• Olivia Rodrigo shares 18-track playlist of favourite songs for her 18th birthday

    Olivia Rodrigo has shared an 18-song playlist to mark her 18th birthday – you can listen to it below.

    The singer, who has enjoyed break-out success already this year with her debut single ‘Drivers License’, turned 18 on Saturday (February 20).

    Rodrigo marked her birthday last weekend by sharing a new video where she selected “18 of my favourite songs that have shaped me into the girl that I am today”.

    The clip, which you can watch in full below, sees Rodrigo expand on why she selected tracks by the likes of Taylor Swift, The White Stripes and Fiona Apple for her playlist.

    Rodrigo has also shared a playlist of the songs, titled ‘18 years, 18 tracks’, on Spotify.

    The collection, which includes tracks by the likes of Lorde, The Killers and Black Sabbath, is available to listen to below.

    Earlier this month, Rodrigo performed a stripped-back rendition of ‘Drivers License’ for the Grammy Museum’s online streaming service Collection:live.

    Rodrigo spoke after her performance about the recent challenge she’s set herself to write music on a daily basis.

    “Before quarantine, it was always kind of a, ‘Oh, if I have a spark of inspiration, then I’ll write a song’. I’ll just vomit all of my feelings onto my piano keyboard,” she explained.

    “But doing that challenge kind of really taught me how to have creativity as a tap and be able to work on something and kind of craft something from the ground up, even if you’re not feeling particularly inspired.”

    Speaking to NME last month, Rodrigo reflected on the massive commercial success of ‘Drivers License’.

    “I truly don’t feel like my brain can process all of it: I see all the numbers, but it doesn’t really sink in totally. I’m sort of in a state of disbelief,” Rodrigo said.

  • Lana Del Rey shares images teasing new song ‘White Dress’

    Lana Del Rey has shared two new images on her Instagram page, teasing a new song called ‘White Dress’.

    The track will be the first song on the musician’s forthcoming new album ‘Chemtrails Over The Country Club’, which is due to be released next month.

    Del Rey first shared a photo of a woman rollerskating in a white dress with the words “It made me feel… made me feel like a God” written in pink beneath.

    The second image featured the same woman with white angel wings on the landscape behind her. That picture had the song’s title, ‘White Dress’, written in pink underneath. See both images below now.

     

    ‘Chemtrails Over The Country Club’ has been delayed several times from its intended release date of September 2020, but will finally arrive on March 19.

    The tracklist for the record is as follows:

    ‘White Dress’
    ‘Chemtrails Over The Country Club’
    ‘Tulsa Jesus Freak’
    ‘Let Me Love You Like A Woman’
    ‘Wild At Heart’
    ‘Dark But Just A Game’
    ‘Not All Who Wander Are Lost’
    ‘Yosemite’
    ‘Breaking Up Slowly’
    ‘Dance Till We Die’
    ‘For Free’

    So far, Del Rey has shared two songs from the record – ‘Let Me Love You Like A Woman’ and the title track. The latter was released in January and features the star singing: “I don’t care what they think/ Drag racing my little sports car/ I’m not unhinged or unhappy/ I’m just well.

    Around the track’s release, the musician discussed the state of America in an interview with BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac. Del Rey called the then-outgoing President Donald Trump “a reflection of our world’s greatest problem, which is not climate change, but sociopathy and narcissism”.

  • Clairo shares vulnerable new song ‘Just For Today’

    Clairo has shared a vulnerable new song addressing depression and mental health, titled ‘Just For Today’.

    The introspective new track features Clairo – real name Claire Cottrill – singing and playing guitar, and also getting briefly interrupted by her puppy Joanie.

    The singer posted a screen recording of an audio file yesterday (January 26) on Instagram TV. Listen to ‘Just For Today’ below:

    “Not sure about you, but my mental health has taken a major dip since quarantine started,” Cottrill wrote in an accompanying caption.

    “At times I feel like I’ve never felt worse. New medication, hotlines, and one scheduled appointment with a psychiatrist later and I’m feeling more like myself again. I wrote this last night and i feel there’s no real reason I should hold onto it. Hope you enjoy the song and Joanie’s squeaks. Thank you.”

    In October last year, Cottrill shared the first two songs from her new band, Shelly.

    The new project features Cottrill, Phoebe Bridgers’ new signing Claud, and their friends Josh Mehling and Noa Frances Getzug.

    “My best friends and I made a band and put out an A/B side – ‘Steeeam’ and ‘Natural’,” Clairo wrote on Instagram. “We created everything during quarantine in LA, Chicago, Houston and Atlanta. Hope you check it & enjoy.”