Ben&Ben gets us emotional while IVE serves hard with retro pop in this round-up of new tracks you’ll be pressing play on.
This week marks the last full week of August 2022 and the music industry is treating it as such. The past week alone saw major events like the SM Town concert, KCON LA, and HITC LA which our very own Ylona Garcia opened for day two. Olivia Rodrigo also fulfilled the prophecy and performed déjà vu and Uptown Girl with none other than Billy Joel. Let’s also not forget all the new music that dropped this week because there’s a lot to get into for a variety of music tastes. Get your playlists ready and check out some of the best new tracks of the week.
THE ONES WE ONCE LOVED – BEN&BEN
Grab the tissues, because Ben&Ben is coming straight to your heart in their new song, The Ones We Once Loved. Serving as their latest international single, the emotional ballad offers unique perspective on forgiveness Written by the band’s very own Paolo Benjamin, the stripped-down soul stirring track is emotionally impactful confessional on love, forgiveness, and breakup, and what it means to move on.
HOLD ME CLOSER – ELTON JOHN AND BRITNEY SPEARS
Its Britney, bitch (and Elton John). After a six year hiatus, Britney Spears has finally made her return to the music industry through her collaboration with Elton John, Hold Me Closer. The track is a remake of Elton’s classic Tiny Dancer and is more of a pop and disco touch to it that’s going to get you moving. Even after all these years, Britney’s classic voice is still there.
TALK THAT TALK – TWICE
Hot take: Talk that Talk may just be one of TWICE’s best title tracks in years. The global girl group recently dropped their newest mini-album BETWEEN 1&2, which serves as their first Korean comeback of 2022, and really served right out of the gate. Talk that Talk goes for a lighthearted bubblegum pop sound with a music video that meets spies, the Y2k aesthetic, and technology. TWICE handles the Y2K look so well and the song tickles the ears in all the right ways, especially the second half of the chorus.
SUPERFICIAL ENERGY – DENISE JULIA
Denise Julia went from up-and-coming musician to rising star thanks to the viral success of NVMD. And now, the young artist is back with her follow up single, superficial energy. And with the song, Denise proves that she definitely is no one hit wonder thanks to the tracks smooth R&B production and her sensual vocals.
AFTER LIKE – IVE
IVE goes 3-0 in their comebacks so far with the release of their newest single, After LIKE. Their take on retro pop samples I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor and is a serve from start to finish with its addicting pop aesthetic. The sample works well with what the group was going for. At this point, IVE is pretty much clearing most discussions regarding girl group ROTY.
LERON – ARTHUR MIGUEL AND TRISHA MACAPAGAL
Arthur Miguel and Trisha Macapagal first got us in our feels in Ang Wakas. And the duo are back again for part two to do just that with their newest collab, Leron. Taking it’s name after the classic Filipino song, Leron will once again tug at your heartstrings musically and lyrically.
TINATANGI – ADIE AND CHRSTN
While there is a lot of heartbreak in the world, there should also be moments to let love in your life. And you can do that by listening to Adie and Chrstn’s collab, Tinatangi. The acoustic-driven track sooths the soul with its easy going sound and heartfelt message of being with a significant other. Their voices together are a match made in heaven that amplifies the track to new heights.
YUKON (INTERLUDE) – JOJI
Bestie, wake up! Joji just announced that his new album, SMITHEREENS, is dropping on November 4. And to help make the wait more bearable, the musician also dropped a new song called YUKON (INTERLUDE). It’s definitely more fast paced than Glimpse Of Us, but still just as good.
POP OFF ATE – DRAG RACE PHILIPPINES CAST
If you caught episode three of Drag Race Philippines, then you would have known that the queens truly popped off with one of the best girl group challenges in the show’s entire history. And now, we have the official release of the song. While both teams did great, we’ll give the nod to the Flexbomb Girls who did what needed to be done.
FAR AWAY – MARK TUAN
It’s finally here. After over a year of waiting, Mark Tuan has finally dropped his debut album, the other side. At over 20 and nearly 55 minutes long, there’s a lot to get into as Mark tells a more intimate, emotional, and different side to him with the LP.
LARAWAN – ALLMO$T
ALLMO$T gets sentimental in their slightly laid back new track, Larawan. The song combines elements of rap and band as the group reflect on a former flame and expressing a desire to go back to the good days.
ILY ILY – ALAMAT AND LYCA GAIRANOD
This is a collab and song we weren’t expecting. But the combination works surprisingly well. Alamat and Lyca Gairanod combine their musical talents for ILY ILY, a surprisingly emotional track that goes from ballad to hip-hop then ending in rock all while showcasing their vocals and rap skills.
_WORLD – SEVENTEEN AND ANNE-MARIE
British singer Anne-Marie joins SEVENTEEN on this new version of _WORLD and turns what was already a fun and bright song into one that’s even more inviting.
PHANTOM – RINA SAWAYAMA
As we inch ever so closer to the release of Rina Sawayama’s new album, the musician continues to tease us with new music. And for her fourth single for the album, she gives us Phantom, a rock power ballad that hits all the right notes. Rina belts with pure emotion and rock and roll edge as she sings to us a very heartfelt and personal story.
TURN UP – 1ST. ONE
It’s comeback season for quite a few P-pop groups in the coming months. And one such group is the pride of P-pop, 1st.One. In the lead up to their new comeback, the group dropped Turn Up, a catchy dance tune with a positive message of standing up and facing your challenges in life. The song was a full team effort with Ace writing the lyrics, Max doing the lyrics proofing, and the other members co-writing the rap parts.
KALIMUTAN – DIA MATE
Dia mate gives us this atmospheric bop all about knowing your worth. The musician reflects on a past relationship and realizes that it was for the better as she went on to become a better person.
RING – TOMORROW X TOGETHER
Heartbreak transcends every language as seen in TXT’s newest Japanese single, Ring. The quintet pour their hearts out in the track as they sing about going through a breakup and still having feelings for that person.
ENOUGH – OF MERCURY
OPM band of Mercury powers through a kind of love that knows no bounds in their new single ENOUGH. Moving away from their more dance driven tracks and into rock territory, the song deals with acknowledging how relationships grow stronger over time when creating compromises and going through those challenges as partners and as individuals.
TRIPIN” – KRYSTAL BRIMNER
Teen star Krystal Brimner reached a major milestone recently with the release of her self-titled debut EP and before you dismiss it as just another celebrity making music, know that it’s five songs of competent music making from a young star who definitely can make it big in the industry.
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