The one thing better than Dua Lipa's Physical is…

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…Dua Lipa's Physical BUT IT GOES ON FOR LONGER.

This is the latest work by a chap called Vito who calls himself DJ DE — he's done a few other extended mixes in his time and they're always great. The Dua video will probably have been removed from YouTube by the Fun Police by the time you read this, but:

  1. Two wrongs don't make a right
  2. If the Initial Talk mix of New Rules can get an official release then surely this is worth 'making official' because let's face it a stream's a stream
  3. That's it

Never doubt the sharpness of Anne-Marie's marketing mind

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Anne-Marie's new one is very clever because it's called Birthday and if you consider that Spotify has 271m active users, that means 742,000 users will today be cel­eb­rat­ing their birthday and will each surely play the song twice, because people do strange things on their birthdays. And then of course tomorrow a whole new set of users will celebrate a birthday.

With this in mind Anne-Marie is on course for 10.4m streams by the end of the week and nearly half a billion streams within a year — and that's just on Spotify. (This number would be higher were it not for the strange situation of October 17 being the day nobody on the planet has a birthday — a phe­nomenon the world's top sci­ent­ists and stat­ist­i­cians have described as "a rum old state of affairs". That said, the shortfall is slightly offset by people like The Queen having two birthdays.)

Other artists have released birthday-related songs in the past but Anne-Marie is one of the first streaming-native acts to do it so effect­ively 1 and with any luck Anne-Marie will reap huge rewards for this brave and innov­at­ive artistic endeavour. 


  1. Stormzy's Birthday Girl, for instance, halved its potential audience


New Music Friday: Dagny gives it the full "HEY!" treatment

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Notes on this week's new releases:

  • For the great, "HEY!"-strewn new Dagny single to seem totally great you sort of need to trick your mind into for­get­ting Sigrid's Mine Right Now ever existed, mind you looking at Sigrid's most popular tracks on Spotify it appears that's not beyond the cap­ab­il­it­ies of your average music consumer.
  • Three million years after its grand unveiling, Pussycat Dolls' React is out today. The full-on studio version is better than you'd expect a 2020 Pussycat Dolls to be in 2020, although perhaps not as good as it needs to be.
  • Christine & The Queens seems to have made use of a leftover Lauv song title.
  • Niall Horan's new one: pleasant.
  • CRJ's new one: fine.
  • Marina's new one: off a Netflix thing.
  • Dua Lipa's one-week-old one: back in the playlist due to per­sist­ent amaz­ing­ness.

New Music Friday: Dua Lipa's got a new song out

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Notes on this week's new release:

  • Dua Lipa today releases her best single since Be The One. (Behind all the banging and crashing it's also, in some respects, her most Be The One-esque single since Be The One.)
  • A standing ovation please for everybody involved in the new Dua Lipa single: Clarence Coffee Jr, Jason Evigan, Sarah Hudson, Stephen Kozmeniuk and Dua Lipa.
  • "I don't want to live another life because this one's pretty nice" in the new Dua Lipa single: pretty nice.
  • Best artwork of the week: Dua Lipa's Physical.
  • There's a great bit in the new Dua Lipa single where it very very nearly goes 'the full Bonnie Tyler' and if that's a hint that BT will be this year's big unex­pec­ted pop influence, thus making her 2020's answer to Trent Reznor, then, well, there would be worse things in the world.
  • The new Dua Lipa single is so powerful it could reverse Brexit.
  • Dua Lipa created something phe­nom­enal, don't you agree?

A reminder re Pet Shop Boys

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It would be a pop crime to allow a new Pet Shop Boys album (in this case Hotspot) to appear without issuing a gentle reminder that Chris and Neil remain the very best at being the very best. Nearly four decades in the game and they still haven't gone shit.

Regarding the above paragraph: as you know their names are usually written as 'Neil and Chris' but if you watch the Monkey Business video (above the above paragraph — it's what those of us in the business of music journ­al­ism call 'a video embed') you'll see that Chris has gone to the effort of learning a dance routine while Neil spends most of the video having a nice sit down, and I think it's only fair to reward Chris' endeav­ours.

What a band.

(There's a great interview in today's Guardian in which they blast their lame rock rivals.)


New Music Friday: let's hear it for the COY

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Notes on this week's new releases:

