Last Friday’s album releases
It’s been an eventful 12 months for Lupe Fiasco, who announced plans to release three albums in 2016, then changed course and said he wouldn’t release any, then suggested that he’d release one in 2017, then canceled all releases and retired after getting in a Twitter war with fans, then decided to unretire to release Drogas Light last week. The 14-song set features Rick Ross, Ty Dolla $ign, and Big K.R.I.T., but critics think the result is a mess, ranking among the rapper’s worst work. Lupe himself only gives the album a 7 out of 10.
Additional new releases last week
- Alexander F Alexander F
- Aquarian Blood Last Nite in Paradise
- Beach Slang Here I Made This For You Mixtape Volume II
- Michael Bolton Songs of Cinema
- Louise Burns Young Mopes
- Ornette Coleman The Complete Albums Collection: 1958-1962 4xCD
- Cromwell At the Gallop
- Trevor de Brauw Uptown
- Def Leppard And There Will Be a Next Time…Live From Detroit 2xCD+DVD/Blu-ray
- Eskmo Billions OST
- Alejandro Fernández Rompiendo Fronteras
- Fog Lake Dragonchaser
- Sallie Ford Soul Sick
- The Godfathers A Big Bad Beautiful Noise
- Hand Habits Wildly Idle
- Has a Shadow Sorrow Tomorrow
- Jesca Hoop Memories Are Now
- Bert Jansch Live in Australia
- JLin Dark Lotus EP
- A full-length album, Black Origami, follows later in 2017
- King Kobra Ready to Strike
- Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears Backlash
- Lowly Heba
- Niko Marks Day of Knowing
- Christopher Martin Big Deal
- Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness Zombies on Broadway
- Meatbodies Alice
- The Moonlights The Moonlights
- The Necks Unfold
- Nidingr The High Heat Licks Against Heaven
- Noveller Pink Sunset for No One
- Nurse With Wound Thunder Perfect Mind
- Old Crow Medicine Show Best Of
- Overkill The Grinding Wheel
- Palberta Bye Bye Berta
- Chuck Prophet Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins
- Quelle Chris Being You Is Great, I Wish I Could Be You More Often
- Rag ‘n’ Bone Man Human
- Requiem For a World After
- Retail Space You Can Catch a Lobster With Eggs But Not Egg Salad
- The Sadies Northern Passages
- Kurt Vile guests
- Sinkane Life & Livin’ It
- Teen Daze Themes for Dying Earth
- Thievery Corporation The Temple of I & I
- Thinking Plague Hoping Against Hope
- Tinariwen Elwan
- Guests include Kurt Vile, Matt Sweeney, and Mark Lanegan
- Tosca Going Going Going
- Turinn 18 1/2 Minute Gaps
- Unwill Past Life
- Various Fifty Shades Darker OST
- Includes new music from Sia, John Legend, Nicki Minaj, Tove Lo, The-Dream, and more
- Vermont II
- Paul White feat. Danny Brown Accelerator EP
- Brett Young Brett Young
- Miguel Zenón Tipico
- Hans Zimmer and Jacob Shea Planet Earth II OST
Coming Friday 2/17 (notable releases):
- Ryan Adams Prisoner
- Animal Collective The Painters EP
- Includes three new songs (recorded during the Painting With sessions), plus one cover
- Aquilo Silhouette
- Bing & Ruth No Home of the Mind
- Molly Burch Please Be Mine
- The Courtneys The Courtneys II LISTEN (Hype Machine)
- Tim Darcy Saturday Night
- Solo debut from the Ought frontman
- Dutch Uncles Big Balloon
- Hanni El Khatib Savage Times
- Electric Guest Plural
- Lawrence English Cruel Optimism
- Flume Skin Companion EP II EP
- Grails Chalice Hymnal LISTEN (Stereogum)
- Jidenna The Chief
- Alison Krauss Windy City LISTEN (NPR)
- First solo album in 18 years is a collection of country covers
- Nikki Lane Highway Queen
- Jens Lekman Life Will See You Now
- Mozart’s Sister Field of Love LISTEN (Hype Machine)
- The Orwells Terrible Human Beings
- The Paperhead Chew LISTEN (Hype Machine)
- PVT New Spirit
- Maggie Rogers Now That the Light Is Fading
- Rogue Wave Cover Me LISTEN (Stereogum)
- Covers album includes the band’s take on 1980s hits by The Cure, ZZ Top, Echo & The Bunnymen, Genesis, Kim Carnes, and more
- Sam Patch Yeah You, And I
- Solo album from Arcade Fire‘s Tim Kingsbury includes appearances by Basia Bulat, John McEntire, and Arcade Fire drummer Jeremy Gara
- Shock Machine Shock Machine
- Full-length solo debut from former Klaxons member James Righton
- Son Volt Notes of Blue LISTEN (NPR)
- Strand of Oaks Hard Love
- Various New Order Presents Be Music 3xCD
- Compilation of tracks produced by members of New Order in the 1980s also includes some newer remixes by the band
- Charlie Wilson In It to Win It
- Full album release calendar >
Stream upcoming albums and new tracks
- Animal Collective
- TRACK “Kinda Bonkers” streaming at YouTube (lyric video).
