Doja Cat performs Metal version of ‘Say So’ at the MTV EMAs

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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.

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

A dose of Fresh hits a day keeps the doctor away!

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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.

Happy Listening!

Written By: Jessica Rowe

Cardi B announces new collection with Reebok

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Cardi B has announced a new footwear collection, part of the rapper’s ongoing partnership with sportswear giants Reebok.

Marking her 28th birthday yesterday (October 11), Cardi B announced the new collection along with a picture of her modelling a pair of sneakers in a bedazzled laundry room.

“I’m kicking off my birthday weekend by announcing I am officially dropping my first ever Reebok x Cardi Footwear Collection!!” she said.

Will you be purchasing the Reebok x Cardi collab?

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

Fresh Hit Fridays- This week’s musical highlights

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It’s time for another dose of Fresh Hits that NEED to be on your radar.

It’s been another amazing week of new releases, here’s just a few of them to soundtrack your weekend.

First up it’s Lil T.O with track with track Beautiful. Following in the footsteps of his late classmate XXXTentacion, this rapper is brimming with young talent. His trap infused track is bouncing and infectious, with a heavy hitting beat and witty lyricism Beautiful is a must have on your favourite playlists.

Next is the talented Hannah Elkins with her summery single ‘Breathe Deep’. With soulful harmonies and a voice that is truly ethereal, Breathe Deep is the perfect blend between Pop, Soul and Indie. A huge accomplishment for the young singer who has plenty more music in the works. Keep your eye on this one.

The Structures and their Future Pop power anthem Hopely makes the next addition to our Fresh Hit Feature. Heavenly vocals contrasting with a heavy electro instrumental make for a perfect juxtaposition, and sound out Future-Pop single. A blend between light and dark, smooth and heavy, this tune is a huge accomplishment for The Structures.

Our final addition to the playlist is one-woman-wonder Jessmo, with her stunning Dance It All Out EP. A classically trained song writer and multi-instrumentalist, this young star is brimming with talent. Dance It All Out is a stunning 4 track project from Jessmo, who combines modern rhythm and beats without diluting the powerful lyricism that comes naturally to her. Feel good Pop-dance beats meets emotive and heartfelt lyrics, Jessmo is clearly a star on the rise.

Happy Listening!

Fresh Hit Radar Fridays, all the best tracks to soundtrack your weekend

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Happy Fresh Hit Radar Friday! It’s time for yet another instalment of the best tracks we’ve heard all week.

It was a huge week for the Pop Playlister team as we smashed past the 1,000 follower mark on Twitter. Thank you for your continued support and enjoyment of the Pop Playlister platform!

Don’t forget you can see the full playlist HERE.

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.

Happy Listening!

Written By: Jessica Rowe

Drake goes Drill, Headie One shares their collaboration single Only You Freestyle

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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.

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

The best releases of 2020 so far.

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With the final days of June behind us, we can’t believe it either, we are officially over halfway through 2020. It’s been an eventful start to the year to say the least but it has blessed us with many great releases from artists across the globe. Here are just a few of 2020’s best releases so far.

First up is the Amsterdam based Latanya Alberto, a soulful singer who just recently came onto the Pop Playlister radar. Latanya blessed us with a trio of live tracks in May of 2020, a beautiful, ethereal and effortless display of her immense talent. Our personal highlight on the project is ‘Heart Rate -Live’, a track the Pop Playlister team have had on repeat for weeks. You’ll wish you’d know about Latanya Alberto sooner.

It would be impossible to talk about new releases without mentioning City Girl’s latest album ‘City On Lock’. The unapologetic duo exude powerful, feminine energy and have produced a host of feel good, hot girl summer anthems. With features from Doja Cat, Lil Baby and Yo Gotti the project is not to be dismissed. They may not be to everyone’s taste, but City Girls are an important show of assertive womanhood and command respect from the Pop Playlister team. 

Next up is Teyana Taylor with her incredible, 23-track long project ‘The Album’. Teyana Taylor has already established herself as a major player in new wave R&B, but latest release ‘The Album’ confirms her status as a queen of the genre. ‘The Album’ is a diverse project, featuring huge names such as Erykah Badu, Missy Elliot and Ms Lauryn Hill. With some of the most stunning album artwork the Pop Playlister team has ever seen ‘The Album’ by Teyana Taylor is set to make it onto our albums of the year for 2020.