  • COY bill them­selves as a "Swedish music project" (already amazing) who make "pop music for the dance­floors" (double-amazing) and bonded over a shared passion for "music, manga and beautiful fishes" (IT DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN FISHES). Promises features Soren von Malmborg, who is a man, so pre­sum­ably the vocals are from one of the band. No idea. Anyway, Promises is a huge dramatic pop moment with a great Daft Punk-esque middle eight and the artwork's a literal carp.
  • Spotify sort of lists Love Regenerator as featuring Calvin Harris, except Love Generator is Calvin Harris, while the song's credits list him as Adam Wiles. We live in confusing times and this is NOT helping.
  • As discussed the other day, the new L Devine is brilliant.
  • I haven't really known how to broach this topic with you in the past but I suppose today's as good a day as any: I quite like Twin Atlantic.
  • Emmi Elliott's Worst Of You is very enjoyable but it's hard to tell from the artwork whether she's tossing or catching the tangerine. (I mean, is it even a tangerine? Could it be a satsuma?) While I increas­ingly find myself sup­port­ing the notion that artists should express them­selves however they see fit I don't think this sort of ambiguity is wise. What do you think, toss or catch?
  • There is a really good bit in the Tom Grennan single.
  • Colton Dixon's Miracles is great in a Bieber-does-Eurovision kind of way.
  • There's so much good stuff this week! La Roux, Kali Uchis, Tensnake covering The Pointer Sisters (??), mxmtoon knocking out her best song yet… There's a lot going on.

If you've been creating holes in silence, this could be the song you've been waiting for

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The Boring People cover shot might look like it's been algorith­mic­ally created by a program that's been fed thousands of images of Billie Eilish and Taylor Swift's Lover 'aesthetic' but it's def­in­itely one of the two best songs to appear online last night. L Devine made the song, literally conjuring it from thin air, creating something where once there was nothing, with the highly competent Ali Payami.

The song got its first play on Annie Mac's Radio 1 show last night, with 'L' explain­ing that it's "a song about me getting bored of myself". To which Annie Mac's reply was "I'm sure a lot of people will relate", which seems a bit harsh, par­tic­u­larly con­sid­er­ing this is probably L Devine's best single yet, but there you go.


New Music Friday: Ella Eyre is a new Ella Eyre

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Notes on this week's new releases:

  • The new Ella Eyre single is a third-person corker and quite possibly the best Ella Eyre single in the entire history of Ella Eyre singles. It's all about the post-chorus, really. Ella did the track with Pablo from Manchester's The Six, Lostboy and Mark Ralph.
  • Josef Salvat released two new songs this week and in order of amaz­ing­ness they are: 1. In The Afternoon (slightly French version) / 2. Playground Love / 3. In The Afternoon (not French version). Concrete proof that doing a slightly French version of songs is a real 'boon' for the modern popstar.
  • Gabrielle Aplin's album is out today!
  • Halsey's album is out today!
  • This is actually an extremely strong week for new releases: most weeks the NMF playlist sort of tails off a little bit six songs in (don't pretend you haven't noticed, we're all adults here) but there's a lot worth getting to know this week.
  • That said the most egregious release, taking the non-prized bottom place on this week's playlist, is Be Free by Kydus which on the plus side samples (or pretends to sample) Belinda Carlisle but on the downside is just a ropey reworking of Live Element's Be Free FROM NINETEEN YEARS AGO.

New Music Friday: Selena Gomez opens the 2020 Banger Window

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Notes on this week's new releases:

  • Ten days into the year they're all calling 'the new 2019' Selena Gomez, in many respects the Black Rod of 21st Century pop, smashes a mid-price bottle of champagne across the hull of the 2020 pop landscape, flings open the window of mixed metaphor and declares Banger Season OPEN. Which is to say, her new album's full of good songs. What a popstar. What an absolute popstar.
  • Georgia, undoubtedly the 2020 Sound Poll winner of people's hearts, today releases her second album Seeking Thrills, which boasts what will surely turn out to be one of the year's greatest opening run of songs: Started Out, About Work The Dancefloor, Never Let You Go and (today's new single) 24 Hours. SEE THIS ARTIST LIVE.
  • In further Songs With Actual Choruses news, rising Norwegian singer Torine's latest release hits a point somewhere between Avril Lavigne and Sigrid, which feels like/sounds like/is a good place to be. She says Make U Cry is "a bitter song about being vin­dict­ive and wanting to hurt someone back after being hurt yourself". THIS WON'T GET YOU ANYWHERE TORINE!!!!
  • Big fan of Leyla Blue's new song, Peppa Pig. "I'm a MacBook Pro, you're a bunch of fucking Dells." Outstanding work. (That said, Happy Mrs Chicken isn't com­pat­ible with MacOS.)
  • You may or may not be surprised (you won't be surprised) to hear that Sia has done a song for a film.

New Music Friday: Aplin & Nesbitt want Bono back

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Notes on this week's new releases:

  • Gabrielle Aplin and Nina Nesbitt, in many (no) ways the Beyoncé and Lady Gaga of post-major label streaming success, today deliver their Telephone. Miss You 2 is a rework of Gabrielle's 2016 song Miss You and while a new version of Waking Up Slow might have been 7% more spec­tac­u­lar today's single hits the spot nicely.
  • Justin Bieber has delivered — as part of the first track from his new album — the line "bonafide stallion, it ain't no stable, no, you stay on the run". (This song is not very good.)
  • The sleeve for Pet Shop Boys' Monkey Business features a staircase but it's not the staircase.
  • The year is 2020 and Foo Fighters are still at it.