Little Simz Wins Mercury Prize 2022, Taylor Swift Releases New Album, and More

From Soul Train Awards unveiling their 2022 nominees to Lewis Capaldi announcing a new album and tour, here’s this week in pop music.

Little Simz wins Mercury Prize 2022 for ‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’

British rapper Little Simz took home the coveted Mercury Prize on October 18. Of the 12 nominated acts, Simz’ ‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’ emerged as the winner.

The Mercury Prize is awarded to the best British or Irish album of the year. This was Simz’s second nomination, following her shortlist in 2019 for her third album, ‘Grey Area’. With the award, the London-based rapper received a cash prize of GBP 25,000 (USD 27,829). Harry Styles, Sam Fender, Nova Twins, Jessie Buckley, and Wet Leg were some of this year’s shortlisted acts.

“Wow. I’m very very overwhelmed, I’m very grateful,” Little Simz said upon receiving the award. “I wanna say a huge thank you to the Mercury for this incredible, incredible prize. I wanna say a thank you to my brother and close collaborator [producer]Inflo. Flo has known me since I was so young, he’s stuck by me, we created this album together. There was times in the studio I didn’t know if I was gonna finish this record, I was going through all the emotions … he stuck by me.”

Taylor Swift Releases Her 10th Studio Album, ‘Midnights’, and ‘Midnights (3am Edition)

The wait is finally over! ‘Midnights’ by Taylor Swift is out now!

In a surprise move, she revealed an additional 7 songs three hours later as part of ‘Midnights (3am Edition).’ The tracks ‘The Great War,’ ‘Bigger Than the Whole Sky,’ ‘Paris,’ ‘High Infidelity,’ ‘Glitch,’ ‘Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve,’ and ‘Dear Reader.’

“Surprise! I think of Midnights as a complete concept album, with those 13 songs forming a full picture of the intensities of that mystifying, mad hour. However! There were other songs we wrote on our journey to find that magic 13. I’m calling them 3am tracks,” she wrote in a post.

Mere hours before the release, Taylor shared the teaser trailer for ‘Midnights’ video series. The visual album will feature Laura Dern, Haim, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Laith Ashley, John Early, Jack Antonoff, Pat McGrath, Dita Von Teese and Mike Birbiglia.

Listen to Midnights and Midnights (3am Edition) on Spotify HERE

Sam Smith Announces New Album Titled ‘Gloria’ and UK, Ireland & Europe Tour in 2023

Fresh off of the success received for ‘Unholy’ featuring Kim Petras, Sam Smith announced his fourth full-length album, ‘Gloria’, to be released on January 27, 2023. “It feels like emotional, sexual, and spiritual liberation,” said Smith in a statement regarding the new album. “It was beautiful, with this album, to sing freely again. Oddly, it feels like my first-ever record. And it feels like a coming of age.”

Now, the ‘Stay With Me’ singer has unveiled dates for UK, Ireland and Europe tour in 2023 in support of their upcoming LP. The tour will kick off on April 12, 2023, in Sheffield, England, and will conclude in Turin, Italy, on May 21. Pre-sale tickets will go on sale on October 25 and general sale on October 27. British singer-songwriter Cat Burns will be the special guest for this leg of the tour. 

“I cannot wait to see you all sailors, its going to be truly incredible,” they wrote on Instagram after announcing the tour.

Christina Aguilera’s Updates ‘Beautiful’ Video, Tackles Social Media’s Effects on Kids and Teens

Released initially in 2002, Christina Aguilera’s ‘Beautiful’ impacted a whole generation of listeners with its poignant lyrics and music video. She has now revamped the track and released a new video for the track’s 20th anniversary and World Mental Health Day.

The updated music video exhibits kids and teenagers tackling the onslaught of social media, plastic surgery, depression, bullying, sexuality and gender acceptance, and body dysmorphia. The second half of the video then follows the children breaking free of their phones, running and playing together in an open field.

“In the last 20 years since Stripped was released, social media has transformed our relationship with our bodies, and in turn, our mental health,” reads a text concluding the video as a mobile phone is seen bleeding in the background. “Research suggests that time spent on social networking sites is associated with body image issues, self-harm, and disordered eating in children and teens. This needs to change.”

“(Beautiful) still carries an important message to remember our core values outside of what’s being fed to us…to find a sense of balance and accepting ourselves for who we are,” wrote Aguilera in an Instagram post.

Lewis Capaldi Shares Details About New Album and Tour

Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi’s second album will arrive on May 19, 2023. The record, titled ‘Broken by Desire to Be Heavenly Sent’, is a follow-up to his 2019 debut album, ‘Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent’.

‘Forget Me’, released in September, is the official first single off the record. “I don’t want to create a new sound for myself, or reinvent myself,” Capaldi said regarding ‘Broken By Desire’ in a press release. “The songs I want to write are emotional songs, about love or loss.”

Additionally, the ‘Someone You Loved’ singer shared dates for his forthcoming UK/European arena tour in 2023. The tour will last from January through March, starting at Leeds Direct Arena on January 14.

Soul Train Awards Unveils 2022 Nominees

BET Networks has disclosed the 2022 nominations for Soul Train Awards. Beyoncé and Mary J. Blige take the lead this year with 7seven nominations each. Both artists compete simultaneously for ‘Album Of The Year’, ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Best R&B/Soul Female Artist’. With six nods, Ari Lennox grabs the second spot, followed by Lizzo and Chris Brown with five each. The event, set to be hosted by actor and comedian Deon Cole, will be held on November 13 in Las Vegas. 

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