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A Tribe Called Quest, David Bowie, Fergie, and more drop new releases

Every Friday, artists drop anticipated albums, surprise singles, and hyped collaborations. As part of New Music Friday, EW’s music team will choose some of the essential new tunes. With new albums from A Tribe Called Quest, Emili Sandé, Sad13, and more, here are the most noteworthy new releases this week

A Tribe Called Quest, We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service

Last year, the visionary hip-hop group got back together to appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for their first television appearance in over 15 years. The one-off appearance inspired the group to record a new album — their first since 1998’s The Love Movement. Then tragedy struck: founding member Phife Dawg passed away in March. But his spirit lives on in this album, We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service, which also features a top roster of guest stars: Frequent collaborators like Busta Rhymes and Consequence join André 3000, Kendrick Lamar, Jack White, Anderson .Paak and Elton John. –Kevin O’Donnell

Emili Sandé, Long Live The Angels

After the whirlwind success of her debut album, Scottish soul-pop artist Emeli Sandé took a few years off to embark on a journey of self-discovery and now she’s back with an album that reflects that journey. Long Live the Angels, explores heartache, spirituality, and adjusting to life after loss. “I felt like I still had to catch up with myself song-wise because all that personal growth wasn’t being reflected in the music,” Sandé told EW. “I have a much stronger sense of myself and I’m more confident in who I am now, so I’m glad that really came through in the music.” –Ruth Kinane

Body/Head, No Waves

Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and guitarist Bill Nace have released a live album, recorded in 2014, from their avant-noise project Body/Head. Over three sprawling tracks, Gordon and Nace conjure a shadowy but compelling world created with droning guitars, amp static, and her spooky, improvisational howling. Nirvana fans, take note: Gordon invokes the ghost of Kurt Cobain by reciting part of the lyrics to Nirvana’s “Aneurysm” on the track “Abstract/Actress.” –KO

David Bowie, Legacy

There have been numerous David Bowie compilations over the years, but this one — the first since his death and the release of his final album Blackstar — feels definitive. Where 2014’s Nothing Has Changed worked in reverse over three discs, Legacy moves in chronological order over two discs, making it a lean summation of the iconic rocker’s greatest moments. Opening with 1969’s “Space Oddity” and closing with 2016’s tragic “I Can’t Give Everything Away,” it’s essential for Bowie fanatics and neophytes alike. –Eric Renner Brown

Dragonette, Royal Blues

The Toronto synth-pop trio’s first album in four years saw the husband-and-wife team of Dan Kurtz and Martina Sorbara go through a difficult separation that inspired heartbreaking yet danceable tunes like “Sweet Poison.” “The album resurrected us and redefined us to each other, and that is definitely a victory,” Sorbara tells EW. “More than any songs I’ve ever written, these almost kept me alive a little bit. They kept us both alive.”–Nolan Feeney

Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan: The 1966 Live Recordings

For his latest archival release, the legendary singer-songwriter — and, lest we forget, newly minted Nobel laureate — has dipped back to the vaunted 1966 tour he embarked upon after “going electric” the previous year. Flanked by the Hawks, later known as the Band, the 36-disc collection contains some of the most vital rock and roll ever made. –ERB

The Band, The Last Waltz (40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

The 1966 Live Recordings isn’t the only collection being released Friday from Dylan’s sphere. Martin Scorsese documented the Band’s final concert, which took place on Thanksgiving Day 1976 in San Francisco, in the concert film The Last Waltz and this reissue contains the complete audio of the concert, rehearsals, and a Blu-ray edition of the documentary itself. –ERB

Fergie, “Life Goes On”

Got post-election blues? Fergie is hoping to inspire you with a tropical house-leaning new single that’s a far cry from the bonkers energy of this year’s “M.I.L.F. $.” “In the midst of all the madness, remember life is beautiful,” the singer tweeted.–NF

Miranda Lambert, “We Should Be Friends”

Is your mind as cluttered as your kitchen sink? Your heart as empty as your diesel tank? Do all your white t-shirts have stains? That’s all just fine with Miranda. “We should be friends,” she promises on her wonderful new song that praises imperfection. It’s the latest she’s sharing off her sprawling double album, The Weight of These Wings, out next week. –Madison Vain

Zara Larsson, “I Would Like”

The Swedish pop star is the gift that keeps on giving. On top of her sassy new single, “Ain’t My Fault,” she’s treating fans to another taste of her upcoming international debut album: this time, it’s a steamy deep-house banger produced by the Monsters and the Strangerz (Nick Jonas’ “Levels,” Jason Deurlo’s “If It Ain’t Love”). –NF

Sad13, Slugger

Sadie Dupuis made her name as the singer and driving force behind indie-rock band Speedy Ortiz, but on her solo debut she’s foregoing the distorted riffs that defined 2013’s Major Arcana and last year’s Foil Deer. Instead, Dupuis told EW last month, Slugger is a collection of “ethical weirdo pop” that draws inspiration from Jessica Jones, Boy Scouts, Biz Markie, and more. –ERB

Bibi Bourelly, Free The Real (Pt. 2)

Bibi Bourelly, the songwriter behind Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money,” impressed fans when she released a raw, rumbling EP Free The Real (Pt. 1) earlier this year, and now she’s back with part two of the collection, which houses acoustic heartwrenchers like “Untitled” and stomping, clap-along tracks that come with warnings: “I’m gonna f— you up.” – Jessica Goodman

Sting, 57th & 9th

The ex-Police frontman’s first rock album in more than a decade—named for the intersection he passed every day on the way to the studio—touches on everything from urgent social issues (“One Fine Day,” about climate-change skeptics) and his own mortality (“50,000,” inspired by the deaths of Prince, David Bowie, and others this year). –NF

GUM, Flash in the Pan

Jay Watson is most recognizable as the keyboard whiz who flanks Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker onstage — and who co-wrote that band’s 2012 tracks “Apocalypse Dreams” and “Elephant.” But the Aussie has a robust career outside of that group, through the groovy psychedelia of Pond and the ’80s-inspired synth jams of his solo project GUM. Like 2014’s Delorean Highway and 2015’s Glamorous DamageFlash in the Pan is a heady concoction of clicking drum machines, woozy synths, and Watson’s spacey vocals. –ERB

Betty Who, “Human Touch”

She’ll love you, always forever, but right now the Australian pop star is craving some physical contact on her club-ready new single. “I wanted to show more of myself,” Who told EW in June about her upcoming album. “If I’m angry, be angry. If I’m sad, be sad. If I want to feel sexy, I want to do that specifically. I tried to hit the emotions all the way to the fullest extent, as opposed to dipping my toe in the water.” —NF

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