Bop Shop: Songs by Elton John and Britney Spears, Key, etc. | New

The search for the ever-elusive “bop” is difficult. Playlists and streaming service recommendations can’t do much. They often leave a lingering question: are these songs really good or are they just new?

Walk in Bop shop, a handpicked selection of songs from the MTV News team. This weekly collection is gender neutral and can include anything – it’s a snapshot of what matters to us and what sounds good. We’ll keep it fresh with the latest music, but also expect a few old (but good) ones from time to time. Get ready: The Bop Shop is now open.

Key: “Essence”

SHINee’s Key takes fans on an intergalactic adventure with “Gasoline,” his new high-energy electro-trap single. As the title track of his second EP, Key returns with a strong sense of confidence and determination, pushing his limits as a sound and visual artist. The production is as loud and loud as it is elegant, layering the electric sounds of the 808s with the K-pop icon’s velvety vocals to create an aural experience you can feel in your chest. The track is accompanied by a highly stylized and choreographed music video, giving Key space to physically express himself. Presenting audiences with many sets and silhouettes, Key shows the world a new side of himself. As an idol who recently celebrated 14 years in the industry, Key has comebacks that feel good and safe. However, the scope in which he presents his view of the world widens each time he returns, as he constantly pushes the limits of his creativity to present his listeners with something unique, yet still completely him. Key is an artist who refuses to be complacent, and it clearly shows on “Gasoline.” —Sarina Bhutan

Jharrel Jerome: “Someone I’m Not”

Jharrel Jerome knows you know him better from his appearances in Moonlight and When they see us than anything related to music. He answers it directly in his new nocturnal, pensive and R&B single, “Someone I’m Not”. “A few more movies and I’ll start playing the candle, like, ‘Sorry, I missed your call, man,'” he says in a tone that comes off as casual but is actually s self-analyze. “The day I hit you back is the day I fall.” It’s a refreshing and vulnerable statement from an up-and-coming artist whose talents keep revealing themselves. I wonder which one he will reveal next. —patrick hosken

Dawn Richard, Spencer Zahn: “Vantablack”

This collaboration between musical powerhouses Dawn Richard and Spencer Zahn creates a haunting and ethereal soundscape. Richard’s harmonious vocalizations and Zahn’s emotional instrumentation intertwine in a haunting flow, followed by visuals showcasing self-expressive movement. Their complete album, Pigments, releases October 21, and here’s why you should stay patient: The collection is described as “an immersive passage through the city seen through the eyes of a young black girl who dreams of painting her future with the pigments that are hers.” given”. Join me while we wait for their joint debut! —Gwyn Cutler

Elton John, Britney Spears: “Hold Me Closer”

This is Britney Spears’ first new record and first collaboration since being released from her guardianship less than a year ago, and what better than a new pop-EDM track, especially one with Sir Elton John, just before the end of the summer? “I saw you dancing on the ocean”, sing the two icons in the first verse. “Running fast along the sand / A spirit born of earth and water / Fire flies from your hands.” Combining elements of some of Rocket Man’s classic hits and the princess of pop’s soprano vocals, the song is truly a spiritual successor to “Tiny Dancer” and “The One,” bringing different generations together. —Athena Serrano

Wild Pink ft. Julien Baker: “Hold my hand”

Earlier this year, my wife took an unexpected and scary path in giving birth to our daughter. While she was sedated, one of the medical professionals held her hand to comfort her before I could join her in the operating room. Wild Pink’s John Ross experienced a similar act of kindness just before he had cancer surgery. He wrote a wonderful song called “Hold My Hand” about it. When I listen, I give thanks that my wife, our daughter, and John are doing well — but also that everyday people care enough to offer small gestures of love. They are often the most significant in the world. —patrick hosken

The Wonderful Years: “Old Friends Love Lost Teeth”

Historically, dreams of losing teeth have made great song topics. On the latest from pop-punk veterans The Wonder Years, however, the subconscious is not necessarily anxious with these visions, but the loss. Specifically, it is the loss of friends and the loneliness that even seeing them again in dreams cannot shake. “I know all the people in my dreams are just me,” singer Dan Campbell sings. “They all tell me what I already know.” —patrick hosken

PinkPantheress, Sam Gellaitry: “Picture in My Mind”

Sometimes the twin flames go out rather than link to stay alight. PinkPantheress portrays this phenomenon with their latest hit with DJ Sam Gellaitry, “Picture in My Mind.” Despite her definitive and delicate voice, she frankly declares that she is done with a relationship based solely on similarities. It just doesn’t fit the idealization she imagined and she deserves what she desires. Thus, a cordial split must begin. All aboard friendship! —Gwyn Cutler

So Love: “Family Man”

Post-punk from Vermont? Believe it – So Love is here, and So Love sounds like a party. That’s because “Family Man” flies away on a new wave breeze, shimmering the floor beneath you and turning it into a light-up pastel dance floor. Their first LP, Memorialreleases October 7. —patrick hosken

Sherwyn ft. Amber Mark: “Reign of the Goddess”

Have you caught a lady as graceful and benevolent as a deity? Sherwyn understands. The divine feminine watches over us, ensuring that we do what we need to do with exemplary encouragement. It can be in the form of a lover or in the form of a spiritual overseer. Whether or not Amber Mark is the goddess in the song, she certainly sings like one! “She makes me feel like I can go blind and see the sun / She makes me feel like it’s my time to do it / Makes me feel like I could survive and I’m the only one / So much one way or another, I just won.Gwyn Cutler

Nightlife: “Retreat”

Deftly fusing soul and punk music, Nightlife’s sound is decidedly unique. The Baltimore-based indie trio aren’t afraid to push genre boundaries and tap into influences from decades past, giving the music universal appeal. “Fallback” is the title track from their carefully constructed second EP. He mixes an incredibly groovy bass line with electric guitar riffs, along with effortlessly cool R&B vocals that describe the feeling of repetition. fall back in an unhealthy relationship. It all makes for one of the most exciting sounds in the alternative scene right now. The nightlife is to be watched. —Farah Zermane

Katie Gregson-MacLeod: “Complex (demo)”

With its complex algorithm and engaged users, TikTok has the power to lift a song from obscurity and turn it into a gigantic hit. Although these tracks are usually accompanied by a kitschy dance move, Katie Gregson-MacLeod’s “Complex” garnered over 7 million streams on the app in record time, relying solely on her solemn performance and his sharp words. “Here’s my savior complex,” the self-proclaimed Phoebe Bridgers fan captioned the clip, though it turns into something entirely her own. On a simple and haunting piano production, she faces discontent and regret in a relationship of unfailing honesty. “I’m wearing his boxers / I’m a good wife / We won’t be together / But maybe the next life,” she sings before admitting, “It’s complex / It’s complex / I am a complex.” It’s rare to find a song so raw it can break, but this gem is just that. —Carson Mlnarik

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