This week's #MusicMonday playlist contains some of the hottest releases from Britney Spears, Shawn Mendes, CL, and more!
Another week has gone by, and so much new music has hit the net! Whether you're looking for some acoustic soul, Indie vibes, a bedroom anthem, or just pristine pop, this week's #MusicMonday playlist has something for you! Check it out below!
Shawn Mendes - "Mercy"
Kicking off this week's #MusicMonday festivities is "Mercy," the latest promotional single to emerge from Shawn Mendes' Illuminate campaign. Following in the footsteps of the project's lead single "Treat You Better" and "Ruin," the track sees Mendes returning to his soulful roots while baring his heart over acoustic guitar. "Baby please have mercy on me / take it easy on my heart / even though you don't mean to hurt me / you keep tearing me apart" the lovesick crooner pleads. His lyricism continues to grow with every release, and Mendes is truly growing into his artistry in front of our eyes. It's a surprisingly mature release from the 18 year old, and it shows great promise for the upcoming album and his future career.
Britney Spears - "Do You Wanna Come Over?"
We're less than a week away from the release of Britney Spears's ninth studio album Glory, and we can't stop listening to her latest instant grat treat "Do You Wanna Come Over." After serving us something more intimate with lead single "Make Me" and exploring some uncharted territory on "Private Show" and "Clumsy," her latest release is a return to form of sorts for the pop icon. A driving production sets the scene for Spears to flirtatiously invite a man over for an evening of aerobic antics. Her voice is coy and inviting on the chorus, before she's joined by a shouting horde on the chorus. "All I want is what you want / and what you want is me" she coos enticingly. The track comes complete with a throbbing bassline, something that has been notably absent from Spears's recent releases and continues to showcase the varied sounds that inspired Glory.
Jeremy Thurber - "Morning Glow"
Los Angeles based singer songwriter Jeremy Thurber is touching down on this week's #MusicMonday with "Morning Glow," a sparse but stunning electro-ballad off his new EP Deliverance. Thurber showcases his sweet falsetto on the track, as he enjoys a sunrise beside his lover after a romantic evening. It's a romantic and warm release from the crooner and a true standout on his largely acoustic release.
Ellie Goulding - "Still Falling For You"
This week's #MusicMonday soundtrack offering is coming from UK crooner Ellie Goulding, who is lending her ethereal vocals to the Bridget Jones's Baby soundtrack with her new "Still Falling For You." True to form, "Still Falling For You" is another atmospheric love song lush with crashing synths and an anthemic performance from Goulding. Her seraphic vocals remain flawless, and the lyrics (which were written with the assistance of Tove Lo) overflow with images of a romance that burns brightly. It's always a pleasure to hear more from Ellie Goulding, and it's safe to say that the effectively kicked off the Bridget Jones's Baby promotional campaign with a heavenly bang.
Michael Buble - "Nobody But Me"
Acclaimed hitmaker Michael Buble is back on the scene with "Nobody But Me," the title track and lead single from his first studio album in three years, and his jazzy pop stylings are as lively as ever. Over a brightly striding production Buble proclaims his affections for his lady love. "Now I don't want anybody loving my baby" he sings on the chorus, revealing that even superstars get a little jealous when their lovers attract attention on the streets. It's a strong release from Buble that could perform exceptionally well on standard pop radio in the coming months!
Passenger - "Anywhere"
After experiencing breakout success with 2014's "Let Her Go" Passenger has returned to the scene with his latest release "Anywhere." This time around the Indie rocker has left the heartbreak in the past and is favoring a significantly more uplifting musicality this time around. "I will be with you / when the darkest winter comes / Oh, and I will be with / to fell the California sun" Passenger sweetly vows to his lover on the endearing chorus. It's a testament to the power of love, and Passenger's latest is easily one of the brightest tracks on this week's #MusicMonday!
Dev feat. Nef The Pharaoh - "#1"
Dev is back on the scene, and the frosty songstress has teamed up with Bay Area rapper Nef The Pharaoh for a tightly produced serving of synth pop on "#1." The pair switch off vocal duties on the verses, losing themselves in memories of earlier relationship. Dev delivers a tight performance and serves an earworm worthy chorus. With any luck the track could put the hitmaker back on track to her "Bass Down Low" heights.
