Every Friday, artists drop anticipated albums, surprise singles, and hyped collaborations. As part of New Music Friday, EWâs music team will choose some of the essential new tunes. With new releases from Fifty Shades Darker, Lupe Fiasco, Danny Brown, and more, here are the most noteworthy new releases this week.
Various Artists, Fifty Shades Darker
The second installment of the erotic drama franchise has an equally blockbuster soundtrack, this time featuring big names like Taylor Swift, Zayn, Nick Jonas, Nicki Minaj, John Legend, and Sia. Between smoldering slow-jams and moody electro-pop cuts, it can get pretty hotâso EW ranked the kinkiness of every track on a scale of one to five handcuffs. âNolan Feeney
Kip Moore, âMore Girls Like Youâ
Get ready to swoon. On “More Girls Like You,” the first taste of Kip Moore’s third LP, the Georgia singer-songwriter is ready to settle down, hammer out a picket fence, and raise a few kids, that are, hopefully, he admits to his partner, âmore girls like you.” âMadison Vain
Lupe Fiasco, DROGAS Light
Last December, the hyper-political Chicago wordsmith told fans he was “officially not releasing any more music.” But after two months, Lupe’s out of retirement â and DROGAS Light is his most impressive work in recent memory, weaving his reputed lyrical acumen with propulsive instrumentals and guest appearances from Rick Ross, Big K.R.I.T., and Ty Dolla $ign. âEric Renner Brown
Jonesing for tunes from beyond our sealed borders? Fire up the latest from this Grammy-winning band of Malian groove masters. Elwan blends Tinariwen’s gorgeous guitar-powered odes to North Africa with collaborations by American ax masters like Kurt Vile and Mark Lanegan.Â âK.O.
Rag’n’Bone Man, Human
Rory Graham, the 31-year-old British artist who performs as Rag’n’Bone Man and was one of EW’s 10 new artists who will rule 2017, rode his fusion of soul, hip-hop, and drum and bass sounds to the top of international charts in 2016 with his smash single “Human.” His debut album of the same name features more genre-blending fireworks. âE.R.B.
Miranda Lambert, âWe Should Be Friendsâ
Miranda Lambertâs stunning double album, The Weight of These Wings, which released last year, is a compelling dive inside one womanâs reckoning with heartache, sure, but itâs also, at times, fun. Peep the new single âWe Should Be Friends,â which got a Legally Blonde-level charming video to match this week. Bonus: songwriter Natalie Hemby, who also had a hand in âPink Sunglassesâ off the same album, makes a hilarious guest appearance. âM.V.
The “Panda” rapper’s new single is predictably concussive, rife with pounding drums, blaring horns, and Desiigner’s high-octane flow.âE.R.B.
Danny Brown, Accelerator
Sinkane, Life & Livin’ It
Ahmed Gallab was born in London, lived in Sudan, and moved to America as a kidâand he’s collaborated with the likes of David Byrne, Damon Albarn, Dev Hynes, and of Montreal. His latest album as Sinkane is a predictably eclectic sonic mix of rock, Afro-inspired rhythms, funk, and jazz that’s as danceable as it is creative.âE.R.B.