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10 Cool New Pop Songs To Get You Through The Week: Why Don’t We, Romy, Becky Hill & More

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Looking for some Monday motivation to help power you through the start of another week? We’re right there with you, and with some stellar new pop tunes, we’ve got you covered.

These 10 tracks from artists like Why Don’t We, Romy, Becky Hill and more will get you energized to take on the week. Pop any of these gems into your personal playlists and chase away that case of the Mondays.

Why Don’t We, “Fallin’”

Why Don’t We… sample Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead”? The pop group’s return with a Yeezus favorite is startling upon first listen, but “Fallin’” is inventive enough to pull off the high concept thanks to the quintet’s vocal intensity — plus, the “Black Skinhead” drums still sound propulsive as hell, seven years later.

Romy, “Lifetime”

The xx’s Romy Madley Croft has finally shared a taste of her long-awaited debut solo album, and “Lifetime” lives up to expectations: a bouncy club song anchored by the smokiness of her voice, the track glides high when its chorus arrives, and whets our appetites for more.

Becky Hill, “Space”

British pop genius Becky Hill very rarely dips below excellence on her singles, and “Space,” in which she examines the effects of distance in an imperfect relationship, continues a prolonged winning streak. American audiences need to rightfully embrace Hill ASAP.

Dempsey Hope, “Roller Rink”

The music video for newcomer Dempsey Hope’s “Roller Rink” finds the singer-songwriter and his lady friend in… a roller rink, emptied out after hours, neon signs illuminating their free skate. The song has a similar type of charm, as Hope spills his thoughts of young romance all over the rink and skates through them with a sly smile.

Elohim, “Good Day Bad Day”

“My anxiety hits differently, ‘cause I know that I’m insane,” Elohim sings on “Good Day Bad Day,” which focuses on the singer-songwriter’s mental health and concludes that, even in the midst of a nightmarish period, tomorrow can still be a whole lot better. Effervescent and well-executed, the track is designed to cheer up its listener, and it succeeds.

Rei Ami, “Mac & Cheese”

Rulebreaker Rei Ami has returned with a delicious new track, and its accompanying video is equal parts luxe and zany. Fun lyric alert: “I got the bag straight cheddar/ Call me the goat like feta/ Just copped a boat I’m wetta/ Flex like Post I’m betta (Oh!).”

Winona Oak, “With Myself”

Winona Oak’s upcoming She EP is shaping up nicely: while “Piano in the Sky” is the latest release from the rising Swedish singer, it’s the more upbeat “With Myself” that poses Oak as Lana Del Rey’s slightly mischievous younger sister.

Anna of the North, “Someone Special”

Norwegian singer-songwriter Anna Lotterud wrote the elegiac “Someone Special” when the pandemic shut down borders and she had to quickly leave the U.S. Lotterud says the hymn-like song was inspired by “that feeling of uncertainty. Of not knowing…In the big picture we might feel insignificant. But you are always special to someone.”

Upsahl, “MoneyOnMyMind”

Upsahl, one of Arista Records’ brightest rising stars, exudes badassery on the guitar-driven “MoneyOnMyMind.” Crafted alongside producer Absofacto, the bold track fits nicely in her growing library of pop-rock jams (“Drugs,” “12345Sex,” “Smile For the Camera”).

Alfie Templeman, “Forever Isn’t Long Enough”

“Forever Isn’t Long Enough,” a disco-tinged offering from teen English singer-songwriter Alfie Templeman, carries a pure and simple message: spend time with the ones you love before it’s too late. In the colorful visual, Templeman brings the catchy track to life by lounging on a pile of cucumbers, rocking bright sweaters and picking sunflowers. Groovy.

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Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ Video Hits 1 Billion YouTube Views

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Whitney Houston’s 1992 hit “I Will Always Love You” has hit the 1 billion views milestone on YouTube.

The accomplishment marks the first solo artist entry from the 1990s to join YouTube’s “billion views club.” Others to cross the mark are from groups, including Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain,” Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and The Cranberries’ “Zombie.”

Originally written by Dolly Parton in 1973, “I Will Always Love You” skyrocketed in popularity when Houston recorded her version for the film The Bodyguard. Re-watch the clip another billion times below.

