Hear new tunes from Calvin Harris, Shania Twain, Fleet Foxes, and more
Every Friday, artists drop anticipated albums, surprise singles, and hyped collaborations. As part of New Music Friday, EW’s music team chooses some of the essential new tunes. From DJ Khaled’s sizzling Rihanna collaboration to Lorde’s pop opus, here are the week’s most noteworthy releases. Got Spotify? Stream all of EW’s picks by following our playlist for this week.
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller, “Wild Thoughts”
“It’s going to be humongous,” superproducer DJ Khaled told Entertainment Weekly: The Show on Thursday when teasing his new Rihanna collaboration. “Be ready — because it’s gonna be one of those.” No kidding. The sizzling, Santana-sampling track is tailored to RiRi’s strengths, effortlessly achieving sultry, slow-jam bliss. It is gonna be one of those. —Eric Renner Brown
New Zealand’s coolest cultural export makes getting drunk and hooking up sound downright spiritual as she examines her fumbles through adulthood and heartbreak with enviable grace, lacerating honesty, and even humor on her second LP. Co-created with Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff, it’s a riveting, deeply emotional journey of self-discovery. Read EW’s full review here. —Nolan Feeney
Calvin Harris ft. Katy Perry, Pharrell, and Big Sean, “Feels”
On the latest from his forthcoming, star-studded album Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, the DJ-producer serves up a funky blend of Steely Dan-esque jazz-pop and R&B — and he’s joined by an all-star roster of Pharrell Williams, Big Sean, and Katy Perry. —Kevin O’Donnell
Shania Twain, “Life’s About to Get Good”
The country queen is gearing up for a big return when the follow-up to 2002’s gajillion-selling Up! drops Sept. 29. She sounds in fine fettle on the album’s first single — a boot-scootin’ toast to enjoying the fruits of your labor. After overcoming a very-public split from musical collaborator and producer Mutt Lange and rebounding from vocal issues, boy, has Shania earned it. —K.O.
Fleet Foxes, Crack-Up
The sonic equivalent of gazing into a vast wilderness from a mountaintop, the third LP from the indie-folk luminaries is gorgeous and epic, with tender ballads (“If You Need To, Keep Time on Me”) and expansive anthems (“Third of May/Ōdaigahara”). For more, read EW’s B+ review, which describes Crack-Up as “both their most challenging and their most rewarding” album yet. —E.R.B.
The Killers, “The Man”
The lead offering from the band’s first studio album in five years finds Brandon Flowers and the gang taking it to outer space with a funky (it interpolates an old Kool & the Gang song!), disco-tinged nugget about being… well, you get the idea. —N.F.
Queens of the Stone Age, “The Way You Used To Do”
This week, the desert-rock masters announced that they’ll release Villians, their first LP since 2013, in August. And along with detailing the Mark Ronson-produced project, they shared its knotty first single. Frontman Josh Homme’s vocals are characteristically ominous, as is the bluesy riff that lifts it, but the cut also embraces a new sense of swing for the traditionally gothic groovers. Do yourself a favor and don’t overthink it. —Madison Vain
Young Thug, Beautiful Thugger Girls
In April, hip-hop’s reigning weirdo tweeted that his new project would be his “singing album.” That’s a bit misleading — his unique delivery already blurs the line between rapping and crooning — but he certainly leans into balladry more than ever here, including on the countrified(!) opener “Family Don’t Matter.” And Thugger’s one-of-a-kind warble remains the perfect match for his truly peculiar lyrics, whether he’s musing about the Pillsbury doughboy (“On Fire”) or describing sex acts involving spleens (“You Said”). Future and Snoop Dogg also stop by for quality guest verses. —E.R.B.
Coldplay, “All I Can Think About Is You”
Chris Martin and his boys dial back the dazzling and uplifting anthems of their last album, 2015’s A Head Full of Dreams, for something equally gorgeous: “All I Can Think About Is You” starts as a stunning, piano-powered reverie but slowly builds into a massive, reverb-soaked anthem. It’s the lead-off track from their upcoming EP Kaleidoscope, out July 14. —K.O.
Arcade Fire, “Creature Comfort”
The Canadian crew’s latest cut from their hotly anticipated fifth LP, Everything Now, is a shiny collaboration with producer Markus Dravs, Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter, former Pulp member Steve Mackey, and Portishead’s Geoff Barrow. But glistening power chords, technicolor synths, and cacophonous drums juxtapose with the chugging tune’s foreboding message: frontman Win Butler speak-sings a tale of “the white lie of American prosperity.” —M.V.
Big Boi, Boomiverse
The OutKast MC’s latest features standout collaborations with Snoop Dogg, Gucci Mane, Killer Mike, Curren$y, and — in a surprisingly fun turn — Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. —E.R.B.
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, The Nashville Sound
The former Drive-By Trucker was in a contemplative mood on 2015’s Something More Than Free, but here he turns up the rock & roll heat with six-string fireworks and barreling instrumentals. Isbell described his straight-ahead creative process to EW earlier this year: “The thing that works is to just write the best song that I can write and not f— it up when we record it.” —E.R.B.
2 Chainz, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music
2 Chainz summoned the A-list for his latest full-length, enlisting Pharrell, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Gucci Mane, Migos, Travis Scott, Jhene Aiko, and Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee. It’s a testament to his substantial persona that 2 Chainz unites so many voices for a singular statement. —E.R.B.
Macklemore ft. Skylar Grey, “Glorious”
The Seattle MC announced his next album will be his first solo offering — sans producer Ryan Lewis — in 12 years. But initial taste “Glorious” is the same Macklemore fans have come to know and love, loaded with rafter-shaking drums and plinking pianos. —E.R.B.
Portugal. The Man, Woodstock
The pop rockers are climbing the alternative charts with their killer single “Feel It Still,” and their groovy eighth album serves up even more addictive, psych-tinged jams. —E.R.B.
Icona Pop, “Girls Girls”
What’s summer without a fist-pumping party-starter from these badass Swedes? This buoyant, rosé-soaked tribute to throwing down with your gal pals will have you saying “I love it!” all over again. —N.F.
Royal Blood, How Did We Get So Dark?
The U.K. garage rockers haven’t cheered up since they secured top-notch festival billings and legions of new devotees on the back of their 2014 self-titled debut. Instead, on their second LP, they’ve dug deeper into their misery — frontman Mike Kerry lashes out at doomed liaison across the set’s 10 tracks — and the results are darkly thrilling. —M.V.
Kevin Morby, City Music
The former Woods member follows the success of 2016’s Singing Saw with another set of accomplished indie-rock. Thanks to his vocal delivery and prolific output, Morby has long drawn comparisons to Bob Dylan — see the loping rocker “Crybaby” here — but he’s quietly become one of the genre’s most creative songsmiths, like on City Music‘s bubbling title track. —E.R.B.
Beth Ditto, Fake Sugar
The former frontwoman of Gossip technically first went solo back in 2011 with an EP of electronic music, but this debut full-length hews more to the sounds of her old band — fiery rock and roll, soulful vocals, and grabbing, effortless melodies on highlights like “In and Out.” —N.F.
Cardiknox, “F— With You”
That didn’t take long — this synth-pop duo released their sparkling debut album, Portrait, last spring, and now they’re already back with a new cut that finds Lonnie Angle and Thomas Dutton trading off vocals as they sing about tuning out the noise and the naysayers. —N.F.