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Local indie band TY:DEL questions if love is real or "all in my imagination". Calum Scott and James Arthur both honour the people who chase away their demons in their individual tracks.
K-pop group TWICE sing of an innocent but overwhelmingly intense love that leaves them drunk on it. Madison Beer sings of painful love, the kind that leaves you sobbing on your bathroom floor.
Meanwhile, Ava Max wants you to show yourself some love for making it through all that life has thrown your way. Doja Cat brings the fire with a more primal song about love.
On the flip side, HONNE, with the help of Pink Sweats, want to remind you to let the people you love know that you love them and Lorde wants you to love the way in which nature can take all your troubles way.
And last but not least, three-time GRAMMY award-winning and multi-platinum band Maroon 5 are back with a whole album dedicated to a different kind of love; the love one has for someone who is no longer around.
1. Bored – TY:DEL
Every time I think, "This has got to be my fave TY:DEL song", BOOM! they put out another amazing track! This time around, the boys ask, "Are you bored of me yet?"
The track follows the release of the band's five-track EP, To Anyone Listening.
TY:DEL (pronounced "tai-dl") — consisting of members Retita, Timothy Long, Carlson Kam, and Roshan Sundram — first debuted in 2019 and have since used music as a platform to showcase their growth as artists and individuals while resonating with listeners who may be going through the same emotions.
2. Biblical – Calum Scott
In possibly one of the most romantic songs of the year, 32-year-old British singer Calum Scott sings about a love that is written in fate. He sings:
"I slip and wonder who I'd be
If I never found you and you never found me
So won't you give me tonight
And the rest of your life"
After performing a cover of Robyn's Dancing On My Own on Britain's Got Talent in 2015, Scott became a face favourite. Despite coming in sixth place, Scott was one of the more successful contestants of the season, going to release the hit You Are the Reason and his album, Only Human.
3. September – James Arthur
With his signature rasp, James Arthur is back with a beautiful song dedicated to the one he met "just before September". Arthur describes the track as "a little bit more rocky, a bit more electric guitar-based", a departure from his megahit, Say You Won't Let Go.
The track follows his incredibly personal song, Medicine, with both slated to be part of his album It'll All Make Sense In The End.
Of the album, Arthur says: "With this album from day one there was a sound that I wanted to go for. Even early on it sounded like a real album, a proper body of work. This is the first time I've made an album all in one place and you can hear this in the music. There’s something really comfortable about working in your own home with less people – I was able to be more vulnerable than ever."
4. Alcohol-Free – TWICE
In a perfect track for the summer - co-written by J. Y. Park himself - TWICE is back with a song about love like alcohol: the kind that makes you drunk on the euphoria of love without actually drinking. The nine members are seen enjoying time in the sun, dancing on the beach and by the pool.
Taste of Love, the groups 10th mini-album, is their first release Korean release of 2021. They released a Japanese single, Kura Kura, last month. Taste of Love has five tracks, each with lyrics written by some of the members themselves – First Love by Jihyo and Little Mix's Jade, Scandal and SOS by Dahyun, Conversation by Sana, and Baby Blue Love by Nayeon.
5. Reckless – Madison Beer
"Hey, this is a story I hate
And telling it might make me break
But I'll tell it anyway"
Powerful or heartbreaking? Well, Madison Beer's latest track somehow – very artfully – manages to be both. The 22-year-old star penned her latest song while having people who "hurt" others and have "control over their partner's feelings" without "any guilt" in mind.
She went on to say of the premise: "People have so much power over their partner's feelings, yet many still choose to treat each other carelessly. I believe there is a balance to putting ourselves and our feelings first while knowing we have the responsibility of treating people with respect, kindness, and consideration. It's so important to find that balance in every relationship and knowing when to move on if you can't."
Reckless follows Madison's acclaimed debut studio album released in February this year titled, Life Support.
6. Everytime I Cry – Ava Max
This track gives me Cascada Everytime We Touch vibes.... no? Just me?
Well, it wouldn't be a surprise if Ava Max's latest electropop track reaches the same heights that the 1992 track did. After all, the lyrics will resonate with listeners, who will hear that there is power in crying and that being in touch with one’s emotions is healthy.
Ava dropped her debut album Heaven & Hell in 2020, following the massive success of the hit, Sweet But Psycho. It became the most-streamed debut album by a female EDM artist in 2020.
Speaking to W Magazine, Ava said of her music: "I try to make people think and to make the lyrics meaningful and authentic. I want to make music that inspires people to work on their goals or achieve something. I want my music to uplift people. I think that’s my #1 goal."
7. Need To Know - Doja Cat
Any new music from Doja is good music but this time around, Doja herself wants us to know that her latest track Need to Know is simply a spoonful of a slice of a larger cake, meant to keep fans appeased until she releases "the next more important single".
That spoonful includes a futuristic music video accompanied by a rather provocative new track.
Editor's note: Track contains strong language.
Need To Know is the second promo track off Doja Cat's forthcoming studio album, Planet Her. It follows her smash-hit collab track with SZA titled Kiss Me More. The track was first performed live at the Billboard Music Awards, the same night Doja won an award for Top R&B Female Artist.
Planet Her is officially set to arrive on 25 June.
8. WHAT WOULD YOU DO? – HONNE feat Pink Sweats
Promising a year that's "about to get even more crazy", HONNE – the English electronic music duo behind hits like Day 1 and Location Unknown – are back with a track that marks a new era for the pair.
Included in this new era is At My Worst hitmaker Pink Sweats, who was announced as the collaborator for the track through a screenshot of a WhatsApp convo between the artists, with HONNE asking: "Hey Pink! Quick question. Let's just say the world ended a week from now, what would you do?"
And that turned out to be the opening line of the track.
The track follows Honne's 2020 mixtape, no song without you, their first project since their acclaimed album Love Me/Love Me Not.
9. Solar Power – Lorde
Since last dropping Melodrama in 2017, Lorde has been off the grid.
But now, she's back with, possibly, her happiest track yet. Titled Solar Power, Lorde radiates happiness as she dances in the sun, on the beach and generally has a wonderful time just… being.
She also confirmed that rather than just releasing a single, she'd be releasing her third album – yes, the very one she's been teasing since 2019.
Sharing the track's title, her album is "... a celebration of the natural world, an attempt at immortalising the deep, transcendent feelings I have when I'm outdoors. In times of heartache, grief, deep love, or confusion, I look to the natural world for answers. I've learnt to breathe out, and tune in. This is what came through. I want this album to be your summer companion, the one you pump on the drive to the beach. The one that lingers on your skin like a tan as the months get cooler again."
10. Lost – Maroon 5
Named after the band's original manager, Jordan Feldstein, Maroon 5's latest album JORDI is an eclectic mix of sounds. In an Instagram post, frontman Adam Levine shared: "We built this thing together. A piece of me will always be missing. The loss is tragic in ways I'm still learning how to cope with. All I can do is keep him with me and honour him in the best way I know how. I miss him every single day. And I'm proud to have etched his name into the history of this band that he helped build from the ground up... every step of the way."
The group's seventh full-length album will see features from big names like Stevie Nicks (Remedy), H.E.R. (Convince Me Otherwise), the late Juice WRLD (Can't Leave You Alone), and a remixed version of Memories featuring late legend Nipsey Hussle and rapper YG.
Up and coming Zimbabwean artist Bantu is also featured on One Light. The album will also include the group's collab with Megan Thee Stallion, Beautiful Mistakes.
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