Best New Music of the Week: IU, Taylor Swift, Jackson Wang, and more
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Lilac by IU
We've yet to recover from the masterpiece that was Celebrity, but it seems reigning k-pop queen IU certainly isn't going to let us catch our breath with yet another drop. Lilac, the title track of her fifth studio album with the same name, is already breaking records within days of its release — and it's not hard to see why. Pair IU's angelic vocals with the catchy upbeat tune, and you just know you'll be breaking out into a dance at this bright and cheery song. And of course, a hit single has to come with a visually stunning MV — the music video is dreamy and ethereal with pastel colours dominating the scenes. It goes without saying, of course, that IU looks like an absolute goddess in every shot, too.
You All Over Me by Taylor Swift ft. Maren Morris
T.Swift is returning to her country roots with an unreleased song from her vault; a piece written between the tender age of 16 and 18 and when she just getting her start in the music industry. It explains the sense of déjà vu that crops upon listening to You All Over Me, which features trademark Taylor Swift style lyrics like "The best and worst day of June was the one that I met you with your hands in your pockets" , taking you back to the iconic Fearless era. Ah yes, a much-needed ride down memory lane to 2008 when life was simpler and better.
LMLY by Jackson Wang
If you think you've had an eventful 2021, you can't top GOT7 rapper and solo artist Jackson Wang, whose the definition of go-getter with "LMLY" being his fourth release this year already. What can we say — his fans sure are blessed. Jackson switches things up with this new song which has a retro disco 80s tinge to it, intermingling with the usual catchy pop beat he's well-loved for. In case you're wondering what LMLY stands for, it actually means "Leave Me Loving You" and is a heartwrenching ballad about unrequired love. Other than Jackson's husky, sexy vocals, the music video is peppered with vintage neon lighting and tells the tale of a waiter (played by the suave heartthrob) falling for a pretty customer.
Dancing With The Devil by Demi Lovato
We've always known Demi Lovato to be a warrior. Her latest YouTube documentary — detailing her 2018 near fatal overdose and recovery journey — just proves it. Its brutally honest lyrics like, "It's just a little white line, I'll be fine, but soon that little white line is a little glass pipe" is a testament to how far the songstress has come, where it sends a reassuring message of encouragement to other people going through the same rough patch as her. And of course, our ears are blessed by her soaring vocals, which never disappoint.
All your exes by Julia Michaels
Yes, the moment we've all been waiting for has arrived. Up-and-coming singer, Julia Michaels, is finally back with her first single in 2021. The feisty anthem features revved-up electric guitar instrumentals and addresses the toxic angst and bitterness felt when relieving memories with past loves. Featuring kickass lyrics like, "I wanna live in a world where all your exes are dead, I wanna kill all the memories that you save in your head, be the only girl that's ever been in your bed". We hate to say it, but — what a mood.