From Shania Twain to Miley Cyrus, EW has this week's fresh jams
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 Shania Twain’s first album in 15 years to Miley Cyrus’ stylistic switch, here are some of the week’s most noteworthy releases. Got Spotify? Stream all of EW’s picks by following our playlist (embedded below) for this week.
1. Shania Twain, Now
The Queen of Country Pop’s has returned in fine form on her first studio album in 15 years. “Twain’s newfound hear-me-roar attitude is all over the album,” EW’s Madison Vain wrote in a B+ review of the triumphant project. “I was more involved [with recording] than I had ever had experience doing, and I loved it,” Twain told EW in a revealing interview about the project. —E.R.B.
2. Miley Cyrus, Younger Now
On Younger Now, the shapeshifting 24-year-old pop star has pivoted from the trippy experiments of 2015’s Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz toward more wholesome fare. “She is fully her father Billy Ray’s daughter,” EW’s Leah Greenblatt writes in a B-grade review, but the lyrics “land heavy on Instagram koans … unchallenged by featherweight melodies.” —E.R.B.
3. J Balvin and Willy William feat. Beyoncé, “Mi Gente (Remix)”
Beyoncé hopped on the remix for J Balvin and Willy William’s hit “Mi Gente,” pledging to donate profits from the song to hurricane relief efforts. Although she’s listed as a feature, Queen Bey becomes the main act on essentially any song including her. In addition to showcasing her Spanish-speaking talents, she delivers a killer verse in the back half of the song. Standout lyric? “If you really love me, make an album about me.” Slay. —Josh Glicksman
4. Demi Lovato, Tell Me You Love Me
The pop powerhouse continues to showcase her dynamic vocals on her sixth album, which also features an impeccable cameo from Lil Wayne. For more, check out EW’s interview with Lovato about her biggest musical influences. —E.R.B.
5. Pink, “Beautiful Trauma”
For the title track off her forthcoming album, Pink collaborated with Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff, who also had a hand in Lorde’s hit Melodrama album. “I just love [Jack’s] full thing: this quirky Bruce Springsteen-loving rad New Jersey dude,” she recently told EW in an interview about the personal project. “He’s so lovable. I thought we might have fun together, and I was right.” The song isn’t as anthemic as “What About Us,” but it’s more personal, about a relationship that’s loving and strong because of its intense, “f—ed up” history. It flips from twinkling piano and vulnerable verses to a stomping chorus with a synth baseline and sharp drum beats, both Antonoff signatures. —Eric King
6. Kamasi Washington, Harmony of Difference
Jazz-sax whiz Kamasi Washington believes in quality and quantity. His 2015 album, The Epic, ran three hours, and now the frequent Kendrick Lamar collaborator delivers again with EP Harmony of Difference, featuring six earthy, excellent tracks. “The jazz we play, it relates to who I am and who my friends are and how we grew up together playing music since we were little kids,” Washington told EW in a 2016 interview. “I’m from L.A. which is the musical capital of the world. We really take in that music from all those different people.” —E.R.B.
7. Kyle feat. Miguel, “Sunshine”
California-born rapper and 2017 XXL Freshman Kyle dropped three new songs Friday: “All Mine” featuring MadeinTYO, “Off Of It” featuring Ty Dolla $ign, and “Sunshine” featuring Miguel. Kyle tweeted that the new jams are “just the throwaways” — the same word he used to describe top 10 single “iSpy” in its lyrics — but good luck getting Miguel’s catchy “la-la-la-la-la-la-la” out of your head anytime this weekend. For more about Kyle, revisit EW’s Breaking Big interview with him. —J.G.
8. David Bowie, A New Career In A New Town: 1977-1982
The third boxed set chronicling Bowie’s vaunted career focuses on his Berlin period. Collecting studio albums including Low, “Heroes,” and Lodger, as well as live material, B-sides, and other rarities, A New Career In A New Town is the definitive document of one Bowie’s his most creatively fruitful eras. For more, read EW’s deep dive about the collection. —E.R.B.
9. Four Tet, New Energy
The brilliant IDM producer continues to push limits on his latest gem, an hour-long collection of intricate electronic tunes. —E.R.B.
10. Wolf Alice, Visions of A Life
On the follow-up to their acclaimed 2015 debut, the Grammy-nominated alt-rock quartet present another slate of cinematic, lighters-in-the-sky anthems. Frontwoman Ellie Rowsell’s versatile voice unifies the project. —E.R.B.
