Doja Cat and SZA Share Video for New Song “Kiss Me More” | Watch

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Doja Cat first teased a SZA feature for her next project back in January. Now, she’s finally shared that collaboration. Find the Warren Fu-directed video for “Kiss Me More” below. The song is set to appear on Doja Cat’s forthcoming album, Planet Her (which is the setting for the new album). Her LP is set for a summer 2021 release via Kemosabe/RCA.

Doja Cat’s most recent LP Hot Pink, which included her hit “Say So,” was released in 2019. She performed that track at the 2021 Grammy Awards earlier this year. So far in 2021, she’s also appeared on an Ariana Grande remix (alongside Megan Thee Stallion) and released a collaboration with Saweetie called “Best Friend.” SZA’s most recent music video, for “Good Days,” was released in March.

 

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SZA has seemingly teased new music from Lizzo

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The ‘Good Days’ hitmaker took to Twitter to share that the ‘Truth Hurts’ singer had played her «the best song» she’s «ever heard», but she hasn’t said whether it was new material from the Grammy-winner.

SZA wrote: “Lizzo really jus played me the best song I ever heard in my life. I’m crying lmao like really. (sic)»
Lizzos last studio album was 2019’s ‘Cuz I Love You’.

Meanwhile, the ‘Juice’ singer recently admitted 2021 has already left her feeling «disappointed».

The US star confessed she already has a «broken heart», despite it being just a few weeks into the new year, but she is desperately «holding onto hope».

In a post on her Instagram account, she wrote: «2021 has already left me disappointed w a broken heart. I am holding onto hope but it’s slipping through my grip. (sic)»

Back in December, Lizzo revealed she had a health kick after November «stressed her out».

The 32-year-old singer said: «As you know, I would normally be so afraid and ashamed to post things like this online because I feel like, as a big girl, people just expect if you are doing something for health, you’re doing it for a dramatic weight loss, and that is not the case.

«In reality, November stressed me the f*** out, I drank a lot, I ate a lot of spicy things and things that f***** my stomach up. And I wanted to reverse it and get back to where I was.»

Lizzo was proud of her results after the detox.

She added: «I’m so proud of myself, I’m proud of my results, my sleep has improved, my hydration, my inner peace, my mental stability, my f****** body, my f****** skin, the whites of my eyes. Like, I feel and look like a bad bitch. And that’s it. I’m a big girl who did a smoothie detox.

«And I wanted to shared that with you guys. I got exactly what I wanted out of it, and every big girl should do whatever the f*** they want with their body … So next time you wanna come to somebody and judge them, whether they drink kale smoothies or eat McDonald’s or work out or not work out, how about you look at your own f****** self and worry about your own body. (sic)”

New Music From SZA, Big Sean, 6ix9ine & More

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SZA
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SZA photographed on Nov. 12, 2018 at Skyline West Mansion in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles.

This week, SZA makes a delightfully unexpected return, Big Sean big-ups his hometown and 6ix9ine aims for the mainstream. Check out all of this week’s First Stream picks below:

The Song That’s The Most Pleasant Surprise of the Day:
SZA feat. Ty Dolla $ign, «Hit Different»

Although it’s only been three years since SZA released her masterful Ctrl album, the relative silence that has followed has been maddening for fans, as they eagerly await the next move from one of R&B’s most captivating voices. Now, out of nowhere, we get “Hit Different,” a new single featuring Ty Dolla $ign, produced by the Neptunes and showcasing the vision that makes SZA so unique. A song about yearning after a man and the jealousy that springs from passion, SZA runs circles around the sinewy beat, packing each thoughtful observation with enough vocal flair that she overshadows Ty’s sturdy hook. Will “Hit Different” lead a new project, or is it a one-off to tide us over? Either way, it’s nice to hear SZA back at what she does best.

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The Album That Helps Cement a Legacy:
Big Sean, Detroit 2

A sense of peace defines Detroit 2, Big Sean’s first album in three years and a sequel to his 2012 mixtape: once a punchline rapper looking up to Kanye West on the G.O.O.D. Music releases, Big Sean is now a seasoned, surefooted veteran, and his confidence in his craft elevates the work. Detroit 2 is a jam-packed record — there’s a nine-minute cypher featuring 11 Detroit MCs, a TWENTY88 reunion, a Travis Scott collaboration designed to be a smash, and an Erykah Badu spoken-word interlude, and that’s just the second half of this behemoth. Yet Big Sean nimbly hops around the different styles without sounding overtaxed or losing his carefree approach; on “Lucky Me,” he opens up about being diagnosed with a heart condition as a teenager, and through that lens, Detroit 2 is a celebration of life and survival from a still-hungry artist.

