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New Music Friday: ‘Happier Than Ever,’ Parker McCollum, Dermot Kennedy and more!

Posted on July 30, 2021

Welcome to another weekly edition of New Music Friday! This week, we have a star studded lineup that just makes sense with Leo season. After months of waiting, we finally have ‘Happier Than Ever,’ the sophomore album from Billie Eilish. Along with this, we have brand new music from anders, noelle, Parker McCollum and many others. All of these songs are certified phenomenal and we are beyond excited to share them with all of you. Without further ado, lets get into the July 30th NMF!

Billie Eilish ‘Happier Than Ever’ Album

Purchase ‘Happier Than Ever’ and Billie Eilish merch here.

Billie Eilish has been building hype for this album since the release of “Your Power.” Billie’s sophomore record, ‘Happier Than Ever’ has arrived after months of anticipation. The growth within Billie’s artistry is noticeable within every track as she experiments with new sounds and vocal stylings. The distinct difference in sound of each single translates over to the album; each track sounds different on a cohesive body of work. Songs such as “Happier Than Ever,” “Billie Bossa Nova” and “Oxytocin” are excellent pieces demonstrating the experimental growth within Billie’s sound. For such a young talent, Billie has evolved her sound continuously and we are beyond proud of her for this record. 


  1. Getting Older
  2. I Didn’t Change My Number
  3. Billie Bossa Nova
  4. my future
  5. Oxytocin
  7. Lost Cause
  8. Halley’s Comet
  9. Not My Responsibility
  10. OverHeated
  11. Everybody Dies
  12. Your Power
  13. NDA
  14. Therefore I Am
  15. Happier Than Ever
  16. Male Fantasy

Check out ‘Happier Than Ever’ here.

Follow Billie Eilish on Instagram and Twitter.

Parker McCollum ‘Gold Chain Cowboy’ Album

“I just really wanted to have the ability to stand out, there’s so much that doesn’t stand out nowadays and I really just wanted to avoid falling in the mix.” – Parker McCollum with Sounds Like Nashville

Rising country star Parker McCollum released his newest record ‘Gold Chain Cowboy.’ The album features 10 tracks, including the hit country singles “To Be Loved By You” and “Drinkin’.” This record dives deeper into the artistic sound McCollum desires to create for himself. With how refined Parker’s sound has become with this record, it won’t be long until he’s topping charts everywhere.


  1. Wait Outside
  2. Dallas feat. Danielle Bradbury
  3. To Be Loved By You
  4. Drinkin’
  5. Falling Apart
  6. Heart Like Mine
  7. Why Indiana
  8. Rest Of My Life
  9. Pretty Heart
  10. Never Loved You At All

Listen to ‘Gold Chain Cowboy’ here.

Check out Parker McCollum on Instagram and Twitter.

Steven Lee Olsen ‘Relationship Goals’ EP

In a back to back country release, Steven Lee Olsen dropped a new 5-track EP titled ‘Relationship Goals’ – a soulful EP that’s as fun and youthful as the title would lead one to believe. The EP is unapologetically romantic with Olsen professing his love and appreciation for his partner. The title track, “Relationship Goals” in particular is extremely fun and flirty; perfect for the summertime and for the girls to get ready and y’know, party.


  1. Relationship Goals
  2. You Get It
  3. Time With Ya
  4. You Tell Me
  5. What You’re Made Of

Check out ‘Relationship Goals’ here.

Follow Steven Lee Olsen on Instagram and Twitter.

noelle “Forever Yours”

noelle has continued to show off her extremely talented vocals and writing talents with every subsequent release. Following hot off the tail of previous single, “Therapy,” noelle leans more into her R&B roots for “Forever Yours.” noelle has the definition of honey vocals with every bar flowing together seamlessly in an expression of her raw emotion. noelle has been high on our radar and she should most definitely be on yours!

Listen to “Forever Yours” here.

