Four months after its initial release, the pop singer's sophomore EP Stella & Steve made its debut on the Billboard 200 this week, landing at No. 160 on the chart dated March 21. The sunny EP's belated climb onto the chart is thanks in large part to its earworm of a lead single -- the self-deprecating, Gus Dapperton-assisted "Supalonely" -- on which the 20-year-old matter-of-factly declares, "I know I f--ked up/ I'm just a loser/ Shouldn't be with ya/ Guess I'm a quitter."
"I love to play around and have fun with my lyrics, but sometimes the messages are raw, and I also like to get emotional with them," the Republic Records signee tells Billboard about her approach to songcraft. "People often reach out and comment on how they relate to my lyrics, which makes me feel very warm inside. I like the idea of experimenting with all sorts of themes and just feeling free creatively."
Equal parts quirky and sincere, "Supalonely" debuted on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart at No. 4 this week, with 8.3 million U.S. streams and 2,000 downloads sold according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Stella & Steve, meanwhile, also bowed at No. 10 on the Alternative Albums chart with 6,000 equivalent album units (EAU), and notched its highest placement yet on the Heatseekers Albums chart at No. 2.
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Name: Stella Rose Bennett
Recommended Benee track: "Blu"
"This song for me has been my favorite for a while now. I just love the sad stuff!" Benee tells Billboard. "I think the guitar and the way that the vocals weave throughout the song sets the vibe I really like. I also wrote and played the guitar bridge at the end of the song, which is a first for me."
Outside of the music: "I’ve been really concerned lately about how the COVID-19 virus has spread so quickly and affected so many people and communities," she shares. "I’m worried about how vulnerable people will cope, but also how it’s going to affect everyone in some kind of way. So many creative people are suffering because they can’t perform to their audiences, but I also worry about people on minimum wages who have no safety net and can’t afford health care."
What’s next: "I’m currently doing lots of writing and recording in the studio that I’m really excited about!" Benee says. "Looking forward to putting some new music out there this year."
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