/ JOY Music Mix / New music additions / New music to weekdays (25 November 2020)

Miley Cyrus ft Dua Lipa Prisoner (SME)
Ava Max My Head & My Heart (WMA / APG)
Sia Hey Boy (WMA / ATL)
Samantha Jade New Boy (SME)
DYLAN Anyone Like You (booshu)
FLETCHER & Kito Bitter (UMA)
Sam Feldt & Karma Child ft Tabitha The Best Days (HEARTFELDT / SPINNIN)
The Weeknd Save Your Tears (UMA / REP)
Eves Karydas Get Me So High (UMA)

The world might be dragging its way to the finish line for 2020, but the release of new music is certainly not slowing.

Miley Cyrus is due to release her seventh album on Friday and she’s teasing us with a pop-rock banger in the meantime. ‘Prisoner’, the second single from Plastic Hearts, sees the queer singer-songwriter team up with British artist Dua Lipa. It’s all angst and drama, and we’re here for it.

With Ava Max‘s debut album, Heaven & Hell, becoming a top 10 hit in Australia, it’s time for a deluxe reissue. ‘My Head & My Heart’ is the new single on the revised album; it samples the 2000 hit from ATC, ‘Around the World (La La La La La)’. We think you’ll love the familiarity, along with the big fist-punching chorus.

The new year will see the cinematic release of Music, the directorial debut of Aussie singer-songwriter Sia. The film’s soundtrack album – Sia’s eighth studio album – is due to drop on 12 February and ‘Hey Boy’ is the third single from it. At first listen, you may not recognise the bisexual singer, but give it a few more goes and you’ll hear her trademark tone and style.

While we wait with hope for a new album from JOY favourite Samantha Jade in early 2021, the Aussie singer-songwriter has dropped ‘New Boy’, a song about the spark that comes from new beginnings. We’re digging the R&B flavour of this bop, which showcases Sammi’s bright vocals perfectly.

Out-and-proud Aussie singer-songwriter DYLAN spent lockdown making music. In fact, he worked with The Potbelleez’ Ilan Kidron via video to write ‘Anyone Like You’ and recorded the vocals in his bedroom. While the making was peak 2020, this is a solid banger that we reckon you’ll enjoy well into the new year.

Australian singer-songwriter GRAACE found inspiration for her new song in the honeymoon phase of a new relationship. ‘You Do You’ is a grungy morsel of pop delight, with an earworm of a chorus. Give it a few listens and you’ll also feel the energy that GRAACE feels when she meets someone and ‘falls for personalities rather than looks or gender’.

The drama and pain of a breakup is the focus of THE (S)EX TAPES [Shot By My Ex], the second album from FLETCHER. ‘Bitter’ is the lead single from the album; it sees the queer American singer-songwriter teaming up with Australian DJ-producer Kito. This R&B-infused release has recently been reworked by Trevor Daniel, but we reckon you’ll love the original as much as we do.

Dutch DJ Sam Feldt has been pumping out the bops lately ahead of his new EP, Home Sweet Home. Musical big-hitters Marwen Tlili, Gia Koka and Joel Stouffer, aka Karma Child, have teamed up with the hitmaker to drop ‘The Best Days’. This brightly decorated dance romp is what we need after a sullen 2020, and sublime vocals from Dutch singer Tabitha make it that much better.

The Weeknd has made 2020 his own by charting around the world with his fourth album, After Hours. Amazingly, the Canadian singer didn’t land any Grammy nominations this year for his work, even with his American platinum and diamond certifications. Australia is still lapping up the album, so we’re excited that a fourth single from it has dropped. ‘Save Your Tears’ is quintessential Weeknd, full of melodic toplines, punchy percussion and synthy beats to bring it together.

A relationship has Eves Karydas hooked and she just can’t shake it off in her new single. ‘Get Me So High’ is the follow-up to the Australian’s hit ‘Complicated’, and it’ll get you addicted too. We reckon you’ll be hearing this bop a lot over summer and loving every minute.

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