First Out: New Music From Rina Sawayama, Tove Lo, Neon Trees & More

Rina Sawayama
Hendrik Schneider

Rina Sawayama

Start out your long holiday weekend right with some brand new music from your favorite LGBTQ artists! Billboard Pride is proud to present our latest edition of First Out, our weekly roundup of some of the best new weekly music releases from LGBTQ artists.

From a contemplative new Rina Sawayama music video, to a fun-loving new pop jam from Neon Trees, check out some of our favorite new releases this week:

Rina Sawayama, "Bad Friend"

When it comes to her music and her videos, rising pop star Rina Sawayama wants you to expect the unexpected. In her new video for "Bad Friend," off of her debut album Sawayama, the singer delivers something completely out of left field — throughout the video, Sawayama is dressed in full old man drag, as she sits at a small bar and drinks her troubles away.

It doesn't work for long, as her character eventually starts a drunk bar fight as they try to ignore the pain they can't escape. It may not be what fans presumed they'd see, but it's an arresting video nonetheless.

Tove Lo, Sunshine Kitty (Paw Prints Edition)

After releasing her last album Sunshine Kitty, it feels like Tove Lo hasn't stopped working, releasing a stream brand new singles steadily even since. Now, she's giving fans a complete deluxe "Paw Prints" version of the album. It features the instantly lovable new track "Sadder Badder Cooler," along with some remixes and live versions of tracks like "Sweettallk My Heart," "Are U Gonna Tell Her" and "Mistaken."

Neon Trees, "New Best Friend"

On their instantly catchy new single "New Best Friend," pop-rock outfit Neon Trees establishes their new kind of normal as they embrace the world falling apart: "Can't sleep no more/ It's a perfect storm," frontman Tyler Glenn sings on the chorus. "They call me crazy, but crazy's my new best friend." The song also comes with its own special announcement — six years after the release of their last album Pop Psychology, the band is finally giving fans a brand new full-length project with I Can Feel You Forgetting Me, due out June 26.

Fletcher, "Forever (Sophie Remix)"

What happens when you take a rising star in the pop industry and pair them with one of the most inventive producers working today? Turns out you get Fletcher and Sophie's remix of "Forever." The song's groovy guitar and classic pop beats are now replaced by Sophie's signature flourishes, including squeaky waveforms, earth-shaking bass, and a club beat that will have you dancing around your home for hours on end.

Indigo Girls, Look Long

In a time where people are searching for reasons to be hopeful, Emily Saliers and Amy Ray, better known as the Indigo Girls, are here to uplift you with their brand new album Look Long. Complete with heartwrenching songwriting and cool folk sound that fans have come to love, Look Long sees the Indigo Girls at their most introspective.

"People can feel lost in these times," Saliers said of the album in a statement. "Let’s lament our limitations, but let’s also look beyond what’s right in front of us, take the long view of things, and strive to do better."

Young M.A, Redflu

It may have been only a few months since rapper Young M.A dropped her debut album Herstory in the Making, but the star is already back with a brand new project — her latest EP Redflu. It's got the hard-hitting beats and fiery bars that fans have come to expect from the rising superstar, making the project that much more fun to listen to while stuck in quarantine.

Vincint, "Be Me"

Fans of Netflix's hit series Queer Eye were delighted to see the first official trailer for the show's fifth season debut earlier this week. Along with getting to see the Fab Five back at it again, they also got to hear a taste of pop singer Vincint's brand new single "Be Me," the anthem of love and positivity that we need in these dark times. "I'm reminded that I can be free," he belts in the song's infectious chorus. "It's so clear to see / I was waiting on me to be me."


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