Summer is well underway, but it isn’t too late for artists to release their contenders for song of the summer. This week, cross-genre collaborations dominate and hopeful comebacks are made. Here are ten of the week’s most notable new music releases–from TikTok stars to Sean Paul.
Calvin Harris – “Stay With Me” ft. Justin Timberlake, Halsey & Pharrell
Scottish DJ Calvin Harris assembles a dream team for the playful “Stay with Me”, featuring Justin Timberlake, Pharrell, and Halsey. The addition of Haley is a bit confounding, but it’s hard to deny longtime collaborators Justin Timberlake and Pharrell crooning over a retro beat. The single appears to be the flagship track from Harris’ long awaited collaboration album “Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2”, due August 5th, the sequel to 2017’s “Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1”.
Bella Poarch – “Dolls”
Top TikTokker Bella Poarch drops her new single “Dolls” today, the follow-up to last year’s viral “Build a Bitch”, which garnered more than 400 million views on YouTube. What’s more interesting than the song itself is its big budget music video, featuring cameos from Bretman Rock and Madison Beer.
Lizzo – “Special”
It’s finally time for Lizzo‘s “Special”–her second album since breaking into the mainstream, releasing today. It comes at the perfect time, as her lovable lead single “About Damn Time” reaches a new peak of #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, after 3 months of steady growth. Lizzo always feels joyful, but her commercialized sound often falls short her versatile talents.
Sabrina Carpenter – “Emails I Can’t Send”
Still picking up the pieces after being revealed as “That Blonde Girl” sung about in 2021’s biggest song “Driver’s License“, former Disney star Sabrina Carpenter is telling her side of the story on her new album “Emails I Can’t Send”, out today. The album’s latest single “because i liked a boy” not-so-subtly recounts the fallout from “Driver’s License”. It’s an undeniably honest record–albeit old news.
Steve Lacy – “Gemini Rights”
At only 24, Alt R&B Star Steve Lacy has been around for a while, gaining notoriety as the guitarist for the R&B Group The Internet. Today, he releases his sophomore album “Gemini Rights”. His breezy new single “Sunshine”, featuring Fousheé is simply sublime, with a stunning visual to match. A Frank-Ocean like trajectory could be in Lacy’s future.
Elie Goulding “Easy Lover” ft. Big Sean
Known for radio monsters like “Love Me Like You Do” and “Lights“, Elie Goulding returns with a synth-filled piece of 80s inspired Pop on “Easy Lover”, out today. A Big Sean feature feels unexpected for the English popstar, but the rapper’s verse fits right in and well equips the song for crossover appeal.
J-Hope – “Jack in the Box”
BTS rapper J-Hope releases his debut solo album “Jack in the Box” today . It’s the first solo record to come form the K-Pop megagroup since the band announced an indefinite “suspension of group activities” last month to focus on solo projects. Expect the album to do solid numbers thanks to the support of the indomitable BTS Army.
Sean Paul – “Light My Fire” ft. Gwen Stefani, Shenseea
Sean Paul taps Gwen Stefani and dancehall breakout star Shenseea for “Light My Fire”, a standard reaggae-pop tune. It’s unclear whether the song will catch flames this summer, but it’s refreshing to hear Paul and Stefani having some fun in 2022.
Demi Lovato – “Substance”
Demi Lovato returns to their pop-punk roots with “Substance”, the second single from their newest album “HOLY FVCK”, due August 19th. The track is far from inventive, but Lovato’s soaring vocals sound right at home among the heavy electric guitar and drums.
Muni Long – “Baby Boo” ft. Saweetie
Still riding high from the success of the ubiquitous “Hrs & Hrs” (which is perhaps the most memorable R&B hit of the year), Muni Long has teamed up with west-coast rapper Saweetie for “Baby Boo”, a fast-paced summer love anthem. It’s easy listening, but may suffers from sounding simply too familiar.