New Music Friday: BTS, Halsey, Ellie Goulding, LSD, Avicii, Mark Ronson And More
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BTS – Map Of The Soul: Persona (Album)
K-Pop sensations, BTS, nearly broke the Internet with the release of their new album and music video for “Boy With Luv,” featuring Halsey. The video features vibrantly wonderful worlds that finds the guys dancing energetically through colorful scenarios. It features Halsey, but they did her dirty in the video – she’s barely featured. Curiously, she makes a longer cameo on the album track. Ed Sheeran is also featured as a songwriter on a song titled “Make It Right.” I’d like to point out that news initially startled me, and my Tweet about it went viral. I’m all ears now.
On her new tune, co-produced by Ian Kirkpatrick, FRED and Mike Wise, Ellie recalls the times she was 16-years-old and running around causing trouble. “I’m so excited to share ‘Sixteen’ with everyone,” Goulding said in a statement. “That age was such a pivotal year for me in many ways and this song is so close to my heart. It takes me back to the reckless days of being a teenager and I hope it reminds us all about the innocence of youth.”
LSD – “Heaven Can Wait” (Song)
LSD, comprised of Labrinth, Sia and Diplo, released another infectious new tune. It’s titled “Heaven Can Wait,” an acid trip in the form of song that finds the trio combining their immense talents together to create something perfect for the summer months. It features a Caribbean flare, Sia’s soaring vocals, Diplo’s pounding production and a cool verse from Lab.
Avicii & Aloe Blacc – “SOS” (Song)
The late producer was nearly finished with “SOS” before his untimely death. It features Aloe Blacc, the singer who helped Avicii rise to superstardom with their global smash, “Wake Me Up.”
“He had a completely different way of playing piano and keyboard,” the song’s co-producer Albin Nedler says. “As a result his fingers would sometimes strike an unusual key, which added to his unique sound. Tim’s fingerprints are literally across the entirety of ‘SOS.’”
The song works as either a love song, or sadly… a cry for help. “I feel like ‘SOS’ was a song that was probably ahead of its time,” Blacc says. “[Avicii] wrote these lyrics obviously about some of his battles and I think it’s a really important topic to approach and to share, especially with his visibility and his access to ears and hearts. To give people the words to be able to say ‘I need help.’”
Mark Ronson & Lykke Li – “Late Night Feelings” (Song)
Mark Ronson dreamy disco-tinged new tune, “Late Night Feelings,” featuring Lykke Li, is a guilty pleasure pop song. A calypso streak runs through Li’s airy vocals as she sings about love’s absence, and how it drives her crazy.
Bea Miller & 6LACK – “it’s not u it’s me”
Bea Miller‘s new song, featuring 6LACK, is vibes, and the video is a serve. The 20-year-old explains the “it’s not u it’s me” visual should arm the viewer with self-empowerment. “I wanted this video to represent that learning to respect and prioritize yourself comes through trial and error, but also that in order to do that you can’t take yourself too seriously,” Bea explains. “It’s difficult not to be self-critical if you can’t laugh at your mistakes, which is why this video is so playful.” In it, Bea dances between ’80s style setups with diamonds on her face, and at one point low-key hallucinates before transcending through time and space. It’s a trip.