Playlist: The 5 Best New Singles of the Week – Feat. Cardi B, H.E.R., Priya Ragu BEBELUNA, PRICIE and More

Thirsty for some new music? We’ve created a playlist with the week’s best new releases, and it’s here for you whenever you need inspiration.

Priya Ragu
Priya Ragu

There are lots of reasons to look forward to Fridays, and the fact that it’s the day most new music gets released is definitely way up there on the list. But the amount of new music can feel overwhelming at times, right? Well, we think so – and that’s why we’ve given life to a playlist with handpicked musical goodies for you to fall in love with. We’re calling it the ‘Best New Music Playlist’ and the name says it all.

So without further ado, here are a bunch of new tracks that we’re digging at the moment with 5 incredible highlights. Listen to the full playlist below.

Cardi B – “Up”

Alright, Cardi B is back with the first new music since she and Megan Thee Stallion wrote history with “WAP”. Although “WAP” was definitely a highlight of the past year, the video for “Up” shows us that Cardi B is ready to put 2020 behind as she poses in front of a gravestone reading “RIP 2020”. In an interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, she also hints that she’s moving away from the lyrical universe of “WAP” to pay tribute to the Chicago drill-scene with “Up” which sounds a bit more like the Cardi we know from her early releases.

H.E.R. – “Fight For You (From the Original Motion Picture: “Judas and the Black Messiah”)

She’s only 23 years old, but H.E.R.‘s musical accomplishments already counts 2 Grammy awards (and 13 nominations!), billions of streams and now a new song nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best original Song. “Fight For You” is a thought-provoking anthem sending you on a sonic journey back to the 60s and 70s, while the message of the lyrics are still very much relevant today. It’s no wonder H.E.R. has grown to become one of the biggest R&B stars of our time and if you listen to “Fight For You” you’ll probably agree with us that the Golden Globe nomination is right on point.

Priya Ragu – “Chicken Lemon Rice”

We seriously can’t get our head around how exciting of a new act the Tamil-Swiss artist Priya Ragu is. She blew our mind with debut single “Good Love 2.0” for which she landed a spot on our 2021-artists to watch list earlier this year, and now her delicious follow-up single “Chicken Lemon Rice” assures us that we weren’t wrong for expecting great things to happen for her in the future. Once again painting the world in different colors, “Chicken Lemon Rice” celebrates our cultural differences and feeds us with musical influences from all over the globe. Also, you should definitely watch the amazing music video:

PRICIE – “Too Dang Good”

“Do you know how beautiful you are?” a woman’s voice says as a smooth intro kicks in. “You’re like… incredible!” she continues, before PRICIE takes over with the hard-hitting line: “I look too good to be fucking with”. “Too Dang Good” by Australian/Nigerian newcomer PRICIE is a catchy, empowering ode to sexual liberation and a call for women to know their worth. Blending rap and uptempo R&B, “Too Dang Good” is everything you need on a Friday like today – or every other day of the week, month, year, life.

BEBELUNA – “Watermelon”

Rising new act BEBELUNA keeps impressing us with their genre-fluid tunes oozing with confidence and lo-fi vibes. “Watermelon” tells BEBELUNA’s story of growing up Black in London where the Prime Minister refers to Africans as having “watermelon smiles” and where they as a child experienced being told to “go eat some watermelon”. Born into a family of Somalian immigrants and in a deeply religious household, BEBELUNA fought to express themselves and left home at age 16. They found refugee in the underground London music scene which we’re now hearing the incredible result of with last year’s EP Ecdysis and now the captivating and important “Watermelon”.

Also added to this week’s playlist

Victoria Monét – “F.U.C.K.”
Tkay Maidza & Young Baby Tate – “Kim”
Delara – “Shark Tank”
The Staves – “Failure”
Julien Baker – “Favor”
DAYA – “Bad Guy”
Yas VW – “Be the One”
Delilah Montagu – “This Is Not a Love Song”
Dasha – “$hiny Things”
golda may – “Sidelines”


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