Soundcheck: The 13 Best Music Releases Of The Week

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Alessia Cara, The Regrettes, and so much more

Every weekend, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK—your destination for the best of the best new music that's just hit the web, because you should always be prepared when someone passes you that AUX cord. This week’s roundup features some of our favorite emerging and established artists, including Alessia Cara, The Regrettes, Sigrid, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

"Trust My Lonely" - Alessia Cara
The next single off of Cara's highly anticipated sophomore album, and it's so good. 

"California Friends" - The Regrettes
We can all use a little bit more grrrl punk in our lives. 

"Sucker Punch" - Sigrid
The Norwegian singer is back with her latest offering, which really packs a punch (ha, sorry). She "didn't want to write a happy song," according to the lyrics, but the powerful pop track is anything but gloomy. 

"1999" - Charli XCX and Troye Sivan
An ode to the turn of the millennium from two of our faves. 

"Can't Get Over You" - Joji ft. Clams Casino
New video and single from the viral star that continues to wow (and confuse) us with his incredible new musical endeavor. 

Wanderer - Cat Power
A major highlight of the singer's 10th album? Her duet with Lana Del Rey, "Woman."  

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[Untitled] - mewithoutYou
Sorry, my emo is showing again. 

"Small Talk" - Courtney Barnett
Barnett's rambling talents are ever-present on this track, asking to quit it with all the light conversation. 

"New Place" - Tasha
Tasha described the track as a "curious rumination on the imminent need and want to find a world, outside of this Earth and potentially this galaxy, where black people can be free." Need she say more?

Malibu Nights - LANY
A strong follow-up to the band's debut, packed with pop-anthems.

"Without Me" - Halsey
A slow-burning, ultra-vulnerable track from Halsey, perfect for any breakup playlist.  

"Imported" - Jessie Reyez ft. JRM
If you're not already obsessed with Reyez, please catch up ASAP. 

"Lonely Star" - Ariana and the Rose
Ariana's first release of the year is packed with glittery hope and a call for inclusivity. What's not to like? 

Photos by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for The Trevor Project

Delevingne shared why they chose now

Last week, Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson officially confirmed the rumor that they're dating, with Delevingne posting an Instagram video of the two of them kissing. Now, in a new interview, she revealed why they confirmed the rumors. Basically, it was in celebration of Pride.

In the interview with E! News at the TrevorLIVE Gala, Delevingne was asked why the pair chose this moment to take their relationship public, and she answered: "Because it is Pride, it's been 50 years since Stonewall happened, and I don't know... It's been just about our one year anniversary so, why not?"

Why not, indeed? Delevingne also said that the kissing video was "just a little something," which makes sense. After all, the couple were recently spotted lugging around a kinky sex bench, so some simple kissing must feel pretty elementary.

At the Gala, Delevingne shouted out Benson during her speech too, though not by name. "I also have another very special woman in this room to thank and you know who you are," she said. "She's one of the people who help me love myself when I needed it most and I really needed it. She showed me what real love is and how to accept it, which is a lot harder than I thought." I'm swooning.

Photo courtesy of HBO.

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