Bop Shop: Songs By D4vd, Delilah Belle, Kai, And More

Plus, a Taylor Swift track unearthed from the vault to kick off her Eras Tour

The search for the ever-elusive "bop" is difficult. Playlists and streaming-service recommendations can only do so much. They often leave a lingering question: Are these songs really good, or are they just new?

Enter Bop Shop, a hand-picked selection of songs from the MTV News team. This weekly collection doesn't discriminate by genre and can include anything — it's a snapshot of what's on our minds and what sounds good. We'll keep it fresh with the latest music, but expect a few oldies (but goodies) every once in a while, too. Get ready: The Bop Shop is now open for business.

D4vd: “Worthless”

Who can resist that stomping beat? Though its origins remain fraught, the stadium-ready left-right rhythm used by Britney Spears, The Black Keys, and dozens of others takes on new life here under the spell of teen wiz D4vd. “Worthless,” a sparkling lament from the 17-year-old rising superstar, could fall into sad-sack territory, but that drum beat keeps it marching ever forward. —Patrick Hosken

Tanaka: “You Look Beautiful in This Light”

Do you ever get emotional just from an instrumental? Tanaka’s latest track is the last to complete his EP of the same name, concluding his soft and synth-filled experiment with sound. “You Look Beautiful in This Light” is as delicate as you’d expect, channeling feelings of admiration in a present yet nostalgic manner. Each single off the EP is a different darling and will make you beam from both cheeks. It’s especially relevant as its sonics and subject matter emit regenerative energy, perfect for the upcoming season. As spring blows in and cherry blossoms bloom, this is what we’ll be listening to. —Gwyn Cutler

Thuy ft. Min: “Girls Like Me Don’t Cry (Remix)”

There’s something beautiful about seeing your favorite artist perform alongside their favorite artist. In a remix of her viral single “Girls Like Me Don’t Cry,” Vietnamese-American rising star Thuy is joined by V-pop star Min to create the collaboration of our wildest dreams. Maintaining the essence and shimmer of California-born Thuy’s crybaby anthem, with its flirty pop-R&B melody and equally bouncy chorus left intact, this remix takes on a whole new life with the addition of Min’s Vietnamese verse. “Promise me that you won’t be indifferent, come and go like a dream,” she sings. “Stay up in the middle of the night and hold my hand, baby boy.” Thuy and Min’s soul-sister synergy is not just sonic, but visual as well. In their music video, filmed over the course of a single day, we see their relationship blossom from day to night as they explore Singapore hand in hand. Hopefully, this is only the first of many team-ups between these two to come. —Sarina Bhutani

Léa the Leox: “Purpose”

Léa the Leox has harnessed the adroit ability to forge empathetic lyrics and humanistic instrumentation. In “Purpose,” the strings feel like an inhale, breathing spiritual life into the deep drone of the bass, which persists like a heavy heartbeat. “There’s days I don’t wanna be here / I wish that I could disappear," she sings. "But my mother thinks I’m worth it / I’m just tryna find my purpose.” Léa whispers her final verse and you can feel how agonizing it is to admit. This seemingly miniscule act of interpretive artistry is what’s most genuine. It’s how she personifies her sound that makes us gravitate to her. —Gwyn Cutler

Delilah Belle: “Nothing Lasts Forever”

Nothing lasts forever. It’s a simple, common expression we’ve all surely heard at some point, but Delilah Belle’s debut single unpacks it in a poignant pop ballad about her mental health struggles. “Even when the ache’s in my head and I’m chained to this bed, I still tell myself that one day I’ll be better,” the 24-year-old singer-songwriter croons. The refrain reminds listeners to live in the moment with gratitude because nothing, neither life’s pain nor its joy, will last forever. “I hope it puts life into perspective,” she said in a statement. Though this is her first release, Delilah Belle’s name might sound familiar to Bravo fans and fashion lovers. That’s because the longtime model grew up on camera as the daughter of Real Housewives star Lisa Rinna. While that might make her foray into music surprising to some, we’re left with a deep appreciation for the track’s profound vulnerability. —Farah Zermane

Jeleel!, Armani White: “Gnarly!”

Jeleel! and Armani White release their inner beasts on this exhilarating and undoubtedly entertaining party anthem that’s slathered in smut and grime. “Oh my god, girl, I’m so gnarly! Rip my shirt straight off my body,” chants the rapper from Rhode Island as he goes rogue with his riders in a junkyard. Armani White’s feature revs us up like a motorcycle with fast verses that further amplify the gritty mischief that the duo exudes. Bump this in your car and you’ll feel the bass bounce you like you’ve got hydraulics. —Gwyn Cutler

Kai: “Rover”

Following the likes of Le Sserafim’s “Antifragile,” Kai is the next K-pop star to take a stab at reggaeton. With the release of “Rover,” the title track of his third EP, the EXO dance lead combines elements of electronica alongside heavy 808s and marimba percussions to create a song so stimulating that it’s bound to bring you to your feet. The cut lives and breathes alongside challenging and electrifying choreography in the corresponding visual that only Kai will ever be able to properly perform. The eclectic clip features the idol performing in numerous sets and silhouettes, including a barbershop and a ballet theater. The single is a departure from the stylings of past projects Kai and Peaches, marking an exciting new era for the artist. We can’t wait to see where he goes from here. —Sarina Bhutani

Léonie: “Intro”

Léonie slinks in red and white for her “Intro” music video, making her mark on our hearts. This music box-like lullaby contains one precious treasure inside: Léonie’s lovely voice projecting a melody so mesmerizing that you may get lost in her lyrics. Once you do, you’ll realize that her words are not as gentle as they sound. “Got some Hennessy in my cup, get the courage to say what’s up, I got some anger issues, brother,” croons the fed-up French singer. Less of an ode to love, this song seems like a sensual vanishing act, making it more magical than we originally estimated. —Gwyn Cutler

Taylor Swift: “All of the Girls You Loved Before”

To kick off the start of her Eras Tour, Taylor Swift dropped four previously unreleased songs today, March 17, each seemingly corresponding to a different album from her career. “All of the Girls You Loved Before” is a lost gem from her 2019 Lover album, and with one listen, you can hear how well it would have fit in. The slow-tempo bop is a fresh take on pining over a lover’s past. She takes the time to highlight how their separate journeys have led their love to exist in a way for which she’s grateful, while still reminding the masses her love is the strongest. “All of the girls you loved before / Made you the one I’ve fallen for,” she sings. “Every dead-end street led you straight to me.” Surely, fans will learn the lyrics in time for the kickoff concert tonight in Arizona. —Alissa Godwin

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