New Music Friday: 14 releases to hear now
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 releases from Meghan Trainor, Nicki Minaj, and more, here are the most noteworthy new releases this week.
Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean & Migos, “Slide”
The DJ-producer recruits some of the reigning titans in R&B and hip-hop for a funky synth-driven dance track that provides an unlikely showcase for Migos’ rhyming acrobatics. —Nolan Feeney
The Chainsmokers, Coldplay, “Something Just Like This”
It may be hard to picture the conversations that took place between the pop-rock superstars and the EDM breakouts, but the resulting track is easy: put this infectious jam on repeat all weekend long. —Madison Vain
Another Friday, another new Future album. For the second week in a row, the Atlanta hip-hop artist has dropped a fresh full-length — and this one, with features from the Weeknd and Rihanna, could be The One. In an Instagram post announcing the project earlier this week, Future called HNDRXX “the album I always want to make.” If anyone can defy the law of diminishing returns, it’s him. —Eric Renner Brown
Brayton Bowman, 22 Minutes Later
Last month, EW named this Philly native one of “10 new artists who will rule 2017.” Now you can hear what has us so excited for yourself with his new EP, featuring previously released tracks like the skronky “What’s Really Good.” —N.F.
Zedd, Alessia Cara, “Stay”
“I don’t know that I would be this bold on my own stuff so it’s cool to try these things with collaborators,” pop star for the anti-social masses — and also, um, everyone else — Alessia Cara said about her team-up with the dance music star. Cool, indeed. —M.V.
ROCKABYE BABY! Lullaby Renditions of Beyoncé
Queen Bey will soon have two new bey-bies, making the latest installment of the long-running lullaby series all the more timely. The set features plucky xylophone renditions of material from Destiny’s Child to Lemonade. —E.R.B.
Jason Derulo feat. Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign, “Swalla”
Minaj is doing double duty this week: In addition to guesting on Derulo’s bubbly, dancehall-inflected new single, she also teamed with Gucci Mane for the minimalist banger “Make Love.” —N.F.
Dirty Projectors, Dirty Projectors
Warped vocals, Afro-inspired rhythms, and deceptively catchy melodies: Must be the latest from these beloved indie rockers. The deeply personal LP includes collabs with Solange Knowles and Dawn Richard. —E.R.B.
Meghan Trainor, “I’m a Lady”
It’s the latest song from a children’s movie that you probably won’t be able to escape for the next few months: Trainor goes back to her retro, doo-wop roots (with a slight EDM twist) for this cut from Smurfs: The Lost Village. —N.F.
Little Big Town, The Breaker
After last year’s Pharrell Williams-helmed detour, Wanderlust, the country quartet return to Nashville on this sublime full-length, which EW gave an A- and features barn burners like “Rollin'” and one weeper of a ballad: the Taylor Swift-penned single “Better Man.” —E.R.B.
Stormzy, Gang Signs & Prayer
The 23-year-old British grime artist has received praise from artists including Adele, Kanye West, and Ed Sheeran, who he performed with at Wednesday’s BRIT Awards. And on his debut album it’s easy to see why. Both Stormzy’s methodical flow and penchant for beats that are both melodious and rhythmic shine through. —E.R.B.
Highly Suspect, “My Name Is Human” video
These Cape Cod hard rockers have come a long way since releasing their scathing debut collection, Mister Asylum, in 2015. That set scored two Grammy nods at the next year’s ceremony and the lead single off their propulsive sophomore collection — which frontman Johnny Stevens detailed to EW last fall — also earned a nod this year for Best Rock Song. And now, the haunting tune gets a high-concept video, starring Pretty Little Liars‘ star Chloe Bridges. —M.V.
Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell Williams, and (no joke) yacht rockers Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins assist the bass maestro on his fourth album, which perfects his psychedelic fusion of jazz, soul, and electronica. —E.R.B.
Oddisee, The Iceberg
On his latest full-length, the Brooklyn MC continues to blend J Dilla-indebted instrumentals with soulful vocals and socially incisive lyrics. —E.R.B.