Last but not least is one of the best and biggest collaboration singles of 2020 so far. ‘End of Daze’ features EARTHGANG & JID, Jurdan Bryant, Mereba, Hollywood JB. A line-up you could only dream of ‘End of Daze’ is a punchy rap track, infused with soulful vocals of Mereba and co. Collaborations this powerful are few and far between.

Happy Listening!

The latest singles hotter than this week’s great British heatwave

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With temperatures set to soar this week in the UK, reaching highs of 30 degrees, we’ve put together a list of tracks even hotter than this week’s temperatures. Sit back, enjoy, and let us put together a soundtrack for your sunny weekend.

First up it’s Krankhead with their debut single ‘No Luck’. The track has already played on DJ Target’s 1Extra show as well as Kiss Fresh, so we just know you’re going to love it. ‘No Luck’ is a bouncy, catchy, trap-infused single with an infectious vibe. A striking start for duo Krankhead and one of the hottest UK Rap tracks we’ve heard so far in 2020.

Next up is Anderson .Paak’s ‘Lockdown’, a quarantine inspired tune with all the groove, flow and vibe imaginable. The single makes important political commentary on the tragic killing of George Floyd and consequent Black Lives Matter protests. A powerful statement from the talented Anderson .Paak and a must listen for us all.

Thirdly we bring you a new release from talented songstress Tiana Major9 with track ‘Lucky’. Soulful, ethereal and effortless the track is a perfect song to blast whilst you laze in the sunshine. ‘Lucky’ is a personal favourite of the Pop Playlister team and places Tiana Major9 on our ones-to-watch for 2020.

Last but by no means least is Etta Bond and Avelino’s ‘On A Beach’, a fitting title for the summery track. A slow, sultry single with Etta’s dreamy vocals and an effortlessly flowing beat. ‘On A Beach’ is the stuff of dreams, a heavenly mix of R&B, Soul and Pop-Rap. With the relaxing bars of Avelino and groovy brass feature ‘On A Beach’ has a firm place on our soundtrack to the summer.

We hope you love these tracks as much as the Pop Playlister team, enjoy the weather and stay well!

Up-and-Coming Jethro ‘Alonestar’ Sheeran To Release New Single

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Alonestar has been on music scene for a while, it seems, often biding his time for when to release his music. He’s collaborated with cousin Ed Sheeran on a few occasions – most recently on the Billboard number one hit, Tropical House – Cruise to Jamaica. Alongside tracks from Ed and Jamaican artists such as Sean Paul, Stephen and Damian Marley, Alonestar released three of his own tracks on the album.

Alonestar, native of Bristol, has a tougher sound than that of his cousin – he’s a rapper with hard beats who’s not afraid to speak his mind. The two collaborated earlier this year on the single, Raise Em Up, which can be heard here – and they work well together:

In line with today’s fashion Alonestar has collaborated with a number of other big names, producing hits not only with his cousin but, more recently, teaming up Massive Attack guitarist, Angelo Bruschini – with whom he recorded his last single, Phobia, which is yet to be released. In the meantime you can hear his new single ‘Lovelorn’, accompanied by breath-taking vocals from Girls Aloud’s Sarah Harding:




An Introduction to Jonny Dee’s World of Psychedelic Hip-Hop

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Here at PopPlaylister there are a lot of reasons that we’re a fan of Jonny Dee – partly because his most recent photo-shoot matches our colour scheme so well – but also because his music is pretty amazing. So in case you missed him the last time round, we’re here to catch you up…

So what is psychedelic hip-hop – well, its hard to know where to start. His album The Human Experience, which dropped earlier this year, features so many styles and references its difficult to keep up. The influence of Hendrix is obvious – especially in his psychedelic image, white Stratocaster and even perhaps a reference to the Jimi Hendrix Experience in his album name.

Musically speaking, its no more simple – take a listen to his track The Man Who Fell from the Sky and you hear at once the diverse influences and impressive talent of Jonny Dee – the chorus effected guitar that opens the track sounds like something MacDemarco would be making, but the rhythms sounds more like funk – more 80s. Then you’ve got the synth line which sounds like its straight out of a 90s hip-hop tune and, finally, Jonny’s vocals enter with a flow and darkness that’s not dissimilar to Kendrick. It’s a lot to take in and its impressively done.

Word on the street (or, y’know, our inbox) is that Jonny is soon to release a video – so watch this space – and in the meantime, feast your ears on his latest tracks on Spotify below…