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New Music Friday

What We're Listening to: Dua Lipa, Maneskin, Pink Pantheress, Stray Kids and More

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November 10, 2023

Unveiling a diverse array of fresh and captivating tracks, today's New Music Friday, Nov 10th Edition, showcases a spectrum from catchy pop hits to deeply moving indie pieces. This selection underscores the continuous innovation in the music industry, highlighting the evolving artistic journeys of musicians worldwide.


the week winds down, music lovers eagerly anticipate New Music Friday, a day that promises an eclectic mix of fresh sounds and new stories. This week is no exception, offering a rich palette of musical colors from artists around the globe. From the energetic beats of pop and rap to the soulful strums of indie, creations that reflect of the artists' personal journeys, emotions, and the times we live in. Let's dive into this week's array and discover what these talented artists have in store for us.

Dua Lipa - "Houdini"

In "Houdini," Dua Lipa crafts a tale of mystery and allure. The track is a perfect amalgamation of her signature pop sound with an enigmatic twist, adding another captivating single to her repertoire of hits and fueling an anticipation of the upcoming third studio album, which is expected to be released in 2024.

Jona's Brothers feat. Bailey Zimmerman - "Strong Enough"

The Jonas Brothers, a household name in pop music, return with "Strong Enough." This track is a blend of their classic pop-rock sound with a mature twist, reflecting their journey from teen sensations to seasoned artists. The song's lyrics delve into themes of resilience and determination, resonating with anyone facing life's challenges.

2 Chains (with Lil Wayne) - "Long Story Short"

2 Chainz and Lil Wayne have teamed up once again, releasing their new single "Long Story Short." This track is part of their forthcoming joint album, "Welcome 2 Collegegrove," set to be released on November 17, 2023, via Def Jam Recordings. The track showcases the unique synergy between 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne, blending their distinctive styles to create an anthemic sound.

Maria Beccera, Chencho Corleone, Ovy On The Drums - "Piscina"

María Becerra, a prominent figure in today's music scene, has teamed up with reggaeton legend Chencho Corleone and acclaimed producer Ovy On The Drums for their latest collaboration, "Piscina." This urban-infused track delves into themes of sexual desire between two individuals who maintain a purely physical connection. The song's lyrics explore this dynamic, set against a backdrop of pulsating rhythms and catchy melodies.

Ruth B, Dean Lewis - "28"

Ruth B, known for her global hit "Lost Boy,"collaborated with Dean Lewis on "28" is a hauntingly beautiful track that adds to her impressive discography, showcasing her poignant songwriting and captivating melodies.

Maneskin - "Valentine"

"Valentine" is one of the five bonus songs from the deluxe version of Måneskin's album "RUSH! (ARE U COMING?)." The song portrays the uneasiness and vulnerability inherent in romantic relationships, resonating with listeners who relate to the complexities of love and longing.

Benson Boon - "To Love Someone"

Benson Boone's "To Love Someone" is a heartfelt ballad that showcases his impressive vocal range and emotional depth. The song is a tender exploration of love and loss, striking a chord with listeners who appreciate music that speaks to the heart.

Chloe Tang - "Primal"

Chloe Tang, known for her unique blend of pop and R&B, explores themes of self-discovery and emotional expression in "Primal"

David Guetta, Kim Petras - "When We Were Young (The Logical Song)"

In "When We Were Young (The Logical Song)," Guetta and Petras breathe new life into the classic tune, infusing it with a modern electronic dance beat while maintaining the nostalgic essence of the original. Petras' pop vocals are a highlight, adding a fresh and vibrant layer to the track. The song's lyrics reflect a longing for a simpler, happier time in life, resonating with listeners who yearn for the past's emotional comfort.

Jenna Raine - "Big Dumb Heart"

"Big Dumb Heart" is a bop in every sense of the word. Its playful, energetic piano intro sets the tone for the song, leading into a bursting chorus that epitomizes pop perfection. The bridge of the song is particularly catchy, making it a tune that's easy to hum along to.

