Artist Spotlight: Ria Marie Drops Powerful New Single, Challenges Double Standards

Nashville-based R&B/Pop artist, Ria Marie, calls the shots with her latest single "Playground," out now on all streaming platforms. The tight R&B groove sharpens its playful edge with Ria's sultry bite and tough-as-brass-knuckles synth work, courtesy of frequent collaborators, The Producers, a duo based in the U.K. To top it off, acclaimed producer, Sonic Pilot (Riff Raff), throws a quick one-two punch with an icy-hot guitar solo during the song's bridge.

Recorded at Pilot's Nashville studio, "Playground" is a confident perspective on the double standards women face in the dating game. Marie takes the “player” mentality, traditionally reserved for men, and transforms it into an empowering feminine anthem.

"This song reflects how I feel about today's dating landscape for women and the power imbalance we face," shared Ria, who wrote the track with pop singer-songwriter, Juliette Reilly. "It's no secret that men can play 'the game' and date around like it's no big deal but women are judged the minute they do the same thing. Here's to changing that conversation."

Lyrics like, “When I said I liked you I was just kidding, so don’t get up in your feelings,” and “Don’t come through or get too comfortable, when I want ya know I’ll send for you” are, when coming from a woman, typically labeled as arrogant or shameful. Ria challenges this outdated perspective by bringing a voice equally as confident and comfortable as a man's. One listen will leave you with an air of empowerment and sexy confidence.

This new tune follows the soul-filled singer's track, "Better," which has earned nearly 60,000 Spotify streams since its fall 2019 release. Last winter saw the vocal powerhouse perform numerous Sofar Sounds shows across the country, including a showcase in NYC where she also performed for iHeartRadio. Follow Ria Marie on Spotify and check her out on Instagram as well, @riamariemusic so you don’t miss out!

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