It would be extremely upsetting to me, personally, if any pop fan missed these tracks.
Maximillian – Beautiful Scars
Denmark’s Maximillian returned with Beautiful Scars.
He says he wrote the song “as a reminder to myself of how far I’ve come in life in a very short period of time. We all have inner demons that sometimes burst out into the world. I believe it’s important to embrace those demons, and accept you are who you are.”
He’s been quietly releasing vocally impressive little pop masterpieces over the past couple of years and this one is no exception. It feels like a big step up with a great message.
Rak-Su – Into It
British group Rak-Su’s Into It is a wonderful explosion of 90s nostalgia with such a fun music video.
Betty Who – The One
While we’re on that nostalgia pop note, there’s Betty Who’s The One. Her entire album, Betty, is honestly a pop masterpiece on the level of Carly Rae Jepsen’s Emotion and it should be getting more love. Album track The One perfects that late 90s/early 2000s Max Martin vibe. Get on it, then get on the rest!
Katie Colosimo – LML
Nashville’s Katie Colosimo dropped LML, a delightful bop with a
It’s a great time.
James TW – Suitcase
Greyson Chance – shut up
Greyson Chance’s album, portraits, is shaping up to be one of my favourite albums of the year. It may be early but I’m calling it.
shut up is another example of why I’m so confident in it. I’m very excited for March 15.
Kevin Faye – Alright
Stockholm’s Kevin Faye caught my ear when I was trawling the New Music Friday playlists with Alright. It’s a chill little earworm with that Swedish polish I love.
Anna Clendening – Bend & Break
Anna Clendening ‘made her name’ on America’s Got Talent a few years ago but this is the first I’ve heard from her. Bend & Break is from her EP waves and the production on the chorus makes it all worth it.
Astrid S – Someone New
Astrid S’ Someone New is probably up there with the best pop songs released so far this year (and there’s been a lot of competition!). Charli XCX’s name is in the credits so of course, it slaps.
SAKIMA – DJ Romance
London’s SAKIMA dropped DJ Romance, a queer little trap-pop bop.
Lauv & Troye Sivan –
i’m so tired… (MNEK Remix)
I love the vocal production on this. Vocal manipulation is one of my favourite parts of pop music and this remix is giving me everything I need. Plus, it helps that I was already obsessed with the song.