It’s actually a really busy New Music Friday this week, and that isn’t even including an excellent new version of Years and Years‘ Starstruck featuring Kylie Minogue, or a revamped re-release of Zara Larsson‘s Poster Girl album – which, believe it or not, is only two (2) months old. Or, in fact, the Olivia Rodrigo album.
The headliner as far as new singles are concerned is Heartbreak Anthem, Little Mix‘s first new-new song post-Jesy, which is a feature with Galantis and David Guetta. With any song that’s exactly three minutes in length, I’m always like, ‘ooh, would this be good for Eurovision?’ and in this case I’m fairly certain it would. It’s also, ‘btw’, yet another entry in Little Mix’s ‘songs about songs’ collection (Break Up Song, Not A Pop Song, Sweet Melody, No More Sad Songs… and Secret Love Song if you wanna go by title).
Also this week, Agnes isn’t messing around with 24 Hours, an absolute thumper (yes THUMPER) of an electro-pop song; Lil Nas X is surprisingly affecting on SUN GOES DOWN (his debut album is going to be a real ~moment, isn’t it), and Marshmello recruits the Jonas Brothers for midtempo bop Leave Before You Love Me.
Georgia and David Jackson‘s Get Me Higher is a perfect addition to your exercise playlist, Jack Antonoff gets back to writing/producing for himself with Bleachers‘ new one Stop Making This Hurt, and Brandy kickstarts a Disney Ultimate Princesses thing with new original song Starting Now.
Meanwhile, Kate Nash is here with Misery, her first new single for a couple of years, and I really love it. And I haven’t been too sold on this latest Marina era tbqh but Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land is definitely my favourite from it so far.
(I’ve also chucked Destiny and Elena Tsagarino’s Eurovision bops on the playlist this week but I’ll put all my favourite stuff from this year’s contest on there properly over the weekend.)
Get the rolling 2021 playlist below or here.