye, and Sarah McLaughlin, and produced by Scott Chesak, is accompanied by a music video directed by Matty Vogel.

Kevin Gates, 'Birds Calling'

Kevin Gates has released a new single titled "Birds Calling," a follow-up to his collaboration with Sexyy Red and BG on "Yonce Freestyle." This track is part of the build-up to his upcoming album "The Ceremony," which was initially set to release on December 1st but was later postponed. "Birds Calling" sees Gates returning to a solo performance, and it appears to be a track aimed at garnering radio play.

Reneè Rapp, 'World Burn'

Reneé Rapp, known for her role as Regina George in the Broadway musical "Mean Girls," has released a new single titled "World Burn" from the "Mean Girls: The Musical" soundtrack. "World Burn" is one of the musical numbers from the 2018 Broadway show, and Rapp reprises her role in the film adaptation. The soundtrack also includes the hit record "Not My Fault" by Rapp and Megan Thee Stallion.

Jessica Baio, 'petals'

Jessica Baio (full name Jessica Courtney Baio), is a 24 years old emerging artist, from California has announced the release of her new EP titled "petals." Released on January 12th, the EP has been eagerly anticipated by her fans. Baio expressed her gratitude for the support her music has received and shared her excitement about the three new tracks included in the EP.

The Vaccines, 'Pick-Up Full of Pink Carnations'

The Vaccines have unveiled their sixth studio album, "Pick-Up Full Of Pink Carnations," marking a new sound direction following the departure of original guitarist Freddie Cowan. The album delves into the disparity between expectations and reality, a theme recurrent in their music. Recorded with producer Andrew Wells, renowned for his work with Halsey and Phoebe Bridgers, the album promises a shift towards a more organic sound.

More To Listen This Week:

Josh Ross, 'Single Again'

MGMT, 'Nothing To Declare'

MICHELLE, 'Never Again'

NIKI, '24'

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