Eighteen-year-old Hamburg, Germany-based artist Zoe Wees who charted on Rolling Stone’s “Breakthrough 25” late last year, following the success of her debut single, “Control” kicks off 2021 with a brand new single, “Girls Like Us.” Blending vulnerability with strength, Wees send a message of togetherness and solidarity to girls around the world who are feeling the pressures of society. Itߣs a middle finger to the impossible beauty standards that are still being peddled by brands, influencers and algorithms. Released today by Capitol Records, “Girls Like Us” is available for download / streaming HERE.
Wees explains, “For me, it was the hardest feeling to grow up in a world that you feel doesn’t accept you. We all have insecurities, but this is what makes us beautiful.” “Girls Like Us” was produced by Patrick Pyke Salmy and Ricardo M., members of her core team. Look for the official video to premiere soon. Wees, who is featured on the cover of Apple Music’s “New Music Daily,” appeared on “The Zane Lowe Show” earlier today.
Last night, Wees made her U.S. television debut on “The Late Late Show with James Corden.” View her performance of “Control” HERE. The track was added to the two biggest playlists in the world Spotify’s Today’s Top Hits and Apple Music’s Today’s Hits and has since amassed over 270 million combined global streams. Hailed as “an emotional powerhouse of a song” by LADYGUNN, the raw, emotional ballad became a worldwide hit and entered the top 20 at Pop radio in the U.S. “Control” charted in 58 countries’ Viral Charts on Spotify and has already gone Gold in five countries. Wees wrote “Control” as a way of dealing with the exclusion and helplessness she experienced as she struggled with rolandic childhood epilepsy. View the official video for “Control” HERE.
Wees has been named as a YouTube “On The Rise” artist, “One To Watch 2021” by Amazon, an iHeartRadio “Pop on the Verge” artist and a SiriusXM “Hits 1 To Watch” artist. Wonderland observed, “Zoe Wees has been capturing the imagination of fans worldwide with her deep enthralling vocals and therapeutic rhythms.” London in Stereo hailed her as “a rare artist in the sense she possesses a unique vocal & leaves you hanging on every word she says.” In this Essence “Girls United” column, she talks about her songwriting process, dealing with anxiety and what it was like opening for Sam Smith at Abbey Road Studios last fall.