This week’s instalment of What’s Going On features the hottest new releases from Doechii, Jamie Fine, Marcus Mumford, and P!NK. All that, plus an unearthed rarity from rock legends Blondie. There’s something here for everyone. As always, if you dig what you hear, be sure to follow and stream these artists.
Doechii – From Tampa to the world, Doechii is having a major moment right now. The 23-year-old rapper is fresh off of buzzworthy performances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and this year’s BET Awards and was included in this year’s XXL Freshman Class alongside fellow rising stars Saucy Santana and Babyface Ray. We’ve covered the brilliant “Persuasive” when it dropped, but now she’s out with a hot new single, “Bitch I’m Nice.” Clocking in at just under a minute and a half, “Bitch I’m Nice” is a relentless blast of braggadocio and unshakeable self-assuredness. We can’t wait to see what Doechii does next!
Listen to Doechii’s new single “Bitch I’m Nice” below.
Blondie – Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Blondie have their first definitive box set due out on August 26. Blondie: Against The Odds 1974-1982 features 124 tracks and 36 previously unreleased recordings, going all the way back to the band’s first-ever basement sessions. One rarity that is sure to intrigue listeners to pick up the box set is “I Love You Honey, Give Me A Beer.” If you’re a fan of Blondie’s Autoamerican album, the track should sound familiar and for good reason. “I Love You Honey, Give Me A Beer” is an early demo of what would eventually become the song “Go Through It.” In addition to all demos, outtakes, and rarities, there are also two volumes of extensive liner notes and track-by-track commentary, making Blondie: Against The Odds 1974-1982 a must-have for fans.
Listen to Blondie’s “I Love You Honey, Give Me A Beer” below.
P!NK – Global pop phenom P!NK is back with her new single “Irrelevant.” The rousing protest anthem has all the fire and spirit that listeners have come to love from the formerly cotton candy-colored haired performer. “Irrelevant” is also benefiting a great cause as proceeds from the song will go to a Michelle Obama-created nonpartisan voting initiative designed to promote voting advocacy and encourage participation. What’s “Irrelevant” all about? P!NK says: “As a woman with an opinion and the fearlessness to voice that opinion, it gets very tiring when the only retort is to tell me how irrelevant I am. I am relevant because I exist, and because I am a human being. No one is irrelevant. And no one can take away my voice.”
Listen to P!NK’s new single” Irrelevant” below.
Marcus Mumford – Mumford & Sons have been one of the biggest British bands ever since they broke through in a major way in the late 2000s, so it only makes sense that frontman Marcus Mumford would launch a solo career of his own. After a one-off single in 2020 and a guest appearance on a Major Lazer track, Marcus Mumford’s highly anticipated debut solo album (self-titled) has been announced and is due out on September 16. (self-titled) will include features from heavy hitters Brandi Carlile, Phoebe Bridgers, Clairo, and Monica Martin. The leadoff single “Cannibal” is a folk track about mixed emotions and perhaps an unhealthy relationship. If “Cannibal” is anything to go by, (self-titled) is sure to be brilliant.
Listen to Marcus Mumford’s new single “Cannibal” below.
Jamie Fine – Forget a kiss-off. Canadian singer-songwriter Jamie Fine has written the ultimate middle finger to your toxic ex anthem with her new single “Hate Me Love Me.” The Ottawa-born performer is known for her honest and often witty lyrics, so it’s no surprise that “Hate Me Love Me” manages to be raw and relatable but never a downer thanks to its buoyant production. Speaking on what inspired “Hate Me Love Me”, Jamie Fine says: “I wrote it while watching two of my friends go through a tumultuous breakup and it reminded me of a couple toxic relationships in my past. It’s the perfect reminder that your life is better off without them, to be done with the dark days. It’s one of my more upbeat tracks, despite the negative relationship it depicts, and I wanted to keep it lighthearted for summer!”
Listen to Jamie Fine’s new single “Hate Me Love Me” below.