Doja Cat’s ‘Planet Her’: Doja is a sought-after hitmaker three years after the modest release of her debut album.
Doja Cat has gone from being the internet’s best-kept secret to becoming a full-fledged pop phenomenon, and her new album, Planet Her, serves as a sharp reminder of how far she’s come. The album features her second collaboration with The Weeknd (after “In Your Eyes (Remix)”) and her third with Ariana Grande (following “motive” and “34+35 (remix)”), with all five songs released in just over a year.
Doja has progressed from a burgeoning viral sensation to a certified pop hitmaker, as seen by her numerous notable collaborations with the two singers and their inclusion on her third album. Both The Weeknd and Grande came out to her to help promote their songs, and she returned the favor by helping to fill her latest album with major talent. (Young Thug, JID, SZA, and others are also featured in the project.)
Doja’s debut album, Amala, was released in 2018 with no features and didn’t make much of a splash until its post-“Mooo!” deluxe version, which included the hit singles “Tia Tamera” and “Juicy.” With the No. 1 smash “Say So,” Hot Pink took things to the next level in 2019. However, that, too, came with low-key contributions from Smino and Gucci Mane, and instead became a slow-burning commercial sensation.
Planet Her, on the other hand, has two of the world’s most famous musicians. The Weeknd reunites with Doja for “You Right,” the project’s third single, which comes with a big-budget music video:
The song “I Don’t Do Drugs” finds Doja and Grande contemplating a destructive relationship, providing a counterpoint to last year’s “motive”: