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Here are a few new tracks that you should add to your playlist that never made it to Billboard Awards Show.

Another year, another Billboard Awards show. Who cares? With millions of artists out there and digital music catalogs a finger stroke away, music industry goliaths and milemarkers like Billboard are outdated and just plain boring. Sure, it is absolutely fantastic that Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, and Drake won for the twenty billionth time, but what about the other brilliant, hard-working artists out there?

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It’s easy to overlook some of this tremendous talent when you don’t know where to start. Here are a few new tracks that you should add to your playlist to switch it up a bit.

1. “Shine A Light” by Shabazz Palaces ft. Thaddillac

Northwestern duo Shabazz Palaces teams up with  Thaddillac for their latest single. With a bit of spaced out jazz vibe, Shabazz Palaces introduces us to their character Quazarz in the first single of their cosmic concept record, Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star.

A “sentient being from somewhere else,” Quazarz finds themselves stranded on our planet among the “ethers of the Migosphere here on Drake world.”

2. “Telling The Truth” by Mary J. Blige with Kaytranada and BADBADNOTGOOD

Hip hop royalty Mary J. Blige teams up with the brilliant and eclectic Kaytranada and Toronto’s BADBADNOTGOOD for a new single. Still vulnerable and fully willing to discuss the ins and out of heartache, “Telling The Truth” does just what the title says. The album comes just after Blige’s divorce from her husband of thirteen years who was also her manager. With these collaborations, Mary J. Blige still sounds as fresh as she did when she began, but benefitting from the talent, polish and experience of a wiser woman.

3. “Shadow” by Chromatics

Ethereal dreampoppers Chromatics return with “Shadow.” After appearing at the iconic roadhouse in the second episode of the two-and-a-half, decade-long awaited Season 3 of Twin Peaks, Chromatics offer a gorgeous new video.  An homage to David Lynch’s Blue Velvet and the original otherworldly chanteuse of the roadhouse Julee Cruise, this music video is a perfect example of Lynch’s lasting influence on pop culture.

4. “Woman’s World” by Estelle

English artist Estelle releases a beautiful, powerful new song on a benefit compilation for Planned Parenthood with 100% of the proceeds going to the women’s health clinic. If you’re looking for an anthem of empowerment for rough days, this is it!

“Every single time I’ve heard a song about women holding something down or being powerful, it’s a slow ballad,” the UK-singer tells Huffington Post. “I wanted to make this powerful, make it push, make it go. We’re not asking to run the world — we run it.”

“The headlines are wrong, as far as ‘all they do is give abortions’ are wrong. It’s not just that. Planned Parenthood offers basic rights to healthcare that we should all have as women. Because guess what? If there was no us ― there’d be no them,” Estelle said.

5. “Mourning Sound” by Grizzly Bear

Queer indie rockers Grizzly Bear are back! Finally breaking the creative silence since 2012, “Mourning Song” is the second single from the August 2017 release. The band will be touring across North America and Europe this year. Check out the schedule to see if they are playing anywhere near you!

Laurel Dickman is an intersectional feminist, plus size model, stylist, and fat activist that can also be found via her blogs, Exile In Dietville and 2 Broke Bitches. She grew up in the south between Florida and North Carolina, migrating to the Portland, OR in 2005. All three places inform her perspective of the world around her a great deal. While in Portland, she worked with the Alley 33 Annual Fashion Show, PudgePDX, PDX Fatshion, Plumplandia, and numerous other projects over the near decade that she was there. In August of 2014, she moved to the Bay area with her partner, David and trusty kitty, Dorian Gray. She continues her body positive and intersectional feminism through various forms of activism, fashion, photography projects, and writing from her home in the East Bay. She can be reached at laurel@wyvmag.com and encourages readers to reach out to her to collaborate!

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