Here are our international top picks that are out now. Check out The Damn Truth’s brilliant gravity defying video!
1. The Damn Truth drop gravity defying Video
The Damn Truth have officially released their ground-breaking music video for their current single “This Is Who We Are Now.” The song is taken from the band’s critically acclaimed Bob Rock-produced album “Now or Nowhere” which is available from www.thedamntruth.com, and now streaming on Spotify.
The gravity-defying video utilises state-of-the-art technology that sees the band performing the single upside down in a 360 degree rotating custom-built room.
“I don’t know remember how the director said it,” says the TDT’s drummer Dave Traina, “but he just basically said, “Guys, how comfortable are you performing upside down?”
“They built an 8 x 10 circus ride just for us,” commented TDT’s bassist PY Letellier. “We call it “The Damn Truth cube.”
2. Benjamin Ingrosso releases ‘Smile’
With a fresh start for Benjamin 2021 he digged in to his catalogue and decided to release two album on Swedish – with songs written during 2020 and several of the tracks written when he was 12 years old. The first part of the album got #10 on the global charts of debut albums on Spotify and all tracks of both albums went straight in to Swedens top 50.
With the success as a fact in his home country Benjamin Ingrosso now deliver ’Smile’ – a song he wrote for his sister to honour their beautiful relation. The song was first seen in Biancas TV show when Benjamins surprised her on her birthday with a live performance and since then their fans has been eager to hear more of the song. For the last two weeks Benjamin has been doing a campaign together with Clear Channel were content has been teasing for this song to be released. On Monday 17th Benjamin performed ’Smile’ together with his band on all Clear Channel platforms over Sweden and on Friday 21st it will be available on all streaming platforms.
3. Salem Ilese shares new track ‘Dinosaurs’
Northern California pop singer and songwriter Salem Ilese’s brand new single and video “Dinosaurs (S4E7)” is out now via EMI Records/10K Projects/Homemade Projects. “Dinosaurs (S4E7)” is the final single ahead of her new EP, ‘(L)only Child,’ out now. With “Dinosaurs (S4E7),” Salem asks “did the dinosaurs see it coming?” and grapples with mortality, climate change and the general uncertainty of life. The title of the song, as well as its music video, directed by Jason Lester (Lauv, Cautious Clay), references the iconic final episode of the 1990s show “Dinosaurs” that shows the dire consequences of disrupting nature in favor of profits, a message more relevant now than ever. Salem’s new project arrives on the heels of her recent writing credit on TikToker-turned-popstar Bella Poarch’s “Build a Bitch” single, which has been streamed over 7M times on Spotify alone this week. Similar to Salem’s very own smash hit “Mad At Disney”, Bella’s “Build A Bitch” is an anthem of female empowerment, turning establishment led gender norms on their heads.
A strong proponent of environmentalism and social justice, Salem hopes to spread awareness about important issues through her catchy pop songs. This mission included her breakout single “Mad At Disney” (174M Spotify streams, 15+ weeks on Today’s Top Hits) which unpacked Disney’s harmful stereotypes of women as well as her brand new EP, ‘(L)only Child,’ which is full of coming of age electro-pop anthems about self-acceptance and the social issues plaguing our world.
4. Red Moon shares new track ‘Thirsty’
Norway’s rising artist ‘Red Moon’ unveils her incredible new single ‘Thirsty’.
A beautiful ode to human connection and the intensity it can bring, Thirsty is a gorgeous offering full of emotional liberation. Swooning ethereal vocals and adoring lyrics demonstrate the weightlessness of meeting your match.
Sharing a little more, Red Moon explained” “Thirsty exudes passion, drive, and freedom. It describes the feeling that anything is possible with this person you share an undeniable connection with; when your gut tells you that there is a future you will share together. So you just want to see where this spark will lead you to.
Fiercely in touch and in tune with her emotions, Red Moon’s music and songwriting is driven straight from her heart. “We are not creating algorithms; we are creating waves and real emotions which we transform into sounds and lyrics. Music to me is a reflection of emotion” She explained.
5. Annita shares remix of ‘Girl From Rio’
After the original exploded right out of the gate with tens of millions of streams and widespread acclaim, Brazilian global pop superstar Anitta reups and recharges “Girl From Rio” with an Official Remix featuring DaBaby.
GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum North Carolina titan DaBaby pulls up with a scorching verse, adding another dimension to the hit song.
Right out of the gate, “Girl From Rio” arrived as a phenomenon. It debuted in the Top 40 Radio Airplay Chart (US), marking a career first for Anitta. Not to mention, it racked up over 13 million Spotify streams and 20 million views on the official music video. Inciting widespread acclaim, Billboard proclaimed, “She understands how to wrap a classic melody around her finger but inject enough attitude into the track to make it her own,” and Rolling Stone wrote, “The track finds Anitta putting her own spin on the Brazilian bossa nova classic.” And V Magazine predicted, “Anitta’s influence and fanbase already reaches far and wide, and her newest release should serve to give it a big boost.”
To celebrate the new single, Anitta performed “Girl From Rio” on NBC’s Today Show and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!. She also took the stage at the first-ever televised special of the Latin GRAMMY® Celebra: Ellas Y Su Música on Univision. The music video for “Girl From Rio” notably made its global broadcast premiere on MTV Live, MTVU, and across MTV’s global network of channels, as well as on the Viacom CBS Times Square billboard.
