New Music Friday, belated: Lil Nas X! Taylor! Demi! The Veronicas! More!

 New Music Friday, belated: Lil Nas X! Taylor! Demi! The Veronicas! More!

SOZ, I was all-go from sunrise to sunset yesterday so didn’t get time to do a proper post about the latest, greatest New Music Friday findings (I’m sure you were *bereft*), but here’s a quick whistle-stop summary for anyone who doesn’t already follow the rolling 2021 playlist.

Most notably this week, Lil Nas X has finally released the song he started teasing last summer: Montero (Call Me By Your Name) has generated plenty of attention for its gloriously gay visuals, and the incredible note he posted to his younger self – but let’s not forget that the song itself is also a bop. And it too is extremely gay! “I want that jet lag from fuckin’ and flyin’ / Shoot a child in your mouth while I’m ridin'”… Well, if the straights can be explicitly sexual, why can’t us queers?!

On a totally different note, Taylor Swift has dropped the first of the previously unreleased songs from the Fearless era. Maren Morris provides backing vocals on You All Over Me, and it’s a lovely little song that not only slots right in to the Fearless vibe, but wouldn’t have sounded totally out of place on Evermore.

Elsewhere, Julia Michaels has released All Your Exes – a song that you might be tempted to skip if you don’t fancy the first verse or so, but at the 0:50 mark it becomes an almost totally different (better!) track. It’s a great bait-and-switch.

beabadoobee is, like Pale Waves and LOVA earlier this year, feeding my current pop-rock phase with new track Last Day On Earth; Becky Hill has put out another great wailbanger in the form of Last Time; there’s the new/old Sarah Harding gem from earlier in the week; serial hitmaker KAMILLE is back with Mirror Mirror, a new song of her own; and Demi Lovato has put out the dramatic title track from her upcoming album and current documentary series, Dancing With the Devil.

Aaaand finally (quite a busy week, actually, isn’t it!) The Veronicas have gone ROCK MUSIC with Godzilla, and Bright Light Bright Light has put out a new electro semi-ballad by the name of What I’d Do For You.

That brings the total number of decent bops across Q1 to 101. Well done, Q1! Catch them all below or here.

Shaun Kitchener

Scriptwriter for the theatre and TV (currently Hollyoaks) and freelance entertainment ~reportage.