Ready for some fresh pop tunes music lovers?
This must be our lucky week cause a number of our favourite singers have chosen this week to debut their new singles. Whether you’re a hip-hop fan or a country fan, there’s something for everyone. Nicki Minaj, Zayn Malik, Florence + The Machine, The Weeknd, Carrie Underwood – those are just some of the artists with new singles out.
1. Nicki Minaj – “Chun-Li”
After a long hiatus, the Queen of Rap has return! The Young Money diva has released not one, not two, but three singles!
First off is, “Chun-Li”, a character taken from “Street Fighter”. Like Minaj, Chun-Li is also known for her thick thighs. As many of you would know, Chun-Li was the first female character in the video game franchise. Likewise, the female MC is also declaring that she’s the leading female rapper to dominate the music game.
2. Nicki Minaj – “Barbie Tingz”
The other single “Barbie Tingz” finds Minaj putting them copycats in their rightful place. She leaves no room for competition. While addressing the time away from social media in the verse, “Rap bitches tell their team, ‘Make em like Barbie’. Had to come off IG so they can’t stalk me“, she also takes a dig at Remy Ma.
“It’s time to make hits and it’s time to diss. How you still dissin’, still can’t find some hits? Was it worth it, dummy? I ain’t mind a bit,” she declares over a slick beat. Of her newly-released two singles, “Barbie Tingz” is the real highlight.
3. Young Thug & Nicki Minaj – “Anybody”
In addition to the aforementioned “Chun-Li” and “Barbie Tingz”, Minaj joins Young Thug on a new song titled, “Anybody”. Taken from Young Thug’s “Hear No Evil” EP, the visual for “Anybody” is done in sign language. It’s actually an homage to the rapper’s brother, who happens to be deaf.
4. Zayn Malik – “Let Me”
The last time we heard from the former One Direction boybander, it was his ballad duet with Sia on “Dusk Till Dawn”. Zayn Malik has now return with a continuation of sorts to his previous ballad with a R&B-infused lovers anthem, “Let Me”.
Directed by Jose Padilha, the mini-film sees the singer and iconic actor Steven Bauer pulling off an impressive heist. However, he gives it all up to run away with his love interest. The “Let Me” visual ends on a cliff-hanger though, hinting that there’s more to come.
5. Florence + The Machine – “Sky Full of Song”
In celebration of the 2018 edition of “Record Store Day”, Florence + The Machine returns with a sweeping, string-laden ballad. “Sky Full of Song” highlights frontwoman Florence Welch’s restrained vocals. The almost a capella delivery brings about a welcome intimacy, which is accompanied by a black-and-white video.
“This was a song that just fell out of the sky fully formed. Sometimes when you are performing you get so high, it’s hard to know how to come down. There is this feeling of being cracked open, rushing endlessly outwards and upwards, and wanting somebody to hold you still, bring you back to yourself. It’s an incredible, celestial, but somehow lonely feeling,” the powerhouse said in a statement.
6. The Weeknd – “Call Out My Name”
We’re seeing shades of blue in The Weeknd’s “Call Out My Name” music clip. Taken from his “My Dear Melancholy” EP, the Grant Singer-directed video shows a series of special effects. There are bats flying out of Abel‘s mouth, animals frozen midair, fire attacking a mystical forest, and bizarre alien-like creatures to keep you at the edge of your seat.
7. Jason Derulo – “Colors”
Jason Derulo is well known for churning out uptempo hits and “Colors” is another extension of that. “Colors” serves as the Coca-Cola’s theme song for this year’s World Cup. Helmed by Gil Green (who also directed “Stupid Love” and “Swalla”), we see Derulo visiting beautiful locales including a magnificent castle in Haiti, as well as a soccer field in Miami. National flags are everywhere and we see the entertainer draping himself in the colours of Haiti. Psst, Wyclef Jean also appears in a cameo.
8. Janelle Monáe – “PYNK”
“PYNK is a brash celebration of creation. self love. sexuality. and pussy power! PYNK’ is the color that unites us all, for pink is the colour found in the deepest and darkest nooks and crannies of humans everywhere… PYNK is where the future is born,” Janelle Monáe was quoted as saying. The feminist music video sees Janelle Monáe and her crew hitting the dessert and making bold statements.
9. Carrie Underwood – “Cry Pretty”
After spending her entire career with Sony Music Nashville, this is Carrie Underwood’s first single under music label UMG Nashville. Co-wrote with Hillary Lindsey, Liz Rose, and Lori McKenna, “Cry Pretty” is a powerful country ballad and an honest note to her fans.
“The title refers to when emotions take over and you just can’t hold them back. It really speaks to a lot of things that have happened in the past year and I hope when you hear it, you can relate those feelings to those times in your life,” the “American Idol” champion wrote.
10. Sam Tsui – “Clumsy”
Often times, the biggest challenge in our relationships can be the self-destructive voices in our head. In his new single, “Clumsy”, YouTuber Sam Tsui is battling his inner demon to come out on top. “‘Clumsy’ is one of the most meaningful songs to me on my new album ‘Trust’. The song is about the ways we can inadvertently sabotage our own relationships and push away the people we love without meaning to,” the singer-songwriter told Pride.
He added, “In it, a beautiful duet between two dancers is slowly unravelled by a third figure, who is, in fact, another ‘me’ – a manifestation of that self-destructive voice in our own heads to which I think we can all relate. I am so excited to share this really beautiful and meaningful piece with fans.”
11. Pentatonix – “Perfect”
— Pentatonix (@PTXofficial) April 12, 2018
Serenading us with another cover version of Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect”, because why not?
Which of these music releases are your favourites? Let us know in the comments section below.