Happy New Music Friday!
Every Friday, an avalanche of new music stampedes digital culture. It’s a full-time job to keep up with it (trust), so BreatheHeavy puts together a weekly cheat sheet for your convenience. Here are a handful of new tunes worth your undivided attention. After that, you’re on your own!
Chris Brown & Justin Bieber – “Don’t Check On Me” (Song)
A lot of Chris Brown’s music is pretty explicit, but he shows a softer side on his Justin Bieber collab, “Don’t Check On Me.” It lands on his newly-released album, Indigo, which also features collaborations from Nicki Minaj, G-Eazy, “H.E.R.,” and more. On it, Chris and JB trade verses about the aftermath from a breakup. “Every heartbreak has its season,” they sing over an Ink-produced beat. It’s co-written alongside producer Poo Bear.
Ed Sheeran & Khalid – “Beautiful People” (Song)
Ed Sheeran just released another new song off his forthcoming album, No.6 Collaborations Project. As the title insinuates, each song is a collab – the latest being “Beautiful People,” featuring Khalid. On it, Ed sings about his worst nightmare: everyone striving for lame looks and material things. “This is my only fear,” Ed croons. “That we become beautiful people.” Elsewhere, he sings: “drop top, designer clothes. Front row at fashion shows / What do you do and who do you know?’” Khalid’s silky vocals shine on his verse, backing up Ed’s tone perfectly.
Ellie Goulding & Juice WRLD – “Hate Me” (Song)
Ellie Goulding’s new song, “Hate Me,” featuring Juice WRLD, sounds like a child’s nursery rhyme spliced with a harrowing EDM-tinged beat. On it, Ellie sings indulges in self-destruction. “Hate me, hate me/Tell me how you hate me/Tell me how I’m trash and you can easily replace me,” she sings over production crafted by Jason Evigan and The Monsters & Strangerz. Ellie also confronts a former lover’s new life, and she hopes it’s not going well. “I bet you don’t kiss her with your eyes closed/I bet you’re still walkin’ on a tightrope,” she sings. “Miss me so much, you’ve been goin’ psycho/You ain’t gotta say it, baby –– I know.”
Meghan Trainor – “Hurt Me” (Song)
As expected, Meghan Trainor’s new tune, “Hurt Me,” is a bop. She graciously gifted Songland with this sparkly gem. “You don’t get to hurt me,” she affirms on the new tune. “No, you were never worth all my energy and just ’cause you’re hurting don’t mean you get to hurt me.” It’s unclear when Meghan’s new album will arrive, but as long as she continues to release these guilty pleasures… I’m good.
Julia Michaels – “Hurt Again” (Song)
If anyone knows how to write a song that’ll get instantly stuck in your head, it’s Julia Michaels. Her new tune, “Hurt Again,” lands on the forthcoming record, Inner Monologue Part 2. On the Ian Kirkpatrick-produced tune, Julia sings about finally being ready to open up to love again. “Ready to be hurt again,” she sings over a sticky beat and strings. “You remind me of my past, that’s how I know that this won’t last.” Love can hurt, but it’s part of the human experience, and Miss Michaels captures that vulnerability in a bottle.
Sabrina Carpenter – “In My Bed” (Video)
Sabrina Carpenter ventures off into a wondrous world in her new video for “In My Bed.” She starts out casually chilling in her pink-princess themed bedroom when she suddenly elevates into the absurd. She rocks freaky teddy bear eyes, sings as a self-trio and gets locked up in an insane asylum while business men dressed in suits awkwardly dance behind her. I’m not sure what it all means, but I’m here for it.