Janine / Jessie English

Formerly dropping “and the mixtape”, Janine opens up on her new single.

It’s love and basketball in Janine’s world. She shorted her stage name from Janine and the Mixtape, despite having a love for And 1 mix tapes and more. The New Zealand bred singer has kept heads nodding for years now, dating back to 2015’s XX EP which came a few months after signing to Atlantic Records.

A child of ’90s R&B and aesthetics, she ties her love for one sport with that of another for “Don’t Love Me”. In the Phillip Lopez directed video, a simple game of one-on-one transitions into something deeper. However, Janine isn’t here for the games or getting played, vowing to drop her beau whether it be on the court or his phone calls.

“A lot of people know what it’s like to be in love with someone but have to leave because it is destructive,” she told Billboard ‘Don’t Love Me’ embraces the moment when it’s really over. It’s not about having a pity party for the things I’ve been through but more of a ‘You can’t mess with me anymore.'”

“So many people have suffered from some form and varying degree of abuse, it’s our choice whether we choose to let it make us victims,” she continues. “The video has pieces of my story shown in a strong, beautiful and raw way. I love how the director, Phillip Lopez, shoots so soulfully, he was the perfect fit for the song. At the end of the day I just wanted a video that is meaningful and am so glad to finally be sharing my new music with everyone.”