Tunes Tuesday (02/06/2018)

Welcome to Tunes Tuesday, a weekly playlist of the ten songs I’ve been playing nonstop. There’ll be some new hits, some throwbacks and a little something for everyone. Hopefully, you’ll find something new to blast through those headphones. Enjoy.

1. Blow Your Mind (Mwah) – Dua Lipa

     At just the age of 22, Dua Lipa has released arguably the best pop album of 2017. The self-titled album spawned hit singles such as “New Rules” and “IDGAF,” but if you ask me, the stand-out song on the album is “Blow Your Mind (Mwah).” It has a feel-good exciting tempo and the definitely a good song for your girls night out, or your boys night if you’re into that. I think the English singer is going to have a big year in 2018 and I can’t say I’m not looking forward to it.

2. Reminding Me – Shawn Hook ft. Vanessa Hudgens

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnfpXIM2kMs

     Vanessa Hudgens has come a long way since her Disney days in the High School Musical trilogy. But she has kept us up with her musical roots by her constant Coachella looks and a duet with fellow HSM star Ashley Tisdale of “Ex’s and Oh’s,” made famous by Elle King. Now, she has paired with Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Hook to give us a modern love song of two people longing to be together but unfortunately are in relationships with other people. Released back in April of 2017 this song has gained some momentum with several remixes and continues to play inside of your local American Eagle Outfitters.

3. River – Eminem ft. Ed Sheeran

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yqNHaolYHM

     I have to say when I saw that Eminem’s album had come out, I was surprised to see Ed Sheeran’s name featured on track #5, so it was the first song I listened to. There’s a certain level of greatness that can be achieved when two artists come together for a record like this one. Eminem, one of the greatest rappers and Ed Sheeran, coming off a huge year with his album, Divide, have created a song that hits you right in the heart and will be sure to gain some headway in the coming months.

4. Waves – Dean Lewis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5XYBee-vIs

There has been a recent surge in melodramatic male voices in music with the popularity of singer-songwriters like James Bay and James Arthur. But here is an Aussie from Sydney that definitely gives them a run for their money. “Waves” is the lead single from Dean Lewis’ debut EP Same Kind of Different released back in May of 2017. It gained momentum in Australia and landed number 1 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts back in September. To me, this song reaches more audiences and, as the title suggests, is smooth as water. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more from him in the near future.

5. Wild Things – Alessia Cara

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5vUBQBykJ4

Okay, so I know this song isn’t particularly new but I had to show some love for the Grammy’s award winner for Best New Artist. Alessia Cara has definitely set herself apart from other pop acts and it absolutely a force to be reckoned with when it comes to songwriting. After the success of her 2015 album Know-It-All, Cara has kept at it working with bigger names like Zedd, Logic and even doing her rendition of the incredibly popular “How Far I’ll Go”, from Disney’s Moana. It seems that every song she’s apart of becomes hugely successful so I, like many others, are patiently awaiting her sophomore album.

6. All Night – Chance the Rapper ft. Knox Fortune

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvNwWm11LlI

Every playlist needs a good pregame track. Well, here you have it, big fella. All Night is a track from Chance’s third mixtape from 2016, Coloring Book. This is when he truly made some transition from rap to pop and even threw in some gospel. This song along with other hits like No Problem, Juke Jam and Same Drugs have definitely put Chance up there with the greats.

7. Strangers – Halsey ft. Lauren Jauregui

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3hjpNuvapQ

Anyone who knows me knows I am a huge Halsey fan and when her sophomore album hopeless fountain kingdom came out, I pretty much became a recluse and only listened to this amazing pop album. Accompanied by Lauren Jauregui from Fifth Harmony, the song has a melancholy tone as opposed to her more upbeat tracks like “Don’t Play” or “Bad at Love”. Coming off of her recent success with the song “Him and I” with boyfriend Machine Gun Kelly, Halsey is sure to keep up this streak of putting out great music.

8. Broken Halos – Chris Stapleton

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4DXSi4AfCE

While I’m not normally a country music fan, I do believe I should show some love to the artist who won Best Country Album for From A Room: Volume 1 at the Grammys last week. Stapleton’s voice can definitely reach places we haven’t heard in country music before. The raspy masculine tones are definitely going to keep Chris Stapleton around for years and years to come.

9. Say Something – Justin Timberlake ft. Chris Stapleton

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MPbR6Cbwi4

Again, I would like to point that Justin Timberlake has definitely not been on my radar these past few years. But Say Something crosses between that classic Timberlake sound and modern country that we get from Chris Stapleton. I’m of fan of this song because one artist doesn’t overpower or have more spotlight than the other. I like the duo and I wouldn’t mind to see more them together in the future.

10. What’s Up? – 4 Non Blondes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcsk9gC2YEc

I think I’m going to end every playlist with a throwback and this song has been on my mind recently. Released in 1994, “What’s Up?” is a song that has been used many times in movies and tv shows and continues to prove its place in 90s royalty. Linda Perry, the lead singer, is a huge inspiration to many singer-songwriters today as she continues to mentor and mold artists.

I hope you all enjoyed the playlist and found something you liked. If you have a suggestion for future playlists you can tweet us at @blueridgereport with #TunesTuesday or you can email us at blueridgereport@gmail.com.

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