To kick off the start of 2019, Jakarta-based quintet Ringgo 5 has released a brand new single called “U” on January 25th, 2019.
Let’s go back to 2015: Katy Perry’s Super Bowl Left Shark is all over the internet, people were debating over the blue/white dress, Adele released her first song in ages, everyone was laughing over Drake’s moves in the Hotline Bling video, and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Really Like You” was overplayed on the radio. “I Really Like You” is just one out of Jepsen’s songs in her 2015 album, Emotion—a very overlooked and underappreciated work of modern pop.
Prettymuch, the new American-Canadian boyband formed in 2016 by Simon Cowell is a new sensation in the music industry. They are young, fresh, and bringing the best in boyband-styled pop music - and they’re back with their new single “Blinds”.
Ari Stapran Leff, better known by his stage name Lauv, is well-known for his romantic yet melancholic lyrics and catchy instrumentals. He started his 2019 with the release of “i’m so tired…” featuring the dreamy pop singer Troye Sivan.
Ariana Grande is back with a new song off her forthcoming album, thank u, next. “7 rings” is Grande’s statement on retail therapy as a way of healing, paralleling from “thank u, next”’s way of being grateful to healing. A stark departure from the rest of Grande’s body of work is showcased in this single, and in this post, we weigh in on the song and the music video.
Up-and-coming Indonesian alternative pop singer Jove Satara has recently released his digital double single “Aim Above, Bound Below”. Filled with metaphorical lyrics and intense, well-produced synth drops, the single makes for an intriguing, existential crisis-inducing first release.
The Wanted, the British-Irish boy band consisting of members Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes. Formed in 2009 through a mass audition, they reached the peak of their career with one of their singles on top of the charts, yet 5 years later, the group decided to go on a ‘long-hiatus’. Yes, unfortunately this boyband is no longer operating as they have split up. The members went their own way, and one question remains: where are they now?
Indonesian pop group HiVi!’s single, “Persaudaraan” has suddenly gone viral and reached the top of Google Trends a while ago. The single, released January 9 2019, turns out to be one of the tribute songs for Indonesian Jazz musician Candra Darusman, taken from the upcoming repackage version of album “Detik Waktu – Perjalanan Karya Cipta Candra Darusman” released in March 2018.
Eight years with no new releases whatsoever, the 90’s most lovable lads Westlife are back with a new single, “Hello My Love” - which also happens to be their most “non-Westlife ish” single ever, co-written with today’s hit pop singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran.
Set to release her Jack Antonoff-produced LP “Norman Fuckin’ Rockwell” in mid 2019, Lana Del Rey has released another single from the anticipated album in the form of a minimalistic, piano-driven track. The track is said to be a special track for the fans, with references to 20th century literature, pop culture, and modern technology.