Doja Cat has given her smash hit ‘Say So’ a metal revamp at this year’s MTV Europe Music Awards.
The performance, which aired overnight on November 8, starts with the pop star crawling out of a TV screen, in vein of 2002 horror film The Ring. She then proceeds to snarl the typically bubble gum lyrics, transforming the track into a blazing rock anthem. Watch the performance below.
Doja Cat was nominated for two awards at this years MTV EMAs: Best New and Best Push, taking out the former.
Doja Cat has taken the commercial scene by storm in 2020, going from viral ‘Moooo’ star to a TikTok sensation, and one of this year’s most stand out artists.
Demonstrating her diverse vocal and stylistic talent Doja Cat is far from a one hit wonder.
That’s right! We’re back with another healthy dose of new music for you to fill your boots with this Friday. A collection of great new tracks you truly don’t want to miss.
Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and without further ado let’s get into the music…
Kicking off our list with a BANG it’s grooving rockers MeMe Detroit with rolling track Mean Rock N Roller. This one is gritty, raw, catchy and guaranteed to get you up and moving on a slow Sunday. Pure Rock brilliance MeMe Detroit are the fearless, female fronted group Music has been missing. Check out the single below.
Next up it’s familiar faces The Kaizens with new release Left Hand Side. These Alt-Indie geniuses are no stranger to the Pop Playlister radar, having firmly established themselves as a band to watch in 2020 these musicians are bursting at the seams with angst, power and true instrumental ability. Left Hand Side is yet another subtly dark track from The Kaizens, a driving yet effortless tune that confirms what we already knew: The Kaizens are the most exciting band emerging onto the Indie scene in 2020.
Third on our list is a powerful single from I.Am.Tru.Starr titled Something’s Gotta Change. Creative, deep and moving Something’s Gotta Change is a statement through music. With elements of soul, Hip-Hop and Jazz I.Am.Tru.Starr’s music is a soundscape of spirit, soul and emotion. Making music in a lane that is truly his own, I.Am.Tru.Starr is one to watch in 2020.
Rounding up our list is EarthWindMud with his smooth Lo-Fi track Speak. The perfect single to relax your mind to, EarthWindMud creates a vibe that it the definition of calming. Speak is the perfect song for your Sunday playlist.
Another Friday, another Fresh Hit Radar feature. This week is really something special, an incredible lineup full of fierce female talent that you’ll find impossible to fault. So, without further delay, let’s dive straight into the music.
Kicking off our list is a debut single from Irish singer-songwriter and vocalist Eiza Murphy. Single Blackhole is Eiza’s first ever release and what a strong start she makes. Emotive, powerful and moving Blackhole is a power ballad that established Eiza Murphy as an incredible songwriter and ethereal vocalist. Eiza Murphy is certainly one to watch in music. Listen to Blackhole below-
Next up is familiar face to the platform Lohrd Snohw with latest track You Look Like A Friend, featuring fellow female talent EM. Light, bouncy and free YLLAF is a feel good track from this fearless duo. Grooving and intriguing this single draws you in and leaves you wanting more. Perfect harmonies, light hearted synths and a busy beat, what more could we ask for? Listen to You Look Like A Friend Now-
Next up it’s Odillia with her pure R&B brilliance single Break It Down. This track is the perfect middle ground between Pop and Hip-Hop, a seamless blend of style that features none other than Snoop Dogg.Break It Down will have you dancing round the kitchen whilst wishing the clubs were open again.
Rounding up our list is the talented EEVAH with Alt-Pop track Apology. With driving guitars, smooth vocals and rising synths Apology is a stunning single that combines all the best elements of Pop, Electro and rock. A true mixing pot of genre that creates a powerful and attitude packed single from the incredible EEVAH. Apology is Pop Playlister’s first introduction to this artist, making EEVAH our favourite new music discovery of the week.
It’s time for another instalment of the best music we’ve discovered this week, a collection of new releases you’ll wish you heard sooner. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for a chance to submit your track and be featured on the Fresh Hit Radar.
