10 Big Things That Happened in Music the Week of December 2, 2022

2022 is coming to a close, and reflecting back on the past year, we've been blessed with some incredible music.

But the year isn't over yet! In fact, this week, there were tons of amazing new releases that are absolutely worth a listen. Just keep scrolling to get a look at the 10 big things that happened in music the week of Dec. 2, 2022.

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1. Hayes Warner Drops Music Video for 'SHUT UP'

Hayes Warner's new music video for "SHUT UP" premiered today right here on Sweety High, and it's a must-watch. We've been obsessed with the song ever since its release last week, but with the drop of the music video, we're somehow even more in love! If this doesn't make you want to get up and dance, we don't know what will. "Sometimes I feel pressure to be overly nice or complimentary, but my authentic self wants to poke fun a little because that's what I do with people I love," Hayes explained to Sweety High. "I want this song to remind people to have fun flirting in a teasing, casual way. It's light-hearted and childish but also centers confidence and power."


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2. Alec Benjamin Releases Revamped 'Paper Crown'

Alec Benjamin is an indie-pop artist we've been listening to non-stop lately. With hits like "Devil Doesn't Bargain" and "Let Me Down Slowly," we were pumped to hear that he was releasing a revamped version of his song "Paper Crown." It's a fan-favorite for a reason and sure to get you in your feels. "I have an old song that I'm gonna re-release," Alec told Sweety High's Sienna Leone ahead of the drop. "It's called 'Paper Crown,' I wrote it when I was 17. It was like 11 years ago, which is crazy. I play it in my live shows and my fans asked me to put it out so I said okay!"


3. Björk Unveils New Song 'Sorrowful Soil'

Björk has one of the most unique sounds in this day and age, and if you're into breathtaking vocals and choirs, you need to give her song "Sorrowful Soil" a listen. It's haunting yet beautiful at the same time, and we love the feeling of wonder it invokes with each listen. "sorrowful soil is a song i wrote from random improvisations," Björk explained in a press release. "i kinda thought i was writing another song but then when i edited it i threw away most of the stuff and this is what stood there staring at me."


4. grentperez Drops New Holiday Single, 'When Christmas Comes Again'

If you're a sucker for holiday music, you must listen to grentperez's new single "When Christmas Comes Again." And we're calling it right now—it's going to become a Christmas classic to be played for years and years to come! It's joyful, fun to sing along to and perfect to add to your holiday playlist. "'When Christmas Comes Again' is an orchestral, bedroom-bossa nova ode to holiday cheer," grentperez explains in a press release. "A song to keep you warm in the winter and cold in the summer… (depending on where you live). I really wanted to capture the anticipation of Christmas Day and the romantic aspects that surround the celebration of it, in a very classy, timeless style of song. Christmas has always been a big part of my life especially growing up as a Filipino, listening to songs like 'I'll Be Home For Christmas' having the whole family gather and I thought that I'd really like to make myself a part of that Christmas song roster."


5. Julia Wolf and blackbear Team Up for 'Gothic Babe Tendencies

Not to be confused with musical artist Goth Babe, "Gothic Babe Tendencies" is Julia Wolf's new coming-of-age single made in collaboration with blackbear. The song features Julia's classic indie-pop sound and will transport you back to your teenage years. "'Gothic Babe Tendencies' speaks to how I feel when starting to develop feelings for someone," Julia shared in a press release. "Finding someone you like is challenging—a rarity nowadays—so when it happens, something in me says it won't last. It's a gloomy mindset thinking it's too good to be true so better to run before getting hurt. There's a part of me that, of course, wants to believe….that wants to surrender to the sun instead of running from it. I think many of us 'gothic babes' have this internal battle."


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6. ANGEL22 Share Their Version of 'Mistletoe'

Four-person girl group ANGEL22 just dropped their very own version of Justin Bieber's "Mistletoe," and it's a cultural phenomenon. Made up of members Sofia Oliveira from Brazil, Laura Buitrago from Colombia, Wendii Sarmiento from Cuba and Alondra Martinez of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, ANGEL22's "Mistletoe" features Spanish, Portuguese and English lyrics. It's a beautiful compilation and one we plan on listening to all holiday season long. "'Mistletoe' is a little gift that we want to share with you all with love, to remind you of the joyful spirit during the Holidays," the band shared in a press release. "We wanted to do an interpretation of the song with our three languages, Portuguese, Spanish and English so that each and every one of our fans feel more at home during this beautiful time. Happy Holidays."


7. Louis The Child Drop New Project Black Marble

Not quite an album and not quite a music video, Louis The Child's new project Black Marble is something that needs to be on your watch list. The 17-track video is shot in a film noir-esque manner and showcases a seamless DJ set and tons of dancing. It's dark, ravey and perfect for those itching to go to a music festival. "For our 3rd beat tape we set out to do something that felt completely different from the first two," Louis The Child explained in a press release. "We're always making different styles of music, and after a little while we noticed we had a lot of songs that felt darker and girttier than the rest of the music we were putting out…The film takes place in 9 different cities around the world and features dancers of various styles performing throughout each city. One of our favorite parts of creating the project was doing viewings of the film at warehouse venues in NYC, LA and Chicago. After each viewing we would go back and make adjustments to the film and music based off the reactions we got and how we felt seeing the movie on a big screen with a big soundsystem. We hope you enjoy the project :)"


8. Lyn Lapid Shares New Single 'Saturn'

Lyn Lapid never ceases to amaze us, and with the release of her latest single "Saturn," it's no wonder she's loved by people across the globe. The 20-year-old musician knows how to put feelings to paper, and "Saturn" is a showcase of that talent. With raw vocals and a vulnerable message, fans of the artist will instantly fall in love with the new, dreamy song. "'Saturn' is probably the most personal song I've ever written," Lyn shared in a press release. "I like to refer to it as 'if a brain dump was a song.'…I hope my listeners will appreciate me showing a more vulnerable angle of myself, feel seen in their own struggles, and know that they're not alone in when they think that opening up is burdensome, because I'm learning that that was never the case at all."


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9. Noah Cyrus Unveils New Song 'Set For Life'

Noah Cyrus completely blew us away this past year with her truly stunning and out-of-this-world songs, so we were in for quite the treat when we found out about her new single, "Set For Life." The ballad evokes true emotions and showcases her breathtaking vocals. It's giving major Lana Del Rey vibes, and we're in love. In an Instagram post, Noah shared, "@mikecrossey and i have been working on some really special new versions to The Hardest Part. yours this friday, The Hardest Part – Deluxe album. along with a new song, 'Set For Life'"


10. Country Superstar Morgan Wallen Comes Out With 'One Thing At a Time'

Everyone's favorite country superstar Morgan Wallen just finished his U.S. tour, and instead of taking a well-deserved break, he gave his fans a brand-new single. "One Thing At a Time" is bound to be another Morgan classic, and we're not exaggerating when we say we listened to it five times in a row. It's that good! He recently teased a new album (or at least the writing of a new album), and we can't wait to see what he has in store for us.


Missed our last top 10? Look HERE for the 10 big things that happened in music the week of Nov. 18, 2022.