Welcome back to Takeover Tuesday, where each week, Billboard taps chart-topping artists and tastemakers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. We give the artists free rein to base the list on whatever subject they choose. The only rule? Make it as creative and unique to them as possible.
Performing has kept Chelsea Cutler busy this year, headlining her own world tour and playing main stages at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Firefly Music Festival and Governors Ball. But on top that, the 22-year-old singer-songwriter signed a record deal with Republic Records in February; collaborated with Kygo; dropped an album with her best friend, Jeremy Zucker; and released her own song "How to Be Human" last month.
Needless to say, it's been a whirlwind year for the Connecticut native. Amid her crazy schedule, Cutler finds time to dive into what her peers have been releasing, but she's kept a handful on repeat. The rising star reveals the 10 songs she "can't stop listening to" for her Takeover Tuesday playlist.
"I spent a lot time this summer touring festivals and working on new music," Cutler tells Billboard. "These songs have been a constant throughout all the travel for shows, creative highs and lows, and personal memories the last month or two."
Most the artists Cutler includes on her playlist are on the rise too, like Alexander 23, Boy In Space, Still Woozy and Riz La Vie. There's also a few recent releases from some more familiar names: Daya's 13 Reasons Why season 3 tune "Keeping It in the Dark," The Lumineers' "It Wasn't Easy to Be Happy for You" from their upcoming album III, and Lauv and Anne-Marie's bouncy collab “f***, i’m lonely.”
Check out the full playlist below, as well as commentary from Cutler herself about why these songs are so irresistible.
Alexander 23, “Another Summer Night Without You”: "Alexander 23 is one my favorite new artists — every song he’s released this year has been so refreshing."
Daya, “Keeping It in the Dark”: "Such a well-written, well-produced record. It hooked me on my first listen."
MEMBA and Ricky James, “Alright With Me”: "Ricky’s vocals remind me the punk-alternative music I listened to growing up, while also feeling super new and modern as well. MEMBA’s production always blows me away and makes me wanna dance."
Lauv and Anne-Marie, “f***, i’m lonely”: "Lauv is a brilliant artist and songwriter, and this song is another perfect pop record. We are touring Europe together this fall, and I can’t wait to hear him play this each night."
Bishop Briggs, “Tattooed On My Heart”: "Bishop Briggs is high key one the coolest artists out there right now. She is such a role model for me as a powerful female artist, and I love everything she puts out."
The Lumineers, “It Wasn’t Easy to Be Happy for You": "The Lumineers are one my absolute favorite bands. There’s something magic about Wesley’s voice over acoustic guitar."
Riz La Vie, “Saturn”: "Riz La Vie is one my favorite lesser-known artists, and my band/crew has been bumping him on the road for months."
Still Woozy, “Cooks”: "I discovered Still Woozy at Gov Ball this past June and can’t stop listening to his music. So original and catchy!"
Hayden James, Elderbrook, “Remember You”: "The other week I had this playing in the car while my crew and I drove through Colorado to Aspen, sun setting and windows down. This song is nostalgic; listening to it makes me feel like I’m in a good memory."
Boy In Space, “7UP”: "Boy In Space has recently become someone I’ve been increasingly paying attention to. The songwriting is so good on 7UP, it’s so honest and the melodies evoke a lot emotion for me, which is all you can really ask a good song."