High 5: Five Playlists You Need To Hear This Week

High 5: Five Playlists You Need To Hear This Week

TIDAL’s music editors are continuously at work crafting new playlists for different themes, genres, moods and occasions, as well as offering you a continuous flow of guest curated and exclusive artist playlists. To help guide you through the constant flow of great new content, we highlight five of our favorites right here. This is the TIDAL High 5.

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Nicki Minaj is back in a big way. Following her recent beef with Remy Ma, Nicki put out singles “Regret Your Tears,” ”Changed It,” featuring Lil Wayne, and “No Frauds,” featuring Drake and Lil Wayne late last week.

Then, last Saturday afternoon, Nicki shocked the world by putting out her personally curated QUEENS GOT DA CROWN playlist exclusively on TIDAL. Featuring tracks by 50 Cent, A Tribe Called Quest, JAY Z, Salt-N-Peppa and more, it’s a banging mix well worth the listen.

For more Nicki, you can check out our Legends: Nicki Minaj playlist here and our Guest Verses: Featuring Nicki Minaj playlist here today.


Frank Ocean

Following the release of his new “Chanel” track last Friday evening, the ever-mysterious Frank Ocean put out Blonded, his personally curated playlist featuring an eclectic and characteristic mix of music that ranges from Todd Rundgren to DJ Shadow, and everything in between.

Aside from being Hip-Hop, R&B and Pop’s most elusive and worshipped lead talents, Frank Ocean has long demonstrated himself as a coveted featured artist.

Check out some of his finest guest spots with our expertly curated Guest Verses: Featuring Frank Ocean playlist here. You can also listen to our Frank Ocean Essentials here.



South by Southwest is the biggest music festival of its kind in the world. Every year literal thousands of artists, big and small, representing different musical genres from all over the world, come together in Austin, TX, the “Live Music Capital of the World,” to showcase some of the most exciting new music, with fans and artist alike on the lookout for the next big thing.

In preparation for the festival, we put together our SXSW 2017: The Longlist playlist to provide you with samples of music from almost all of the artists in SXSW’s official 2017 lineup.

You can also check out our Latinx x SXSW 2017 playlist here for festival highlights from the world of Latin music in addition to our TIDAL Rising x SWSX 2017 playlist here for festival highlights from the ever-stirring pool of Rising talent.


The Velvet Underground & Nico Turns 50

The Velvet Underground has had an invaluable influence on music. Despite their titular and literal underground status, the whole band looks like an art-rock dream team in retrospect: Lou Reed – New York garage rocker and punk poet; John Cale – British classical music student with an ear for post-modern drone and minimalism; Nico – German “It-girl” model and singer; initially promoted by Andy Warhol – pop art royalty and foreman of the Warhol Factory, New York’s hippest taste-making hangout.

Their influence can’t be understated: What The Beatles did for pop and mainstream rock, The Velvet Underground did for punk, post-punk, art-rock, grunge, and every variation of alternative, indie and experimental rock – created during the same time period.

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of their world-changing debut – The Velvet Underground & Nico – with our Legends: The Velvet Underground playlist today. You can also listen to our Tracks & Traces: The Velvet Underground playlist here. Additionally, be sure to read Joe Levy’s superb article, “The Birth of Coll: 50 Years of The Velvet Underground & Nico” here  and check out what other artists, including Shirley Manson of Garbage and Albert Hammond, Jr. of The Strokes, think of the seminal work here.


313 Day

As 313 Day is a celebration of Detroit’s rich musical heritage, we thought we’d take a moment to focus on the legacy that is Motown. While often synonymous with the soul and R&B sound of ’60s Detroit, Motown is more accurately a genre born of a label. In 1960, Berry Gordy Jr.’s Tamla Records would be renamed the Motown Record Corporation, establishing a legendary name that would cultivate the “Motown Sound,” minting 79 Top 10 hits between 1960 and 1969 alone.

Featuring tracks from The Supremes, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and many others, delve into the label’s essentials with our Motown: The Essentials playlist.

For more Motown, check out our Motown: Deep Cuts playlist here, our Motown: The Samples playlist here, our Motown: The Covers playlist here, and our Behind The Song: Holland-Dozier-Holland playlist here.

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