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Julia Michaels

Ashe occupies a unique space between indie and Disney. Two years after scoring a viral hit with the divorce ballad “Moral Of The Story,” the 28-year-old San Jose native born Ashlyn Rae Willson released her debut album Ashlyn last week. It’s too fascinating to be slagged off as basic, but there’s a down-the-middle quality to its ambition. On one hand, Ashe’s songs sound like they could thrive on easy listening radio and in public spaces like grocery stores, and they appeal directly to listeners’ most sentimental impulses. On the other hand, she’s a wonderfully engaging writer with a flair for the dramatic who has configured her influences into a compelling debut album.

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Miranda McDonald

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Not many people can execute pop music realism like Julia Michaels. Just like 19th-century art aims to truthfully represent their subjects without artificiality, her music reflects her rawest form. Michaels leapt from writing poetry at age 12 to transforming into one of pop’s go-to songwriters. Her lyrics read like the most personal pages of her diary, and that jolt of honesty is what led to her crafting tunes for the likes of Justin Bieber (“Sorry”), Selena Gomez (her Revival and Rare albums), Gwen Stefani (“Used To Love You”), Nick Jonas (“Close”) and Dua Lipa (“Pretty Please”).

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Nico Kartel

Every time he opens his mouth to sing, GIVĒON commands attention. For the past year, he’s been getting more and more of it, and deservedly so. The 26-year-old Long Beach native has the kind of voice that would stir you from a stupor in any era, but the depth of his baritone especially stands out in an age when hot new R&B singers are often lithe tenors like 6LACK, Brent Faiyaz, and Daniel Caesar, Chris Brown remains a radio mainstay, and a wave of artists with chirpy processed vocals have blurred the line between rapping and singing. There’s an implied authority to a voice like GIVĒON’s; it can be smooth and velvety, but it also booms outward with a resounding voice-of-God effect similar to James Earl Jones. It stands out.

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glimmers have shared an emotional new single “By The Lips” with fans ahead of the release of their five-track sophomore EP, Worlds Apart. The song chronicles the intimate parts of a relationship as well as the delicacy it takes to navigate love and everything that comes with it. Read more: Ashland’s new EP let them […]

The post glimmers give an unfiltered look at the uncertainty of love in “By The Lips” appeared first on Alternative Press.

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Jonathan Mannion

“Mood” was a moment. Even before 24kGoldn and Iann Dior’s collaboration spent eight weeks atop Billboard‘s Hot 100 singles chart between October and January, it was a significant milestone in pop music’s ongoing metamorphosis. 24kGoldn and Iann Dior are ostensibly rappers, and their sing-song stylings make sense within the context of the modern hip-hop mainstream. But thanks to an influx of SoundCloud-rap infiltrators who’ve taken a lot from pop-punk, emo, and nu-metal, the modern hip-hop mainstream has quite a bit of rock in it, hence the snappy chord-based guitar riff that was as much of a hook as anything these guys sang. On that note, like hits from forebears like Juice WRLD, Post Malone, and Lil Uzi Vert, “Mood” was self-evidently a pop song, infectiously catchy and irresistibly propulsive. In a historic feat, it topped Billboard‘s Hot Alternative Songs, Hot Rap Songs, and Hot 100 charts all at once.

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Julia Michaels is a behind-the-scenes pop songwriter who has become something of a pop fixture herself over the last few years. Since the release of her 2017 debut EP Nervous System — featuring “Issues,” which peaked at #11 on the Hot 100 — she’s put out a bunch of stray one-offs, though no longer projects. Most recently was the single “Lie Like This” back in October. Today, she’s back with a new song called “All Your Exes.” Check it out below.

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Charlotte Rutherford

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Pop singer-songwriter released single last year For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

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