New music Friday, it’s time for our Fresh Hit Radar

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It’s that time again where we share some of the very best new releases from this week. This collection of tracks comes from ALL genres and styles but with one thing in common, they’re all great tunes.

Let’s get into the Music!

First up it’s Scottish songstress Roma Rose with her track How to Feel. This slow Pop number is a truly feel good tune, easy synths and Roma Rose’s soft vocals create a pure sounding and smooth track. Rolling drums sit underneath Roma’s heavenly harmonies as she spills her honest lyricism. Play this one on a slow Sunday afternoon in the living room.

Next up we have itsreeves with track Left N Right. This talented artist creates ‘product without genre’, a true fusion of elements of Pop, Lo-Fi, R&B and more into a blend that’s smooth sultry and curious. Left N Right is a catchy number with itsreeves’ raw yet subtle vocal style reminiscent of talents such as Mac Miller. This track’s catchy beat and simply pure synths are a certified easy listen.

Next up it’s the ultra smooth Christine Nguyen with track Finding Happiness, feat. Jhalon. This track is pure R&B brilliance, bright guitars, sultry vocals and roomy drum pads. Christine Nguyen’s lyricism has a sad yet beautiful feel to it, an emotive songstress whose soft delivery flows like water. With a sound reminiscent of Jhene Aiko, Christine Nguyen brings talent and potential galore to the table. Listen Below.

The final addition to our Fresh Hit Radar this week is an ethereal electro track from Gefahrgeist titled Graceless. A little different to what you may be listening to but this track is executed excellently. Pure toned vocals, haunting harmonies and some picture perfect production make for a quality electro track from this Scottish duo. An easy feeling electro single that brings a relaxing feel to a typically hectic genre. Take a listen below.

Happy Listening folks!

Written By:Jessica Rowe

This week’s Fresh Hit Radar is our best lineup yet

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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.

Happy Listening!

Written By: Jessica Rowe

MTV VMA 2020 winners announced

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Lady Gaga was the big winner at the MTV VMAs 2020 tonight (August 30), walking away with five awards.

Three of the star’s trophies were shared with Ariana Grande for their collaborative track ‘Rain On Me’, including Song Of The Year, Best Collaboration and Best Cinematography. The pair also performed the track live for the first time at the socially-distanced ceremony.

Gaga also picked up Artist Of The Year and was awarded the first-ever Tricon Award for her art and philanthropic efforts.

UNSPECIFIED – AUGUST 2020: Lady Gaga accepts the Best Collaboration award for “Rain on Me” with Ariana Grande onstage during the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, broadcast on Sunday, August 30th 2020. (Photo by Kevin Winter/MTV VMAs 2020/Getty Images for MTV)

BTS walked away with four Moonman trophies for Best Group, Best Pop, Best K-pop and Best Choreography for ‘On’. The Korean group also gave the debut live performance of their new single ‘Dynamite’.

Video Of The Year went to The Weeknd for ‘Blinding Lights’, who also won Best R&B for the same track. The star used both of his acceptance speeches to call for justice for Jacob Blake and Breonna Taylor.

The ceremony, which was originally scheduled to take place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center but was moved to various outdoor locations due to the coronavirus pandemic, was hosted by Keke Palmer. The presenter opened the show by paying tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who died on Friday (August 28).

Whilst not a typical VMA ceremony it’s great to celebrate music in the new socially distanced 2020 style. Congratulations to all winners and nominees from this year’s MTV VMAs.

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

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

Aaliyah’s music to appear on streaming services soon

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The estate of late singer Aaliyah have commenced discussions that will likely see her full discography appear on streaming services for the first time.

In a statement posted to social media, her estate said: “To our loyal fans: We are excited to announce that communication has commenced between the estate and various record labels about the status of Aaliyah’s music catalogue, as well as its availability on streaming platforms in the near future.”

The news marks the 19th anniversary of Aaliyah’s death. The singer died in an air crash on August 25 2001, aged just 22.

Aaliyah recorded three albums between 1994 and 2001, finding her greatest success with her final self-titled LP in July 2001. Her most successful single ‘Try Again’, which featured on the soundtrack to the 2000 thriller Romeo Must Die, was her first and only US number one.

