Music is such a wonderful thing. It’s a language like no other allowing us to express ourselves in ways that mere words simply can’t. A blend of tunes, lyrics, thoughts, experiences, and other intricacies all wrapped up in just a span of minutes. But most importantly, it’s got the ability to attract people of all walks of life. Uniting them with a thread called “I can relate”, thus providing that comfort of not being alone. Comparable to a warm hug of a friend, softly whispering “I’m always here for you”. 

Great ones do all the aforementioned seemingly effortlessly because of their immense talent and being in tune with who they are at that particular moment. We’ve had them in the past such as Elton John, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Tupac and many more. Nowadays though, there’s a new breed of talent letting their presence be known like Hayley Kiyoko, a singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor who’s displayed early flashes of that X factor needed to be in the music hall of fame. 

Once known as the spunky Stella Yamada from the Disney Channel movie “Lemonade Mouth” which came out 2011. She’s then bloomed and grown into a trail blazing star ready to take over the music scene. With an army of tracks loaded in her discography not to mention her latest offering entitled “For The Girls”. She is definitely on the way up and straight into our hearts in record time.

Focusing on the song itself, “For The Girls” was released last May 20th via Atlantic Records. It was produced by German (Justin Bieber, Katy Perry), and co-written by Hayley herself, Marc Lomax (Justin Bieber, Ava Max) and Michelle Buzz (Kylie Minogue, Bebe Rexha). It is currently available in all platforms and is part of a long awaited album called “Panorama” which will be out July 29th. Apart from all these, an official MV came bundled with this single which can only be described as beautiful chaos. 

Lyrics wise, “For The Girls” is an anthem for all the girls in the world regardless of status, background or preference. It’s an upbeat song that embraces female empowerment in all levels. A reminder that after all the astonishing things they already do, they too deserve to kick off those heels and party. In fact, it is highly encouraged that they take over this summer season and paint the town in all the colors of the rainbow. 

As for the video itself, it perfectly depicts the message of the song injected with reality show shenanigans similar to what we see in the bachelorette. Yes, it comes complete with screaming matches and situations where each contestant starts getting extra competitive albeit shown in a humorous manner. It’s got tons of spice enough to put any kitchen cupboard out of commission for a week or two. While that may be the case, the dating game trope is broken like a KitKat bar when we see Hayley as the one seeking for the “right one”. A nod to the idea that love encompasses gender and that we are free to be with whomever we please. 

Craving for more Hayley Kiyoko? If so, head on over to her official website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube accounts for content sure to rock your socks off. 

Illustrator and writer who loves music, arts and pop culture as a whole.
Illustrator and writer who loves music, arts and pop culture as a whole.

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