This Week’s Music is a weekly column that discusses the week’s best, worst, and most interesting songs. We try to select songs of different artists and genres to keep things interesting and to please a variety of music fans.
This week’s song selections include Beyonce’s contribution to The Lion King soundtrack, Billie Eilish and Justin Bieber’s collaboration and Ed Sheeran’s latest summer song. Check them out!
Beyoncé – Spirit
Beyoncé, the only living person who could make the lines “Your destiny is coming close stand up and fight” work, gives it her all for this new addition into the Lion King canon. While I can’t help but question the existence of a live action version of the Disney classic, “Spirit” is an inspired song, not taking too many cues from the original soundtrack and giving Beyoncé plenty of room to shine and to make the song her own. No matter what happens with the movie, at least we got this song out of it.
Billie Eilish and Justin Bieber – Bad Guy
Billie Eilish is a life long Justin Bieber super fan, highlighted by the single’s official photo, which shows her wearing some sort of tutu and standing in front of a dozen different Bieber posters. Eilish is a Belieber, if you will. Remixing a little bit of the sounds of the original track and adding some new lyrics that paint Bieber as the titular Bad Guy, the song is still fun, but it adds nothing new except perhaps some cringe. At least Eilish’s childhood dream came true.
Ed Sheeran & Travis Scott – Antisocial
Ed Sheeran has two types of songs; the fun ones and the cheesy ones. “Antisocial” is thankfully part of the first group, with Sheeran displaying his rapping skills and having tons of fun. Even if “Antisocial” isn’t great, you can’t help but catch some of the joy and euphoria it induces, with help of an always versatile and welcome Travis Scott. Expect to hear this song many many times before the end of summer. I don’t know if that’s good or bad.