Her music has been largely absent from all streaming services over the last decade. A 2005 greatest hits compilation ‘Ultmate’ appeared on Apple Music and iTunes in early 2017, while only a handful of early EPs and her debut album ‘Age Ain’t Nothin’ But A Number’ are currently available on Spotify.

Aaliyah’s death was a tragedy to the industry, the young R&B star had already made huge moves in music and was tipped for big time success. Many fans will be eagerly waiting for her discography to hit streaming platforms.

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

Fresh Hit Radar- Your daily dose of new music

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Happy Friday Pop Playlister readers! Hope you’re ready for the next dose of Fresh Hits from this week because the line up today is deadly good.

The submissions get better and better every week and we love sharing some of the best talents breaking through the underground scene. 

You can find the full playlist here

First up it’s Kitty with track 2020. 2020 comes off Kitty’s stunning debut album, a hauntingly beautiful 8 track project that sets her out as a dark pop princess. 2020 is a favourite of the Pop Playlister team, a moody alt-pop track that compliments Kitty’s ethereal vocals perfectly. Featuring all the best elements of classic Pop, infused with a gloomy electro twist, 2020 is a cinematic anthem from the stand out singer Kitty. Her full project, The Dark Age, is like nothing you would’ve heard before. A pop diva whose dark twist on the genre is intriguing, emotive and captivating. 

Listen to 2020 HERE and check out the entire The Dark Age project.

Next up is single Everybody, a grooving alt-pop track from powerhouse trio Lohrd Snohw, Orange Bloom and Tom Shawcroft. Three music mavericks coming together to create magic, making Everybody one of the best collaboration singles I’ve heard all year. Everybody is an energetic track, with flawless production from Orange Bloom and catchy hooks from Lohrd Snohw and Tom Shawcroft. The track is truly addictive, a sound you just can’t help but groove along to and a real accomplishment for the trio. The Pop Playlister team are secretly praying Everybody won’t be the last single we get from this supergroup.

Listen to Everybody HERE

Third on our list is Erika Ascenzo’s soulful single Bound. Powerful, smooth and sultry this track makes me truly excited for the future of R&B. Bound is just the second single from Australian singer-songwriter Erika Ascenzo’s whose musicality and vocal prowess is astonishing. The track is full, with nifty baselines a punchy beat and glossy synths. Erika’s deep yet soft vocals are the icing on the cake to this delicious track. Leaving us hungry for more, let’s hope Erika Ascenzo releases more music to satisfy the craving for more Bound has left us with. 

Listen to Bound HERE

After Dark by YJKL is the next track to make it onto our Fresh Hit list. This instrumental tune is a smooth, lo-fi number oozing with quality. With bright guitars, a bassy beat and a light touch of synths After Dark is the definition of easy listening. The perfect track to sit back and relax to on a slow Sunday afternoon.

Listen to After Dark HERE

Last but by no means least is Perfect by OnlyM and Blahza. A dreamy lo-fi beat full of intricate design, rhythm and musicality. The track is made complete by the easy bars of Blahza, witty lyricism with gentle delivery creating a bedroom pop single that oozes quality. Perfect is a stunning introduction for the Pop Playlister team to this talented duo. A must have on your playlist, and two talents to watch out for.

Listen to Perfect HERE

Happy Listening!

Written By: Jessica Rowe

Alicia Keys X Khalid collab in the works

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The 39-year-old singer tagged the ‘Talk’ hitmaker in a Twitter post, in which she shared a 15-second audio clip.
She wrote in the post: “I think it’s time.”

Khalid simply replied: “YUP.”

The 15-second teaser featured the ‘Empire State of Mind’ star singing: “Because I’m so, so done/I’m living the way that I want”.

The song will follow Alicia’s most recent single, June’s ‘Perfect Way To Die’, which was released in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests and explored a “system of racism that looks at Black life as unworthy” and “the culture of police violence”.

That same month, Khalid teamed up with Victoria Monét and SG Lewis on ‘Experience’ and opted to stick with their intended release date to bring joy at a time of civil unrest.