Kicking off the list is the talented India Dupriez with brand new single Kiss and Tell, a collaboration with Multi-Grammy nominated producer Boom Dice. This track couldn’t be hotter off the press as the stunning single was released TODAY (9th Oct). Upbeat, catchy and commercial Kiss and Tell is a classic Pop anthem. Kiss and Tell is a stunning single from the Australian talent and yet another beautifully produced track from Boom Dice. Big things are ahead for this incredible artist.
Next up it’s UK based Krankhead with their stand out new single Space Coupe. Driving, gritty and catchy this track is trap infused greatness. With intriguing synths, a rocking guitar and some clever bars we couldn’t ask for more from the talented duo. Space Coupe is accompanied by a caricature and lighthearted video which sees the duo dress up as Marty Mcfly and Doc respectively, guaranteed to make you smile AND Space Coupe is a must have on your playlist this weekend.
Third on our list is Kelsey Colemanwith single Break Mine. No stranger to the Pop Playlister platform, Kelsey has already established herself as an exciting and innovative talent breaking onto the Pop scene. Smooth vocals sitting over gritty guitars creates a picture perfect contrast, and truly stunning Pop single. Listen for yourself and soak up all that talent!
The next hit to make it onto our radar is Melanie Masson’sWhy Don’t You Love Me.Why Don’t You Love Me is the definition of a power ballad, featuring Melanie’s hugely impressive vocal prowess and some grooving brass sections that tie together into one of the best singles we’ve heard so far this year. Feel good and full of female power, Melanie Masson’sWhy Don’t You Love Me has quickly become a Pop Playlister favourite.
JayQ is a familiar face on the Pop Playlister platform. A talented artist whose recent release and song of the summer Amazing Girl stormed through the charts.
But behind the success is a story of struggle, hardship and trauma. A story JayQ is finally ready to tell.
Abused as a young child by his Step-father, music became JayQ’s only escape from the world around him. Putting pen to paper to express the pain no child should have to experience, he explains-
“Songs were a place for me to escape. Hiding in my room and getting lost in a verse was my safe place. I would write and write songs, hoping not to be found. I lived with just my mother and stepfather during these years of beatings.
The rest of my family, my father and grandparents were in the British Virgin Islands far away from St. Croix. The trauma physical abuse leaves on a child is unforgivable. When a man is violent to his family, he passes down a legacy of insecurity and anger. How does one enter manhood and climb out of this?”
Fortunately, JayQ was able to escape the abuse, but after the murder of his father JayQ’s world was understandably turned upside down once again.
In college, but unable to focus in a world that was spiralling out of control, JayQ was fighting against the odds.
“It was too much, home was still not safe, and college was not far enough away from my mother’s voice on the phone sharing her pain. However, always inside me was that will, the will to survive and be successful… to overcome my history. It took so much energy and fight, but I was determined to beat the odds.
I decided I had to learn to fight, so I signed up on the college campus to become a military solider. I would go on to be a platoon leader in marines training, get my college degree, as well as an MBA and JD. Finally, my stepfather passed away, but I still had to fix what he broke inside me – I was lucky to have my creative gifts to escape with during my darkest moments, because I am not sure I would have had been able to overcome the years of trauma otherwise.”
An inspiring tale of overcoming trauma, defying odds and achieving a wealth of success.
Yet this was not the end of the story for JayQ. Having fought his way through a childhood of trauma, adulthood had yet more challenge in store for him.
Facing a different kind of evil as he tried to make his way in the world, JayQ explains-
“Unfortunately, well into my adulthood, the abuse did not end. I was subject to another kind of abuse, institutionalised racism as a professional in the American south.
It was awful to be held to a different standard than the privileged, less qualified and competent than me. Black men had to be better than everyone to be seen.
That is another story, not a pretty picture of living in America. The United States of America is currently struggling to uncover the truth and impact of racism and move forward with enlightenment and compassion.”
Somehow JayQ remained inspired, creative and positive. Persevering through numerous challenges, defying all odds and putting out music into the world that is positive and up-lifting.
Life has tried to sour JayQ, but the incredible artist remains positive. Music has been a shining light through the darkness and his story is truly inspirational.
A star on the rise, JayQ The Legend deserves all the success the world can provide.
Find, follow and support the incredible JayQ The Legend.
