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Benee, the New Zealand singer who broke out last year with her hit "Supalonely," has just released her second single of 2021: "Doesn't Matter."

The song is about her mental health struggles, and in a statement, she says, "This year has been very difficult for me and many other people, and I’ve had times that I’ve really felt my lowest. I wrote ‘Doesn't Matter’ during one of these periods when I felt truly overwhelmed, anxious, and stuck.  I was diagnosed with OCD, which actually helped me understand myself better."

"This song ponders on what it would be like to feel truly carefree and how much easier life would be," she continues. "Sometimes, it’s hard for people who don’t suffer from anxiety or depression to really understand what it’s like for us. People telling you not to worry or saying ‘it doesn’t matter’ don’t understand that it’s not that simple."

"Having had help to learn how to deal with my own anxiety and depression, I want others to know that there is a way through," she adds.  Benee shared more about her feelings in an Instagram post earlier this month on World Mental Health Day.

Last week, Benee teamed up with Nashville singer/songwriter Dreamer Boy for a new song called "Are You Letting Go?"  She has plans for more music in the near future, and a tour lined up for 2022.

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So far this year, Adele's put out exactly one single, but that hasn't stopped her from getting a bunch of nominations for the 2021 People's Choice Awards.

The "Easy On Me" singer is up for Female Artist of 2021, Song of 2021 and Video of 2021 at the annual ceremony,  which will air simultaneously on NBC and E! on December 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

BTS and Justin Bieber are also up for multiple awards: BTS is up for Group, as well as Song and Video for "Butter" and "My Universe."  Justin is up for Male Artist, plus Song, Collaboration and Video for "Stay" and "Peaches" and Album for Justice.  Lil Nas X is nominated in those same categories.

Olivia Rodrigo is up for Female Artist, Song and Video for "good 4 u," New Artist and album for SOUR. Other artists with multiple nominations include Billie Eilish, Doja Cat and The Kid LAROI.

A new category this year is Pop Special of 2021, where nominees include Pink's documentary All I Know So Far, Billie's The World's A Little Blurry, Justin's Our World and Demi Lovato's Dancing with the Devil.

You can vote now online at VotePCA.com or on Twitter with the category hashtag and nominee hashtag.

THE MALE ARTIST OF 2021

Bad Bunny

Drake

Ed Sheeran

Justin Bieber

Lil Nas X

Luke Combs

Shawn Mendes

The Weeknd

THE FEMALE ARTIST OF 2021

Adele

Billie Eilish

Cardi B

Doja Cat

Halsey

Megan Thee Stallion

Olivia Rodrigo

Saweetie

THE GROUP OF 2021

BTS

Coldplay

Dan + Shay

Imagine Dragons

Jonas Brothers

Maroon 5

Migos

twenty one pilots

THE SONG OF 2021

"Butter,"  BTS

"Bad Habits," Ed Sheeran

"Easy On Me," Adele

"good 4 u," Olivia Rodrigo

"MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)," Lil Nas X

"Peaches," Justin Bieber feat. Daniel Caesar & Giveon

"STAY," The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber

"Up," Cardi B

THE ALBUM OF 2021

Certified Lover Boy, Drake

Culture III, Migos

Happier Than Ever, Billie Eilish

Justice, Justin Bieber

MONTERO, Lil Nas X

Planet Her, Doja Cat

Sour, Olivia Rodrigo

star-crossed, Kacey Musgraves

THE NEW ARTIST OF 2021

24kGoldn

Bella Poarch

Giveon

Olivia Rodrigo

Rauw Alejandro

Tate McRae

The Kid LAROI

TOMORROW X TOGETHER

THE MUSIC VIDEO OF 2021

"Butter", BTS

"Easy On Me," Adele

"good 4 u," Olivia Rodrigo

"LOCATION," KAROL G, Anuel AA, J Balvin

"MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)," Lil Nas X

"My Universe," Coldplay X BTS

"Peaches," Justin Bieber feat. Daniel Caesar & Giveon

"STAY," The Kid LAROI, Justin Bieber

THE COLLABORATION SONG OF 2021

"Best Friend," Saweetie feat. Doja Cat

"INDUSTRY BABY,"  Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow

"Kiss Me More," Doja Cat feat. SZA

"Leave The Door Open," Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak)

"Peaches," Justin Bieber feat. Daniel Caesar & Giveon

"STAY," The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber

"Way 2 Sexy," Drake feat. Future & Young Thug

"You Right," Doja Cat, The Weeknd

THE POP SPECIAL OF 2021

Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry

Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil

Friends: The Reunion

Justin Bieber: Our World

Olympic Highlights with Kevin Hart and Snoop Dogg

Oprah with Meghan and Harry

P!nk: All I Know So Far

Rihanna's Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 3

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Ed Sheeran's album isn't here quite yet, but that didn't stop him from giving fans a taste of what to expect. 