Powfu, The Chainsmokers - "Fault in the Stars"

"Fault in the Stars" is a collaborative song by Powfu and The Chainsmokers. It celebrates the beauty of a relationship where two individuals find happiness and fulfillment in each other's presence, free from negativity or fault.

Dove Cameron - "Sand"

Dove Cameron has unveiled a new single titled "Sand" from her upcoming debut album, "Alchemical: Volume 1," set to be released on December 1, 2023, via Disruptor Records/Columbia Records. "Sand" is a heartbreak ballad that showcases Dove Cameron's vulnerability and artistic depth. It is a reflection of her personal growth and her ability to transform intimate experiences into relatable music.

PinkPantheress - "Heave Knows"

PinkPantheress, an English artist who initially gained fame on TikTok, has released her debut album titled "Heaven Knows." This album marks a significant step in her career, moving beyond the constraints of short-form content on TikTok to a more expansive musical expression. The 13-track album features a blend of gothic horror and themes of death, loss, love, and their intersections.

The Kid LAROI - "The First Time"

"The First Time" is a reflection of The Kid LAROI's experiences over the past couple of years, which he describes as "nothing short of insane", featuring collaborations with artists like Jung Kook, Central Cee, Future, BabyDrill, Robert Glasper, and YoungBoy Never Broke Again. The album aims to give listeners a glimpse into these experiences through its lyrics and music.

AJR - "Maybe Man"

The album explores various themes, from introspective and emotional tracks like "Touchy Feely Fool" and "Yes I’m A Mess" to more upbeat and quirky songs like "The Dumb Song" and "The DJ is Crying For Help." AJR's signature blend of pop, indie, and electronic elements is evident throughout the album, with each track offering a unique listening experience.

Stray Kids - "Rock-Star"

This "Rock-Star" EP marks Stray Kids' eighth Korean-language album and thirteenth overall. The lead single from "Rock Star" is "Lalalala," and the EP also includes a Korean version of "Social Path," featuring Japanese singer-songwriter Lisa. This track was originally part of their Japanese EP "Social Path / Super Bowl (Japanese Ver.)." The concept of "Rock Star" is based on the Korean four-character idiom huiroaerak (희로애락; 喜怒哀樂; lit. "joy, anger, sorrow, pleasure"), which aims to depict various emotions from the group's perspective.

Cuco - "Hitchhiker"

Cuco's "Hitchhiker" is a dreamy, indie-pop track that showcases his ability to blend introspective lyrics with atmospheric sounds, offering a soothing and reflective listening experience. The creation of the "Hitchhiker" EP was influenced by an injury that Cuco experienced, which led him to contemplate his own mortality.

Alan Walker - "Walkerworld"

"Walkerworld" represents a significant addition to Alan Walker's discography. The album's mix of energetic beats, emotive lyrics, and collaborative spirit makes it a standout release in the electronic dance music scene. "Walkerworld" is notable for its collaborations with various artists, including Daya, Steve Aoki, Lonely Club, Dash Berlin, Vikkstar123, Zak Abel, Sasha Alex Sloan, Sophie Stray, and Ali Gatie. These collaborations bring a range of musical influences and styles to the album, from electronic dance music to more pop-oriented tracks.

AESPA - "Drama"

"Drama" is the fourth extended play (EP) by the South Korean girl group Aespa. The EP includes six tracks, showcasing a variety of genres including hip-hop, dance, and acoustic pop. The lead single, also titled "Drama," is characterized by an aggressive drum sound and sophisticated synth bass, with lyrics that convey a confident attitude.

Piso 21 - "Los Muchahos"

"Los Muchachos" by Piso 21 represents a significant step in the band's career, showcasing their ability to blend various musical genres with a compelling narrative that continues to captivate their audience. The album features collaborations with artists like Nicky Jam, Tezzel, Elena Rose, Fainal, Shako, Ryan Castro, and Gabito Ballesteros. These collaborations bring a range of musical influences and styles to the album, from reggaeton to pop.

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