New Music Friday: 25 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 chooses some of the essential new tunes. From Taylor Swift's head-turning comeback to two Fergie singles, 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.
Taylor Swift, "Look What You Made Me Do"
The first taste of the pop star's sixth full-length Reputation, due Nov. 10, is also one of her darkest cuts yet. On the Jack Antonoff-produced track, Swift promises "you'll all get yours" to her enemies and even declares the "old Taylor" dead. For more, check out EW's collection of reactions to the song and a fascinating theory that the track is about Game of Thrones‘ Arya Stark. —Eric Renner Brown
Fergie, "Hungry" feat. Rick Ross & "You Already Know" feat. Nicki Minaj
The wait for Fergie's second LP has already exceeded a decade but, as the star told EW this week, "I can't see something that's unfinished and be okay putting it out. I don't want to put out ‘okay' stuff." Mission accomplished. Today the singer-rapper dropped two fiery collabs, one with Rick Ross and one with Nicki Minaj. She's raving about both: "I'm coming out with two bosses!" she exclaimed. —Madison Vain
Fifth Harmony, Fifth Harmony
On their first album since the departure of singer Camila Cabello, the pop group "doesn't seem to be very interested in reinventing the wheel," Marc Snetiker writes in EW's B- review of Fifth Harmony. "The album feels cut from the same cloth as its predecessor but doesn't wear it as well," he observes. Read the full piece here. —E.R.B.
Beck, "Dear Life"
The alt-rock shapeshifter's follow-up to 2015's Grammy-winning Morning Phase — which he's been teasing for nearly two years — finally got a title and release date this week. Last year, Beck told EW that the album, titled Colors and due Oct. 13, harkens back to the wild, uptempo tunes from his '90s classics Odelay and Midnite Vultures; like 2015's "Dreams" and 2016's "Wow," which both will appear on Colors, "Dear Life" makes good on Beck's promise, with waltzing pianos, a killer guitar riff, and an immediately memorable chorus. —E.R.B.
Foo Fighters, "The Sky Is A Neighborhood"
The rock gods continued their march toward Concrete and Gold, due Sept. 15, with their new song "The Sky Is A Neighborhood," and its corresponding video, directed by frontman Dave Grohl and starring his two daughters. "One night I was lying out looking up at the stars," the singer said of the cut's inspiration via a press release. "Just imagining all of these stars as places that have life on them as well, and I decided that the sky is a neighborhood, that we need to keep our s— together in order to survive in this universe full of life." Like the rest of the upcoming album, pop hitmaker Greg Kurstin (Adele's "Hello") produced the track. —M.V.
Queens of the Stone Age, Villains
"If you write down ‘Mark Ronson produced the new Queens record,' it reads funny, and I really like that," Queens leader Joshua Homme tells EW. "Excitement, surprise, curiosity, mystery: These are all the greatest parts about being in a band." But Villians, produced by the "Uptown Funk!" artist, is far more than a buzz-generating gambit — it's one of the enduring alt-rock band's best records yet. For more, read EW's interview with Homme about Villains and the soundtrack of his life. —E.R.B.
Demi Lovato, "Tell Me You Love Me"
After taking you to the clubs with her sassy single "Sorry Not Sorry," the 25-year-old is about to take you to church with the explosive, gospel-tinged title track to her upcoming sixth studio album that was co-written and co-produced by hipster favorite John Hill (Santigold, Phantogram, BANKS, tUnE-yArDs). —Nolan Feeney
The Killers, "Wonderful Wonderful"
Frontman Brandon Flowers