6. Charlie Worsham releases ‘Believe In Love’
Acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician Charlie Worsham’s new song, “Believe In Love,” is out today via Warner Music Nashville.
Reflecting on the song, Worsham shares, “‘Believe In Love’ takes me to Worsham Service Center, to stopping by after school and visiting with my Nanny and Papaw, who ran the shop. It takes me to dozing off in the pew of Emmanuel Baptist Church on a Sunday morning, my mom letting me nap during the sermon. It takes me through all the great dogs our family has known. These are the landmarks, the road map I was sent into the world with, from a family and community that raised me to know and value love. And most importantly, it was these landmarks that steered me to Kristen, marriage, and parenthood. I’m now in that chapter of life where I get to help map out new landmarks for our son as he grows up. ‘Believe In Love’ is where I’ve been, where I am, and where I’m going.”
Produced by Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Miranda Lambert) and written by Worsham and Jimi Bell, “Believe In Love” is Worsham’s second new release this year following “Fist Though This Town,” which debuted last month to critical acclaim. Of the song, Billboard declares, “compelling from the first note,” while Music Row praises, “Super powerful…the hard-times lyric and its blue-collar attitude grab you by your coat lapels and command you to pay heed. Brilliance all around.” In celebration of the new songs, Worsham will perform at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry tomorrow night and, following his own set, will also join Leslie Jordan as part of his Grand Ole Opry debut.
The new music follows Worsham’s 2017 album, Beginning of Things, and furthers his reputation as an artist with “undeniable musical talent” (NPR Music). Released to overwhelming critical acclaim, Beginning of Things landed on several “Best of 2017” lists including Rolling Stone, Variety, PopMatters, Nashville Scene and Vulture, who praised, “a multifaceted talent—a warm, thinking singer, hook writer, and picker—and one of the most well-regarded underdogs in Nashville.”
7. 4 Minutes Later share new track ‘Grace’
The curious case of 4 Minutes Later began in 2018, when the account tweeted “music coming soon.” No band members, no band images, no shows, no location given, just the promise of music. It wasn’t long before curiosity captured an online audience and #whois4ML trended across the UK, USA and Mexico, before even releasing a song.
Over the course of the following year, 4 Minutes Later delivered a series of singles before releasing their self-titled debut EP, all while remaining anonymous. With the cancellation of their 2020 USA headline tour due to COVID-19, 4ML decided to record their debut album.
Haunting and tragic, the emotional first single “Grace” portrays the difficult realities of watching your loved one disappear while battling dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The band will finally break anonymity following the release of “Grace” in order to bond with fans on a new level.
8. Quiet Like A Thief hit light speed on new single “Travel in Time”
Boston/Long Island pop-punk quintet Quiet Like A Thief have dropped a brand new track.
“Travel in Time” is taken from the band’s upcoming debut EP, ‘Through The Looking Glass’ set for release on June 25th, 2021. The short but potent pop-punk anthem brings shades of modern blink 182, with Alex Kouvaris’ sharp lead vocal leading the charge.
Drawing on a smartly balanced array of influences from emo, pop-punk and alternative rock, Quiet Like A Thief strike a poignant and thought-provoking note with their new single, “Window Pain”.
Quiet Like A Thief was born from the brains of Alex Kouvaris and Ryan Sweeney, whose friendship and musical chemistry is the beating heart of the band. With myriad tours and notable support slots from their times together in previous bands, Quiet Like A Thief is the melting pot in which the two young men have honed both their experience and musical insight.
9. Daneliya Tuleshova
Born and raised in Kazakhstan, Astana, Daneliya Tuleshova is an international global phenomenon with a mature voice that’s far beyond her years and stops people in their tracks. She has won multiple vocal competitions and in 2019, she was a Top 6 Finalist on NBC’s hit show America’s Got Talent, raking in millions of YouTube views on YouTube, garnering national press attention, and even performing on stage alongside award-winning pop sensation Ava Max… and Tuleshova was only 13 years old.
Four years in the making, her debut single, “Like You Used To,” is a romantic, energetic and relatable number that came to fruition via Zoom
10. Darren Criss releases ‘I Can’t Dance’
Singer and songwriter Darren Criss releases his newest single, “I Can’t Dance,” via BMG: LISTEN HERE.
This is the second in a series of new songs which Darren described as “character-driven singles.” He announced the track on Instagram earlier this week, writing, “Half masc, half fem, half bad bitch, half brazen baller… This song is an ode to both those we love to hate and those we hate to love. What can I say, I live for dualities.”
“I Can’t Dance” arrives on the heels of “f*kn around,” which Billboard described as “a slick alt-pop single built around a wiggly bass line.” MTV News praised, “With synthy distortions and a banging guitar loop, the song echoes the sharper edges of contemporaries like Shawn Mendes and Justin Timberlake’s with a theatrical flair fans have come to expect from Criss.” Darren made his late-night television performance debut with the single on The Late Late Show with James Corden alongside Este Haim of HAIM on bass, The Pocket Queen on drums, frequent collaborator and San Fermin front woman Charlene Kaye on guitar, and the track’s co-writer CJ Baran on keys.
Darren Criss is a multi-faceted artist with an illustrious career spanning television, film, music and stage. As an actor, his portrayal of Andrew Cunanan in Ryan Murphy’s award-winning series American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace was met with widespread critical acclaim