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Finland’s Rising Pop Star Joalin Returns with “Without You”

by Sarah M. Stone

Finland-born and Mexico-raised artist Joalin (pronounced Jo-ah-lin) has made a stunning comeback with her new single “Without You.” This track is a masterful blend of red-hot reggaeton beats and glacial pop, creating an effortless slice of euphoria. Joalin seamlessly blends her signature Spanish and English vocals with feather-soft melodies, drawing listeners into a world of playful lament about missing someone—or perhaps something.

The accompanying video, directed by DEAD HORSES (known for their work with Lynks, Inhaler, and Sam Fender), was filmed in London. Regarding the track and video, Joalin shared, “I like to write songs about specific experiences or things in my life. People only I know from a certain perspective, a route only I’ve walked, etc. ‘Without You’ is one of those songs, but I like mystery, so I won’t reveal the story behind this piece. All I’ll say is I wrote it last year on a beautiful summer night in Finland, summer is my favourite time of the year. I know anyone that listens to ‘Without You’ can connect it to some personal experience… like a fill-in-the-blank exercise! It’s all yours. What can’t you live without?”

At just 22, Joalin is an emerging global star. She has been featured on Times Square’s Spotify Equal billboard, covered Scandinavian Vogue, and boasts a devout global fanbase with 3.1 million followers on Instagram, 3.2 million on TikTok, and over 5 million views on YouTube.

“Without You” is Joalin’s third single release for Because London Records, following the swaggering summer track “Bikini,” which received praise from Rolling Stone US, Remezcla, BBC Radio 1, The Guardian, MTV Latin & BR, Los 40, SiriusXM Pitbull Globalization, Playboy MX, KCRW, and KEXP. It was also reworked into a speedy dembow remix by MJ Nebreda. The track follows “La Chica-cá” from earlier this year, which amassed an impressive 525K YouTube views, 928K Spotify streams, and featured in multiple playlists including Spotify New Music Friday.

Earlier this year, Joalin made her Coachella debut, joining Tiffany Tyson’s set as a surprise guest, where she performed “Bikini” live. Following performances at The Great Escape (UK) and Sideways Festival (Finland), Joalin is set to perform live at Secret Garden Party on July 25 (UK) and Flow Festival on August 9 (Finland).

Joalin’s creative process is inspired by movement, whether in her fluid pop melodies, dancing practice, or the constant motion of her colorful upbringing. “I go deep anywhere by the water,” she says. “It’s what inspires me.”

Her meditations on love, heartbreak, and self-trust are moving and all-encompassing, set to an intoxicating blend of pop, R&B, and reggaeton-inflected beats. She effortlessly glides from ethereal falsettos to puckish rap-speak, from English to Spanish. Born in Finland, Joalin emigrated to Spain as a toddler, before moving to Mexico with her mother at the age of ten. Her formative years in the charming beachside town of Playa del Carmen helped her bloom into the artist she is now.

Joalin’s future looks bright as she continues her rise to global stardom. With a much-awaited project on the way, she is embracing the power in her vulnerability. “I’ve always had this feeling that there’s this big power inside of me that wants to get out,” she beams. “I want to do it all!”

Who Is Joalin? Watch a mini-documentary on Joalin here.

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Sadie July 9, 2024 - 9:23 PM

In a recent interview with Pop Cyber, Joalin said that she wrote her new single, Without You, last year on a beautiful summer night in Finland! 👀

Robin July 9, 2024 - 9:23 PM

The direction of Joalin’s music videos are always IMPECCABLE, my god. all the surreal clips of beautiful

Maria July 9, 2024 - 9:22 PM

Joalin’s music is hot dmsss

Julia July 9, 2024 - 9:21 PM

I’m loving these ideas for making funny videos/commercials, this time it was Joalin’s idea.


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