Idina Menzel - "Queen of Swords"
Broadway legend Idina Menzel is kicking off a new era of music with new single "Queen of Swords." Renowned for her inspirational work as both Elphaba in Wicked and Queen Elsa in Frozen, Idina Menzel is no stranger to serving vocal gymnastics and inspiring lyricism over powerful anthems. "Queen of Swords" follows in the footsteps of "Let It Go," as Idina eschews the public's opinion of her to do her own thing. "I'm slaying like the queen of swords" she belts on the song's catchy hook. The resulting track is an empowering, slightly by the books effort, but it's a promising release from Menzel!
CL - "Lifted"
Former 2NE1 songstress CL is making her solo American debut on the spacey party anthem "Lifted." 2015 brought the K-Pop princess some familiarity on American stations as she delivered a hard hitting vocal performance on Diplo's "Doctor Petter," and she obviously hopes that her more relaxed musicality will bring her even more acclaim as a solo artist. "Lifted" abandons some of the growling bass and frenzied beats in favor of a more relaxed, carefree production. On the track CL dares listeners and competitors to get in the way of her revelries. "Gettin' lifted, never coming down" she confidently sings, possibly referencing an evening of festivities but more likely alluding to her imminent rise to the top of the charts. "Lifted" is a fun and relaxed addition to this week's #MusicMonday, and it's a welcome release for the final weeks of summer.
Mollie King - "Back To You"
It's a week of solo premieres on PopWrapped's #MusicMonday! UK songstress Mollie King has returned to the scene to make her solo debut after achieving success as a member of The Saturdays with "Keep Coming Back To You." Coming a year after signing with Island Records, the singer songwriter is coming in with a massive pop release. "Keep Coming Back To You" sets the vocalist over a striding pop production, and sees her questioning the appeal of a lover that she can't seem to shake. It's an emotional release that sees King get a little emotionally raw while peeling back the pristine pop facade.
Lauren Claire - "Beautifully You"
Los Angeles singer songwriter Lauren Claire is taking a turn for the inspirational on her uplifting new release "Beautifully You." On the track Claire croons words of encouragement to anyone who has ever struggled to love themselves inside and out. "You are beautifully you" she sings on the chorus, promising that everyone is worthy of love. In the accompanying music video Claire brings peace to a bevy of women struggling with self doubt, turning their world of self doubt into a colorful burst of energy and positivity. The track could become a massive release for the Body Positivity and Self Love movements, and it's a truly gorgeous release from the rising talent!
Andrew Belle - "Dive Deep"
Andrew Belle surfaces on this week's #MusicMonday playlist with his latest single "Dive Deep." Serving as the lead single from his debut LP, the moody introspective number sees the crooner baring his soul and inviting someone else a little closer to his heart and soul. "This is my heart / dive deep" he croons over the forward thinking production. The lead single and the concept of opening himself to a loved one have served as the inspiration that drove the creation of the album, and it promises that Andrew Belle has much more to say. "Dive Deep" is a powerful and striking release from the rising talent, and we just can't get enough.
Modern Me - "Waters"
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San Diego based up and comers Modern Me make a striking debut with their evocative new release "Waters." The uplifting release serves as the lead single off their EP coming out later this fall, and it introduces listeners to the band's vibrant sound and impressive sensibilities. The track sees the group bravely wandering out into the unknown. "'Waters' feels like riding off into the sunset with Simone Biles knowing, wherever you go with her, those gold melodic medals will light the way" producer Adam Castilla said of the release. It's an empowering and bright new release from the group, and it promises many big things from them in the future!
SOL - "Mystery"
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Closing out this week's #MusicMonday playlist is "Mystery," the debut effort from electro-pop songstress Sol. "Mystery" resonates with Sol's unique musicality. A sparse but aural production moodily builds underneath her vocals, setting the scene for Sol's sultry vocal performance. "Mystery to know what I'm looking for / mystery / follow you where you go" she proclaims on the chorus. It's a captivating release from a promising up and comer, and we'll definitely be keeping our ears peeled for more from Sol in the coming months!
What songs are burning up your #MusicMonday playlists? Let us know your favorite new releases in the comments below!