They said in a statement at the time: “We’ve always used music as a form of escapism from troubling things.

“This song, though deep in subject matter, sonically simply feels joyful and celebratory. It’s important to us to highlight and celebrate Black joy and love in the middle of so much pain and trauma.”

Alicia Keys and Khalid are two industry heavy-weights, with oodles of talent, lyrical prowess and musicality between them. We can’t wait to hear the single.

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

The Fresh Hit Radar- Music hotter than a heatwave

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It’s our favourite part of the week and time to share some fantastic, fresh hits with you all. We’re excited to bring you the official Fresh Hit Radar playlist on Spotify, give it a follow and let us put you on some great new music.

Kicking off this week’s playlist are the talented Umbrellabirds with their acoustic single Rhododendrons. This track is true easy listening, acoustic guitars sitting perfectly over a rhythmic beat featuring effortlessly smooth vocals. The perfect addition to your Sunday playlist and a sound you won’t tire of. Check out the full project Closing Ceremony out now on all streaming platforms.

Next up some ambient jazz to soundtrack your sunny weekend. Hugo Marsh’s album Mutualism is a jazz infused, indie take on instrumentals. Each track is mellow with just enough funk, groove and rhythm creating a perfect blend of sound and style. Another easy listening project that’s a must have on any chill-out playlist.

Third on our list is the talented Lisa Danaë with her track Starlet, her first single post 2 year hiatus but it is more than worth the wait. Starlet is pure pop princess greatness, a track with energy and power, driving synths and Lisa’s strikingly pure vocals. The California native oozes commercial potential with her catchy hooks and heartfelt lyricism. A true pop talent and the most promising artist we’ve seen in the genre for a long time. Lisa has true potential for pop stardom. We’ll be keeping a close eye on this one.

Our final addition is Samuel Slater’s So Far, Gone, a strong contender for our song of the summer. The track is Samuel’s debut single and is a hugely promising start for the artist. So Far, Gone is a catchy track featuring an easy beat and bright guitars, the song is pure bedroom-pop, indie genius. Grooving, warm and effortless So Far, Gone is a must have on your summer playlist and firmly establishes Samuel Slater as one to water for 2020.

Happy Listening!

TGIF- Pop Playlister’s Fresh Music Playlist

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We’re back with another Fresh Music Playlist, a curation of some of the best songs we’ve heard this week that we know you’re going to love. 

First up it’s Hollin Kings with 2020 single Hold On, a driving Rock and Roll track that has brought the Ohio rockers to our attention. Hollin Kings have such a classic, authentic sound, with heavy guitars, punchy drums and vocals that ride the instrumentals with ease, rasp and power. Their talent and musical prowess is evident, showing genuine skill, musicality and a rawness that much music has lost. Clean, driving and powerful, Hold On is the kind of single you’re desperate to see played loud and live on stage. 

Next up a track to slow it down and soundtrack a slow Sunday. Waves by Ellis Johnson is a soulful ballad from the Mancunian singer songwriter. Sultry and acoustic, Ellis’ vocals have a pure and easy tone that you want to hear on repeat. A track full of subtle passion and emotion Ellis Johnson has the potential to follow in the acoustic pop footsteps of stars such as Ed Sheeran and James Arthur. 

Our third addition is Lola Young’s smooth and soulful None For You. At just 19 years old Lola Young possesses immense talent in both vocal style, lyricism and spirit. Tipped to be next up in the UK scene it is not hard to see why. The track is full of attitude, presented in the smoothest of manners with Lola’s luscious vocals sitting over smooth piano chords. Lola Young’s potential is palpable.

Shanay Shah’s You Found Me is the next feature on our Fresh Music playlist. Shanay is talent hailing from Mumbai, a multilingual talent who brings a truly refreshing sound to the pop genre. You Found Me features catchy melodies and fuses both an acoustic and electro influence to create a perfect balance between the two. You Found Me has a warm summer vibe, immense commercial potential and demonstrates Shanay Shah’s destiny for pop stardom.

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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.

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Happy Listening!