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The Playlist: Fergie's Comeback & 10 More New Songs


Listen to the best in new music this week. 

Every Friday, OUT's pop critics weigh in on the week's most important new music releases. This week saw the long-awaited return of Fergie through Double Dutchess, as well as drops from queer notables like Kim Petras, Perfume Genius and Miley Cyrus. Watch and listen to everything, below.

"Tension" by Fergie

More than 10 years after releasing her debut LP, The Dutchess, Fergie returned today with Double Dutchess: a 13-track visual album, featuring previously released singles "M.I.L.F. $" and "L.A.LOVE." The project is stacked with features, from Rick Ross to Nicki Minaj and Fergie's 4-year-old son, but the brightest standouts see the Black Eyed Peas singer going solo. "Tension" is a disco highlight with a groovy bassline and slick, easy chorus. "Got me catching feelings on the dance floor," Fergie sings. - JM

"Week Without You" by Miley Cyrus

We may still have "Younger Now" in heavy rotation, but we're learning to make room for Miley's latest breakup track. The somber ode to a week without her lover (see: Liam Hemsworth) is all about getting your heart stomped to the ground, which makes it a perfect soundtrack to the summer fling we thought would last into autumn. "I don't want to wonder what it's like to not have you around," she sings in her country twang. "You know I'd miss you, babe." - CT

"Hillside Boys" by Kim Petras

Rising German pop star Kim Petras delivered two new singles today, following the success of her breakout LA-inspired anthem, "I Don't Want It At All." With both calling out Hillside, California--one titled "Hills" and the other, "Hillside Boys"--Petras sings above bubbly, synthesized production. The stronger of the two, "Hillside Boys," has the same sunny sheen of Madonna's "Holiday" and sees Petras admitting Hillside boys make her heart "sparkle like champagne." - JM

"Lonely World" by Moses Sumney

Ever since watching Sumney strum his guitar and sing a heartbreaking mix of tracks at Eckhaus Latta's NYFW show this month, we've been impatiently waiting for his debut album Aromanticism to drop. It's here now and while the title references the idea of non-romance and putting friendships above romantic partnerships, we can't help but ache over the beautiful loneliness in his lyrics. Though the whole album is magnificent, we've had "Lonely World" stuck on repeat. In the accompanying video, Sumney's morose song meets its match when he stumbles upon a dying mermaid. Grab your tissues and indulge. - CT

"Phases" by Alma (Feat. French Montana)

Alma, our favorite green-haired Finnish pop star, is on-the-rise in a big way. Her new single, "Phases," features rapper French Montana and was co-penned by hitmaker Charli XCX--a powerful pack wrapped up in production from Charlie Handsome (Drake, Mac Miller). Delivering a more straightforward pop tune than Alma's previous releases "Chasing Highs" and "Dye My Hair," the track is a smooth, effortless bop about the many lovers, or "phases," Alma's passed through. - JM

"Wreath" by Perfume Genius

There's no sight more joyous than watching strangers unite in interpretive dance to a Perfume Genius track. After announcing a dance contest for his single off this year's incredible No Shape album, the "Wreath" video was released and immediately went viral for all the right reasons. "Burn off every trace, I wanna hover with no shape," Mike Hadreas sings as dancers from across the world let their bodies move to the music. - CT

"Hurry Up!" by Superfruit

Fresh off the release of their debut full-length album, Future Friends, Superfruit has dropped a new music video for "Hurry Up!" and it sees Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying speed dating. "All these other boys, they're just not enough, so talk to me, come to me, hurry up," the queer duo demands, as the track builds into a giant choreographed dance party. "Hurry Up!" notably follows Superfruit's "How You Feeling?" video, which is undoubtedly one of the year's best pop releases. - JM

"Deadly Valentine" by Charlotte Gainsbourg

You know a video is going to be good when Blood Orange's Dev Hynes is involved. For the latest single off Charlotte Gainsbourg's upcoming album Rest, she enlisted the help of her friend for a beautiful dance number in a video that spans the decades. Throughout the video, an interracial couple in all-white, wedding ready outfits tell the story of their lifelong love story through dance and a lot of running while the actress and model sings wedding vow-laced lyrics. - CT

"Tommy" by Tommy Genesis

New York rapper Tommy Genesis, whom Vogue labeled NYFW's "Breakout Star," released her new single today, aptly called "Tommy." Produced by The Life of Pablo's Grammy-nominated Charlie Heat, the dark hip-hop banger is a grizzly introduction to one-half of Genesis' split personality. "We got a movement like baby," she raps, her voice sultry and muffled."We in this church, save me." It's the first release from Genesis since her 2015 mixtape, World Vision, and teases new material. - JM

"Good Old Days" by Macklemore and Kesha

If you're looking to kick start your midlife crisis, Macklemore and Kesha are here for you. On the track "Good Old Days" from his new album Gemini, the rapper brings Kesha along for a trip down memory lane. "Someday soon, your whole life's gonna change," Kesha sings. "You'll miss the magic of these good old days." In the video accompanying the track that has us feeling 20 years older, the duo camps out in the woods, swim in a lake, and film it all on vintage Super 8 cameras for full nostalgic effect. - CT

"Truth Hurts" by Lizzo

"I just took a DNA test, turns out I'm 100 percent dat bitch," raps Lizzo on her new single, "Truth Hurts." What begins with a bright piano melody builds into heavy hip-hop production and a chorus that sees the Minneapolis musician spilling all kinds of tea on her sex life. It's a strong follow-up to last month's body positive anthem, "Water Me," which arrived with the year's most important artwork to date--Lizzo completely naked and engulfed in milky liquid. - JM

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