1. Selena Gomez- “Lose You to Love Me”
Selena Gomez is back and the singer is stronger than ever. After nearly a five year hiatus from releasing solo music, the singer has been feeding fans this week with her new release “Lose You to Love Me,” an intimate look into her healing process after the end of a relationship. The song details the process of letting go of the things that hold you back, in order to return to the person you used to be.
Ahead of the song’s release, fans speculated that the song would be about the end of Selena’s long term on-and-off relationship with Justin Bieber. The pair FINALLY called it quits in March 2018 after a brief reunion, following Sel’s split with RNB singer The Weeknd. Just a couple of months later, the “Sorry” singer reunited with Hailey Baldwin, who he went on to propose to and marry within the same year.
Gomez has kept pretty quiet about the breakup up until now. She is using this song as a message to the world that she has healed and finally turning the page on a chapter that has ruled her life for ten years.
Best suited for your breakup playlist.
2. Selena Gomez – “Look At Her Now”
Truly, Selenators have been LIVING this week. Just a day after the release of the vulnerable track “Lose You to Love Me,” Gomez did something that none of us could ever have prepared for and dropped a surprise song titled “Look At Her Now,” which she has credited as a gift for her “ride or dies.”
The song is a stark contrast to its predecessor, which is a far more vulnerable insight into the mental health journey she has been on. Whilst “Lose You to Love Me” was filmed in black and white to showcase the raw emotion of the song, “Look At Her Now” is filmed entirely in colour as the perfect illustration of how the star has stepped out of the darkness and into the light and reclaimed back her identity.
With lyrics like ‘Took a few years to soak up the tears, but look at her now, watch her go,” it is clear that Gomez is on one powerful journey, and this song right here might be the anthem we all didn’t know we needed.
Best suited for your bad-ass feminist anthems playlist.
3. Lauren Alaina – “The Other Side”
Alaina is constantly shaking her country boots on the latest season of Dancing With The Stars, and this week, she debuted a heartbreaking song as a tribute to her stepfather, who tragically passed away last year after a battle with cancer. “The Other Side” is a beautiful ode to not only her stepfather but also for millions of families that have been through similar losses.
“I’ll be waiting, take your time / And go write a story / That you can’t wait to tell me / On the other side,” are just some of the impactful words sung by Alaina in the chorus.
In an Instagram post this week, Alaina credited the presence of God and her stepfather for getting her through her DWTS performance, in which she and her partner Gleb Savchenko danced to “The Other Side.” Alaina wrote:
“I know the strength to get through this performance came straight from the Lord and my stepdad Sam. This dance wasn’t just for my family, but it was for all families who have lost someone they love. Last night was the most healing moment of my life. I have never been more proud of myself. What a true gift God gave me to share Sam’s story. He was a light in this world and will live on forever.”
Best suited for your ‘It’s okay to cry’ playlist.
4. The 1975 – “Frail State of Mind”
This is the latest track from the band ahead of their upcoming album, Notes on a Conditional Form, which is due to be released in February 2020. In an interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1, lead singer Matty Healy described the track as “channeling global anxiety.” “The symptoms are really noticeable…. The record is kind of about me and how I try and deal with that,” Healy said.
The use of percussion that can be heard throughout the song is said to mimic the pins and needles sensations sufferers of anxiety often feel.
Healy has often been very open about his struggles with mental health and “Frail State of Mind” is no different.
“Go outside? Seems unlikely / I’m sorry that I missed your call / I watched it ring; ‘Don’t waste their time’ / I’ve always got a frail state of mind,” are just some of the lyrics outlining his experience.
Best suited for your “when anxiety hits” playlist.
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