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New Music Friday: Ed Sheeran, Chloe, Monsta X, & More!

Happy New Music Friday! It’s every audiophile’s favorite day of the week, and some of our favorite artists from all different genres have blessed us with new tunes.

Ed Sheeran – “Shiver”

The third track from  Ed Sheeran 4th studio album has been released and it’s called “Shivers”. This catchy little tune is giving us major “Shape of You” vibes. Not to mention Ed goes full out on this music video with an array of outfits that’s sure to throw a smile on your face today.

Chlöe, “Have Mercy”

Chlöe Bailey has dropped her debut solo single “Have Mercy.” Bailey, better known as one half of Chloe x Halle alongside her sister, has also shared a video for the track. The visual features impressive choreography and cameos from rapper Bree Runway, actor Rome Flynn, and the Tina Knowles.

Lisa, “LaLisa”

“I’m incomparable, you gon’ still love me,” Lisa raps midway through ‘Lalisa’, the title track of her solo debut single album. The second half of that line almost feels like a challenge from the BLACKPINK rapper and dancer in the context of this release. Instead of being the shining, swaggering triumph you might expect, its quality is disappointingly low – a record that suggests perhaps she, or at the very least YG Entertainment’s stable of songwriters and producers, aren’t unequalled at all.

Lana Del Rey – “Arcadia”

“My body is a map of L.A./ And my heart is like paper, I hate ya,” Lana Del Rey sings in the second verse “Arcadia,” the fourth single from her eighth studio album, Blue Banisters, out October 22nd via UMG. If we as a society have learned anything in the 10-odd years since “Video Games,” it’s that nobody does breakup songs quite like Lana Del Rey. 

Tems, “Crazy Tings”

Fresh off appearing on the new Drake album (and having also appeared on WizKid’s Made In Lagos), Nigerian artist Tems has shared her own new song, “Crazy Tings,” off her upcoming EP, which comes out September 15. It’s a breezy dose of Afro-fusionist pop

Kacey Musgraves – “Simple Times”

Today, country-pop crossover Kacey Musgraves has released her follow-up to 2018’s Grammy-winning Golden Hour, and to celebrate, she’s shared an entertaining video for new song “Simple Times.”

Monsta X – “One Day”

K-pop’s transition into the English market continues with Monsta X, the most recent group in the genre to sing outside of their usual Korean. On Friday (Sept. 10), Monsta X released “One Day” — their newest single — in English, along with a video to accompany the track.

Ari Lennox, “Pressure”

The fast-rising R&B star Ari Lennox, part of J. Cole’s extended Dreamville team, released her promising debut album Shea Butter Baby back in 2019. Since then, she’s been delivering a steady supply of one-off singles: “Bussit,” “Chocolate Pomegranate,” “Cognac Eyes.” Today, she’s got a new song that she made with a team of R&B veterans.

Sabrina Carpenter, “Skinny Dipping”

Last we heard from Sabrina Carpenter she was caught in a love triangle which became public knowledge when Olivia Rodrigo referenced to her as “that blonde girl”. Although, Carpenter cleared the air and dropped her response song “Skin“, we’ve officially entered a new era for the singer with “Skinny Dipping”. In which everything is simply “water under the bridge” and Carpenter sings about moving on with no hate in her heart.

Troye Sivan, “Angel Baby”

The new track – Sivan’s first solo release this year – is a soaring, slow-burning ballad that sees Sivan crooning above a lush bed of cinematic synths.

“’Angel Baby’ is my crack at an adoring, doting, love struck, mega pop, gay, power ballad,” Sivan explained in an accompanying statement. “I thought we needed a few more of those.”

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