- Jean-Michel Blais & CFCF
- TRACK “Hypocrite” streaming at SoundCloud.
- TRACK “Outlet” streaming at Spotify.
- DJ Khaled
- TRACK “Shining” (feat. Beyonce & Jay Z) streaming at YouTube.
- Dutch Uncles
- TRACK “Streetlight” streaming at SoundCloud.
- Tim Heidecker
- TRACK “Trump Talkin’ Nukes” streaming at Bandcamp.
- Hercules & Love Affair
- TRACK “Controller” (feat. Faris Badwan) streaming at SoundCloud.
- Hurray for the Riff Raff
- TRACK “Everybody Knows” streaming at Bandcamp.
- TRACK “Cloud 9” streaming at Spotify.
- The Jesus and Mary Chain
- TRACK “Always Sad” streaming at Spotify.
- TRACK “Bambi” streaming at Spotify.
- Mark Lanegan Band
- TRACK “Nocturne” streaming at SoundCloud.
- Jens Lekman
- TRACK “Evening Prayer” streaming at NPR.
- TRACK “Sisters” streaming at YouTube.
- The New Year
- TRACK “Recent History” streaming at SoundCloud.
- Tara Jane O’Neil
- TRACK “Ballad of El Goodo” streaming at Bandcamp.
- Katy Perry
- TRACK “Chained to the Rhythm” streaming at YouTube (lyric video).
- The Range
- TRACK “Retune (Redone)” streaming at Bandcamp.
- Rick Ross
- TRACK “Summer 17” streaming at SoundCloud.
- San Fermin
- TRACK “No Promises” streaming at YouTube.
- Ty Segall
- TRACK “Pan” streaming at Stereogum.
- Six Organs of Admittance
- TRACK “Burning the Threshold” streaming at Bandcamp.
- Spiral Stairs
- TRACK “Dundee Man” streaming at YouTube.
- Adam Torres
- TRACK “Dreamers in America” streaming at Bandcamp.
- Ryley Walker
- TRACK “The Great & Undecided (Alt. Version)” streaming at Bandcamp.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Bomba Estereo (Carson Daly), D.R.A.M. ft. Erykah Badu (Kimmel), Angel Olsen (Conan)
- Tuesday: Lukas Graham (Kimmel), Middle Kids (Conan), NxWorries (Fallon), Temples (Carson Daly)
- Wednesday: Bear Hands (Carson Daly), Mariah Carey (Kimmel), Charlotte OC (Meyers), Maggie Rogers (Fallon)
- Thursday: Fat Joe & Remy Ma (Kimmel), Lady Antebellum (Colbert), Mothers (Carson Daly), Rag’n’Bone Man (Fallon), Bebe Rexha (Meyers), Shovels & Rope (Conan)
- Friday: Ryan Adams (Fallon)
Recent artist and industry news
- Adele was the big winner at the Grammy Awards handed out Sunday night. NPR has a full list of winners.
- Nominees for the Juno Awards (given to top Canadian artists and albums) include The Weeknd, Drake, Tegan and Sara, and Leonard Cohen.
- Jazz singer Al Jarreau has died at the age of 76. – Rolling Stone
- Music by Prince returned to non-Tidal streaming services (including Spotify) over the weekend. Expect the star’s estate to begin releasing rarities from his vaults as well, beginning with a Purple Rain reissue this summer that will be accompanied by two LPs of unreleased tracks and a pair of concert films.
The latest music videos
Chance the Rapper, “Same Drugs”:
Lady Gaga, “John Wayne”:
Grimes feat. Janelle Monáe, “Venus Fly”:
Dirty Projectors feat. D∆WN, “Cool Your Heart”:
Depeche Mode, “Where’s the Revolution”:
Kings of Leon, “Reverend”:
The Staves, “Tired As Fuck”:
Miranda Lambert, “We Should Be Friends”:
In the studio / coming soon
- Drake could be less than two weeks away from completing his More Life project. – Billboard
- Snow is The New Year‘s first album since 2008. It’s out on April 28th.
- For their first studio album in 13 years, Soulwax spent just two days in the studio and recorded the entire album in a single take. From Deewee is out March 24th.
- A new Mark Lanegan Band album, Gargoyle, is due on April 28th. Contributors include Josh Homme and Greg Dulli.
Visit Metacritic’s Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.