Bank Holiday weekend is here and this is our top ten singles released today on new music Friday.

1. Finn Askew releases ‘Cherry Bomb

Finn Askew has today released ‘Cherry Bomb,  the latest single from this remarkable new talent.

Hailing from a sleepy market town in Somerset, the 19-year-old singer-songwriter could scarcely be further removed from any sort of music scene, and yet he’s raising the bar for the rest of the industry with his soulful yet streetwise sound.

Wildly eclectic in his outlook, Finn actively rejects the concept of genre constraints and takes a magpie-like approach to song-writing, creating exciting new hybrids in the process. R&B, jazz, rap, emo and indie-rock all coalesce with stunning results for the VEVO DSCVR One To Watch’ artist.

Of the track Finn says “Cherry bomb is such a mazza! When I first heard the piano riff I fell in love & knew that it was special! shoutout earl, max & rob for making the tune what it is! wanted to come back from the first project with something different before really showing off my sound which is yet to come.”  

Cherry Bomb is a fresh and exciting taste of things to come for this genre-defying artist.

2. Kid Laroi and Miley Cyrus release ‘Without You’

After making his late night TV debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon as well as his daytime debut on The Ellen DeGeneres Show performing his R.I.A.A certified platinum + smash hit “Without You,” The Kid LAROI has tapped the multi-platinum selling recording artist, songwriter and trailblazer Miley Cyrus. With F*CK LOVE (SAVAGE)debuting No. 3 on the Billboard charts, peaking at No. 1 on the Australian ARIA Album Chart all whilst “Without You” maintains its Top 10 position in Pop radio and Top 5 in Alternative ahead of the new duet, the song comes together organically after an impromptu studio session with the two friends and musicians as they gear up to perform the track on Saturday Night Live on May 8th. 

3. Russell! releases new single ‘Candy Red’

R&B up and comer RUSSELL! keeps the heat around his name with the reveal of Candy Red, a soulful cut showcasing the big room potential of this must-watch new talent. Speaking on the track, he states:

I made Candy Red on a random studio night in November along with a handful of other songs. I had forgotten about the song for a bit, but revisited it and it grew on me. During the time I wrote it I was really into candy painted cars and motorcycles. The guitar, and drums reminded me of a candy painted Cadillac, so I wrote accordingly to the mood!

After developing a following on YouTube and MySpace while releasing rap music as D-Pryde, he signed a record deal at the age of 16 and moved to New York City. But creative differences made for a shaky few years in the creative wild—a tough time further complicated by his mother’s unfortunate passing. After he parted ways with his former label, he re-learned the finer points of the music industry while independently managing himself and finding his voice. Look out for more from RUSSELL! soon as he cements himself as an artist to watch next year.

4. Picture This release ‘LA House Party’

Representing music’s biggest global underdog story, Picture This have unassumingly captivated listeners in every corner of the world, amassing nearly 300 million total streams, selling out stadiums, and inspiring praise from Billboard, ThisSongIsSick, and many more. Emerging from Ireland with a cinematic pop rock style of their own, the band’s 2017 self-tilted full-length debut, Picture This, kicked off a history-making run. In Ireland, it went triple-platinum, clinched #1 on Ireland’s Overall Chart for four weeks, and topped the Streaming Chart for seven weeks. In its wake, ticket sales eclipsed 500K as they headlined stadiums back home and various hallowed venues, including O2 Shepherd’s Bush London, SSE Arena Belfast, and 3Arena. 2019’s MDRN LV yielded hits such as “One Drink” and “Everything Or Nothing” and stood out as “the top-selling album from an Irish Artist in 2019.” They maintained this momentum by touring with Jonas Brothers and unveiling the 2020 fan favorite “Unconditional.” Kicking off 2021, the band made their U.S. late night television debut, performing new single “Things Are Different” on The Late Late Show with James Corden.  They also announced their new partnership with Joe Jonas and his recently announced Let’s Get It Records.  Picture This shows no signs of stopping or slowing down in 2021.

5. Everyone You Know drop latest release ‘Higher’

Multi-faceted sibling duo Everyone You Know have dropped their new single ‘Higher’ which will feature on their forthcoming 12-track EP ‘Just For The Times’ set for release in June. ‘Higher’ will also soundtrack the brand new national TV advert for O2 which will be running for the next six months.

Built on a foundation of distorted bass and a driving drum groove, ‘Higher’ is topped with Rhys’ anthemic vocal and is a slick embodiment of EYK’s signature genre blending style.

EYK say: “We’re always over the moon when we hear our music has been picked for adverts and TV etc, but to have a brand as big as O2 come along and ask to use one of your tunes in an advert is mental! Buzzing that ‘Higher’ is the track as well. We’ve been performing that on tours and at gigs for the last 18 months and it always goes down a treat, so to have that out is something we’re very excited about too.

