Keeping up with new music can be exhausting, if not impossible. From weekly album releases to standalone singles that drop daily, the amount of music is so vast that it’s easy for anything to slip through the cracks. Even following Uproxx’s recommendations on a daily basis can be a lot to ask for, so every Monday we bring this recap of this week’s best new music.
This week, Taylor Swift offered new sessions for her folk songs, a new Miley album and Bad Bunny fans are surprising. Yeah, it was a great week for new music. Check out the highlights below.
Miley Cyrus – Plastic hearts
Miley Cyrus has spent the promotional cycle for her new album telling anyone who wants to listen to her that she loves rock music and that it has had a big influence on her new album. Indeed, it’s clear from the album itself: “Midnight Sky” borrows from a Stevie Nicks classic (which features on a remix of the song), and Joan Jett and Billy Idol make appearances, as does Dua. Lipa.
Bad Bunny – El Último Tour Del Mundo
Bad Bunny was already in the conversation about the best albums of the year with YHLQMDLG, but instead of resting on that laurel, he went ahead and pulled out another record. It doesn’t quite sound like his previous music, because since he recorded it during the pandemic it was made under unknown circumstances, which he apparently decided to embrace aesthetically.
Lil Wayne – No cap 3
Wayne’s No ceilings mixtapes are legendary among his fans, and he continued the series last week with a new opus. The new collection was released with nostalgia on DatPiff and is featured in a new collaboration from Drake, “BB King Freestyle”.
Phoebe Bridgers – “If We Make It Through December”
Bridgers is releasing a new holiday song towards the end of each year, a tradition she carried into 2020. This time, she chose to release a haunting cover of Merle Haggard’s “If We Make It Through December”, on which she is joined by frequent collaborator Ethan Gruska at the piano.
Juicy J – The commotion continues
Juicy J has been shaking up his solo career for over ten years, and on his latest album, this process continues. For the effort, he’s joined by a guest roster of stars that includes Logic, 2 Chainz, Megan Thee Stallion, and Ty Dolla Sign, among others.
Taylor Swift – Folklore: The Long Pond studio sessions
Less than a week ago, Taylor Swift revealed that she and Folklore collaborators Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff crouched down and recorded a live concert film. This premiered on Disney + last week, but what it didn’t reveal ahead of time was that it would also share the audio as a live album, which hit the services. streaming when the film debuted.
Lil Yachty – Small boat 3.5
Nowadays, less and less time passes between standard edition albums and their luxury counterparts, but Lil Yachty has an expanded, more traditional style effort on his hands. Small boat 3.5 adds the value of a solid EP of new material that adds collaborations with Oliver Tree, Vince Staples, Playboi Carti and Lil Baby.
King Princess – “Bread”
King Princess established herself as a pop superstar in the making last year with Cheap queen, and recent activity suggests a follow-up to her debut album may be on its way soon. Last week, she released her second single of 2020, “Pain,” which she called “probably my favorite song I’ve ever written.”
Saint Jhn – Feat. “Smack DVD”. Kanye west
Saint Jhn had a feature film from Kanye West on his latest, “Smack DVD,” but “You didn’t have as much input on the track video. In the visual, Jhn playfully tackles the fact that he didn’t direct the clip for Kanye, who may not have liked the stripper-filled video given his newfound piety.
Rina Sawayama – “Lucid”
People who live until 2020 could use a little encouragement, and that’s what Sawayama wanted to deliver on “Lucid.” She said of the track: “2020 has been a tough year so I wanted to end it with a dance bop to take us into a more promising 2021.
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