It’s almost Valentine’s Day! If you’re looking for some loving new tracks to add to your V-Day playlists, then Billboard Pride is here to help with First Out, our weekly roundup of some of the best new music releases from LGBTQ artists.
From Rebecca Black’s absolutely ridiculous remix of her viral breakthrough to Syd’s return to moving R&B, check out just a few of our favorite releases from this week below:
Rebecca Black, “Friday (Remix) [feat. Dorian Electra, 3OH!3 & Big Freedia]”
No one necessarily asked for a surrealist, insane hyperpop remix of Rebecca Black’s breakthrough viral single “Friday” — but now that it’s out, no one should be angry. The Dylan Brady-produced remix, which features guest verses from stars like Big Freedia, 3OH!3 and Dorian Electra, sees Black turning the campiness of her original up to an 11. With a meme-filled video, some truly screwy production, and the spirit of the 2011 track, “Friday (Remix)” is the 10th anniversary single that we all deserve right now.
“I’d had the idea to do this remix of Friday for years leading up to now but honestly it was also mildly insane for me to think anyone else would want to be a part of it,” Black said of the remix in a statement. “As I started talking about it with other artists and producers I couldn’t believe how stoked people were about it. I am thrilled to have some of my favorite artists (and people) as a part of this moment – Dylan Brady, Dorian Electra, Big Freedia, 3OH!3.”
Big Freedia, “Platinum”
Along with her feature on Black’s “Friday (Remix),” Big Freedia is here to help you keep the bounce going through your Valentine’s Day weekend. Her new single “Platinum” follows in the footsteps of her last few singles, with the bounce superstar gassing the audience up, declaring that they’re “shiny like a ring, like a million dollars.” And of course, she drops the beat hard enough to get you grooving and moving wherever you’re at. “Platinum is a fun track about being bold,” Freedia said in a statement. “Whether it’s your jewelry or nails, be bold with everything you do!!”
Syd, “Missing Out”
If you’re looking for a song that’s going to mellow you out, calm you down, and melt your anxiety away, Syd’s brand new single is guaranteed to work. “Missing Out,” the latest from The Internet frontwoman’s solo career, is a soothing R&B slow jam that utilizes every inch of the 28-year-old’s sensual vocals. Backed by rich synth chords and a tranquilizing drumbeat, Syd lets her voice come just above a whisper as she lets the listener know; “Maybe in another life, you’d be mine mine mine/ But you’re missing out.”
Siena Liggins, “Dirty Girl (feat. Yung Baby Tate)”
When Siena Liggins warned her fans to “hide ur mf girlfriend” in an Instagram post this week, she wasn’t joking. Her new single “Dirty Girl,” featuring fellow rising star Yung Baby Tate, is a sexed-up, sapphic anthem that brings a whole new meaning to dirty talk. Liggins’ production is better than it’s ever been, with blown-out bass and perfectly placed drops, while her voice continues to shine as she sings unforgettably steamy lyrics like “You might wanna call me daddy, but I’m not your father/ Ass Krabby Patties; eat it underwater.” If you’ve been sleeping on Siena Liggins, it’s time for you to wake up.
Claud, Super Monster
On their much-anticipated debut album Super Monster, rising pop artist Claud is giving you all of the hopeful-yet-sad indie pop you could hope for. Filled from front-to-back with nothing but lo-fi, hypnotic tracks about identity, love, loneliness and so much more. Claud’s voice rises off of each track with an ease and grace that extends beyond their 21 years. The monster in the album’s title may be Claud’s superhero alter-ego, but you should see them for who they really are — a star ready to take over.
Tori WhoDat, “Heather Grey”
With sultry vocals and a unique POV, Tori WhoDat, a rising hip-hop artist out of Memphis, is ready to get your attention. Her newest single “Heather Grey” sounds like the kind of chillwave, soft-rap musings you’d hear from an established act like Frank Ocean — but when she switches into her singing voice, her sound shifts to the alt-pop stylings of someone like Halsey or Lorde. With a rich, fascinating sound, Tori WhoDat is a name to look out for.
Ethel Cain, “Michelle Pfieffer (feat. Lil Aaron)”
Up-and-coming trans artist Ethel Cain’s sound defies definition. Especially on her latest single “Michelle Pfieffer,” featuring rapper Lil Aaron, Cain straddles a line between alternative rock, folk, pop and even country. What remains clear is that Cain’s vocal prowess and guitar skills are propelling her toward the top — the harmonies she embraces on “Pfeiffer” blend perfectly, making for a serotonin-boosting track that will have you hitting the repeat button. I’ve always idolized Michelle Pfeiffer and thought she was a picture perfect bombshell,” Cain said of the new track in a statement. “So when I was in the back of my Uber with the windows down, headed to the studio bright and early that first morning [in L.A.] and humming a little chorus melody to myself, I felt like a bombshell of my own. It felt like my life had finally started.”
Gregory Dillon, “Swing Swing (The All-American Rejects cover)”
You may not think that you need to hear an avant-pop, chillwave cover of an All-American Rejects song in 2021. But you would be wrong — Gregory Dillon’s stunning new cover of “Swing Swing” takes the mid-2000s emo-pop band’s 2002 rollicking single, and puts it through a glossy, shimmering new filter. Replacing guitar riffs with twinkling synths, Dillon completely redefines the track and transforms it into a synthpop dream that you simply must hear.