New Music Friday does not fall on April Fool’s Day this week, so music lovers have all tracks and no tricks.
Demi Lovato, who is back with her first full-length album since 2017’s “Tell Me You Love Me,” has one of the week’s most-anticipated new releases with the companion LP to her four-part YouTube docuseries, “Dancing with the Devil.”
A handful of singles by established and up-and-coming artists ranging from Snoop Dogg to BTS to Olivia Rodrigo – singing about everything from breakups to partying – add to Friday’s newest tracks. We’ve rounded up some of the biggest new music releases this week:
Demi Lovato, ‘Dancing with the Devil… The Art of Starting Over’
Similar to the documentary, Lovato’s album “Dancing with the Devil… The Art of Starting Over” covers her return to the spotlight after a 2018 overdose.
The song that steals the show is “Easy,” featuring Noah Cyrus. Other notable collaborations include the Ariana Grande-assisted “Met Him Last Night” and “My Girlfriends are My Boyfriends” featuring hip-hop sensation Saweetie.
Lovato revealed to SiriusXM’s “The Morning MashUp” that Grande originally wrote “Met Him Last Night” with Lovato in mind and wanted to stay on the track but as a “mystery, harmony lady,” though Lovato was having none of it.
“I was like ‘I feel like the world would love to hear us together, like we should do that,’ ” Lovato recalled of her conversation with Grande. “She’s so talented. And I’m so grateful to have a friend like her.”
Snoop Dogg, ‘Roaches in my Ashtray’
Snoop Dogg is back with the song “Roaches in my Ashtray,” a single from his forthcoming album, “From Tha Streets 2 That Suites,” which is predictably out April 20.
“Roaches” features and was produced by fellow Cali artist ProHoeZak. Snoop raps on the laid-back, West Coast beat about hanging with his friends but making sure no one messes with his marijuana.
The song drops on the heels of NBC’s announcement that Snoop will serve as a mentor for “The Voice” this season.
Iggy Azalea, ‘Brazil,’ ‘Sip It’
The Australian-born artist dropped two new tracks: “Brazil” and “Sip It,” the latter featuring rapper Tyga.
Both singles, her first since last August’s “Dance Like Nobody’s Watching,” are her latest to be released independently. In 2018 Azalea parted ways with Island Records and eventually started her own label, Bad Dreams Records. She partnered with San Francisco-based Empire (Adam Lambert, Robin Thicke, T-Pain) for distribution.
Both tracks have a similar, bouncy beat although “Sip It” moves a bit slower than “Brazil.” On the latter, Azalea raps briefly about her son: “This a movie, something they want to see / Had a baby, bounced back like I’m 23.” Last June the artist revealed she had a baby with rapper Playboi Carti.
While “Sip It” also received a music video, judging by the social media reaction, Azalea’s fans will be dancing to “Brazil” all summer long.
Olivia Rodrigo, ‘Deja Vu’
Also new this week: Rodrigo’s “Deja Vu,” the follow-up to her No. 1 hit “Driver’s License.”
“The success of ‘Drivers License’ has been a huge lesson in how you just need to, when you put a song out, you just need to let it go. And it’s everyone else’s song to interpret, it’s not your song anymore,” Rodrigo told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe. “But it is sort of difficult having that be my first song ever, because the success is so immense.”
Fans latched on to Rodrigo’s reference of “watching reruns of ‘Glee.’ ” Both “Deja Vu” and “Driver’s License” will be on her debut album out May 21.
BTS, ‘Film Out’
BTS is back with a new song called “Film Out.”
In the song’s dramatic music video, the seven members are dressed in all white as they reflect on their time with each other. Some fans are comparing the sequencing to the South Korean band’s “Fake Love” music video. “Film Out” will appear on BTS’ new Japanese album, “BTS, the Best,” out June 16.
The chart-toppers have continued to use their platform for more than just music: Late Monday, BTS issued a statement denouncing anti-Asian racism, while also revealing their own experiences with discrimination.
By Ralphie Aversa | USA TODAY