Doja Cat has released a new single, “Balut.” The mid-tempo, brag-tinged song is latest track to emerge from her forthcoming LP, Scarlet, out Sept 22 via Kemosabe Records/RCA Records.
“Glass houses, I don’t really like to keep my stones there/ Oh, well, I’ll buy another property for four mill,” Doja Cat intones on the track. “The only problem that I havе and I’ll be so real/ I hit the stagе and lose the crystals on my toenails.”
Doja Cat has been hyping Scarlet over the past month. She has shared several singles from the album, including “Paint the Town Red” and “Demons,” which also got a horror-inspired music video starring Christina Ricci. Earlier this week, the singer performed Attention,” “Paint the Town Red,” and “Demons” at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Scarlet is a follow-up to Doja Cat’s blockbuster 2021 project Planet Her. When she announced the LP’s release date, the musician also debuted new cover art featuring a dangling spider staring down a drop of blood. The image was soon taken down, however, after similarities were made to another cover by German metal band Chaver, which also pictured a spider, was designed by the Portland artist Dusty Ray, and shared the same released date. The following day, Doja unveiled a second cover — this time of a gouache watercolor painting of two arachnids.
Doja Cat will be embarking on her first-ever North American tour in support of Scarlet this fall with support from Ice Spice and Doechii on select dates. The tour kicks off in San Francisco on Halloween and runs through December.
In July, large swaths of fans unfollowed Doja on her various social media after the artist refused to express a devotion to them that didn’t feel true to her. While her previous followers thought the mass exodus would register as a big enough threat for her to have a change of heart, instead, she expressed relief.
“Seeing all these people unfollow me makes me feel like I’ve defeated a large beast that’s been holding me down for so long,” she wrote on her Instagram Story the following month. “It feels like I can reconnect with the people who really matter and love me for who I am and not for who I was. I feel free.”