Albums of the week: major music releases to watch
By Taylor Kamnetz
It’s a brand new week, and that can only mean one thing: fresh. the music the drops are on their way.
Spring is on the horizon, and let’s face it: your party playlist probably needs updating.
It can be overwhelming trying to figure out what comes out when, especially in the age of streaming where drop dates often change on the fly.
Luckily, this week’s music releases hit all the highs in a variety of genres, meaning there’s something new on the way for every type of music fan.
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Whether you like classic rock, hip-hop, electro-pop or country rap, there’s bound to be bop music that speaks to you.
With artists like Franz Ferdinand, Florence + The Machine and Bryan Adams at BoB, Lil Durk, Yelawolf, Dua Lipa and The Chainsmokers all releasing varied works, the problem probably won’t be finding something to rock.
It will rather be a question of choosing in which musical direction to go.
So sit back and keep scrolling to find out which releases are on TAG24’s radar this week.
hip hop albums
- BoB – Artificial Intelligence
BoB has been relatively tight-lipped regarding the release of his upcoming mixtape, Artificial Intelligence. To be fair, he’s never been one to use his social media platforms to over-advertise his music releases.
But rumor has it the rapper, born Bobby Ray Simmons Jr., is set to drop AI on Wednesday. The project will follow up on his 2021 mixtape, Murd and Mercy.
- Benny the Butcher – Tana Talk 4
After initially stating on The Breakfast Club that Tana Talk 4 would arrive on February 11, Benny The Butcher took to Instagram Live in February to clear the air and state that the album’s release date is actually February 11. March.
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According to BET, the rapper mixed up the dates for one simple reason: “I smoke too much weed, say the wrong things.”
This is Benny The Butcher’s first Tana Talk release since the release of Tana Talk 3 in 2018.
Lil Durk’s seventh studio album, 7220, is set for release on Friday. Although the rapper originally announced that the album would be released on February 22 – the same day Ye’s Donda 2 was due out, he changed course at the last minute.
Instead of dropping all the work, Lil Durk simply released a single from the upcoming album, titled Ahhh Ha.
As of now, 7220 is expected to fall on Friday.
Alternative rock and crossover albums
- Yelawolf & Shooter Jennings – Sometimes Y
For Yelawolf and Shooter Jennings, their next joint album, Sometimes Y, has been a long time coming. According to Billboard, Sometimes Y, which also serves as a collaborative group name, “gives us the freedom to do anything and create any style we choose.”
Fans should expect a “fresh” sound and “electric vibe” from Sometimes Y, which is set to drop Friday.
- Franz Ferdinand – Blows to the Head
Although Franz Ferdinand’s upcoming album, Hits To The Head, has been called a greatest hits album, it will also feature two new tracks in Curious and Billy Goodbye.
The band released a music video for Curious in January and one for Billy Goodbye in November, marking the first time they’ve released new music in three years.
- Bryan Adams – So Glad It Hurts
When you become an artist of the caliber of Canadian musician Adams, any new release is an achievement worth noting. On Friday, Adams is set to release his 15th studio album, So Happy It Hurts.
In a press release about the upcoming 12-track album, Adams said: “[It] touches on many of the fleeting things in life that are truly the secret to happiness, and especially human connection.”
If you’re a classic rock fan, check out So Happy It Hurts when it’s released on Friday.
Singles released this week
In a sea of album releases, several notable singles drop this week, starting with Florence + The Machine which dropped a new music video for Heaven is Here on Monday.
Additionally, dad John Misty is set to drop a new single titled Goodbye, Mr. Blue on Wednesday. The track is set to appear on her upcoming album, Chloë and the Next 20th Century, which is due out April 8.
Dua Lipa and Megan Thee Stallion also team up on what is sure to be a top 40 hit with the track Sweetest Pie. The two powerhouse solo artists are dropping their collaboration on Friday.
Then there’s The Chainsmokers. After releasing High from their upcoming album on January 28, the duo are set to release another track, titled iPad, on Friday.
Although The Chainsmokers have yet to announce a release date for the upcoming album, dubbed TCS4, they have confirmed that it has been completed.
In a since-deleted statement on Twitter, The Chainsmokers reportedly said, “It’s finally done now. Thank you for giving us the time to rediscover ourselves, our music, and our love for what we’re doing this for. The truth is, we could have only made this album by now and we can’t wait to share it with you.
Check out the iPad when it’s released on Friday.
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