Xtina’s Reborn, Jess Gynne Returns + Sia’s a ‘Genius': Best of New Music Friday
Where pop music is concerned, the week of May, 4, 2018 has been a matter of rebirths, returns and strokes of genius.
Thanks to the likes of Jess Glynne, Christina Aguilera, Sia and more of pop's biggest acts, the past seven days have spilled over with new singles from enduring industry legends and promising new stars, alike. Take a look at the best of New Music Friday Below.
Glynne's "I'll Be There," her first new release since 2015's I Cry When I Laugh, cemented her industry identity as reliable dispenser of it-gets-better buoyancy. It builds like Taylor Swift's "Out of the Woods" and includes some super beautiful harmonies.
Aguilera's return to pop drew some mixed reviews, but "Accelerate," her first release in six years, certainly couldn't be knocked for being tame. It's provocative, a little slimy and maybe exactly what radio calls for right now.
Jessie Reyez told PopCrush of her subdued-but-fiery "Body Count": "It’s about being with who you want to be with without getting judged and how it’s a luxury for men, because a lot of times women are encouraged to keep their body count [a slang term for your number of sexual partners] low, whereas men can walk in and get high-fived."
Partying on rooftops? That's just protocol for Liam Payne and J. Balvin, whose "Familiar" takes the success of latin-pop-crossover "Despacito" and runs with it. It's catchy as hell, and if you're a fan of euphemisms, well, enjoy.
Shawn Mendes + Khalid proved "Youth" is on their side with their collaboration, a surprisingly resolved, guitar-painted midtempo jam with some gorgeous harmonies.
Punk kids of yesteryear, rejoice: Jimmy Eat World came back with "Love Never," a reliable dose of audio-sentiment that'll have you sure your ass is perched on the steely stands of a high school football game.
Julia Michaels and Trippie Redd nailed the new anthem of committing too soon with "Jump," a breezy lamentation of being a little too eager to say the L-word.
Troye Sivan came to life with "Bloom," putting his forthcoming sophomore LP into clearer focus. And while he might have insisted in a video preview that the cooled-down '80s-tinged track is "about flowers," you'll quickly realize it's...not.
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