This week’s edition of What’s Going On features the triumphant return of Tears For Fears. Yes, Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith are back. We’ve also got hot new releases from Dave Gahan & Soulsavers, FLETCHER, Jenny69, and Santi Storm. As always, if you like what you hear, be sure to stream and follow the artists.
Tears For Fears – In a move that stunned fans around the world, Tears For Fears announced that their first new album in 17 years The Tipping Point will be released on February 25, 2022. Along with that announcement, we got the title track as the lead single. “The Tipping Point” is a haunting affair that shows that the beloved 80s duo hasn’t lost a step. Speaking on why this is the right time for a new Tears For Fears album, Roland Orzabal says: “Before everything went so right with this album, everything first had to go wrong, it took years, but something happens when we put our heads together. We’ve got this balance, this push-me-pull-you thing – and it works really well.”
Listen to Tears For Fears’ new single “The Tipping Point” below.
Dave Gahan & Soulsavers – As we’re all waiting for new material from Depeche Mode, we’ve got a special treat from Dave Gahan. He announced this week that the new Dave Gahan & Soulsavers album Imposter will be out on November 12. The project sees Gahan and company tackling twelve handpicked songs that span different decades and genres and doing them in a way that only he can. The first taste of what’s to come from Imposter is an interpretation of Cat Power’s “Metal Heart.” Why Dave Gahan says: “When I listen to other people’s voices and songs—more importantly the way they sing them and interpret the words—I feel at home. I identify with it. It comforts me more than anything else. There’s not one performer on the record who I haven’t been moved by.” If “Metal Heart” moved you, don’t forget to pick up Imposter when it drops.
Listen to Dave Gahan & Soulsavers’ new single “Metal Heart” below.
Santi Storm – Drag superstar and TikTok sensation Santi Storm is out now with a vibrant new hyperpop single “Cyber Boy.” The talented young performer has already amassed over 342,000 followers on TikTok and releases like “Cyber Boy” are poised to catapult them into the mainstream pop scene. What’s “Cyber Boy” all about? Well, Santi Storm says: “The story of Cyber Boy is about falling in love with someone online and fantasizing about meeting them. It’s about wanting to jump through a computer screen into cyberspace and joining that person in a virtual reality fantasy world and flying off together in happiness.”
Listen to Santi Storm’s new single “Cyber Boy” below.
FLETCHER – Pop provocateur FLETCHER is back with new single “girls girls girls”, a new queer anthem that is already gaining major traction on TikTok. If the hook sounds familiar to you, it’s because “girls girls girls” reworks the chorus of Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl”. Perry’s 2008 single played a role in FLETCHER’s queer awakening and now the rising singer-songwriter is completing this full-circle moment. Speaking on what “girls girls girls” means to her, Fletcher says: “‘girls girls girls’ is the freedom and the celebration I’ve been craving my whole life, and a way for me to share my own perspective and journey while honoring a song that empowered me to embark on it in the first place.”
Listen to Fletcher’s new single “girls girls girls” below.
Jenny69 – Beauty influencer and rising artist Jenny69 is currently taking social media by storm with her debut single “La 69.” The pile-on started on Twitter with users posting and quote tweeting a clip of the accompanying music video and dunking on it with all of their hot takes. By the end of the week, “La 69” had officially reached meme status. In the corrido style, the song is a female empowerment anthem and about the budding singer’s grind in Riverside, California. If you’ve somehow been living under a rock this week and this viral smash hasn’t appeared on your radar, give “La 69” a listen and let us know what you think.
Listen to Jenny69’s new single “La 69” below.