Happy Renaissance Day, people. In between listening to Beyoncé’s highly anticipated new album, get a palette cleanser from some of your favorite queer artists. Billboard Pride are proud to present the latest edition of First outour weekly roundup of some of the best new music releases from LGBTQ artists.
From King Princess’ stunning new LP to Hayley Kiyoko’s stunning second album, check out just a few of our favorite releases from this week below:
King Princess, Hold on, baby
Ever since her official debut back in 2018, King Princess has been aiming to become the next big pop-rock crossover star. On her latest album, hold on dear that dream is about to come true – the sweeping new project sees KP tackle oppressive emotional streaks (“I Hate Myself, I Wanna Party”), lean on the people around you for support (“For My Friends”) and quietly suffer in your own unrequited love (“Let Us Die”, featuring drums from the late Taylor Hawkins). Hold on, baby is a messy, melodramatic, metaphysical explosion of emotion – which is to say, it’s KP’s best project to date.
Hayley Kiyoko, Panorama
Perspective is important; the way you see the world around you often shapes how you interact with it. On her new album, Hayley Kiyoko has nothing but perspective: Panorama explores the very depths of Kiyoko’s despair (songs like “Underground” will tug at your heartstrings) as well as the pinnacle of her personal triumphs (early single “Found My Friends” is an ever-present reminder of self-love), but all the while Kiyoko will ask you to keep an eye on the world around you. As she herself puts it: “I don’t need to be on top to see.”
Rina Sawayama, “Hold the Girl”
Trying to parent your inner child is never an easy task, but it’s one that Rina Sawayama is willing to take on. With “Hold the Girl,” the new title single from Rina’s upcoming album, the pop singer takes on her own childhood trauma by diving inward and doing her best to love herself. Equal parts orchestral and technological production provide a captivating backdrop for the singer’s metaphysical journey, creating a song that will have you calling your therapist ASAP.
Tove Lo, “2 Die 4”
Beyoncé isn’t the only one in the midst of a full-blown dance era right now—Swedish superstar Tove Lo is gearing up for the release of her new Dirt Femme, and if her new song “2 Die 4” is any indication, we’re in for an all-time moment. The stunning dance number – which includes a deep cut lift from Hot Butter’s 1972 banger “Popcorn” – is perfectly suited for a night out at the club. Her stacked vocals, mixed with the track’s euphoric production, make it a must-listen.
Jordy, “IDK SH!T”
Someone Needs to Give Jordy a Hug – on their latest single “IDK SH!T,” Jordy falls back down the rabbit hole of toxic dating scenes, stuck with the wrong person, and generally feeling lost in the world of modern romance. This time, though, he’s embracing the fact that not having all the answers is just how things work sometimes. “I’m just fakin’ it till I make it, that’s all I do/ Every single damn day,” he sings on the instantly catchy chorus.
Lava La Rue, Hi-Fidelity
Rising West London star Lava La Rue is ready to serve you pure vibes for the weekend. On their new EP Hi-FidelityLa Rue flows effortlessly between the effortless flow that first caught the audience’s attention on their 2021 Butterfly EP, only to switch gears mid-song on each of the five tracks to give them a disco-flavored R&B breakdown. It’s on the title track, featuring Biig Piig, that places La Rue firmly in their element; creating the kind of atmospheric single that will have you grooving along for the rest of the week.