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The Album That Tries To Bring Trolling To The Mainstream:
6ix9ine, TattleTales

What happens when an underground hero, defined by his controversies and cult-figure status, goes fully mainstream? It’s the question that 6ix9ine’s latest full-length, TattleTales, tries to answer: after all, the most polarizing figure in modern pop is coming off of a jail stint as well as his first Hot 100 No. 1, both free and ready to dominate the charts with collaborators like Nicki Minaj, Akon and Lil AK. TattleTales ultimately straddles the line between more traditional pop craft — check the opening one-two punch of “Locked Up 2,” a rework of the Akon hit, and the rhythmic “Tutu” — and ultra-aggressive rap, as on “Punani” and the previously released “Gooba.”

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The Album That Compels You To Move:
Ozuna, ENOC

As you look at the track list to Ozuna’s new project, ENOC (El Negrito Ojos Claros), your eyes linger on the heavy-hitting guest list: not only has the reggaeton star tapped fellow Latin A-listers J Balvin, Nicky Jam, Daddy Yankee and Karol G, but he’s also united Doja Cat and Sia on the radio-ready single “Del Mar.” The collaborations often live up to their pedigree, but the 72-minute ENOC also gives Ozuna ample time to shine on his own, his voice deepening and winding around the simmering beats on tracks like “Sincero,” “A Escondidas” and the hit “Caramelo.” Both charming and prolific, Ozuna has figured out how to evolve on his own and alongside other major artists.

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The Music Video That Is… Absolutely Not What You Expected:
DJ Khaled feat. Drake, “Popstar”

It’s easy to imagine a music video for “Popstar,” the recent DJ Khaled/Drake collaboration, after a single listen — Drake and Khaled, floating around a decadent existence with expensive toys surrounding them, as they’ve done in countless clips together and separately. Instead, the “Popstar” video is high-concept — after an opening monologue in which Drizzy vents his frustration with Khaled’s many demands, he calls in a favor from Justin Bieber, who lip-synchs the song and enjoys the luxurious setting in his place. The gamble pays off, as “Popstar” sounds more arresting when its visual is an unexpected experience; also, kudos to Drake for some over-the-top, genuinely funny exasperation in the intro.

The Remix That Unites Six Rising Stars:
Chloe x Halle feat. Doja Cat, City Girls & Mulatto, «Do It» remix

Grouping Chloe x Halle, Doja Cat, City Girls and Mulatto together on the same remix feels like it will be a quietly important moment — as if, years from now, we’ll look back and marvel at how many soon-to-be stars shone on a single track. And the best part: this remix of Chloe x Halle’s Ungodly Hour standout “Do It” somehow doesn’t stray too far from the essence of the original, as the guests join the party without making the room too crowded. Listen for Doja Cat’s raucous energy, City Girls’ melodic flow and Mulatto’s confident drawl, but don’t overlook the classy vibe Chloe x Halle carried over from the original.

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The Song That Aims To Inspire During a Tumultuous Time:
Finneas, «What They’ll Say About Us»

In a statement, Finneas reveals that he wrote his new solo track “What They’ll Say About Us” in June, inspired by both the powerful voice created by the Black Lives Matter protests as well as the sorrow inflicted by the coronavirus  pandemic: “I hope this song can offer some sort of comfort to those who may need it,” he writes. During a year of great upheaval, Billie Eilish’s most trusted collaborator has done his best to take center stage and transmit 2020’s mix of emotions. While the production on “What They’ll Say About Us” is effectively restrained, credit Finneas for going full-on showstopper when he draws out the line, “We’ve got the time to take the world / And make it better than it ever was.”

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The Song That Understands its R&B History:
Bryson Tiller, «Inhale»

On the same day that SZA has returned with a new single, another enigmatic R&B star whose last project was released three years ago, Bryson Tiller, also takes a bold stride back into the spotlight with a single, “Inhale,” that’s daring in all the right ways. Sampling both SWV’s “All Night Long” and Mary J. Blige’s “Not Gon’ Cry,” Tiller uses the prism of ‘90s R&B to refract his own vulnerabilities on the track: “Yes, I spent all these f–kin’ years dwelling, yes, I feel irrelevant,” he sings, a few seconds after admitting he’s been both crying and overanalyzing text messages. Dating back to 2015’s TRAPSOUL, Tiller has proven to be a songwriting dynamo, and “Inhale” is one of his most inventive moments yet.

