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Last week’s New Music Friday included many iconic comebacks from artists like Ariana Grande, Wallows, and Post Malone that left fans with more to look forward to.

It’s been a year since all of these artists have released music. Ariana Grande did not disappoint with her comeback single “positions”, and neither did Wallows with their latest EP “Remote”. Meanwhile, Post Malone once again exceeds fans’ expectations with his feature in Ty Dolla $ign’s “Spicy”.

“positions” by Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande has been featured on multiple radio hits this year, including “Rain on Me” with Lady Gaga and “Stuck With U” with Justin Bieber. However, with her last solo project taking place over a year ago, fans have been desperate for new music, and she didn’t disappoint with her new single “positions.”

With a strong start to an upcoming album, Grande proves her love for a boyfriend by showing how willing she is to make a relationship work. She even mentions in the chorus, “I’m in the Olympics, way I’m jumpin’ through hoops,” emphasizing how much she’s willing to go through for this relationship. Listeners speculate that these lyrics pertain to her current relationship with Dalton Gomez, which, of course, leads to her fans enjoying it that much more.

As per usual, the lyrics are made to sound even better with Grande’s strong, smooth vocals in this song. Choruses of her own background vocals and signature high notes are accompanied by a mix of a pop and R&B sound. This contrasts greatly with her features on singles from earlier this year, but that doesn’t make fans love it any less.

The single has been a hit for fans, earning the place as a favorite for many and even becoming part of a trend on TikTok. It’s no surprise that “positions” holds the No.1 spot on Spotify’s Global Top 50 and the Worldwide iTunes Song Chart, and you can expect to see Grande in the same spot when she releases her long-awaited album on Oct. 30.

“Remote” by Wallows

After their album release of “Nothing Happens” in March 2019, Wallows gained a lot of love for their indie-pop sound. Tracks like “Are You Bored Yet?” and “Scrawny” received much-deserved appreciation from new fans. About a year after their first album’s release, they released their single “OK”, which led to many theories and ideas of when more music would come out. Luckily enough, Wallows delivered with the release of their EP “Remote” last Friday.

The songs on this EP greatly differ from their other songs. While fans are used to hearing a soft, calmer, bedroom-pop sound from Wallows, the band took an experimental turn to their music. Their new tracks are much more computer-like, with heavier beats and choppier guitar. On social media, some fans even compared this EP to the Mario Kart soundtrack.

Such statements have shown a divide in the opinions of listeners. Some love the new music, while others miss the old stuff. Personally, I can’t get enough of what’s new.

The second track, “Dig What You Dug,” is a must-listen for every fan. This song is probably the most similar to their previous releases with its guitar-heavy, upbeat sound. It’s also a fan-favorite for many, including myself. The band must have layered a million guitars for this song, and with guitarist/vocalist Braeden Lemasters’ bright voice, this song has enough energy to get a whole crowd moving.

Another fan-favorite is track four: “Coastlines.” This song shows many differences from “Dig What You Dug,” including a more electronic sound, more serious lyrics, and a lot more from vocalist Dylan Minnette. With lyrics like “I don’t wanna think about it when we’re on different coastlines,” Minnette addresses the problems taking place in a long-distance relationship. The pairing of strong computer-like beats and an occasional synthesizer makes this track sound a lot more passionate, which is why it has become a common favorite off of the EP.

Wallows has brought a satisfying end to their album-silence with “Remote.” Though it may be different from their most popular songs, it’s hard to skip any tracks on this EP.

“Spicy” by Ty Dolla $ign (feat. Post Malone)

Ty Dolla $ign’s album “Featuring Ty Dolla $ign” was topped off with the release of “Spicy” featuring Post Malone. Since Ty Dolla $ign has provided a few singles earlier this year, the real comeback taking place in this song is from Post Malone.

Fans have been waiting for something new from Post since 2019. His singles and features almost always seem to do well on the charts, so listeners had a lot to look forward to. This statement becomes even more true when you take Ty Dolla $ign and Post’s previous collaboration into consideration. Their single “Psycho” gained a lot of attention and appreciation and even reached the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 2018, creating a high standard for any future collaborations between the two.

It’s easy to see that Post Malone and Ty Dollar $ign reached that standard. The “Spicy” lyrics cover their lifestyle that focuses on money and women, and right from the beginning of the song, you won’t be able to get it out of your head. The sound is insanely catchy, but you won’t be complaining. This hazy song is bound to be a hit in no time.

Post Malone’s comeback in this song did not miss. His sound fits perfectly in this collaboration; it would honestly sound a little empty without his verse. His comeback this week lived up to its standards, and this track currently holds the No. 94 spot on the Worldwide iTunes Song Chart.

Last week’s New Music Friday brought a lot of satisfaction to listeners. After months of waiting for new music from their favorite artists, fans finally got to hear some singles and EPs that will be on repeat for a while. This New Music Friday was clearly a successful one, and there are many must-listens that came with it.

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My name is Tori Trevino, and this is my second year being a part of the 42Fifty staff. This is my senior year of high school, and I am involved in school activities like Speech Team, NHS, Mu Alpha Theta, and Democracy School. My love for music and film made my role as Arts and Entertainment editor last year so much fun, and I am beyond excited to be Editor-in-Chief for 42Fifty this year!


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