Check out noelle on Instagram and Twitter.

contradash “Superficial”

Following up previous 2021 releases, “222pm” and “triple check,” rising artist contradash released “Superficial.” contradash has been refining his experimental and alternative sound; this song taking a more punk-pop sound as inspiration. The layers applied to the vocals in particular create a nice depth to the song, creating different levels to the vocals that compliment the message of the song. Be sure to check out this fire track for the perfect song for your morning commute, gym playlist or whatever you see fit.

Check out “Superficial” here.

Follow contradash on Instagram and Twitter.

anders ‘Honest’ Album

“With this project, I really wanted to get more intricate with all the details in every way—the writing, and the production. On “Floor 21,” the outro feels like you’re traveling through a spaceship. It’s something we sat there for hours and hours to really hone in on” – anders with Complex CA

For the 3rd album release of the week, anders has dropped his surprise album, ‘Honest.’ anders brings his storytelling to the forefront of Canadian music with this release. If you are a fan of fellow Toronto raised artists, Drake or The Weeknd, anders is definitely another name to add to your list. Overall, this release takes a unique flow that matures his sound in comparison to his previous works. We highly recommend the whole album.


  1. Free Myself
  2. Lies
  3. Floor 21
  4. Honest
  5. Curious feat. SLMN & KVN Rose
  6. Faithful
  7. Save Your Emotions
  8. Late To The Party
  9. All I Know

Listen to ‘Honest’ here.

Check out anders on Instagram and Twitter.

Said The Whale “99 To The Moon”

Vancouver indie outfit Said The Whale have dropped an intimate new song, “99 to the Moon.” The song speaks about two people growing together over a chunk of time and was inspired by singer-guitarist Tyler Bancroft’s own 11-year relationship. He sings about what it means to build a solid foundation in a partnership and raising a family – all the million tiny moments that stack on top of each other like bricks. According to the band, the song’s title “can either be interpreted as the year 1999, until forever or as the 99 B-Line (a bus that runs east-west in Vancouver) to wherever you are going.” Keep your eyes out for Said The Whale’s upcoming album, ‘Dandelion,’ out October 22nd.

Check out “99 To The Moon” here.

Follow Said The Whale on Instagram and Twitter.

Ryland James “3 Purple Hearts (Live At Noble Street”

We already love “3 Purple Hearts” and now, Ryland James has given fans a live performance of the song. “3 Purple Hearts – Live At Noble Street” is obviously within the title, a live performance of his newest single, made available to stream anytime. Check out Ryland’s phenomenal guitar and vocal talent in a live acoustic performance of “3 Purple Hearts.”

Listen to “3 Purple Hearts – Live At Noble Street” here.

Check out Ryland James on Instagram and Twitter.

BAD CHILD “Royalty – Royalty Remix”

We already know and love BAD CHILD’s song “Royalty,” released in February as apart of the ‘Free Trial’ album. Now in a complete new styling of the song, the “Royalty – Royalty Remix” by No Love For The Middle Child dives into the deeper and darker sounds of this song. This is emphasized by pairing the vocals with a much more intense listening experience in contrast to that of the original. This remix has definitely been one of the songs we’ve had on repeat this morning and you’re going to love it!

Check out “Royalty – Royalty Remix” here.

Follow BAD CHILD on Instagram and Twitter.

Dermot Kennedy “Better Days”

In our final release of the week, we bring you Dermot Kennedy’s brand new track, “Better Days.” The song is a soft track that sounds how coming together feels. A song that is honest about the realities and obstacles life can throw at us, the emotion behind Kennedy’s vocals allow for the sorrow to be felt through his delivery. This song comes as one that can be used as inspiration and a reminder of the light that always shines down on each of us. 

“This is a song about patience. It’s about believing in something brighter, and never losing sight of better days, no matter how hard things might get. In a time where so many people feel worried and exhausted, I would love for this song to remind even one person that things will improve.” – Dermot Kennedy

Listen to “Better Days” here.

Check out Dermot Kennedy on Instagram and Twitter.

Thank you all for joining us for another New Music Friday! This week’s release roster has been colossal with some amazing new releases. Our personal favourite has to be noelle’s “Forever Yours.” Although each release has been phenomenal, this one has captivated our hearts. Be sure to let us know your favourites on our Instagram and Twitter! Until next time, this has been UMUSIC signing off.