Best New Music of the Week: Jonas Brothers, Hayley Williams, Kygo, and Avicii
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"What A Man Gotta Do" by Jonas Brothers
The Jonas Brothers are on a roll. On hiatus since 2013, they returned in 2019 with their first full-length album in a decade, Happiness Begins. For their latest single "What A Man Gotta Do", they released not one but two MVs. The first was full of animated dance sequences and appearances by their baes (Priyanka Chopra, Sophie Turner, and other one who nobody can remember), while the second one featured a glitzy ride down the Las Vegas Strip. Check it out below.
"Simmer" by Hayley Williams
Lead vocalist of rock band, Paramore, Hayley Williams releases her first solo single this week. She announced last year that she will be putting out new music in 2020, and boy, she came through. "Simmer" is off from her upcoming solo album, Petals for Armor, that's scheduled for release on 8 May. Fans have been speculating that the song is about her ex-husband, Chad Gilbert.
"Forever Yours" by Kygo, Avicii and Sandro Cavazza
Originally a track by Avicii and Sandro, Kygo has remixed the track as a tribute to Avicii, who passed away in 2018. The song cover shows a map with pins, outlining the road trip they had taken together from Los Angeles to Ultra 2016 in Miami. Avicii played the unfinished song in Ultra that year, but never released it.
"Still Learning" by Halsey
After experiencing public breakups and mental health issues, Halsey releases her third full-length album, Manic this week. In its first single, "Still Learning", Halsey speaks about wrestling with her inner demons: "I should be living the dream/But I go home and I got no self-esteem".
"Tattoos Together" by Lauv
Yet another cheerful single for Lauv — "Tattoos Together" was dropped together with an MC that features smooth dance moves, one-take shot directing style, and a bright aesthetic. It is the latest release from Lauv's 21-track album, How I'm Feeling, that's slated for release on 6 March 2020.
"Me & You Together Song" by The 1975
The band has come together for a new single as well as a new tour. "Me & You" is the debut track from their upcoming album, Notes on a Conditional Form, which is scheduled to drop on 24 April 2020.
Apple Music's Chinese New Year playlists by Jasmine Sokko, Michele Yeoh, and Gin Lee
Tired of the same old "Gong Xi Fa Cai" tracks ringing in your ear wherever you go? Apple Music has engaged over a dozen C-pop musicians and celebrities of Chinese descent to curate their very own CNY playlists. With a new playlist revealed each day, find out what songs your favorite stars are jamming to and get into the festive mood. Our personal favourites have to be homegrown singer Jasmine Sokko's modern tracks and veteran actress Michelle Yeoh's nostalgic anthems.
"Rare" by Selena Gomez
The former Disney star and famous ex of Justin Bieber has not released an album in over five years. Besides her turbulent relationships, she also underwent a kidney transplant operation and battled to regain her mental health these past few years. All these experiences have been distilled in her highly anticipated album, which was leaked a few days before its official release.
"Eleven" by Khalid
Khalid had a phenomenal 2019. His Free Spirit hit the top of the charts and "Talk" was nominated for a Grammy. His first single in 2020, "Eleven", is accompanied by a lyric video featuring fast sports cars against an ominous night.
"Underdog" by Alicia Keys
Co-written by Ed Sheeran and co-produced by Johnny McDaid (Ed Sheeran, Pink), "Underdog" has an empowering message for those who work endlessly to attain success and achieve their full potential. Key encapsulates the mood of the song in her favourite line, "They say I would never make it but I was built to break the mold".
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