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Francesco Yates – Do You Think About Me

Francesco Yates – "Do You Think About Me" (WMC): Like the EP title-track song, there’s no question mark about this self-composed, funk-heavy slice of contemporary pop that’s destin

Francesco Yates – Do You Think About Me

By David Farrell

Francesco Yates – "Do You Think About Me" (WMC): Like the EP title-track song, there’s no question mark about this self-composed, funk-heavy slice of contemporary pop that’s destined to become an inspirational mantra to an infinite gaggle of heart-plucked strings spanning borders and genres.


Looking like a youthful Peter Frampton at his coiffed best, Canada’s pup pop poster boy revels in his inspirations that include Prince, James Brown and an earlier day Michael Jackson on this intoxicating whirlwind journey of wham-bam exploration. It’s inward, outward, self-indulgent, provocative, exceptional–a powder keg of youthful lust and romantic exceptionalness pushed to the extreme with a symphonic backbeat that can’t and shan't be ignored. It’s a miniature opus containing a history of contemporary rhythm ‘n’ blues, whipped to perfection and made addictively sugar-coated.

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 “`Do You Think About Me’ has one of the strongest hooks and hits all the marks for me,” the singer says by way of explanation. “It’s a bold song that asks, ‘Are you thinking about me when you’re with your current man?’”

Unequivocally the room will roar back ‘yes’ and Yates will henceforth be known as a soulman with northern roots. "Do You Think About Me" is a hit waiting to happen, and its official release is today.

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DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla
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DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla

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Karan Aujla & DIVINE Debut in Top 25 on Billboard Canadian Albums Chart

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE land the No. 22 spot on this week's Canadian Albums chart with their new collaborative release, 'Street Dreams.' On the Canadian Hot 100, Beyoncé's "Texas Hold 'Em" ascends to No. 1, while Canadian pop artist Preston Pablo makes a debut.

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE are making moves together on Billboard's Canadian Albums chart this week, with their collaborative project, Street Dreams, debuting in the No. 22 spot.

The seven-track album, released Feb. 16, blends harder hip-hop and smooth R&B pop, the latter shining through especially on the Jonita Gandhi-assisted "Yaad." It's not Aujla's highest spot on the Albums chart — he reached No. 5 in 2023 with Making Memories, his collaboration with Canadian Punjabi artist Ikky — but it gives him some momentum going into his upcoming performance at the Juno Awards on Mar. 24, where he's nominated for TikTok Juno fan choice and breakthrough artist.

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