Jun 03

Watch Benee sing stripped-down “Supalonely” in an art gallery

Courtesy of MTVRising New Zealand star Benee has been selected as the MTV PUSH artist for June, which means now you can check out a stripped-down version of her breakthrough hit, "Supalonely."

In the video, Benee, wearing a red, hooded belted coat dress and sneakers sings, the song with accompaniment from a single electric guitar, standing in the middle of New Zealand's Auckland Art Gallery.

She also talks about writing the song -- inspired by a breakup -- with her friend, Jenna Andrews, saying, "It was the first time for me writing with a female, which was very different but it worked, and I feel like it was nice to have her at that time because she was just relating to everything that I was saying. I was like -- *gasp* -- 'THANK YOU!' It was cool.”

The 20-year-old singer also talks about what she's been doing while self-isolating at home in New Zealand.

"It’s stressful but I feel like for me I’ve been trying to stay positive and trying to look at the positive things that might come out of this," Benee says of the COVID-19 lockdown.

"It’s a good reflecting period, I feel like, for humans. You know, come out of this, maybe we can do things a little bit differently."

MTV will feature more exclusive content with Benee throughout the month.


By Andrea Dresdale
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
 


   Jun 03

Watch Benee sing stripped-down “Supalonely” in an art gallery

Courtesy of MTVRising New Zealand star Benee has been selected as the MTV PUSH artist for June, which means now you can check out a stripped-down version of her breakthrough hit, "Supalonely."

In the video, Benee, wearing a red, hooded belted coat dress and sneakers sings, the song with accompaniment from a single electric guitar, standing in the middle of New Zealand's Auckland Art Gallery.

She also talks about writing the song -- inspired by a breakup -- with her friend, Jenna Andrews, saying, "It was the first time for me writing with a female, which was very different but it worked, and I feel like it was nice to have her at that time because she was just relating to everything that I was saying. I was like -- *gasp* -- 'THANK YOU!' It was cool.”

The 20-year-old singer also talks about what she's been doing while self-isolating at home in New Zealand.

"It’s stressful but I feel like for me I’ve been trying to stay positive and trying to look at the positive things that might come out of this," Benee says of the COVID-19 lockdown.

"It’s a good reflecting period, I feel like, for humans. You know, come out of this, maybe we can do things a little bit differently."

MTV will feature more exclusive content with Benee throughout the month.


By Andrea Dresdale
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
 


   Jun 03

Billboard’s Songs of the Summer 2020 chart kicks off with Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande

Brandon Bowen

Oe sure sign of summer is when Billboard's annual Songs of the Summer chart makes its reappearance on Billboard.com.

The 20-song chart tracks the most popular songs from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and when all is said and done, the official Song of the Summer 2020 will be revealed.  The new chart debuts with "Rain on Me," the collab between Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, in the number-one spot.

That song is followed by the "Savage" remix from Meghan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé, DaBaby's "Rockstar" featuring Roddy Ricch. The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" and Doja Cat's "Say So" round out the top five.

The rest of the chart features a healthy mixture of pop, rap and country songs, including another Ariana Grande collaboration -- "Stuck With U" with Justin Bieber -- so it's anyone's guess which song will stick around 'til the temperature drops.

Last year's song of the summer was Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road." In 2018, it was Drake's "In My Feelings," while 2017's was "Despacito," by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber.  2016 brought us Drake's "One Dance," while 2015's ruler was "Cheerleader," by OMI.

By Andrea Dresdale
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