GFriend singer Yuju is making her solo debut.
The 20-year-old South Korean singer, born Choi Yu-na, shared a lyric video Friday for her first solo single, "Love Rain," featuring singer-songwriter Suran.
Yuju had teased the single with a promo image earlier this week.
GFriend, which consists of Yuju, Sowon, Yerin, Eunha, SinB and Umji, debuted as a group in 2015. The K-pop stars are known for the singles "Rough," "Navillera" and "Love Whisper."
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Drake's Scorpion shattered single-day streaming records on both Apple Music and Spotify, with the rapper's new double album on pace for the most streamed week in charts history.
Scorpion easily crushed Apple Music's single-day streaming record – previously held by Drake's own More Life – with 170 million streams worldwide in its first 24 hours of release, the Associated Press reports; More Life accumulated 89.9 million streams on the service upon its release in March 2017.
On Spotify, Scorpion's tracks have chalked up over 132 million streams in its first 24 hours, and all 25 Scorpion tracks appear among the first 41 spots on Spotify's worldwide Top 200 chart; Side A opener "Non-Stop" drew 9.2 million streams alone.
Factoring in other music services and Scorpion is well on its way toward beating the record for most streams in one week, which Post Malone's Beerbongs & Bentleys recorded earlier this year when that album opened at Number One thanks in part to 431 streams.
Scorpion's A Side is dedicated to hip-hop while B Side focuses on R&B – could hit a billion streams in its first week of release, the Verge reports.
“Don’t sleep on me,” urges Sekai No Owari’s Fukase Satoshi to a lover in “Sleeping Beauty,” which the group shared via YouTube on Thursday with Korean hip-hop trio Epik High.
The R&B-ish track from Sekai, also known as End of the World, marks the first time they've collaborated with Epik High. “Sleeping Beauty” is performed entirely in English by Fukase and Tablo. The chill vibe of the song overflows with romantic lyrcism, which even incorporates a reference to The Beatles.
“The world is a wake-up call away from the end/ Till then, we'll find peace in this bed like we're Yoko and John,” says Tablo, throwing in some of Epik High’s typical commentary on the world around them.
The song was written and produced by Rock Mafia.
In a video posted to Sekai's English-language Twitter account, Tablo called "Sleeping Beauty" the "greatest collaboration in the history of music."
Jake Miller‘s new music video for “The Girl That’s Underneath” is koined by Jabbar Hakeem, who is featured on the track.
“‘The Girl That’s Underneath’ music video out now 💃🏽🎙🥂 Link in bio 📽: @edgaresteves @christhedirector @miketheproducer @mccapturez,” he captioned a clip on Instagram.
“The Girl That’s Underneath” is the latest single off of Jake‘s album Silver Lining, which was released earlier this year.
Jake previously released an uplifting video for “Be Alright” and was featured on Clara Mae‘s “Better Me Better You“, both back in May.
Florence + the Machine release 'High As Hope', which is the group’s fourth album. The 10-track set clocks in at 40 minutes, features the striking first single "Hunger" and Patti Smith-tribute "Patricia," and it's stuffed with "joy and fury," says band leader Florence Welch.
Florence and company are also going on a North American tour, kicking off in August in Montreal. You can find their entire tour calendar here.
Again, you can listen to High As Hope below or via your streaming service of choice here. Welch shared a poem written in honor of the record’s release, which is also included below. If you’re still craving more Florence after the album’s 40 minutes, listen to her acoustic set on BBC Radio 6.
K-pop star Tiffany Young just released her new single “Over My Skin,” Thursday (June 28).
A '90s-inspired pop track with funky brass and R&B leanings, it is the singer’s first release since she moved back to her hometown of Los Angeles after living in South Korea for over a decade as a member of Girls’ Generation, one of the country’s most prominent pop acts. Overflowing with confidence as she belts about her desires and “owning what’s mine,” it is a new, empowering look for Young, and radically different from 2016’s “I Just Wanna Dance.”
After leaving her Korean music label SM Entertainment last year, Young began working with the Stateside Transparent agency, which is headed by Far East Movement and Jon Yip of The Stereotypes. For her U.S. career, the artist, born Stephanie Hwang, opted to keep the stage name she picked up in Korea -- when she signed with SM, there was another girl group with a member named Stephanie -- and add the “Young” from her Korean name “Mi-Young,” which she said is written using the Chinese character that means “forever.”
A music video for “Over My Skin” is in the works, but at the moment, the song is only available on digital music platforms. including Spotify, Apple Music and iTunes.
Listen to it here:
On Friday (June 29), U.K. dance producer Jonas Blue and Joe Jonas released a lyric video for their feel-good track "I See Love."
The producer and former Jonas Brother have come together to create an anthem for the soundtrack of Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, which will feature a returning all-star cast including Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, David Spade, Selena Gomez and, fittingly, Joe Jonas.
The song captures the feeling of being on summer vacation and follows the animated cast through various scenes that will be included in the film.