11. Ibeyi, Ash
The Beyoncé-approved French-Cuban twins — they cameoed in Lemonade — deliver a distinctive blend of pop, R&B, and electronica on their mesmerizing second album. You’ll want to get in formation with them. —E.R.B.
12. Run the Jewels, “Mean Demeanor”
Recorded for the FIFA 18 soundtrack, the hip-hop duo’s first offering since December’s Run the Jewels 3 yet again blends a concussive El-P beat with tongue-twisting verses from him and his cohort Killer Mike. After El introduces himself as “El-Tornado,” Killer Mike swoops in with the assist: “It’s that run and bump, that fee-fi-fo from a tag-team smack a chump,” he effortlessly rattles off. “This that killer spit, that villainous, vicious, venomous El-Tornado kick.” For more about Run the Jewels, revisit EW’s December interview with the duo. —E.R.B.
13. Torres, Three Futures
The singer-songwriter’s latest fuses pulsing electronic rhythms, angular guitar riffs, and her expressive voice for a sparse, arresting result that’s somewhere between Nine Inch Nails and St. Vincent. —E.R.B.
14. Protomartyr, Relatives in Descent
Brooding and abrasive, the Detroit post-punk group’s new LP isn’t for the faint of heart — but beauty lies in its 12 knotty, pummeling tunes. —E.R.B.
15. Rich the Kid feat. Kendrick Lamar, “New Freezer”
Fresh off dropping his Rich Forever 3 mixtape in June, rapper Rich the Kid returned Tuesday with a new track featuring Kendrick Lamar. An earlier version of “New Freezer” reportedly featured A$AP Ferg and MadeinTYO, but it’s hard to argue with subbing in a verse from Kung Fu Kenny. The flex track nabbed a small segment on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show and asks an important question: How can Kendrick shop with like 64 Ms? —J.G.
16. The Rolling Stones, From the Vault: Sticky Fingers Live at The Fonda Theatre 2015
The Stones kicked of 2015’s Zip Code Tour in Los Angeles with an intimate concert at the Fonda Theatre, where they tore through their 1971 classic Sticky Fingers — the only time they’ve ever done so. The band’s new official live release captures the gig in video and audio formats. For more, revisit EW’s premiere of that night’s rendition of “Wild Horses” from earlier this week. —E.R.B.
17. Grey feat. Avril Lavigne & Anthony Green, “Wings Clipped”
Grab a tie and put on your baggiest pants — Avril Lavigne is back! Okay, so it’s not the proper comeback single we’ve been craving, but it is a hiccuping, unexpectedly guitar-driven cut from EDM duo Grey’s new EP. And that’s good enough! Don’t make it complicated. —Nolan Feeney
18. Fletcher, “You Should Talk”
Named one of EW’s 10 artists who will rule 2017 earlier this year, the 23-year-old spent much of this year relocating to L.A. and working on new music. Now, she’s following up last year’s Finding Fletcher EP with a hypnotic slow-jam about getting ghosted. Don’t let this one get away. —N.F.
19. Dream Wife, Fire
The European trio’s gale-force EP contains two originals and three remixes — and, with its empowering lyrics and addictive melodies, suggests great things lay ahead for the rising band who was a standout of this year’s South by Southwest. —E.R.B.
20. Black Pistol Fire, Deadbeat Graffiti
The rock duo’s fifth album is a 41-minute blur of swaggering, scuzzy garage-rock. Bummed out by the Black Keys’ extended absence? Look no further than Deadbeat Graffiti. —E.R.B.
- T-Pain’s new single “Goal Line,” set to appear on his forthcoming LP OBLiViON, which he called “a mixture of classic T-Pain and new, unheard T-Pain” in a June interview with EW
- Always Foreign, the third full-length from heady emo group The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die
- Let’s Play Two, the new Pearl Jam live album capturing two August 2016 gigs at Chicago’s Wrigley Field
- Abrasive electronic artist Ben Frost’s Steve Albini-produced The Centre Cannot Hold
- “Alta,” another garage-rock nugget — also produced by Albini — from the prolific Ty Segall
- Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett’s breezy “Continental Breakfast,” the second single from their forthcoming collaborative LP Lotta Sea Lice
- Folk-rock legend David Crosby’s third album in four years, Sky Trails
- This Sweet Old World, Lucinda Williams’ album-length reimagination of her 1992 gem Sweet Old World
- “(ocean) bloom,” Radiohead’s reworking of their 2011 song “Bloom” with composer Hans Zimmer
Listen to a playlist of the tracks from this week’s New Music Friday above.