A Weekly Recap of Achievements “Should Be”
Midway through July, we’ve got some big new releases, including Calvin Harris’ latest collab, this time with Justin Timberlake, Halsey and Pharrell. While the song isn’t particularly exciting, it has all the bells and whistles to rank high in the world, just considering the individual superstars that come together. The week also sees the release of Lizzo’s album Special, which will probably give us several more hits after “About Damn Time”, which is already a hit. There are multiple winners here, but “2 Be Loved (Am I Ready)” screams for just one outing! While those singles are shoo-ins to strike gold, here are this week’s Hits Of Tomorrow and the tracks that deserve an extra boost.
“Everything Goes On” – Porter Robinson
Video games don’t often charge us emotionally unless there’s background music or a familiar song that can engage us. So it’s refreshing to see the collaboration between Riot Games and singer-songwriter Porter Robinson on “Everything Goes On”, the official theme track for their Star Guardian event in League of Legends, an online game. The single tells the story of two Star Guardians learning to deal with loss and finding the tools to move on. While the gamer audience is sure to enjoy it, this track actually doesn’t need gamers or anime fans to grab listeners’ attention. The song fits just as perfectly in the Top 40! It would be an injustice to Robinson if the track wasn’t pushed beyond the scope of the 10-week event, so let’s hope “Everything Goes On” continues beyond the anime and into the charts.
“Irrelevant” – P!nk
Leave it to P!nk to process her anger and frustration at the backlash she received after the United States Supreme Court’s verdict overturning Roe Vs. Dive into the lyrics. Leave it to P!nk’s biggest supporters, then encourage her to turn her words into music. And There you go. “Irrelevant” works on countless levels. It’s a great response to those who wanted to think of the artist as just a singer and basically told her to “shut up and sing along.” It’s also a powerful message about not backing down. And most importantly for the column here, it also happens to be a new single from P!nk. She might not have had it in mind, but this single may very well give the talent another Top 40 hit, and it’s high time we got more P!nk on the radio, not to mention lyrics. significance and activism back on the charts.
“Okay” – Sam Fender
Normally a B-side wouldn’t warrant inclusion in a column, but when it’s Sam Fender and the B-side is as good as “Alright” it is warranted. The track, recorded as part of the artist’s Stellar Album Sessions seventeen below, was previously featured alongside the single “Long Way Off”. In many ways, this is the strongest lead. The single, if it hits the radio, may actually be that big and we may have one more chance for the songwriter to break into the Top 40 across the world in the many markets that haven’t not yet discovered the artist. “Alright” is the perfect track to keep us going until Fender is ready to usher in a new era, and we’re all for it.
“Easy Lover” – Ellie Goulding, Big Sean
First of all, no, “Easy Lover” by Ellie Goulding and Big Sean is not a cover of the Phil Collins-Phillip Bailey hit. Second, Goulding hasn’t really had a big hit in a while, so the new single may actually push the singer back from that column and back into the big leagues, where she really should still be. The single is easy, airy and will fit right into today’s Top 40 landscape if pushed right. Big Sean’s verse is also clever and doesn’t feel as forced as Goulding’s previous recent collaborations. A winner.
“Dolls” – Bella Poarch
TikTok great Bella Poarch is back with “Dolls,” a single that will likely become a hit music video thanks to the submission of everyone from Grimes to Sykkuno to Madison Beer. Of course, thankfully, just like her previous “Build A Bitch,” the song is really good and “Dolls,” an empowering theme if there ever was one, works because it’s a catchy song. Poarch has fortunately limited herself musically and so with a big release like this she deserves attention and hopefully this time around she not only gets eyeballs to watch the video but also listeners streaming and on Top 40 radio.
“Worlds on Fire” – Afrojack, R3HAB, Au/Ra
Dutch heavyweights Afrojack and R3HAB reunite again after nearly a decade (their last collaboration was in 2011 for “Prutataaa”) for “Worlds On Fire” with Au/Ra. The track is the official anthem of Tomorrowland 2022 and just like “Everything Goes On”, this theme has the potential to reach far beyond its target audience. While the track will be featured live in their sets, the song has the potential to break into the Top 40 thanks to its euphoric feel, surprisingly poignant lyrics, and emotional Au/Ra delivery. It’s a mature version that needs to be pushed because it would sound so good this summer on the car radio!
Even more success!
COMBO – Mwuana, Reegolito
GET YO PAIN – SEB
MESSAGE – PawPaw Cane
BETTER – MK, BURNS, Teddy Swims
Listen to the #HITSOFTOMORROW playlist on Spotify!