New music: 6 key songs from Katy Perry, Britney, Schoolboy Q, and more

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Katy Perry returns with new single “Rise,” a powerful track themed for the broadcast of NBC’s upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, and a music video highlighting influential moments from past Olympians. 

TOGETHER WE #RISE (on @Applemusic now)

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“Rise” is Perry’s first single since the release of 2013 LP Prism and award-winning single “Roar.”

“This is a song that’s been brewing inside me for years, that has finally come to the surface,” Perry said on The Today Show. “I was inspired to finish it now, rather than save it for my next album, because now more than ever there is a need for our world to unite.”

According to a statement, the new track will be used during NBC’s programming of the 2016 Summer Olympics and for the Opening Ceremony on Aug. 5. “Rise” is also scheduled to be shown during previews in movie theaters this weekend.

Britney Spears

After what feels like forever, Britney Spears has finally given us a piece of her upcoming LP. 

Her new track, “Make Me,” features rapper G-Eazy and is the first from her ninth studio album. (It will also reportedly include “Private Show.”) The steamy single gives serious vintage Spears vibes—as if the album cover doesn’t already give that away. 

“It’s my baby, and so I really want it done right,” Spears told V magazine. “I would much rather have it be completely how I want it to be, whether that takes another year for me to do, or two months.”

Please don’t make us wait too long Britney.

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The Aussie psych-rock trio announced their second upcoming album Every Now & Then, with an expected release date this fall via Mom + Pop

To ease the wait, the band released the first track off the new album, “OB1,” along with a trippy music video. Produced by the band, the new track also features drumming from Stella Mozgawa of the girl-power band Warpaint.  

Lead singer Gabriel Winterfield told Pitchfork that the song was about “moving through the motions of life under the influence of lost love, the fear of letting go of the past when not having anything set in place in the future to hold on to.”


M.I.A. debuted her new song “Go Off” with BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac on late Thursday and it’s an instant jam.

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The new song was produced in collaboration with Skrillex and Blaqstarr and will appear on her upcoming album AIM.

Schoolboy Q

The hip-hop artist released his long-awaited album, Blank Face LP, with more than 17 tracks on Thursday. The album features new jams like “Neva Change” and artists like Anderson Paak, Kanye West, Vince Staples, and Miguel.  

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Q released his first album, Setbacks, in 2011. Throughout his career the rapper has dealt with an addiction to lean, recording 2014’s Oxymoron before a relapse. Two years later, Blank Face LP is a sign of the artist’s clean slate.


The electronic duo from London released “Good Together” this week, and has already reached the No. 1 spot on Hype Machine’s “Most Popular Tracks.” The gospel-tinged track is filled with fluttering feelings of companionship and will most definitely make you feel giddy inside.  

The debut album Warm On a Cold Night is set to release July 22 via Tatemae Recordings.

Kristen Hubby

Kristen Hubby

Kristen Hubby is a tech and lifestyle reporter. Her writing focuses on sex, pop culture, streaming entertainment, and social media, with an emphasis on major platforms like Snapchat, YouTube, and Spotify. Her work has also appeared in Austin Monthly and the Austin American-Statesman, where she covered local news and the dining scene in Austin, Texas.