During an impressive NPR Tiny Desk Concert, which premiered on Tuesday, the British singer-songwriter previewed an unreleased song titled "Overpass Graffiti." The song, which is set to appear on his upcoming album, = (Equals), is set to an upbeat, bouncy beat while the lyrics tell a story of someone who will always have fond memories of his previous lover, despite their break up.

"I will always love you for what it's worth/ We'll never fade like graffiti on the overpass/ I know time may change the way you think of us/ But I'll remember the way we were," Sheeran sings in the chorus. 

Sheeran also performed "Visiting Hours," "Shivers" and "Bad Habits," his hit singles that preceded the album, in addition to a surprise cover of Foy Vance's "Make it Rain."

= (Equals) is due out Friday, October 29.

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Shawn Mendes collaborated with Latin hitmaker Tainy on his recent single, "Summer of Love," and now his girlfriend Camila Cabello is also working with the Puerto Rican songwriter and producer.

Camila has announced a new single, "Oh Na Na," dropping on Friday, a collaboration with Tainy and Puerto Rican rapper and singer Myke Towers.

Presumably the song is from Camila's forthcoming album, Familia, which has already spun off the single "Don't Go Yet."  Camila performed another new song from the album, "La Buena Vida," on her NPR Tiny Desk Concert earlier this month.

The chorus of Camila's hit "Havana" features her singing "Ooh na na," so perhaps this song is a callback to that one.  We'll find out on Friday.

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Ahead of the Friday release of his new album, = (Equals), Ed Sheeran is giving fans a preview of all 14 tracks on the project, via YouTube Shorts.

Ed has created a brief video clip for each song on the album, featuring a snippet of the song and some kind of visual. For "Shivers," he's wearing a suit and dipping his foot into a bathtub filled with ice water.  In the song "First Times," you can see Ed snuggling with his wife Cherry.  The clip for "The Joker & the Queen" features Ed and Cherry's two cats.

In the song "Visiting Hours," written in memory of his late friend, concert promoter Michael Gudinski, Ed shows off "4 Things You Wish They'd Been There To See": Ed's new album, his wedding to Cherry, his daughter Lyra, and the fact that he accidentally ordered a pallet of Michael's favorite wine.

You can watch all 14 of the Shorts, one after another, now on YouTube.  You can also create your own videos using the clips, and post them with the hashtag #SheeranShorts.  Ed wrote on Instagram that he's going to "pick some favorites to win some custom signed artwork."

"I had a really fun day shooting my YouTube Shorts,” said Ed in a statement. "I’ve always really enjoyed the music video process, so it was fun to explore a new way of doing that by channeling each song’s theme in a unique way, while also giving you a sneak peek of the album!”

Ed is currently quarantining, having announced over the weekend that he tested positive for COVID-19.

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Ed Sheeran's new album = (Equals) isn't coming out until October 29, but on Thursday afternoon, you can get an early listen to the project on Apple Music.

Ed and Apple Music's Zane Lowe are teaming up for a "First Listen" global live stream event starting at 3:30pm ET on Thursday.  Ed will play new songs from the album and talk about what went into creating them, as well an answer questions from fans.  It'll be available at Music.Apple.com.

= (Equals) is Ed's first album since his record-breaking release ÷ (Divide), which came out in 2017. His +–=÷x (Mathematics) tour starts in April of 2022, though no North American dates have been released yet.

 

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The Weeknd has teamed up with reunited house music supergroup Swedish House Mafia on the new track “Moth to a Flame,” out today. The group tells Apple Music the collaboration came to be because they were mutual fans of each other.

"When you vibe with somebody and you appreciate their art, I think you just connect," Swedish House Mafia's Steve Angello said. Along with the song, Swedish House Mafia announced their first global tour in more than a decade.

Christina Aguilera is embracing her Latin roots on her new Spanish-language track, "Pa Mis Muchachas" -- which translates as "For My Girls" --  featuring Nathy Peluso, Becky G and Nicki Nicole. Xtina tells Billboard the song is “an homage to women.” "We wanted to make sure that this was definitely a representation of Latin women who are the strength of a family, the backbone,” she says. The song is the first single off Christina's upcoming Spanish-language project, her first since 2000’s Mi Reflejo.

