First Out: New Music From Troye Sivan, Wafia, Carlie Hanson & More

Troye Sivan
Tim Ashton

Troye Sivan

In need of a mid-quarantine pick-me-up playlist?. Look no further than Billboard Pride's First Out, our weekly roundup of some of the best new weekly music releases from LGBTQ artists.

From Troye Sivan's stellar new EP to Wafia's major label debut project, check out some of our favorite new releases this week below.

Troye Sivan, In A Dream

When Troye Sivan promised an EP that would depict an "emotional rollercoaster period" of his life, he wasn't kidding. On In A Dream, Sivan details the emotional ups and downs of a breakup, from looking for new love ("STUD") to his inability to move on ("IN A DREAM"). With some of his best production to date, accompanied by songwriting that will have you in tears, In A Dream is the perfect soundtrack to the chaotic, emotionally-draining mess that the world is living through right now.

Wafia, Good Things

With her major label debut EP Good Things, rising pop star Wafia is taking back the power in her breakup. Focused on the emotional fallout of a relationship gone wrong, the new project chooses not to focus on the singer's ex, and rather on what it means to move on in real time. As Wafia springs from sadness ("How to Lose a Friend") to self-confidence ("Pick Me"), audiences get treated to a dreamy confection that melds quintessential R&B sounds with modern ethereal pop. ""I'm a big fan of classic songwriting in pop, but also a willingness to get weird with it," she tells Billboard of Good Things.

Carlie Hanson, "Good Enough"

When Carlie Hanson releases new music, it's almost a guarantee that you'll understand exactly where she's coming from. That's certainly true of "Good Enough" — the newest catchy pop tune from Hanson details the singer's struggle with depression and self-doubt, as she lets out her pain and worries about never being able to live up to her own expectations. "I wrote ‘Good Enough’ during one of the darkest periods of my life. My relationship was fizzling, I missed being with my family and friends, and at the time I was on a prescription medication that was really negatively affecting me," she said of the song in a statement. "Fortunately, I was able to find my way out of this depression and push forward by writing about it and coming to terms with my mental health."

Greyson Chance, "Bad to Myself"

Pop crooner Greyson Chance is ready for some much needed self-love. "Bad To Myself" sees the 23-year-old singer ending his excuses and recognizing that self-hatred gets you nowhere. On the track's massive chorus, Chance declares  that"I’m throwing my tears to the fire/ 'Cause lately I’m so damn tired of being bad to myself," and moving down the path toward a healthy future. If you need a song to lift you out of a funk this week, then "Bad to Myself" is a must-listen.

Rituals of Mine, "Exceptions"

Sometimes, moving on means accepting some of the blame. That's exactly what Terra Lopez, a.k.a. Rituals of Mine, does on her latest single "Exceptions," a hypnotic reflection on what it means to have a falling out, and what it means to take ownership of that. Accompanied by an emotional music video depicting a scene from Lopez's childhood, "Exceptions" is a moving portrait of growing up, even if it hurts. "Take all of my pride, throw it out," Lopez sings. "You were never one to let me down, until now."

Ian Isiah, "Princess Pouty"

On "Princess Pouty," singer Ian Isiah is bringing the funk from his upcoming AUNTIE project with a groovy melody and a truly wild visual. Taking place on a nearly-deserted Coney Island, Isiah appears dressed in full clown regalia waving at passers-by, throwing a tea party and even putting on a puppet show, as he sings through a tale of genderfluid love. "Just 'cause you're in love, you don't have to be so perfect/ Momma's baby, Daddy's maybe," he sings.

Ivan and Peter (feat. Alaska & DJ Flula), “Pool Party”

Time to dance! The self-proclaimed “time traveling DJs on a mission to spread ze love” Ivan and Peter teamed up with the similarly self-proclaimed resident of the “planet Glamtr0n” (and RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 2 winner) Alaska Thunderfuck to throw a sexy, ridiculous “Pool Party” for their new song. Pure camp from start to finish, the hilarious new dance track sees the intergalactic trio serving up sexy summertime realness, as they let the audience know over and over again, “I want to sex you up.” 


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