Make some room in your playlists for this week’s new bops from the likes of Nicki Minaj, Adie, NIKI, and many more.
Another week has come by, which meant another busy time for the music industry. Among the biggest of the week was that SB19 finally confirmed that they will be making a comeback with the single WYAT (Where You At) in September. And more excitingly, they also announced their concert tour will begin that month as well. New SB19 era here we come. Keeping it within the comeback space, BLACKPINK is currently hyping the release of their pre-single Pink Venom next Friday, confirming that their new album will drop on September 16, and revealing their world tour dates, including a stop in Manila.
In the concert world, 88rising announced that HITC is coming to Manila for a two-day festival this December while that long rumored NCT 127 Manila concert has finally been confirmed. Wanderland Music Festival also teased their return for 2023 with ticket holders of the 2020 edition being able to use their tickets. Iggy Azalea announced her return to music, Jungkook made vampires a trending topic as he teased a mysterious project and BGYO was confirmed to sing the theme song of the Darna TV show. And in a bit of sad news, MONSTA X’s IM revealed that he will be leaving Starship Entertainment but will still be part of the group and their activities.
With everything that has happened, let’s also not forget the new songs, albums, and releases that dropped all throughout the week. As they say, your playlist can never be too long with all this new music to enjoy. Here are some of the best recent release that you wanna press play to.
KABADO – ADIE
Adie is back to hit us in our feels once again with his new song Kabado. The moving track sees the OPM star sing about those butterflies when with that special someone, but ultimately just being with that person is more than enough.
SUPER FREAKY GIRL – NICKI MINAJ
This week has been a busy one for Barbs. First, Nicki announced that she was receiving the VMA Video Vanguard Award at the VMAs later this month. And now, she dropped her much-hyped new song, Super Freaky Girl. Sampling Super Freak by Rick James, Super Freaky Girl is a serve from start to finish with Nicki’s top-tier bars and punchlines being wrapped around the catchy beat. This may just be her best song of her new era yet.
SINAG – ARTHUR NERY AND SAMANTHA BENWICK
Now this is what you call a feel good anthem. This collab between Arthur Nery and Samantha Benwick is a touching love song that hits all the right notes. Their voices together sound as sweet as a bottle of Coke.
KEEPING TABS – NIKI
Happy NIKI day to all those who celebrate! The Indonesian music star is out with her with her third album, Nicole, a semi-autobiographical body of work that features re-works of many of NIKI’s old songs. It’s 12 songs of emotions, nostalgia, and youthful reflections.
HER – MEGAN THEE STALLION
The hip-hop girls are coming in hot this week as Megan Thee Stallion just dropped her second full-length studio album, Traumazine. At 18 songs long, it’s a meaty project that sees Megan touch on a variety of genres from 90s rap in Plan B to rapping over pop beats in Her.
LIVING HELL – BELLA POARCH
Bella Poarch wants you to know that she’s taking her music seriously. And it can be seen all over her debut EP, Dolls, as well as latest single Living Hell. Unlike her past release, Bella tones down the spectacle just a bit for a song that reflects on an unhealthy childhood. The pop ballad gives more room for Bella’s vocals to shine, which is always welcome.
THREAT – REX ORANGE COUNTY
Rex Orange Country is apparently the jealous type in his new song THREAT. The fun and chill track is about spending time with a potential flame, but also dealing with the fact that there’s another man in the picture and how he isn’t that bothered by him.
ISANG ANGHEL – ZILD
Love and rock and roll combine forces in ZILD’s new song, Isang Anghel. Serving as his first single of his upcoming new album, the track talks about how meeting that special someone can change the way you see your life, even stop you from ending it all.
TRICKS – SHANTI DOPE
Shanti Dope truly never misses whenever he releases new music and that holds true with his latest drop, Tricks. It’s Pinoy rap to its core and doesn’t let up from start to finish.
BREAKY MY SOUL – THE QUEENS REMIX – BEYONCE AND MADONNA
Beyoncé and Madonna in the same song? No wonder it’s called The Queens Remix. But aside from the genius mashup of BREAK MY SOUL and Vogue, Beyoncé also uses the moment to give a shout out to queens and legends in the music industry as well as legendary vogue houses.
EGO – GRENTPEREZ
Overconfidence is not cool in grentperez’s new song, Ego. The playful, lighthearted, and vibrant tracks sees the young musician sing about a friend who celebrates their “successes” a little too obnoxiously. The single will be included in his new EP, Trail Mix Tape, dropping September 30, which will see grent explore new sonics and production, while still featuring his laid back chill sound with a lot of soul.
BEN&BEN AND PAMUNGKAS – STAND BY YOU
Ben&Ben recently teased that they had something in the works with Indonesian singer-songwriter Pamungkas. And now we know part one of their team up. The two came together to record the performance video of the English version of Paninindigan Kita, called Stand By You. The
infectious pop-rock translation was recorded at SoundCheck Studio in Pasig City last August
2022 (Friday) and features a fuller, more intricate arrangement and reassigned verses.
INDIEEDGYCOOL – GAYLE
GAYLE has a new rock song out and it’s worth a listen, even if you aren’t an indie, edgy, or cool kid.
HAPPY YOU STAYED – SAB
SAB, the singer-songwriter behind many recent OPM hits is out with a brand new song called Happy You Stayed. The uplifting and upbeat tune sees SAB sing her praises for a certain someone who managed to stick through it all despite what life threw at them.
MAKE YOUR GREEN MARK – SB19
You really are that group when you can even make your sponsored songs sound good. SB19 and Acer Philippines recently teamed up for this eco-friendly song about taking care of the environment. And speaking of sponsored songs, SB19 also dropped one with Pizza Hut that is worth a listen, too.
SCI-FI – EDEN
Irish producer EDEN new song Sci-Fi sees him experiments with reverberating electronic dance beats under the vulnerabilities of his songwriting. The genre-blending track mixes his production with an honest confession that makes for a great single for his upcoming album ICYMI out September 9.
PILLOW TALK – YAMASHITA TREASURE
Chill vibes await you in OPM band Yamashita Treasure’s new single, Pillow Talk. The track is actually a cover of Syliva Robinson’s hit song of the same name and serves as a homage to an era of the past.
SHH – CHANHYUN
Korean solo R&B and hip hop artist CHANHYUN is known to make music based on his soft and easy-listening voice. And that holds true for his latest release, the EP MUSE, and title track Shh. Produced by GRAY, Shh is a chill hip-hop track with an addictive hook and rhythmic beat, narrating a story of lovers surviving another busy day.
CAN I TRY AGAIN – ANDREA OBSCURA
Andrea Ramos, who also goes by the stage name Andrea Obscura, recently dropped her debut track Can I Try Again and it’s a great listen for lost twenty somethings. The song’s melancholic theme as told through 2000s inspired pop rock describes the loneliness of being left behind by those who know where they’re headed in life. Their music video, meanwhile, was produced by Street Woman Productions, a young production house led by women and non-binary creatives. Using mixed media animations, the video captures the chaos as you come of age—one’s nostalgia for innocent youth colliding with frustrations of the future.