Julia Michaels Begs For Your ‘Issues’ On Her Debut Single

Occasionally, you’ll find a songwriter in the pop world that decides to step out from behind-the-scenes and give the whole “solo artist” gig a try.

Sometimes, it goes swimmingly. Other times you’ve got something so unnoticeable, you can even feel the drain on your bank account for the waste of time. For every Sia, there’s a Bonnie McKee.

So you can imagine the thrill that set in once it was announced that Julia Michaels (Britney Spears, Selena Gomez, DNCE, Justin Bieber, basically every smash pop hit from late 2015 onwards) was stepping out on her own at the top of 2017.

Produced by superstar producers Stargate & Benny Blanco and co-written by frequent collaborator Justin Tranter, Julia steps out with the impressive and familiar ‘Issues’.

Much like Sia, you could picture any one of Julia’s artists singing this song (Selena, mainly). Unlike Bonnie, it’s clear that Julia isn’t just acting like a pop star, but full embracing her new title on this ode to accepting one’s imperfections.

‘Cause I got issues/But you got ’em too/So give ’em all to me/And I’ll give mine to you/Bask in the glory/Of all our problems/‘Cause we got the kind of love/It takes to solve ’em/Yeah, I got issues/And one of them is how bad I need you

It’s got the right tempo, relatable lyrics, and enough hooks for this to become one of the biggest smashes during the first quarter of the year. Good luck escaping this one……

Fifth Harmony Perform At The People’s Choice Awards Sans Camila Cabello

And so came the time for Fifth Harmony to put their best foot forward as a quartet after the departure of Camila Cabello at the end of 2016.

Earlier this week, Ally, Normani, Lauren, and Dinah performed their #1 smash ‘Work From Home’ at the People’s Choice Awards and well…not the best way to rebrand yourselves after a line up change.

The vocals were weak (minus Lauren), the song’s structure was all over the place. Spelling out who’s left in the group was as corny as it got. At least, they looked great and stood like women banding together in a time of strength.

Without a doubt, seeing these four on stage seems more natural than having an extra person up there attempting to hog the spotlight. Will Fifth Harmony live on post-Camila? Absolutely. They seem to have more chemistry more than ever before. But, there is still some work to be done.

Logically, this performance was mostly likely booked well in advanced of Camila’s decision to leave. Things do happen. However, this was 100% the wrong choice for these girls at this time. What should have been the plan was to set these four up with a new song – one that the general public has never heard before off ‘7/27′ or a new single to launch a new era this spring.…