Welcome back to Takeover Tuesday, where each week Billboard taps chart-topping artists and taste-makers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to Billboard’s Spotify account. We give the artists free reign to base the list on whatever subject they choose. The only rule? Make it as creative and unique to them as possible.
At the 2017 Women’s March on Washington, singer MILCK left the world in awe of her bravery, as she and a choir of women marched and sang the now-viral “Quiet.” The song resonated with survivors of sexual assault and abuse all over the world and gave many the courage to reclaim their voice.
Since that day, MILCK has become an artist to know. She followed up the Women’s March with a video for “Quiet” and released her debut EP This Is Not The End this January. In anticipation of the second annual I Can’t Keep Quiet Day on April 8, the singer has compiled a list of introspective tracks that sustain her inner voice. “These are songs that nourish me so that I can be centered and well enough to be my most authentic self, and to lift the causes and messages I believe in,” MILCK told Billboard.
A few of the playlist’s tracks are about community and healing, including those by MUNA, A.A.L, and Grimes. Like “Quiet”, Grimes’ “Oblivion” is a song that centers survival and healing post-trauma. “I love that she took such a disturbing event and made something beautiful and cathartic out of it,” MILCK said of the song.
The playlist also includes songs that the artist has loved for years (she said Massive Attack’s “Teardrop” is probably her most played of all time). MILCK considers the lyrics and melody of Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” to be timeless. She also prioritizes honesty in lyrics as noted by the inclusion of “Demons” by Imagine Dragons and The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony.”
Overall, love and empowerment are central to MILCK’s playlist and ethos. Her own single, “Black Sheep” rounds out the list, which is a song about the moment after triumph — something MILCK knows very well. “It took me my whole life to come up with the confidence and self-awareness to be able to pass on these lyrics to someone else who may be needing them right now,” she said.
Check out the nourishing mix and get centered.