Kicking off this week’s list is Kehina with latest single All Over Again. A soulful masterpiece that sets her out as one of the most exciting talents emerging onto the UK R&B scene. With ethereal vocals, bright guitars and a rolling beat this track is pure, sultry R&B excellence. Kehina is a London based singer-songwriter brimming with talent, potential and prowess. We can’t wait to see what she does next.
Next up it’s Trio Minutes with track Motion Part 2. Trio Minutes is composed of three incredibly talented British sisters and self confessed ‘genre benders’. Blending together Pop, R&B, Electro to name a few with a nostalgic feel to their sound that’s reminiscent of the 80s and 90s. Motion Part 2 is a grooving track from the trio, full of gentle harmonies and catchy hooks, with an effortlessly smooth style that seems to come naturally to the sisters. Trio Minutes are a must have on your next up radar.
Daviies also makes it onto our Fresh Hit playlist with track Your Style. A Nigerian born artist whose Afro-American Rap fusion is truly unique. Your Style is a feel good, commercial track that demonstrates Daviies huge potential for success. A strong introduction to the artist for the Pop Playlister team, and a track that will have you missing summer already.
Slowing it down with Sugar Parks’Misunderstood. An LA based singer-songwriter whose indie rock inspired sound is a pleasure to listen to. With bluesy undertones and a noir pop feel, Sugar Parks is a stand out artist in the world of indie. Misunderstood is a sultry track from the rising star, featuring gritty guitars and Sugar Parks’ powerful vocals. A subtly dark track from Sugar Parks that firmly places them on our ones to watch for 2020.
The final addition to this week’s Fresh Hit Radar playlist is the talented Myla Valentina. An English singer-songwriter whose dark pop tracks are full of ambient melodies and cinematic instrumentals. Freedom is a sultry song from the young Myla, bringing a strange sense of intensity and haunting to the typical happy go lucky Pop genre. With an EP due this year this is clearly lots more to come from the talented Myla Valetina.
UK drill rapper Headie One has released a new track with Drake.
The North London MC tweeted (July 19) that his collaboration with the multi-platinum artist, titled ‘Only You Freestyle’, would be released at 9pm BST on Tuesday. The track will mark the first time the two have worked on a song together – listen below now.
‘Only You Freestyle’ will be the first new music from Headie One since the release of ‘Rose Gold’ in May.
The rapper also released a mixtape with Fred Again, ‘GANG,’ earlier in the year. It featured contributions from FKA twigs, Jamie xx and Slowthai, among others. ‘Told’, a track from the mixtape, was later remixed by Brian Eno.
Last week saw Drake also release two new tracks with long-time collaborator DJ Khaled. The tracks will feature on Khaled’s upcoming 12th studio album, ‘Khaled Khaled.’
Drake is on a roll with his recent releases, collaborating with two artists who could not be more different, he is arguably one of the most diverse talents in the current Rap game.
An artist heavily inspired by UK Rap, first riding the Grime wave and now jumping on the Drill bandwagon, it’s interesting to see an across the pond talent jumping on the UK sound.
Kanye West is polling at just 2% in one of the first national polls to be taken among voters in the US since the rapper first announced his intention to run for the presidency this year.
West confirmed his candidacy on Twitter earlier this month, with his campaign attracting early support from Elon Musk. The Tesla CEO has since walked back his endorsement of West following controversial comments the rapper made in a Forbes interview.
West’s hopes of reaching the White House have been dealt another blow in the form of a new national poll, which found that only 2% of voters would consider voting for him in November’s presidential election.
With Kanye West running for office in the United States, 2020 could not possibly get any weirder.
AJ Tracey and Mabel appear to be readying a brand new collaborative single.
The two artists last appeared on a song together when Tracey featured on Cadenza’s remix of Mabel’s 2016 track ‘Thinking Of You’.
Tracey first teased this upcoming new collaboration last week by sharing an animated clip of him playing Pac-Man along with an unidentified companion, writing in the caption: “Can you guess who this is playing games with me? We just made a banger and wanna share it with you lot.”
The track was co-written with songwriters Steve Mac and Kamille, who previously collaborated with Mabel on her hits ‘Mad Love’ and ‘Don’t Call Me Up’.
A collaboration from two of the UK’s best and freshest talents? Sounds like a number one hit to us.