New year, new music. You all missed me while I was gone, right? On second thought, please keep your opinions to yourself. There’s a lot of great new music this week, but I’d like to take a moment to highlight the new releases from women this week. We’ve got new songs from powerhouses Jess Glynne and Tiffany Young, plus a few newcomers. No, Ariana Grande hasn’t released her new album yet, so this list will just have to tide you over until then.
“Thursday” by Jess Glynne feat. H.E.R.
Yeah, you’ve probably heard “Thursday” all over the radio and wondered why you were crying in the club because of its raw honesty, but have you heard the new feature from H.E.R.? No, you haven’t, because it just came out today. In this song, Jess Glynne presents a vulnerable and open account of learning to love and accept yourself. Speaking of, I chatted with her about this song, her new album, and more—interview coming soon. But for now, pour yourself a glass of red wine, because this is going to get you all the way in your feels.
“Born Again” by Tiffany Young
Mark my words: Tiffany Young is going to be a star in 2019. The California-born singer is huge in Korea, and now she’s making her way stateside. Her voice is incredible. Her new song “Born Again” is a robust production with poignant vocals that will embed themselves under your skin and a catchy dance beat.
“Hurts Like Hell (Madison Beer Cover)” by Jenny March
This acoustic cover of Madison Beer’s hit is the perfect petty anthem for not wanting your ex to get over you. If you can’t relate to that sentiment, tell me: what was it like being indoctrinated into literal sainthood? March’s version is less pop-y and more raw than the original—it is acoustic, after all.
“Valhalla” by Lauren Ruth Ward
This song gives a really cool rocker chick vibe. It feels 70s to me, but maybe that’s just because I don’t listen to rock music so I don’t know what a 70s vibe is actually like. Let’s go with it. Lauren also has a great voice. Grab your leather jacket before you hit play on this one.
“WTP” by Teyana Taylor
Yes, the song itself came out with the release of her album, K.T.S.E, but the video is new. The cool thing about it is it’s completely self-directed. I don’t want to spoil it, because you should all go watch the video, but she killed it. And as far as female sexual empowerment goes, it doesn’t really get any better than a song that repeats “work this p*ssy” over and over for like, four minutes. And it’s not a command, like, for a guy to work it. It’s saying “I will work this p*ssy.” I could summon the one gender studies course I took in college to write an entire essay on the importance and power of that, but I’ll spare you all if you promise to watch the video.
“Pretty” by Terror Jr.
Terror Jr. is technically a duo, but their lead vocalist is female, so I’m counting it. Also, truth be told, I had no idea they were a duo until I looked it up. The more you know. Anyway, with a hook like “they say pretty is pain,” Terror Jr.’s song “Pretty” is reminiscent of Jess Glynne’s “Thursday.” But while Jess Glynne presents a soulful and slow narrative, Terror Jr.’s song is all airy vocals and infectious melody.
“Anxiety” by Julia Michaels feat. Selena Gomez
F*cking duhhhh, I included this on my list. I sort of feel like this song could very easily be called “FOMO” because the first verse talks about how you don’t want to go out or see anyone but then when you decide to stay in you miss them. I appreciate Julia Michaels’ openness about mental health struggles, and I feel both very heard and personally attacked by this song. But in all seriousness, THANK YOU for bringing visibility to this.
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