Today’s music selection Friday comes with the latest clip from Paramore , the excellent new album from SZA , and a surprise EP from Bree Runway . In addition, we will enjoy another preview of the upcoming Gorillaz album, Kelela ‘s On The Run audiovisual , a Biig Piig and Deb Never collab , and much more. Let’s get started!

1. Paramore, The News

Paramore this week shared the video for their new song, The News, directed by Mike Kluge and Matthew DeLisi. It’s the latest release from his upcoming album, This Is Why , due out February 10, 2023 via Atlantic. In a press release, Hayley Williams states: “The News is one of those songs that came together pretty quickly and it felt exciting from the start. It feels like a happy medium between classic Paramore angstand the incorporation of some influences that we have always had but that we have never exploited. Watching Zac play the drums was one of my favorite memories from the studio. Lyrically, he’s probably self-explanatory. The 24 hour news cycle is impossible to fathom. And I feel a pang of guilt as I tune out to protect my head. The common reaction, or lack of reaction, seems to be dissociation. None of us is innocent of it and who could blame us?


Five years after the release of her successful debut Ctrl, SZA is back with her new album SOS . The album consists of 23 songs and features the collaboration of Phoebe Bridgers, Travis Scott, Don Toliver and Lizzo . The late Ol’ Dirty Bastard ‘s The Stomp and Bjork ‘s Hidden Place are sampled on the track Forgiveless, while the LP’s producers include ThankGod4Cody, Carter Lang, Jeff Bhasker, Rob Bisel, Benny Blanco, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Emile Haynie, Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Jay Versace and many more. SZA brought forwardSOS with the singles Shirt, Good Days, I Hate U, as well as Blind, which premiered on Saturday Night Live.

3. Bree Runway, WOAH, WHAT A BLUR!

Bree Runway surprises her fans with a new EP, WOAH, WHAT A BLUR!, produced by EASYFUN, LIOHN & Khlar. Runway’s sudden release includes her hit single, That Girl , which she released in September, as well as four new tracks, including a Stormzy collaboration on the ballad Pick Your Poison . The same artist says in a statement: “Bree is now more awake than ever. I am squeezing the reset after how blurry this year has been,” she shared. “I came back alive putting this together, for a minute I wasn’t in the room, but now I am. Working with the producers I love and feeling more empowered has me ready to embrace who I am and my strengths.”

4. Gorillaz, Skinny Ape

Gorillaz bring a new single titled Skinny Ape with the announcement of a couple of events taking place in New York and London next weekend. The “first of its kind immersive experiences” will use augmented reality technology to bring giant avatars of the cartoon group to Times Square and Piccadilly Circus. Skinny Ape is from Gorillaz ‘s upcoming album Cracker Island, due out on February 24, 2023. Previously, the group shared the album’s title track, New Gold, and Baby Queen.

5. Kelela, On The Run

Kelela dropped a new video for her latest work, On the Run, a track from her upcoming album RAVEN , due out February 10, 2023 via Warp. In collaboration with director Lee Wei Swee, the sounds of the song are brought to life in a video featuring her co-star and one of the song’s producers, Bambii. The follow-up to Kelela ‘s debut album is due out in early 2023. The album is preceded by the singles Washed Away and Happy Ending.

6. Big Pigs + Deb Never, Picking Up

Biig Piig teamed up with Deb Never for the new song Picking Up, taken from her debut mixtape, Bubblegum. The song follows on from earlier This Is What They Meant and Kerosene . “ Picking Up is about wanting to run, get out of your body, or go and hit something…anything to get the feeling out,” Biig Piig said in a press release. “I love Deb and the energy from him – the track itself is heavy, but we had a lot of fun making a song about following anxiety and chaos.” Deb Never added: “I’ve been a Biig Piig fan for a long time, so I love that we created something special, especially withMac Wetha , who is a close friend and has produced on the subject. I am elated to be a part of this song.” Bubblegum is out January 20 via RCA.

7. Dove Cameron, Girl Like Me

Dove Cameron is back with another pop hit in the form of Girl Like Me . Produced by Evan Blair, the sultry, up-tempo anthem has a powerful hook and a catchy chorus. Cameron previewed the song in March on TikTok, creating buzz among her fans. The track also samples Edwyn Collins’ ‘ 90s theme A Girl Like You . Dove was first inspired by the song after hearing it on the Charlie’s Angels tape. “I was like, ‘My God, it would be so much fun to cover it on tour.’ And we thought: ‘What if we turn history around? What if we said, ‘You’ve met a girl like me before’? Cameron told People magazine about the track.

8. Arca, Kick (Compilation)

Today, the Venezuelan producer Alejandra Ghersi , better known as Arca , left car Kick (Compilation) , which according to her own words is “a compilation edited in collaboration with the mutants, they also include my favorites from the entire cycle and new songs to complete Kick with love and strength”.

9. Mechanic + System Surfers, Instincts

The Chilean duo Mecanico is officially back after several years of hiatus with synth-driven melodies, psychedelic tones and melancholic vibrations: today they bring the first advance of what will be their new album: it is Instintos, a single made in collaboration with prominent Argentine project Surfistas del Sistema , which arrives with an aesthetic video clip by director Juan Maturana. Nico Parra , frontman of Mechanic,He comments in a statement: “After all these years we have made the decision to return with our project, in search of proposing new music and living new experiences that allow us to express ourselves and enjoy what we like the most. We hope that this new stage will allow us to cross borders and create ties with wonderful artists and international scenes in Latin America.”