Entertainment 10 Cool New Pop Songs to Get You Through The Week: Mura Masa, Allie X & More
Today in Music History - Nov. 7
Today in Music History for Nov. 7: In 1920, accordionist Gaby Haas, once proclaimed as "Canada's Mr. Polka," was born in Czechoslovakia. He became a Canadian citizen in 1943. Haas's broadcasts on the CBC national network from 1946-55 established him as a popular oldtime and country music performer. With his band, "The Barndance Gang," he recorded nearly 50 albums, mostly of polkas and waltzes. He died Nov. 22, 1987. In 1942, singer Johnny Rivers was born John Ramistella in New York City. He received his stage name from disc jockey Alan Freed.
Getting back to the grind is tough after a four-day weekend, particularly one that involves so much damn eating. Fortunately, we’re got some stellar new pop tunes to help you find the motivation to power through another work week.
These 10 tracks from artists like Rina Mushonga, Allie X, Years & Years and Galantis and Mura Masa and more will get you energized to take on the week. Pop any of these gems into your personal playlists — or scroll to the end of the post for a custom playlist of all 10.
Pure Shores, “Back On My Love”
Marlene and Ji Nilsson carved out solo careers in Stockholm before teaming up as the duo Pure Shores, and new single “Back On My Love” more than justifies the project as it starts to rumble to life. Wondrous in its clean, Scandinavian sad-pop splendor, “Back On My Love” sounds both defeated and absolutely radiant, a pair of pros beckoning towards the dancefloor as they’ve done many times before. – Jason Lipshutz
Taylor Swift’s ‘All Too Well’: How the ‘Red’ Fan Favorite Became One of Her Biggest & Most Important Songs
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Rina Mushonga, “Everything = Personal”
After releasing one of 2019’s most impressive full-lengths, In a Galaxy, Rina Mushonga closes out 2021 with another demonstration of her eclectic, kitchen-sink approach to constructing melodies and vocal harmonies. “Everything = Personal” sports enough hooks to power five different songs if it were to be stripped down for pieces; instead, Mushonga joyfully overstuffs these three minutes. – Lipshutz
Kali Claire, “Real Man”
With her latest mixtape, A Man’s World, South London singer-songwriter Kali Claire comes into her own as a quick-witted and charismatic pop voice. Project highlight “Real Man” gives her the opportunity to express longing for adult romance over a deceptively simple, elastic beat. – Lipshutz
No Easter Eggs Here! Taylor Swift Debunks Princess Diana Theory
No Easter Eggs Here! Taylor Swift Debunks Princess Diana TheoryThe singer, 31, appeared on Late Night With Seth Meyers in a little black dress by David Koma on Thursday, November 11. Swift’s look was quickly compared to Princess Diana’s iconic revenge dress from 1994, and fans interpreted it as a message about getting even with a man, whether it be ex-boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal or Scooter Braun, the owner of her old catalogue.
Mura Masa, “2gether”
Electronic music producer and musician Mura Masa returned last week with the chillingly glitchy new song “2gether,” which he wrote, produced and performs on his own. Throughout the pensive, lo-fi song — the first new release from the artist since his 2020 second album — Mura Masa contemplates why he can’t make it work with the one he wants as he repeatedly wonders aloud: “Why can’t we be together?” – Lyndsey Havens
Jack Kays and Travis Barker, “Outrun Myself”
The moody and piano-led “Outrun Myself” is the lead single off the rising alternative artist’s upcoming collaborative EP with Travis Barker, My Favorite Nightmares (Dec. 10). Considering Barker’s involvement, the track of course swells into a sonic eruption near the end of its two-minute runtime — the shift spotlights the projects main theme of duality, with Kays saying: “Sometimes with mental illness there can be two sides of a person, and I really want to shed light on that and make people feel better if they’re experiencing that themselves.” – Havens
Taylor Swift Scores 10th No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’
Swift becomes only the second woman with at least 10 No. 1s, following Barbra Streisand.The new 30-track release, which adds a bevy of previously unheard “From the Vault” songs, gives Swift a milestone 10th No. 1 on the chart, making her just the second woman with 10 or more No. 1s in chart’s 65-year history. Barbra Streisand has the most No. 1s among women, with 11.
Allie X, “Milk”
Canadian indie-pop artist Allie X recently released the deluxe of her Feb. 2020 album Cape God, which includes the captivating and airy track “Milk” about the desire for unconditional love and what that looks like to her — from cotton nightgowns to warm post-dinner baths. – Havens
Sevdaliza, “The Great Hope Design”
Sevdaliza returns after 2020’s Shabarang, this time, reflecting on an existential crisis in her latest offering, “The Great Hope Design.” Resting on a bed of sinister, video game-like synth instrumentals, the singer struggles with her own humanity (“Am I living/ I’m not sure/ My existence/ Is a chore”), but believes a higher power is destined to explain what it all means. Haunting and enigmatic, Sevdaliza continues to do what she does best – going into the depths of her psyche, pulling out the most interesting material. – Starr Bowenbank
Kota the Friend, “Grateful”
Over a gentle, bluesy guitar riff that brings to mind the sunnier passages on Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange, Kota the Friend spins heartfelt ode to thankfulness on “Grateful.” But whereas most artists only count their blessings, the Brooklyn rapper/singer gives it up for the roadblocks and disappointments in addition to life’s wins: “Thank you for the setbacks on the way up / Thank you for the stories that they made up.” – Joe Lynch
BTS’ AMA-Winning ‘Butter’ Holds Atop Weekly Hot Trending Songs Chart
BTS’ “Butter” tallies a fourth week at No. 1 on Billboard’s weekly Hot Trending Songs chart (dated Nov. 27), powered by Twitter. “Butter,” released on HYBE/BigHit Music/Columbia, reigns with 5.8 million Twitter mentions (down 19%) in the tracking week, which ran from Friday, Nov. 12, through Thursday, Nov. 18.Billboard‘s Hot Trending Songs charts, powered by Twitter, track global music-related trends and conversations in real time across Twitter, viewable over either the last 24 hours or past seven days.
Years & Years and Galantis, “Sweet Talker”
The worlds of Swedish and British dance collide beautifully on Years & Years and Galantis’ “Sweet Talker,” hailing from the former’s upcoming album Night Call. A romantic, glorious dancefloor anthem, “Sweet Talker” finds Olly Alexander searching for a love-em-and-love-em dreamboat he’s not ready to forget as lush disco flourishes coat his sensual, aching croon. – Lynch
Saint Etienne, “Her Winter Coat”
The best things often come in small packages, and that’s certainly true in the case of Her Winter Coat, Saint Etienne’s new EP. An unexpected gift from the long-running alt-dance group, title track “Her Winter Coat” is a lovely spoken word track that bridges the gap between synthpop and delicate British folk. – Lynch
How Taylor Swift & Lil Nas X Landed Big Grammy Nominations Without Nods in the Pop Field .
Tracks by ABBA and Jon Batiste, and a Justin Bieber song, were also nominated in marquee categories after being passed over in down-ballot categories.Swift has one other Grammy nod this year, as one of the songwriters on Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour, a credit she was granted because two songs on the album contain interpolations of old Swift songs.