DJ Snake has released a star-studded new single called "SG." It stands for "sexy girl" and features Latin superstar Ozuna, Megan Thee Stallion, and Lisa of BLACKPINK, "uniting artists across three continents and four countries," according to a press release. The song's video features all four artists frolicking in Miami.

Australian singer-songwriter Dean Lewis, who scored a huge hit in 2018 with "Be Alright," is back with a new single and video, "Looks Like Me."  The song's uptempo but is about the end of a relationship. "It was just one of those relationships that never quite came together--– no matter how much I wanted it to," Dean says of the song.

He laughs, "One night on the phone, we were living in different cities, she told me she was hanging with a guy who looked like me. So you’d rather be with someone who looks like me -- than the 'actual me!'”

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Khalid has dropped a new song, which is our first taste of an EP he plans to release in December.

The song is called "Present," and in a statement, Khalid explains "My mom raised me on R&B and whether it’s the harmonies or melodies, it will always be a part of my music. 'Present' is just the beginning and I love that it has a dual meaning."

"It feels good to be more 'present' after such a trying year in the pandemic," he goes on. "And it’s also a 'present' for my fans that have been with me every step of the way.”

"Present" is a song from a new EP Khalid plans to release on December 3.  Scenic Drive, which he describes as a "tape," is meant to be a companion piece to his 2018 EP, Sun City.

Speaking to Apple Music's Zane Lowe, Khalid says he's also made a new album, but decided to release the EP first.

"There's two projects. They're related. They're related but it's like the more mature cousin. And then the album is like its own thing, it's like this new-born baby," he explains.  It's named after a real-life place in his hometown of El Paso: "It's this drive up this mountain side," Khalid notes.

Scenic Drive features eight songs, six of which are collaborations with R&B or hip hop artists, including Ari Lennox, Lucky Daye, 6lack and Kiana Ledé

"Those are artists that I listen to, that I love," Khalid tells Lowe. "Everybody that I collaborated with, we're friends, and we love each other. We respect each other as artists

"Present" is Khalid's second new song of 2021, following "New Normal."

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Five years ago, Sia scored her first U.S. number-one hit with "Cheap Thrills," her collaboration with Sean Paul. Now, the two have reunited for a new single, "Dynamite" -- and Sean Paul says working with Sia again was "magic."

Sean Paul says he always knew he and Sia would do something else together, but he tells ABC Audio that it took them this long because it needed to be the right song.  Sean says he had the initial idea and rhythm for the track, but Sia took it to the next level.

"It was like the bones of the song, and she kind of added the soup!" he laughs. "She got it cooking. When she wrote that hook, I was like 'Ohhh!!!' But again, with her voice, you know, everything she sings [is great]."

He adds, "But for me, it was just magic."

Sean says he's looking forward to the video for the song, due out in a few weeks, which will show his hometown of Kingston, Jamaica, "in the future."  "There's cars flying and there's big buildings, a lot of crazy stuff!" he says, laughing.

For now, though, Sean is just satisfied to be able to release "a very feel-good song, something to get people on the dance floor and to just sort of forget about the worries that's all in the Earth right now."

"I think that's what my music is and has been for people over the years," he explains. "You know, there's problems every day...You see it on news every day. I like to tell people that whenever there's anything wrong with my life, there's always one song that'll get me in a better mood. And so I'm happy to be able to provide people with that type of music, especially this one."

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Miley Cyrus’ cover of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” actually mattered quite a lot to her.  

In a new piece for Interview magazine, the singer tells Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich that she appreciated being able to sing the song -- which appeared on this year’s Metallica Blacklist tribute album -- in her true voice.

“My whole life, whether in vocal training or just continuing to hone my craft, it’s always been about, ‘Why do you sound like a man? Where’s your f****** falsetto, b****? Why can’t you sing the high octave of “Party in the U.S.A.” anymore?’” Miley says.

“In this song, I get to sing in that low register, and I get to live in that authentic, genuine sound,” she adds.

Miley points out that her voice is how she expresses herself and she’s not about to sing in a way that is “false” just to fit a mold.

“I was honored by the fact that I didn’t have to sing this song in the way that females are ‘supposed’ to sing.” she says. “You can hear that at the end of the song, when I take the gloves off and just start flying. That part of the song really grabs people. It’s that lower register of my voice. So I’m grateful to have a song where I can lean into that.”

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