It’s been a busy 2021 for EYK so far, who have released a string of tracks in the lead up to their hotly anticipated 12-track EP ‘Just For The Times’. ‘Higher’ follows their most recent anthem ‘Just For The Times’ alongside Joy Anonymous which has been heavily supported by key tastemakers including BBC Radio 1’s Jordan North, Jack Saunders and Jess Iszatt.

6. Lord Huron release ‘I Lied’

Welcoming friends into the mysterious embrace of Whispering Pines Studios today, Lord Huron uncover a new single entitled “I Lied” [feat. Allison Ponthier]. It’s the latest tune to be shared from their anxiously awaited fourth full-length album, LONG LOST, out May 21st via Whispering Pines Studios Inc./Republic Records.

Pre-order Long LosHERE, listen to “I Lied” HERE, and watch the official music video HERE.

Conjuring the ghosts of early sixties country and old school AM radio bliss all at once, “I Lied” unfurls as a heartbreakingly dreamy duet upheld by the interplay of Texas-born siren Allison Ponthier and Lord Huron. Awash in soft acoustic guitars and ethereal slide, it slips into a gripping hypnotic harmony punctuated by the trepidation of a breakup.

Lord Huron’s recently released album track “Mine Forever” was received with critical acclaim. The music video featured blurred faces of performers from Whispering Pines Studio and added more clues to the mystery behind Long Lost. Check out the video for “Mine Forever”

7. Waterparks release

Pop-rock trio Waterparks have today released a brand new single and video, ‘You’d Be Paranoid Too (If Everyone Was Out To Get You)’, taken from their forthcoming new album, ‘Greatest Hits’, out May 21st on 300 Entertainment. 

As well as their main stage appearances at Slam Dunk, the band will be playing an intimate acoustic set each day, with tickets available via Crash Records.
Additionally, the band’s previously announced ‘See You In The Future’ UK headline tour has now moved back to June 2022

8. Alana Maria and Midas the Jagaban release ‘Chargie’

Alana Maria releases her latest new single ’Chargie’ featuring the UK’s burgeoning afro pop artist, Midas the Jagaban. Produced by Mike Brainchild [ Kojo Funds Rebecca Garton] the track is available to stream HERE.

Following on from her last single ‘My Heart’, ‘Chargie’ is a feel good song that focuses on the love of being in a relationship and never wanting that feeling of happiness to end, the track showcases Alana’s unmistakable sweet-toned vocals entwined with the infectious beat. The single is accompanied with a fun loving video directed by Meeks & Frost [ Pa Salieu Shaybo], celebrates friends, love and life.

Speaking on the inspiration behind the track Alana explicates;

“I was originally working on a chorus for another artist which didn’t go into production so I decided to do a little more work on it and use it for one of my songs. I was travelling to Birmingham with family and was listening to Nines album Crabs in the Bucket for the first time and as soon as I heard the track ‘Ringaling’ I was instantly caught by the emotional production and as always, started singing a chorus to it which was later to become the chorus for ‘Chargie’. It worked so perfectly I knew I had to finish the song so I called my producer Mike and went into the studio the following day and created the full track.”

Inspired by the sounds of classic R&B and neo-soul, Alana’s sound is expressive, soulful yet versatile with pop roots. She cites the likes of Brandy, Kehlani, Summer Walker and Kiana Lede as some of the musicians that have inspired her sound.

9. Brynn Elliott write to her younger self with new single.

Singer-songwriter Brynn Elliott is continuing to release vibrant, inspirational pop songs with her latest track, “Letter To A Girl.” The song was written as a letter to her younger self and inspired by the young women she met while on tour with Why Don’t We.  Along with pulling inspiration from what she wishes she could tell her younger self, Brynn was heavily influenced by her live performances. The track, which is filled with live-sounding guitars, drums, pianos, and synths is available now via DSPs and streaming services HERE. “Letter To A Girl” is accompanied by a striking visual, streaming now via YouTube.“

Letter To A Girl” come as a sort of sister track to “Tell Me I’m Pretty,” an empowering anthem that pulls from stories of superficiality- a concept that dates back in history, from corsets to Instagram filters.

10. Hayley Kiyoko releases highly anticipated new single ‘Found My Friends’

Trailblazing pop star Hayley Kiyoko has unveiled her highly anticipated new single “Found My Friends,” available now via Atlantic Records at all DSPs and streaming services. Co-produced by Hayley, Danja (Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake) and frequent collaborators, Pat Morrissey and Kill Dave, the powerful anthem of self-reliance is joined by a self-directed video shot on 16mm film at LA’s historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel. Embodying the song’s message and featuring incredible choreography, the visual chronicles the challenging journey of finding friendship within yourself.

“‘Found My Friends’ is a song I wrote during a challenging time when I realized instead of being my own worst enemy, I could actually be my own best friend,” says Hayley. “It’s about discovering and nurturing a strong friendship with yourself. This song resonates even more so now with everyone experiencing isolation in quarantine, when we still somehow find the resilience to connect with one another and find comfort in each other.”

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