New Music Friday with Mike – March 6

New Releases this “New Music Friday” come from Lauv, Katy Perry, Megan thee Stallion, Demi Lovato, and more.

It’s Friday, everybody, we did it. The weekend is finally here. I hope you all had a great work or school week. We had a lot of new music drop today. Because of that, this is going to be a special supersized edition of New Music Friday, so let’s get started.

Lauv – “~how i’m feeling~” (Album)

The long-awaited album from Lauv “~how i’m feeling~ is finally here, and I could not be more excited. The singer tweeted, “MY DEBUT ALBUM IS OUT NOW.” The album is about embracing every aspect of your personality. We are not defined by just one thing, that would make us dull. Every day we do not feel the same. Some days happy, sad, angry, more joyful than the previous day, etc. This album discusses tough issues that we all face head-on. 

Screenshot of Tweet from Lauv announcing his new album is out.

Celebrating the album, Lauv will be going on tour. Unfortunately, he will not be stopping in San Diego, however, if you’re feeling adventurous and love his music and or this album. The nearest show would be in Los Angeles at The Greek Theatre. The first night on August 20 is already sold out, but a second night, on August 30, was added, and tickets can be purchased here and stream ~how i’m feeling~ on all streaming platforms.

Katy Perry – “Never Worn White”

Screenshot Tweet of @katyperry announcing the pregnancy.

Before I get into Katy Perry’s new song. We all need to take a moment and congratulate both her and fiancé Orlando Bloom, who will be becoming parents later this year. That’s right, Katy Perry is pregnant! The singer released her new music video for the song “Never Worn White.” At the beginning of the video, you see Katy placing her hand over what appears to be a baby bump. Fans flocked to social media to find out what this all meant and get confirmation. Katy tweeted on Wednesday, March 4, “omg so glad I don’t have to suck it in anymore.” And then, First thing on Thursday (March 5), the singer jumped on Instagram Live and confirmed that her baby bump is “only getting bigger.”

Screenshot of YouTube Music Video for Katy Perry’s “Never Worn White”

She continued and shared that “We’re excited and happy. It’s probably the longest secret I’ve ever had to keep, but I knew I would tell you in the best way. Which is through a piece of music, because that’s how we speak.” I agree with Katy, music is always the best way to get an announcement out in a fun way. Finally, the singer stated, “There’s a lot that will be happening this summer. Not only will I be giving birth, literally, but also figuratively…to something you guys have been waiting for.” This right here, yes, we are getting an album. The fifth album from the pop singer is coming soon and by the sounds of it, this summer. Katy informed fans that “Never Worn White” is “not the lead single for the album but is a good way to start out.” Looks like Katy is in for one busy summer and we are so happy for her and Orlando. Check out the music video for “Never Worn White” above and stream on all music services.

Megan Thee Stallion – “Suga” (album)

Megan Thee Stallion has officially dropped her debut album, Suga, and this is excellent news. For those of you who don’t know. Last week, the rapper’s label, 1501 Certified Entertainment, was preventing her from releasing any new music after she went to renegotiate her contract. Megan took to Instagram live to explain to fans what’s going on and her frustration. During the IG Live stream, she stated, “I was like 20, and I didn’t know everything that was in that contract. She continued to share, “So when I got with Rock Nation, I got management real management and real lawyers. They were like, ‘Do you know that this is in your contract?’ and I was like, ‘Oh damn, that’s crazy. No, I didn’t know.”

A judge in Texas granted Megan a temporary restraining order on Monday, March 2, 2020, against 1501 entertainment. Due to this temporary restraining order, this allowed Megan to release her album “Suga” today for all of us to enjoy. Former Major League Baseball player and 1501 Certified Entertainment leader Carl Crawford told Billboard the lawsuit is a “whole lie.” “Nothing is true that she said. Me being greedy and taking money from her, that’s crazy. I never tried to take nothing from her,” He went on to say, “The only thing we ever did was give, give, give. Now, she fell for the oldest trick in the industry: the conquer and divide theme.”

Tweet from @theestallion announcing SUGA album.

Megan is clearly moving on and focusing on the album release today and celebrating the new music with fans. She tweeted last night before the release, “I’m super excited for y’all to hear #SUGA” Same Megan, same. The album has some straight bops on there, so be sure to check out Suga on all streaming providers.

Demi Lovato – “I Love Me”

It’s been three years since Demi Lovato album release of “Tell Me You Love Me,” and the singer is back with new music. I could not be happier because “I Love Me” is what everyone needs to hear right now. The upbeat track is about Demi’s mission towards self-love and self-acceptance. A lyric from the song says, “I’m a black belt when I’m beating up on myself, but I’m an expert at giving love to somebody else.” I feel seen. In the music video, which also dropped along with the song. We see Demi use her Mixed Martial Arts skills to fight herself in the music video. Why is she fighting herself? Well, you’ll have to check out the video for yourself. I can’t give you everything. One thing I will say is that Demi is moving on with her life and states that in the song with the lyric, “I’m a 10 outta 10, even when I forget it.”

Screenshot of Demi Lovato “I Love Me” music video on YouTube.

“I Love Me” is just a taste of what is to come for her seventh studio album, which is scheduled to drop later this year. Lovato told host Ellen DeGeneres that “There are songs that are ugly-honest and heavy and will make you cry and will take you there. But I’m so excited.” Demi also took to Instagram and shared a photo of getting her makeup done with the caption “#ILoveMe is OUT NOW!! I can’t put into words just yet what this past year for me has been…but this song focuses on a lot of what’s going on in my head. We have good days, and we have bad days. The best we can do is be the best version of ourselves and celebrate that with those closest to us, Wanted to also give a special shout out to all of my Lovatics for always being there for me. 2020 is OUT year!” I can’t wait for the new album. In the meantime, check out the video for “I Love Me” above and stream on Spotify, Apple Music, or YouTube.

