This week, we’re doing things a little different.
Along with our usual round-up, we’re premiering the new video for singer Leah Jenea’s “Stick to the Promises,” an impassioned new jam about how it feels when the person you love misleads you. It’s actually the perfect song for dancing away your disappointment.
There’s also new videos and singles from Teyana Taylor, Dawn, and J Cole. Check out our favorite singles of the week.
1. Leah Jenea – “Stick to the Promises”
You may remember Leah Jenea from Fox’s The Four: Battle For Stardom, where she became a fan favorite with her incredible vocals, wowing judges and audiences across the country.
Now, Jenea is back with an “emotional bop” for anyone who’s had enough of broken promises.
Sharing the video with ESSENCE, the Jersey-born singer says the song “speaks to anyone who has been lied to or misled by someone they care about.”
“A promise being broken by your favorite person can feel like the end of the world,” Jenea said, “but with the strength of your girls behind you, you can confront any difficult situation. Ultimately, I wanted to create a song and video that would have folks singing in their mirrors while connecting with the lyrics.”
2. J Cole – “Middle Child”
J Cole proclaims to be “the greatest right now” on his new single “Middle Child.”And, while he flaunts his own talent, the rapper encourages others to own theirs and admits that even he had to study the greats. It’s Cole’s first solo single since 2013 and he’s currently in the studio working on his sixth album.
3. Teyana Taylor – “WTP”
Teyana Taylor pays homage to ball culture with her new video for “WTP.” The video, which features a cameo by Lena Waithe, begins with an introduction of notable underground ballroom talent and sees Taylor transforming as a member of House of Petunia.
4. DAWN – “Spaces”
Dawn Richard’s new album, new breed, has arrived and the singer continues to experiment with new sounds to great effect. The album features previously released singles “Sauce” and “Jealousy,” but it’s “Spaces” that we can’t get enough of.
5. Frank Ocean’s cover of SZA’s “The Weekend”