New Music Friday: 7/10/20

Single(s) of the Week:

Smile, Capitol Records

“Smile” – Katy Perry

Coinciding with her long awaited album announcement, “Smile” is another slight dance tune from an artist settling into her new life. Married, expecting a child and steadily engaged in her passion through American Idol, the matured Perry is having nothing but fun, bringing positive vibes along with her.

For fans of: Miley Cyrus, Kelly Clarkson

Politics and Violence, Sandy Boys LLC

“Politics & Violence” – Dominic Fike

Like Perry, rising indie R&B star Dominic Fike has announced his debut album, What Could Possibly Go Wrong. With the announcement comes another strong track in “Politics & Violence.” The track pivots to a new side of the R&B singer, leaning more heavily into his rapping.

For fans of: BROCKHAMPTON, J. Cole

Staccato, One Umbrella Records

“Staccato” – Tory Lanez

Another in a series of singles released from the Canadian rapper in the last few weeks, “Staccato” is another signifier of the passion and hunger Tory Lanez has for music. Its catchy and well executed, offering listeners just enough to hold them over in hopes of a full length project.

For fans of: NAV, Drake, Aminé



Author: Kieran Sweeney

Writing about entertainment for the better part of a decade and consuming it twice as much, Kieran Sweeney is "the" pop culture aficionado. A connoisseur of the intersection of art and commercialism, the USC Annenberg graduate has earned his reputation as an empathetic and thoughtful writer. His resume includes USC's The Daily Trojan, USC Viterbi News, and personal assistance for publicity and marketing companies from Drill Down Media to This Fiction. His intersectional experience in the industry points to his wit and unfiltered thoughts on the latest project in entertainment

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