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Artists such as King Princess, Lana Del Rey and Lauv provided music lovers with a variety of new tracks Friday, which are sure to enhance a weekend break from schoolwork and midterms.

Lana Del Rey released “Let Me Love You Like a Woman,” the first single off her upcoming album “Chemtrails Over the Country Club.” The track is melodramatic, piano-driven and dreamy, exuding qualities of cherry-emoji Twitter — Rey’s online fanbase of teens sporting ‘90s red lipstick while glamorizing cigarettes.

Hopeless romantics Lauv and Conan Gray collaborated on the single “Fake,” also released Friday. The playful pop track calls out two-faced friends and toxic relationships, “You wanna play little games for attention / Pushing me away so I crave your affection.” An enthusiastic fan of both Lauv and Gray, I felt this track was a little too generic for me, as their music typically feels more refreshing and original.

Ameer Vann dropped “Keep Your Distance,” his first single since the release of his 2019 debut EP, “EMMANUEL.” The track’s upbeat, catchy flow kept me fully engaged and, quite honestly, hyped up with lyrics like “Hol’ up, I’m a gentleman / Front row seat at the Wimbledon / Black Tom Hanks, need a billion.”

Singer-songwriter King Princess released her latest single, “Only Time Makes It Human,” a lush combination of layered vocals and techno keyboard. The lyrics, “Whoo, all of her love became an album / And I’m the one who’s crying,” reflect on the artist’s experiences using her music to heal from heartbreak. More electric-guitar-driven than the songs on her 2019 debut album “Cheap Queen,” this track made me excited for King Princess’ future sound evolution.

Justin Bieber worked with Benny Blanco to open up about the dark side of his untraditional childhood on his vulnerable single “Loney.” Collaborating with producer FINNEAS, Bieber paired stripped-down, sad-sounding vocals with ultra-honest lyrics: “Everybody knows my name now / But something ‘bout it still feels strange.” As a Belieber at heart, I enjoyed hearing the pop artist’s shockingly candid monologue.

Louis The Child and COIN dropped their single “Self Care,” a feel-good hit perfect for blasting with the windows down in the car. The track’s combination of muffled baselines and catchy, auto-tuned vocals make it the perfect blend of both artists’ sound.

Indie artist Claud released her latest single, “Claud,” another easy-going track to add to a good vibes playlist. Reminding me of electric-pop artist Clairo’s sound on her 2019 album “Immunity,” this track incorporated monotone vocals with synths, keyboard and electric guitar — creating a garage-band sound I loved.

G-Eazy released “Hate The Way [Feat. blackbear],” a track reminiscent of his sound on the 2014 album “These Things Happen”— which I’m embarrassed to admit was one of my favorite’s in high school. Incorporating hyphy hip-hop elements from G-Eazy’s hometown of Oakland, California, the track delves into memories of an ex-lover.

Whether one is looking for an in-my-feels or a let’s-get-lit weekend, this week’s music releases vary widely and offer listeners an expansive library of new tracks to add to their rotation.

Raegan Holland is the lifestyles editor for The Arkansas Traveler, where she previously worked as a staff reporter.

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