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Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ Video Hits 1 Billion YouTube Views

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Whitney Houston’s 1992 hit “I Will Always Love You” has hit the 1 billion views milestone on YouTube.

The accomplishment marks the first solo artist entry from the 1990s to join YouTube’s “billion views club.” Others to cross the mark are from groups, including Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain,” Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and The Cranberries’ “Zombie.”

Originally written by Dolly Parton in 1973, “I Will Always Love You” skyrocketed in popularity when Houston recorded her version for the film The Bodyguard. Re-watch the clip another billion times below.

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BTS’ ‘Dynamite’ Holds Atop Billboard Global Charts, Justin Bieber & Benny Blanco and LiSA New to Top 10

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BTS’ “Dynamite” holds at No. 1 on both the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts.

Plus, Justin Bieber and benny blanco’s “Lonely” debuts in the top 10 on both tallies, while Japan’s LiSA soars to the region on both rankings with “Homura.”

The two charts (the latest of which are dated Oct. 31) premiered last month and rank songs based on streaming and sales activity culled from more than 200 territories around the world, as compiled by Nielsen Music/MRC Data. The Billboard Global 200 is inclusive of worldwide data and the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart comprises data from territories excluding the U.S.

Chart rankings are based on a weighted formula incorporating official-only streams on both subscription and ad-supported tiers of audio and video music services, as well as download sales, the latter of which reflect purchases from full-service digital music retailers from around the world, with sales from direct-to-consumer (D2C) sites excluded from the charts’ calculations.

‘Dynamite’ Tops Global 200, ‘Lonely’ Launches at No. 5, ‘Homura’ Flies to No. 8

“Dynamite” by South Korea’s BTS adds a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Global 200 chart. The track reigns with 74.8 million streams (up 1% from a week earlier), the week’s top total, and 24,000 downloads sold (up 20%) globally in the week ending Oct. 22.

The next three songs on the Global 200 hold in place: 24kGoldn’s “Mood,” featuring iann dior, at No. 2, its peak to date; Cardi B’s “WAP,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion, at No. 3, after three weeks at No. 1; and Internet Money and Gunna’s “Lemonade,” featuring Don Toliver and NAV, at its No. 4 high.

Justin Bieber and benny blanco’s “Lonely” bounds onto the Global 200 at No. 5 with 50.1 million streams and 25,000 downloads sold worldwide in its first week, following its Oct. 16 release.

Elsewhere in the Global 200’s top 10, “Homura” by Japan’s LiSA vaults from No. 62 to No. 8 following its first full week of availability, with 19.4 million streams and 97,000 downloads sold globally, the latter sum the best in the week ending Oct. 22, as well as the best for any title in a week since the chart launched.

“Homura” was released Oct. 14, two days ahead of the premiere of the anime film, and instant box office hit, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train, for which it serves as the theme song.

‘Dynamite’ No. 1 on Global Excl. U.S. Chart, ‘Homura’ No. 2

BTS’ “Dynamite” rules the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart for a fifth collective week, with 63.5 million streams (up 2% from a week earlier) and 15,000 global downloads sold (up 25%) in territories outside the U.S. in the week ending Oct. 22.

Since the Global 200 and Global Excl. U.S. charts originated with the tallies dated Sept. 19, “Dynamite” is the only song to have led them simultaneously: this week, last week and first on the Oct. 3-dated surveys.

LiSA’s “Homura” leaps 21-2 on the Global Excl. U.S. chart, with almost all its activity, as noted above, outside the U.S.

24kGoldn’s “Mood,” dips to No. 3 from its No. 2 Global Excl. U.S. high; Maluma’s former one-week No. 1 “Hawái” repeats at No. 4; and Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo’s “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)” slides from its No. 3 peak to No. 5.

Plus, Justin Bieber and benny blanco’s “Lonely” enters the Global Excl. U.S. chart at No. 8.

The Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts (dated Oct. 31) will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Oct. 27). For both charts, the top 100 titles are available to all readers on Billboard.com, while the complete 200-title rankings are visible on Billboard Pro, Billboard’s subscription-based service. For all chart news, you can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

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