Hello again! Welcome to the second part of The Weekly Playlist, August Edition, where I write about what happened in the music world during the month of August. You should also check out the first part if you haven’t already. I featured some pretty cool music there as well.
For this Playlist, I prepared six more songs and three more music videos from August. If yesterday’s Playlist was leaning more towards alternative and rockish music, you’ll see this one has more dancy music. Some of the names you’ll find down below are Taylor Swift, Camila Cabello, Chris Brown, Jessie J and more. Enjoy!
- New songs
Prince Fox ft. Quinn XCII – ‘Space’
First on the list are Prince Fox and Quinn XCII with the song ‘Space’. Although I wasn’t a fan of Prince Fox’s previous release, ‘Just Call’, I liked ‘Space’ since the first time I listened to it. It might be because it reminds me of a more upbeat version of Craig David’s ‘Walking Away’. The words of both songs seem to be spoken by a resigned person but at the same time, this person has that devil-may-care attitude which makes things not as sad. So, if you like ‘Walking Away’, you should give ‘Space’ a try.
Camila Cabello – ‘Havana’
Next on the list is Camila Cabello, a former member of the girl group Fifth Harmony. From what I’ve seen so far, I think Camila is doing much better following her solo career. The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving. is her debut solo album which is expected at the end of September. Last month she released two promotional singles, ‘Havana’ and ‘OMG‘. I can’t really pick a favourite between these two because I like them both and they have different styles, but I decided to feature ‘Havana’ here. Why? Well, let’s just say the song reached 50 million streams (!!!) on Spotify which led to Camila making it her second official single.
Chris Brown – ‘Questions’
In 2004 Kevin Lyttle created the song ‘Turn Me On’ and in August 2017, Chris Brown reinvented it and gave it the name ‘Questions’. I really like this new version of the song. It’s more upbeat and with an evident Chris Brown signature on it. The song is taken from his long-awaited album Heartbreak On A Full Moon which is set to be released on 31st October, on the Halloween day. Now I have two reasons to be excited about that date.
Léon – ‘Surround Me’
I think ‘Surround Me’ is a really nice song with a laid-back vibe, perfect for days when you just want to take a break from anything. Léon is a Swedish singer who started her career in 2015 but this is the first song I heard from her. Although she’s only 23 years old, her voice sounds really mature and it reminds me of Adele’s. Take a listen!
Jessie J – ‘Real Deal’
Jessie J came back from a very long break if you ask me. Since her collaboration with Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande on ‘Bang Bang’ (2014) and ‘Flashlight’ (2015) featured in Pitch Perfect 2, we haven’t really heard from Jessie, which is such a shame because I think she has a wonderful voice. Anyway, she has returned with a new song, ‘Real Deal’. Now, the song might not be what I expected from her but I quite like it. It’s that kind of song that makes you feel cool.
Starley – ‘Touch Me’
If you don’t know why Starley’s name seems familiar, I’m here to elucidate the mystery. She became pretty popular last year when she released the song ‘Call On Me’ which you’ve probably heard of before. She returned with a new single ‘Touch Me’ and if you liked ‘Call On Me’, chances are you’ll like this one too. They’re quite similar. But I don’t mind.
- New music videos
Taylor Swift – ‘Look What You Made Me Do’
On to the music videos section. I’m well aware that most people will have seen this music video by now. After all, it’s been all over the Internet since its release. But, I figured I should include it in the Playlist anyway. Let me tell you, I’m not even a fan of Taylor Swift and I still think her new music video is really good. Throughout the video, there are so many references to all the drama she had in the past and to the way she’s been seen by the world. You can find here a full explanation of the entire video. What I like the most about it, though, is that Swift managed to make a mockery of herself and look glamorous while she was doing it. Also, I think ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ marks the beginning of a new Taylor Swift era.
Miley Cyrus – ‘Younger Now’
Although I’m not really into the song ‘Younger Now’, I enjoyed watching the video. It’s so nice to see Miley with long hair again. And the whole choreography at the end reminded me of ‘Hoedown Throwdown’ from The Hannah Montana Movie. We also see a few shots with present Miley and a puppet which looks like Miley from the Hannah Montana period. They’re holding hands and dancing which I think means that Miley has finally accepted her past self and she is ready for a new, more mature stage of her life.
P!nk – ‘What About Us’
And the August Edition ends with P!nk’s music video for her new song ‘What About Us’. The video doesn’t really have a story line, but it has interesting choreographies throughout which match the theme of the song. Even without a story line, I think the video is very stirring.
Well, my friend, you have reached the end of The Weekly Playlist, August Edition. I hope you enjoyed it and thank you for reading. We shall see each other next time, which will be very soon because the end of this week is approaching and that means a new Weekly Playlist is on the way!