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SZA Talks ‘Ctrl,’ Donald Glover & Grammy Losses In ‘The Fader’

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After a two-year delay, SZA’s debut LP Ctrlfinally arrived in 2017 and promptly became a phenomenon. A brutally honest look at love and modern relationships, the album peaked at number 3 on the Billboard 200 and earned five Grammy nominations. However, as the R&B singer explains in her Fader cover story, she’s less than happy with it. “I’m thankful that people don’t think it sucks, but I’m gonna have to achieve a 10 in my brain,” the 27-year-old explains. It turns out, SZA is much harder on herself than the rest of the world.

“I didn’’t even fuck with my own album, so I was so confused and almost, like, angry that everyone fucked with it so much,” the “What Lovers Do” hitmaker continues. “It meant everything I felt about myself was wrong. And it was just like, ‘If that’s not the truth, then what is the truth?”’” Donald Glover was one of the people that gently urged her to be less critical of herself. “I think when ‘’Love Galore’’ went platinum, Donald texted me like, ‘’Do you still think it sucks’?’ And I was like, ‘‘I dunno.’”’”

Unfortunately, Ctrl didn’t win any of the Grammys it was nominated for, but SZA takes that in her stride. “I’m not as mad as I thought I would be,” she says. “I didn’’t have any expectations, actually. That’’s why I wasn’’t super upset… Perhaps folks place too much importance on the entire situation in general, and place too much importance on the institution.”” Read the full interview here.

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New Music From Kendrick Lamar, SZA & Khalid On ‘Black Panther’ Soundtrack

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Marvel’s Black Panther (in cinemas February 16) is one of the year’s most-anticipated movies. As such, it deserves a blockbuster soundtrack and Top Dawg Entertainment well and truly comes through. Arriving digitally on February 9 with a physical release to follow on February 16, the album boasts new music from the who’s who of hip hop. Leading the way is Kendrick Lamar. He contributes the title track and features on four other songs including “Pray For Me,” a collaboration with The Weekend.

Other highlights include “All The Stars,” K. Dot’s collaboration with SZA, and “The Ways,” a new song from Khalid and Swae Lee. Interestingly, there are also two contributions from James Blake (“Bloody Waters” and “King’s Dead”). While the soundtrack is rich with superstars, it also showcases some rising talent including UK singer Jorja Smith and South African breakout star Babes Wodumo. Peruse the full tracklist below.

The Black Panther tracklist:

  1. Black Panther — Kendrick Lamar
  2. All The Stars — Kendrick Lamar & SZA
  3. X — Schoolboy Q, 2 Chainz & Saudi
  4. The Ways — Khalid & Swae Lee
  5. Opps — Vince Staples & Yugen Blakrok
  6. I Am — Jorja Smith
  7. Paramedic! — SOB X RBE
  8. Bloody Waters — Ab Soul, Anderson .Paak & James Blake
  9. King’s Dead — Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future & James Blake
  10. Redemption Interlude
  11. Redemption — Zacari & Babes Wodumo
  12. Seasons — Mozzy, Sjava & Reason
  13. Big Shot — Kendrick Lamar & Travis Scott
  14. Pray For Me — The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar

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Lorde Teams Up With Khalid, Post Malone & SZA On “Homemade Dynamite” Remix

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Lorde ropes in a trio of rising stars for a new remix of Melodrama LP highlight, “Homemade Dynamite.” Khalid, who broke big earlier this year with “Location,” is the first collaborator to leave his mark on the track. “I wanna feel the light, pushin’ our limits,” he croons in a chorus. “Unbuckled for the ride.” The 19-year-old then sings about being too high to drive, before joining the Kiwi on the chorus. Next up is SZA, who continues with the theme of recklessness and flawed decision-making.

“I checked your girl at the door, I sent your friend to the store,” the Ctrl singer coos. “It’s only me and you.” Somewhat surprisingly, Post Malone has the sweetest verse. “You’re a runaway train, yeah and you got me so faded,” he raps. “And I don’t wanna chase it. You know I think you’re awesome, right?” Like Khalid and SZA, he then joins Lorde for a sing-long on the chorus. The “Royals” singer hasn’t had a massive radio song this era, but her star-studded remix has all the ingredients a multi-format hit. Listen below.

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