Best new music of the week: BTS, Billie Eilish, AURORA, and more
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Permission to Dance by BTS
And they've done it again! We've hardly recovered from their smash hit Butter just over a month ago, but these K-pop boys aren't letting us catch our breath. Permission to Dance — co-written with Ed Sheeran — is an all-English track bursting with hope for the post-pandemic future. Packed with peppy instrumentals and a catchy rhythm, the MV features people triumphantly stripping off their masks and getting their groove on. The track's warm, positive energy is certainly a blessing amidst all the world's negativity.
NDA by Billie Eilish
NDA sees a return to the unsettling, darker side of Billie. The song is grounded in a sparse bass rhythm and explores the pop star's struggles with fame through its confessional lyrics. "Had a pretty boy over, but he couldn't stay/On his way out I made him sign an NDA," she sings. In the hypnotic visual, Billie walks down a dimly lit highway while cars whizz past her dangerously. It seems that the MV is a metaphor for the risky romantic fling — after all, she is toeing a fine line of trust between herself and the stunt drivers.
Stay by The Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber
The Kid Laroi has teamed up with Justin Bieber for a fun summer bop. The song is a plea for a girl to, well, stay. Stay is the Australian singer's first release since his collab with Miley Cyrus last year, and it will be part of his upcoming album F*ck Love (Over You). It features Laroi skipping through downtown Los Angeles with the streets frozen in mid-air, while Bieber appears later belting out a verse on top of a hotel rooftop. Nearing the end of the video, the pair join forces and show us some dance moves. Even if she leaves you, Laroi, we'd certainly stay put and play this song on repeat!
Motley Crue by Post Malone
Post Malone (literally) steps into new territory in his new single. Taking over a racing course, the rapper whizzes around the track and embraces party vibes with his 'motley crew'. He celebrates victory by chugging beer from a gigantic trophy. Unlike his past work, Post Malone has changed up his style and is now experimenting with a higher-pitched voice. The MV even includes a cameo from Tommy Lee, the founding drummer of hard rock band Motley Crue (ha).
Cure For Me by Aurora
Norwegian singer Aurora returns with a quirky track that encourages us to shut out the doubters and embrace our unique selves. The MV is overflowing with cheekiness, showcasing an array of exaggerated facial expressions from the songbird while she dances among performers in circus masks. Cure For Me, a track from her next studio album, marks a departure from her usual nature-themed works, instead taking on a more playful approach. And of course, she looks absolutely stunning in every shot — we're obsessed.