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Friday Finds: New music to check out – Nov. 1, 2019

DETROIT – Here’s some new music to get your weekend started.

5 songs we have on repeat this week:

Scumbag -- Goody Grace feat. Blink-182

Blink-182 joined Canadian singer Goody Grace on “Scumbag,” his newest track.

The song and music video both dropped Wednesday.

“I saw it coming / Like a knife into my stomach / And there ain’t no use in running / While she’s twisting it / Ran out of patience / Told me I’m both kinds of wasted / Like this, self-deprecation that I’m swimming in / This candle’s burning at both ends.”

The breakup track runs through a relationship falling apart, with Goody Grace blaming himself for the fallout and trying to rationalize how it was his fault. Mark Hoppus joins him, singing about being hated.

The song does a good job of summing up what the end of a toxic relationship is like, as Goody tries to make sense of the loss while putting all the blame on himself over a melodic beat that had me bobbing my head along as if the lyrics weren’t rather sad.

Lose You To Love Me -- Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez released a new song, an emotional ballad, that connects to the most vulnerable parts of the heart.

“I needed to lose you, to love me,” her haunting voice makes an impact throughout the song. With the chorus carrying a heavy emotional burden, expressing a feeling that most people can connect to.

“You promised the world and I fell for it / I put you first and you adored it / You set fires to my forest / And you let it burn / Sang off key in my chorus / Cause it wasn’t yours / I saw the signs and I ignored it / Rose colored glasses all distorted / You set fire to my purpose / And I let it burn”

“Thank you all for standing by my side through the highs and lows. I couldn’t do it without you all and I can’t wait to start my next adventure with you,” she said on Facebook.

Things Are Better -- PVRIS

PVRIS dropped a new EP, “Hallucinations,” last week.

The five tracks blend more pop vibes into them than the band’s previous releases, something that caused controversy among some fans when the first single, “Death of Me,” was released this summer.

But, despite a bit of negative feedback, the band successfully blended rock and pop elements, and “Things Are Better” is an example of that.

The song is an ode to breaking away from the past and finally moving on from pain.

“Not numb but not feeling too much now / Unfazed on the days I should break down / 'Cause I’ve seen everything / Every coast in every weather / Old eyes getting wise from the growth / I’m too tired to be tied to my woes now / You loved me suffering / Hate to tell you things are better.”

Raising Hell -- Kesha

A couple days after encouraging her fans to call 1-855-KESHASAVS to “get blessed,” Kesha released her latest song featuring Big Freedia.

This song’s more of a club hit than a ballad, but the music video doesn’t shy away from touching on dramatic topics. With Kesha’s skills it’s almost impossible to expect what she’s going to release next -- it might make you dance, cry, laugh -- or all three at once.

“I’m so excited to share my new music with y’all. I feel like this time around I’ve reclaimed my love of life. And I’ve decided to ‘fight for my right to party’...on my own terms!! I hope you all love it as much as I loved making it, and know I always have y’all in mind,” Kesha said in a YouTube comment.

Paradox -- Jaymes Young

Jaymes Young examines a past relationship in “Paradox.”

The singer from Seattle uses the track to run through the good and bad of that relationship as he tries to understand it and make sense of the up and down.

“It’s just the nature of keeping you close / It’s the ones you care for / That will hurt you the most / Nothing drops me from so high / You leave me fighting for my life.”

As he describes the positives that came from the relationship, he also comes to terms with the fact that it had qualities that weren’t good for him.

“You just never get something ‘perfect.’ Everything comes with its light side and dark side,” Young told Billboard. “It makes me feel a bit mad sometimes though, when the things I want the most are inseparable from qualities that are nearly unbearable.”

Young will perform at El Club in Detroit on Nov. 17.

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