It’s officially June, which means the summer months are finally here. As beach vacations, pool days, and sunset happy hours become more frequent, these new releases will undoubtedly be part of your summer soundtrack. The tracks from the first week of June combine to craft the perfect playlist for all of your upcoming adventures – from another incredible Nicki Minaj feature to rising pop superstar CIL’s stunning debut EP. June is only getting started, but these artists and tracks are sure to be some of your favorites of the month.
Sexyy Red & Nicki Minaj, “Pound Town 2”
If there’s one universal rule in music, it’s that a Nicki Minaj feature elevates every song to the next level. Coming right off the heels of Minaj’s immensely successful features on Ice Spice’s “Princess Diana” and Kim Petras’ “Alone,” she’s back with another smash hit – this time with Sexyy Red’s “Pound Town 2.” With production by Tay Keith, Sexxy Red makes the song her own – but once Minaj comes in for her verse, she adds her signature style to the track, making it an undeniable “song of the summer” contender.
Latto featuring Cardi B, “Put It On Da Floor Again”
Grammy-nominated rapper Latto rose to international stardom in 2021 with her triple platinum single “Big Energy,” and since then, she’s only grown as an artist. She debuted her original remix of “Put It On Da Floor” – produced by Future and Jack Harlow – at Coachella this year reaching massive success, and now she’s back with an even more exciting version – featuring Grammy-winner Cardi B. Latto’s list of star-studded collaborations is only growing, serving to cement her status as an artist to watch this year and beyond.
CIL, “Tears Dry On Their Own”
At just 20 years old, CIL is on the cusp of pop stardom – her powerhouse vocals combined with her spellbinding songwriting make it clear why the legendary Stevie Nicks asked her to open for her a second time this fall. After its lead single “One More Shot” amassed over 25 million streams, CIL has finally released her highly-anticipated debut EP “Tears Dry On Their Own.” With six gorgeous tracks showcasing her vocal prowess as well as her storytelling abilities, CIL is finding her sound and taking the music industry by storm.
Khloe Rose, “The Other POV”
Budding singer-songwriter Khloe Rose released her debut single “Fictional” in April, and the track has already amassed 10 million streams globally. Just over a month later, she’s back with “The Other POV,” crafting a captivating narrative combined with stunning soft vocals. Co-written by producer Alex Hope (Troye Sivan, Carly Rae Jepsen, Alec Benjamin), the track exhibits the optimism and radiance of an 18-year-old young woman at the start of her career and life.
Sam Haft, “Grow Up”
Sam Haft rose to prominence as one half of The Living Tombstone band, and he’s debuting his individual career with his first solo single “Grow Up” featuring CG5. The dark electronic pop track tells a multifaceted tale of heartbreak, alienation, and trauma – juxtaposed with a catchy hook and addicting chorus. The track will be included on Haft’s upcoming EP “Bad Times” on July 14.
BIZZY, “My Age”
Nashville-based indie pop artist BIZZY is back with her fifth single since launching her career with her debut single “ANYBODY” last year. “My Age” is a witty, emotive, and empathetic pop anthem about navigating age-gap dating that’s made to blast in your car with the windows down on a summer day. The singer-songwriter takes inspiration from Taylor Swift not only in her captivating lyrics set to upbeat pop tunes, but in her authenticity and openness with her audience.
Becky G, “The Fire Inside”
Latin pop superstar Becky G released her latest single “The Fire Inside” – written by Academy Award nominated and Grammy, Emmy and two-time Golden Globe award-winning songwriter Diane Warren – as part of the soundtrack to the upcoming film “FLAMIN’ HOT” which is slated to hit Hulu and Disney+ next week. The fiery, upbeat track is right up the singer’s alley and pays tribute to her Mexican roots while enhancing the film’s soundtrack.