As music listening habits become more specialized, it's easier than ever to miss a new song. Unless it gets put in constant rotation on the radio, earns a coveted spot on your favorite playlist , or pops up on the soundtrack to that hot new TV show, most tracks -- even from big artists -- fly under the radar for the casual music fan. Thankfully, we've got you covered. Below, you'll find five new songs of the moment that are worth taking time out of your busy day for. It doesn't matter what genre the song comes from or how popular the artist is. If it's good, we want you to hear it -- and then listen again. Lil Baby is not backing down. After taking to the streets with Atlanta city councilman Antonio Brown to protest the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, the year-old rap sensation has released a mournful track that channels his pain, frustration, and anger into a song that attempts to capture the emotional complexity of the moment. Appropriately titled "The Bigger Picture," the song opens with a piano loop and snippets of newscasters describing the recent demonstrations before switching to a more personal, confessional mode. Sister duo Chloe x Halle are young phenoms.
"The Bigger Picture," Lil Baby
Do you have trouble discovering new music to enjoy? Even in the age of music streaming, where we have millions of songs within a few clicks, it's easy to fall into a rut of listening to the same old music all of the time. If you're a Spotify user, you'll be happy to know that the streaming service has plenty of features to help you find new music. And in most cases, these features let you find similar songs to what you already listen to. One little Spotify tip that's easy to miss is hiding right in your playlists sidebar: the ability to create a similar playlist to anything you already have. Right-click on any playlist, and you'll see several options that you probably know about.
2. Add Recommended Tracks to Playlists
She dresses with an effortless cool, she knows the best hidden taco joints, and her music taste is always on point. From personalized playlists to just-for-you radio, Spotify has your back. If you like the ease of someone else choosing songs for you, you should try Spotify Radio. How to do it: Follow a playlist to save it to your radio library, and further personalize it by liking or disliking tracks. Enter a track, artist, or playlist and Spotify will create a station based on that music.
In the pre-internet dark ages, finding a new band or singer to obsess over required time and effort. But as streaming and other technological gifts have disrupted everything in our culture, the way we discover new music and artists has become easier. Streaming For artists, playlists are paramount. Tei Shi recommends checking out playlists on Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal created by musicians you like, since, chances are, your tastes will align. That way your friend could potentially introduce you to a new song or artist on your own playlist. And when all else fails, falling down a YouTube or SoundCloud rabbit hole is still foolproof. Social Media Streaming platforms often source playlists from artists that originally broke on social media. Or you could be more proactive and find the buzzworthy songs yourself, like singer-songwriter Bibi Bourelly. There has to be some type of interest in finding something new and unique.