More New Music from March 6

SUGAR Remix (feat. Dua Lipa, Ryan Beatty & Jon B) – BROCKHAMPTON

I’m Sorry – LIL UZI VERT

Young & Alive – Bazzi

Gaslighter – Dixie Chicks

The Book Of You & I – Alec Benjamin

The Steps – HAIM

Past life – Trevor Daniel

That’s your New Music Friday update for this week. What new music do you have on repeat this weekend? Let me know by hitting me up on social media, @mikestarkca on Twitter and Instagram.

Written By: Mike Stark

They Did What? – Demi Lovato

A series dedicated to what the media does not broadcast about your favorite musical artist; I present you, Demi Lovato.

Demi Lovato. You may recognize her name from her Disney days, as she was in one of the best selling Disney original movies being Camp Rock, or you know her music, or you have seen tabloids of her overdosing on opiods back in 2018. Whatever it may be, Demi Lovato is one of the most underrated pop stars of today. Not only is her voice undeniable but she as been brutally honest with what she goes through in life. Demi has been open about life with anorexia, bulimia, drug and alcohol addiction, and her bipolar disorder.  I think this, in a way, has made her a role model for others. She has created her own path in this industry and society. 

No one is perfect.

Demi has talked about being an addict, mental illnesses, and her sexuality. She knows she’s not perfect and that’s why she is a role model for others. You may argue that she is not a role model but everyone in their life goes through difficulties. Whether it be as extreme as throwing up your food or saying to yourself you that you don’t like your body. People connect with real stories and real people more so than celebrities who put on a persona for the outside world.

Demi is not perfect and neither is anyone in the world. The media will come out and highlight one thing a celebrity did that maybe wasn’t the best decision and talk about it for weeks. She is a role model because she has overcome addiction and an overdose. What you do with your life after these types of experiences is what matters. Demi has turned her hard times into music that others can relate to and that may even help them through their own hard times. She continues to share her journey of life to help others in their path with life.

“There weren’t a lot of young pop stars…talking about their issues, and I wanted [to be] someone that my little sister could look up to. I wanted to be the role model that I needed growing up.”

Demi Lovato in Teen Vogue.

Mental health is important.

There is a stigma around mental health in our society that it is not talked about as much as it should be. In reality everyone has difficult points in life and could use a little extra support from the people around them. Our society does not talk about these topics because they hold negative connotations. I think we are continuing to fuel the fire of with these mental health issues because they are real human things that most people have experienced from one extreme to another. If no one initiates conversations about mental illnesses then people view it as something that is frowned upon or abnormal.

People are often marginalized for having a mental illness which is not helping anyone. Demi Lovato only wants to help others because there was no one she could relate with while going through the ups and downs of life.  We are somehow trained to believe that celebrities have these perfect lives and are perfect people. Some people place so much judgement on celebrities when there is no need for negative energy in this world. In reality, everyone is human and experience human difficulties.

Demi produced a documentary that was released in 2017 about her journey so far in life. She wanted to create a body of work where she could write her own narrative instead of other people writing inaccurate stories. She told Billboard:

“It’s nice to be able to control the narrative because a lot of times you get asked questions in interviews and sometimes, some magazines or reporters are kind of like fighting for bits. I get to lay everything out on the line myself [in the doc], which feels good.” 

Her voice needs to be heard.

Not only has Demi shown the world that it is okay if you aren’t perfect, but her voice is undeniable. Demi has one of the biggest voices in pop music today; her range is insane and she can deliver every note. Everyone knows about Demi’s addiction but do they know how beautiful her voice is. Please listen to her songs “Warrior,” “Sober,” “Stone Cold,” and “Skyscraper” to understand Demi’s true vocal abilities. The media always publishes information about an artist before they say anything about their music which i think is a societal downfall. Demi has even tweeted about the situation which was reported in a Rolling Stone article.

“I love my fans, and hate tabloids. Don’t believe what you read. People will literally make up stuff to sell a story. Sickening,” Lovato tweeted. “If I feel like the world needs to know something, I will tell them MYSELF. Otherwise people stop writing about my recovery, because it’s no one’s business but mine. I am sober and grateful to be alive and taking care of ME.”

Demi Lovato has shown the world that she is a force to be reckoned with and will not give up fighting for herself. In the first interview back since her overdose in July she stated:

“What I see in the mirror [is] someone that’s overcome a lot. I’ve been through a lot and I genuinely see a fighter.”

Demi Lovato in Teen Vogue

If you want to see the power behind the womens voice then watch this video linked here. Your jaw will be on the floor, no doubt in my mind.  If you tell me this woman cannot sing after watching this video then you have lost your mind. Demi Lovato deserves to be recognized as one of the best vocalists of this generation. 

She still gives back.

Supporting charities related to mental illnesses is one way Demi has given back to the world. But she also supports charities like WE Movement that aids community development in areas that are at a high risk for child labor, child exploitation, and lack of opportunities for young girls. Demi has been vocal about supporting charities since her Disney days where she was a part of the chime for change movement. She supports charities she truly believes in.

Demi has been through a lot as a child Disney star and has struggled as an adult pop star. But what people need to see is her fight to be better and continuation to show the world that she can be a role model in spite of her imperfections. Her voice is what needs to be spread in the media and what people need to focus on.

I encourage everyone reading this to keep fighting for yourself. Never give up on who you are. If you need help with anything, contact your closest friends or loved ones and receive the help you need. Remember that you will get through a rough patch. If Demi can, so can you. Loving yourself is the most important thing you can do in life. 

Written by: Adrienne Murdock