Trust Ariana to break the internet. And that she did with her new single, “thank u, next” which has amassed more than 1.5 million shook response tweets. The fizzy pop number name-drops pretty much all of Ari’s exes, including Mac Miller and Pete Davidson – but instead of any degree of dragging, she’s unwittingly launched a positive breakup anthem backed with the line: “I’m so fucking grateful for my ex.” Oh, and the memes. All the memes.
Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Vince Staples and more on our weekly playlist.
Ariana Grande – “thank u, next”
Vince Staples – “FUN!”
Fire. Pure unadulterated fire is what Vince Staples is spitting on his new release, “FUN!” – a reverberating play-on-loop banger. But it’s the tongue-in-cheek visuals – which critique racial stereotypes – that have everyone talking. A Google Earth type function hones in on various areas of Vince’s neighbourhood, presenting tableaus to the viewer. Girls grabbing hair and scrapping in the streets. Kids on bikes robbing a house. Thumbs up.
Nilüfer Yanya – “Heavyweight Champion of the Year”
Haven’t heard the name Nilüfer Yanya yet? That will change very, very soon, don’t you worry. In “Heavyweight Champion of the Year” the London singer-songwriter’s guitar-pumped, indie-influenced soul pulses with her far-reaching range – squeaking and then deep-diving into husky tones. 10/10.
The Ninth Wave – “Sometimes The Silence Is Sweeter”
Think The Cure, but a tad more melancholic and moody. Glasgow-hailed four-piece, The Ninth Wave, are causing, well, waves with their dark, post-punk vibes. And “Sometimes The Silence Is Sweeter” is a instant hit, with soaring vocals and grungy guitar arrangements.
Dinah Jane – “Bottled Up”
Putting the days of X Factor girl band Fifth Harmony behind her, Dinah Jane has just dropped some solo debut goodness on us with “Bottled Up,” which sees the Rollacoaster cover babe stepping out on her own glossy terms. Featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Marc E. Bassy, watch the sugary neon visuals for the catchy pop bop.
Shawn Mendes – “Youth ft. Khalid”
You already knew this, but the boy can basically do no wrong. And for his latest release (dropped on the eve of the US midterm elections), Wonderland cover star Shawn Mendes is celebrating the power of youth. The video opens with a gun replica smashing on the floor, cut with snippets of young trailblazers and activists in America doing all round inspiring stuff (look out for the incredible Emma Gonzalez).