The Smashing Pumpkins have released a music video for their new single, "Solara," and you might sleep with one eye open tonight after watching it.
The video, directed by Nick Koenig, features classic horror imagery. The visual finds lead singer Billy Corgan being held captive in a bizarre asylum where he receives dosages of trauma from an IV and watches other inmates play the game Connect Four with solely black pieces. He later wanders into a mime giving birth to an imaginary baby while being watched over by heavily armed mimes.
The Pumpkins' Shiny and Oh So Bright North American tour kicks off on July 12.
Watch the video for "Solara" below.
Weezer's fan-requested remake of "Africa" by Toto is coming out on vinyl, in an exclusive deal with Urban Outfitters. The cover, which became Weezer's highest-charting single in years, will be released along with their cover of Toto's "Rosanna," in a limited vinyl release available for pre-order now at urbanoutfitters.com.
Weezer recently joined Jimmy Kimmel Live! for a performance of "Africa," and Toto's Steve Pocaro stopped by to play the keyboard solo. Check out the performance, and Weezer's studio covers, below
Charli XCX has released a sensual new music video for her single "5 in the Morning."
Drowned in ambient club lights in an empty warehouse, Charli stomps around the premises with prowess, making the huge empty space seem small. As always, she's unapologetic about her ethic, success, and bravado, singing "I ain't even stoppin' It's 5 in the mornin', I'm so devoted," from the rafters of the warehouse.
"5 in the Morning," is the first single Charli has released since her December mixtape, Pop 2, which received nearly universal acclaim from critics, including Pitchfork's best new music. Currently, the singer is opening on Taylor Swift'sReputation Stadium Tour until late November.
Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus uploaded a pic to his Instagram account on June 26, revealing that he and Cyrus "wrote of my favorite songs" together.
He added that the record itself is "coming soon." Ronson, on the artist front, is of course known for his smash hit "Uptown Funk" with Bruno Mars which peaked at No. 1 on the Hot 100, and Cyrus has a string of chart-toppers including "Wrecking Ball" and "Party In The USA," to name a few.
Coming off her first big single of the year “5 in the Morning,” Charli XCX has now blessed us with not one, but two new songs.
The 25-year-old singer released two new songs – “Focus” and “No Angel”
Charli is currently on Taylor Swift‘s reputation Tour as one of her opening acts along with Camila Cabello.
You can download Charli‘s new songs off of iTunes here.
As is the case with Charli’s purposefully unorthodox release schedule, no word yet on an upcoming full-length, though she has indicated even more music will be heading our way by year’s end.
Listen to “Focus” and “No Angel” below!
On Friday (June 29), Nicki Minaj announced the first group of winners for her “Student of the Game” college fund program through her official website, MyPinkFriday.com. Overall, 37 people will either have their college tuition or student loans paid off by Minaj herself.
All monies will go directly to the school or lender after a strict vetting process. According to Rap-Up, the rap queen and her team looked at over thousands of entries from people who entered the program using the hashtag #StudentOfTheGame hashtag. All the winners were contacted via direct message on Twitter.
Minaj launched her charity program earlier this year after she paid off college tuition and student loan debts of over 30 fans on Twitter in May 2017. According to rap superstar’s receipts, she paid over $18,000 to students who need financial help.
"This makes me so happy," she told her Barbz at the time. "But pls know that I'm launching my official charity for Student Loans/Tuition Payments VERY SOON! You'll be able to officially sign up! I'll keep you posted!"
And she kept her word.
American Idol winner Maddie Poppe, has released her highly-anticipated music video for her single, “Going Going Gone.” The video was directed by Jeff Venable (Kelsea Ballerini) and shot at historic movie ranches in the California desert.
The video follows Maddie on a spur-of-the-moment road trip and beautifully depicts her artistry and personality. “This was my first major video shoot, and everyone involved made it really fun,” said Maddie. “I love how the rhythm of the song syncs up to the drive.”
Maddie’s debut single, “Going Going Gone,” soared to #3 on the iTunes US Overall chart, and #2 on the iTunes US Pop Charts. It also reached #4 on the Spotify US Viral chart, and has over 2 million streams-to-date across all platforms.
Since winning Idol and a record deal with Hollywood Records, Maddie will soon embark on the American Idol Live tour, beginning on July 11th in Redding, California and continuing across the country through early September. Additionally, Maddie will perform at the opening ceremony for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games on July 1st, at the Americafest Celebration at the Rose Bowl on July 4th, and on Good Morning America on August 15th. For tour information at dates, visit www.americanidollive.com.
Ariana Grande has promised fans that she'd deliver something big on the 20th of each month leading up to the release of her fourth record, Sweetener, on August 20.
This month, Grande dropped her Nicki Minaj collab, "The Light is Coming." But the singer took to Twitter on June 27 to announce that "The Light is Coming" isn't actually the second single for her upcoming album; instead, she confirmed that it is next month's delivery, "God is a Woman."
Grande previously explained the meaning behind the track is "sexual female empowerment & how women are literally everything & the universe is inside of us.”