New Arrivals: Albums Released Today
New Arrivals is the starting point for your New Music Friday. Dig into the week’s freshly delivered stack of new album releases with our playlist highlighting choice cuts from the wide platter of new LPs dropped each week; from big name releases to the albums you’ve been anticipating for months – as well as new favorites from a broad range of genres. Listen to the weekly updated playlist here, and read about some of this week’s biggest albums below.
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Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s virtual band Gorillaz is back with their fifth studio album Humanz, their first since 2011’s The Fall. The album includes the singles “Saturnz Barz” ft. Popcaan, “We Got The Power” ft. Jehnny Beth, “Ascension” ft. Vince Staples, “Andromeda” ft. D.R.A.M., “Let Me Out” ft. Mavis Staples and Pusha T and “The Apprentice” ft. Rag’n’ Bone Man, Zebra Katz and RAY BLK, along with appearances from De La Soul, Danny Brown and Kelela, Grace Jones, Carly Simon, Kali Uchis, Kilo Kish and more. Humanz is out via Parlophone Records and Warner Music Group.
Mary J. Blige
Strength Of A Woman
Strength Of A Woman is the thirteenth studio album from Grammy Award-winning recording artist Mary J. Blige. Out by way of Capitol Records, the album follows singles “Thick Of it”, “U + Me” and “Love Yourself” and includes appearances from the likes of Kanye West, Dj Khaled and Kaytranada.
Norwegian DJ, Grammy-nominated record producer and musician Cashmere Cat released his long-awaited debut studio album, 9. The album follows singles “Wild Love,” “Trust Nobody,” “Love Incredible” and “9 (After Coachella). “9 is out via Interscope/Mad Love Records and includes appearances from Ty Dolla $ign, Kehlani and Tory Lanez.
Following her Polaris Prize-winning 2011 album, Metals, Canadian indie pop darling Feist is back with her fifth studio album, Pleasure. The album follows the singles “Pleasure” and “Century.” Pleasure is out via Universal Music Canada.
Technically released yesterday, Herstory is the new EP from rising Brooklyn rapper Young M.A. The EP follows singles “Ooouuu” and “Hot Sauce” and is out on Young M.A’s independent label M.A Music/3D.
You can listen to Herstory EP here.
Pussycat is explosive, politically charged new album from veteran indie singer-songwriter Juliana Hatfield. The album follows her 2016 project with Paul Westerberg entitled Wild Stab. Pussycat is out via American Laundromat.
Following their successful 2014 self-titled debut, feating the sleeper hit “Coffee,” indie electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso are back with their sophomore LP What Now. The album follows singles “Radio,” “Kick Jump Twist” and “Die Young” and is out via Loma Vista Recordings.
You can listen to What Now here.
Rock N Roll Consciousness
Former Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore has added yet another studio album to his already expansive catalog, entitled Rock N Roll Consciousness. The 45-minute album features five brand new tracks from Moore, including the singles “Cease Fire” and “Smoke of Dreams.” Rock N Roll Consciousness is out by way of Ecstatic Peace Library.
Sad Clowns & Hillbillies
Sad Clowns & Hillbillies is the twenty-third studio album from rock and songwriting legend John Mellencamp. The album follows singles “Easy Target” and “Grandview.” Sad Clowns & Hillbillies is out via Republic Records
Parking Lot Symphony
Parking Lot Symphony is the new album from jazz multi-instrumentalist, actor and producer Trombone Shorty. The album follows singles “Dirty Water” and “No Good Time” and marks Trombone Shorty’s first release on the legendary Blue Note Records.
You can listen to Parking Lot Symphony here.
Shine is the fifth studio album from MMG rapper Wale. The album includes the singles “My PYT”, “Running Back” ft. Lil Wayne, “Fashion Week” ft. G-Eazy ,”Fish N Grits” ft. Travis Scott and “Shine Season.” Shine is out via Maybach Music Group and Atlantic Records.
You can listen to Shine here.
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