Songs You Missed: September
I recently discovered the QUEEN that is Lizzo when Music Midtown announced her as a performer for their 2017 festival, and I have been OBSESSED ever since. With iconic bops like "Phone," "'Scuse Me," and feel-good anthem "Good As Hell," it's honestly shocking to me that this legend hasn't taken over radio airwaves yet. "Truth Hurts" is her newest single, which she BLESSED us with the premiere of at Midtown and I've been bumping it ever since. This is the perfect song for that post-breakup-moving-on-glo-up playlist, and honestly you need to stop sleeping on this goddess NOW.
Favorite lyric: "You tried to break my heart? / Oh, that breaks my heart / That you thought you ever had it."
Think Before I Talk
If you listen to Sirius XM Radio, you may have heard this slow-burning hit gaining airplay on channel 3 (Venus.) If not, it's time to listen up. I originally discovered the Norwegian singer last summer, thanks to a random Spotify playlist that featured her hit single "Hurts So Good." Since then, she dropped her "Party's Over" EP featuring hits like "Breathe" and "Such A Boy." "Think Before I Talk" is refreshingly simple and honest, and Astrid's voice is like a breath of fresh air soaring through this certified bop.
Favorite lyric: "And I know there's a line and I crossed it / And I pray that it won't leave a scar"
The male leads of a cappella supergroup Pentatonix have started their own side project, bearing the same name as their hit YouTube series, Superfruit. The boys, affectionately known as Scömìche by their fans, just released their debut LP, Future Friends and it is full of pop magic. Before you ask, no, it's not an album full of covers like they're most famously known for. This album features original music, including hits like "Bad 4 Us," "Worth It (Perfect)," and "Heartthrob." "Hurry Up!" is a standout track, absolutely made for pop radio. There's something incredibly refreshing and underrated about Scott and Mitch singing in two-octave unison. Don't dismiss these boys as "those Pentatonix guys" because they're honestly making some damn good pop music together.
Favorite lyric: "I'm too complete to need something / From someone who's not on my frequency"
Homemade Dynamite (Remix)
Lorde (feat. Khalid, Post Malone & SZA)
The original version of this song was instantly one of my favorite tracks from Melodrama when it released earlier this year. After a boost from one of this year's most talked about VMA performances, Lorde has teamed up with three of the most exciting new names in music for a killer remix. Three features on the same track may seem like a lot, but each artist brings something unique to the mix, giving it a completely different vibe from the original.
Favorite lyric: "My girl's at the door / And I left my pretense at home / And it ain't no goin' back"
Noah Cyrus (feat. XXXTENTATION)
Noah Cyrus is on track for one of the most exciting debut albums this decade. While radio may be sleeping on her (CRIMINAL TRULY), she's been rolling out straight bops since dropping her first single almost a year ago. Again is yet another one. The wonky production and falsetto of the chorus make this the perfect dancefloor banger, and I'm sure there will be killer remixes to come.
Favorite lyric: "Somewhere in between in love and broken / I'm in hell"
You probably haven't heard of Maggie Rogers; and if you have, you probably know her from that viral video of her leaving Pharrell stunned when he first heard her debut single "Alaska." Combining the lyrical and harmonic beauty of folk music with the energy and production of modern dancepop, the 23-year-old singer/songwriter has certainly created her own sound that is unlike anything else. Her newest single "Split Stones" finds her right back in that niche, and the result is beautiful. This girl is one to watch, so pay attention!
Favorite lyric: "If you would only move like you had something to lose"