New Music Friday: 18 releases to hear now
Plus new tunes from Vince Staples, Haim, Algiers, 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 star-studded 10th album to a bevy of unreleased, Purple Rain-era Prince tracks, here are the week's most noteworthy releases. Got Spotify? Stream all of EW's picks by following our playlist (embedded below) for this week.
DJ Khaled, Grateful
Major key alert: The social-media king's 10th album gathers practically every conceivable major name in music, from hip-hop heroes (Future, Nicki Minaj) to pop stars (Rihanna, Beyoncé) to megaproducers (Calvin Harris), for 23 epic tracks. But, according to Khaled, the LP's most vital contributor was his 8-month-old son, Asahd. "He's the reason all of this magic is happening," Khaled told EW in a recent interview. "When he's in the studio with me, he [makes] certain smiles, certain movements. I make sure I go in there more than one time with him, to see if what I'm seeing is a true feeling for him." —Eric Renner Brown
Prince, Purple Rain Deluxe
Still searching for the Song of the Summer? The Purple One's masterpiece just got the reissue treatment, with unreleased cuts from his massive vault, including newly unearthed jams like "Wonderful Ass." (That's not the most NSFW track on the album, FYI.) For more, read EW's breakdown of all the reissue's fresh tracks. —Kevin O'Donnell
Vince Staples, Big Fish Theory
"We were trying to create a new soundscape," the 23-year-old California MC recently told EW. True to his word, Staples continues to push sonic boundaries on his second studio album, savvily blending forward-thinking electronica and classic G-funk. Kendrick Lamar, Ty Dolla $ign, and Damon Albarn shine in brief cameos. For more, read EW's A- review. —E.R.B.
Haim, "Little of Your Love"
As the sister's highly anticipated second album, Something to Tell You, approaches, tide yourself over with the official version of the second song they rocked on Saturday Night Live with last month. And if you've been hooked on grainy, distorted YouTube videos of the track since it's