Best New Music of the Week: Blackpink, BTS X Jawsh 685 X Jason Derulo, Shawn Mendes, and more
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Lovesick Girls by BLACKPINK
How you like that, Blinks? Blackpink has just dropped their much-anticipated first full album since their debut in 2016. The album comes after a number of star-studded collaborations this year, as well as the wildly successful single How You Like That. The third single off the album, Lovesick Girls, has been labelled as the main track with lyrics penned by members Jennie and Jisoo. The dance-pop track features a catchy melody and addictive hook, alongside the group's penchant rap verses and compelling refrains. Other tracks in the album include an earlier released collaboration with Selena Gomez, Ice Cream, as well as a rap feature by Cardi B on the track Bet You Wanna. We're also going to get more of the girls with their new Netflix documentary, Blackpink: Light Up the Sky, which promises to give fans a look at the group's recording processes, footage from their trainee days, as well as their unforgettable 2019 Coachella performance. We were born to be in love (with Blackpink) indeed.
Savage Love (Laxed - Siren Beat) (Remix) by BTS, Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo
Being a K-Pop stan means getting blessed with various new releases and comebacks, but it's an especially good year to be an ARMY. Just this year alone, BTS released their fourth studio album, Map of the Soul: 7, with hit singles Boy With Luv, Black Swan, Make It Right and On. Fans were treated to the group's first English single, Dynamite, and the group is also slated to release a new studio album, Be, in November. And now, the boy band has teamed up with Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo to drop a remix on the TikTok viral track, Savage Love (Laxed - Siren Beat). The boys first teased the remix on social media, where they performed the prominent TikTok dance to the song. The groovy remix takes on a BTS spin with both English and Korean verses whilst maintaining the original song's familiar beats. It's clearly BTS's year, and we're here for it.
Wonder by Shawn Mendes
Shawn Mendes is back with the title track and lead single from his upcoming fourth album: Wonder. In a hand-written note posted onto social media, Mendes shared: "I wrote an album. It's called Wonder, it really feels like a piece of me has been written down on paper and recorded into song. I tried to be as real and as honest as I've ever been. It's a world and a journey and a dream and an album I've been wanting to make for a really long time." The new single, co-written and co-produced by Mendes, sees the singer crooning out a fervent ballad in his signature smooth baritone. The ballad was also accompanied by an artistically moody music video, directed by Matty Peacock (director of Ice Cream by Selena Gomez and Blackpink). If this single is a display for what's to come, we're geared up for the album, which has been slated to be released on 4 December.
Don't Stop by Megan Thee Stallion (feat. Young Thug)
Rappers Megan Thee Stallion and Young Thug have joined forces to drop a new single, Don't Stop. This comes after a string of recent collaborations both had with other artistes, namely Stallion's and Cardi B's hit song WAP, and Thug's recent feature on Travis Scott's Franchise. The fiery new collaborative track opens with Meg's trademark confident rap, with Thugger jumping in for a later verse. The duo also released a music video along with the single, featuring heavy Alice in Wonderland concept themes, with Thug cosplaying as Edward Scissorshands.
Fallin' by Why Don't We
After a long hiatus, boyband Why Don't We is back with a new single, Fallin'. Shedding their angelic images, the group has rebranded themselves into a bad-boy phase. The new song was penned and produced by the members themselves as part of their intention to grow as musicians. The track samples drums from Kanye West's 2013 Yeezus release, Black Skinhead. The group transforms the drum beats with a groovy rhythm whilst depicting the adrenaline of falling in love. "Writing and producing our own music has been one of the most rewarding experiences for us," says member Corbyn Besson in a statement. "In the past four years we've become confident enough to reinvent ourselves, becoming the band we always hoped to be."