Last week was ruled by the girls! From topping the charts, teaming up on collabs, dropping surprise songs (yes, plural), and teasing new music, fans were constantly being fed and it was all very delightfully delicious. Tuck in below 😋

 

Lorde Revealed That Her Next Album Is On Its Way And It’s “So F*ing Good” 

Lorde heard our cries and is coming to save 2020! 😭 The pop savior sent the internet into a frenzy last week after she revealed via e-mail that she has almost finished her next full body of work. In the lengthy newsletter to her fans she wrote,  “The work is so f*ing good, my friend. I am truly jazzed for you to hear it.” She revealed that she started going back into the studio in December in both Auckland and LA with Melodrama collaborator (and BFF) Jack Antonoff. Despite being largely absent from social media over the last few years, she let us know that she has indeed seen the demand from fans for new material. Although it will still “take a while longer” there’s no doubt that these “pop perfect morsels” will be feeding us for decades to come.

 

Lady Gaga And Ariana Grande’s Collab ‘Rain On Me’ Is Here

Dominating headlines for the past week, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s girl-power collab of our dreams has arrived just in time to cure Auckland’s drought situation. ‘Rain On Me’ serves as the official second single from Gaga’s upcoming album Chromatica which is out on 29 May. Ariana revealed via Instagram what it was like to work with Gaga 👭💖, “one time ….. i met a woman who knew pain the same way i did… who cried as much as i did, drank as much wine as i did, ate as much pasta as i did and who’s heart was bigger than her whole body. she immediately felt like a sister to me. she then held my hand and invited me into the beautiful world of chromatica and together, we got to express how beautiful and healing it feels to mothafuckinnnn cry ! i hope this makes u all feel as uplifted as it does for us both.”

Check out the video below – and yes, Gaga got Ari to ditch the ponytail! 😱🙆‍♀️

 

Taylor Swift Released A Concert Special And Live Versions of ‘Lover’ Tracks

Swifties are living for the newly released live footage from Taylor’s City of Lover Concert filmed in Paris back in September. The concert special can be viewed on Disney+ with never before seen performances from her latest album Lover (which she owns 💪). The intimate show had an audience of fans from 37 countries around the world, including 4 very lucky Kiwis who won their way there through our once in a lifetime competition! 

And if that wasn’t enough – as a bonus, Taylor also dropped the live versions on all streaming platforms for our listening pleasure. Brb gonna go listen to ‘Cornelia Street’ and ‘Death By A Thousand Cuts’ and sob. Also ‘The Archer’ and ‘Daylight’… okay, maybe all of them. 🥺

 

Lady Gaga Caught Up With Zane Lowe To Talk About ‘Chromatica’ 

Mother Monster sure has been busy! She sat down (remotely of course) with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe to chat all things Chromatica ahead of its release THIS Friday. During the hour-long interview, Gaga talked about her latest single with Ariana, Chromatica in-depth, and the effects of Covid-19. About the dance-pop album she said, “I made the choice not to just make the record for myself but to make it for the world.” Can always count on you, Gaga 🤝


 

Disclosure Announced New Album ‘ENERGY’ And Released The Title Track 

This year marks a whole decade since Disclosure released their very first single, so what better way to celebrate than to release their third album ‘ENERGY’ ⚡ Due on 28th August, the news arrives alongside the tracklist and the title-track as a teaser single – featuring samples of Eric Thomas who previously appeared on 2013’s ‘When a Fire Starts to Burn’. He’s just one of a number of features across the record, with further contributions from slowthai, Kelis, Common, and Kehlani & Syd.

 

Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande’s ‘Stuck with U’ Debuted at #1 

The Biebz and Ari’s charity single ‘Stuck with U’ debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart after a very tight race for the top spot. With their joint #1, they now both join Drake and Mariah Carey as the only artists in history to have three songs debut at No. 1 on the chart – true pop legends! With proceeds from the song being donated to aid the frontline workers during the global pandemic Ariana thanked their fans for their help via Instagram, “thank u to everybody who supported this song, this cause and made this happen. we love uuuuu so much. 🤍”

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thank u to everybody who supported this song, this cause and made this happen. we love uuuuu so much. 🤍 there’s so much to celebrate today. 🤍 however, i would like to say a few things. anyone who knows me or has followed me for a while knows that numbers aren’t the driving force in anything i do. i’m grateful to sing. grateful to have people who want to listen. grateful to even be here at all. i didn’t have a number one for the first five years of my career and it didn’t upset me at all because from the bottom of my heart, music is everything to me. my fans are everything to me. i promise i couldn’t ask for another fucking thing. so with this celebration today, i would like to address a few things which i don’t usually do (i don’t give my energy to drama or strange accusations normally but this has gone a little too far)…my fans bought the song. JUSTIN’S fans bought the song. OUR fans bought this song (never more than four copies each, AS THE RULES STATE). they are ride or die motherfuckers and i thank god every day that i have them in my life. not just when they fight for us to win (even when i ask them not to as i did this week) but because they’re some of the greatest people i know. sales count for more than streams. u can not discredit this as hard as u try. to anybody that is displeased with their placement on the chart this week or who is spending their time racking their brain thinking of as many ways as they can to discredit hardworking women (and only the women for some reason…..), i ask u to take a moment to humble yourself. be grateful you’re even here. that people want to listen to u at all. it’s a blessed position to be in. i’ve had a lot of “almost number ones” in my career and i never said a goddamn thing because I FEEL GRATEFUL TO EVEN BE HERE. TO WANT TO BE HEARD AT ALL …. and you should feel that way too. congratulations to all my talented ass peers in the top ten this week. even number 3. 🥰 and thank u to @billboard for this honor. and thank u to everybody who helped us raise a lot of money for a very important cause this week. love u all a lot.

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Surprise! 😱 Carly Rae Jepsen Dropped ‘Dedicated Side B’ 

Ask and you shall receive! Queen of bops Carly Rae Jepsen has dropped a surprise new collection of 12 brand new tracks called ‘Dedicated Side B’ just one year later since the release of ‘Dedicated’. Fans haven’t been able to let it go ever since she hinted (okay, basically blurted it out) that a Side B may exist, “So yes, there have been whispers and I’m bad at keeping secrets. ‘Side B’ for Dedicated is out now babies, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I hope it makes yah dance your pants off!” 

 

New Music Friday Was Stacked!

Gaga and Ariana may have stolen the show with their highly anticipated collab but make sure you get in those streams for other new explosive tracks from the likes of Ellie Goulding, HAIM, The Weeknd feat. Doja Cat and more! We’ve even made it easy for you by putting it all into the one playlist 😉

 

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