Beyoncé and Diplo last joined forces on 2016’s year defining Lemonade, which would go on to grab nine Grammy nominations. Before that, Queen Bey famously sampled Major Lazer’s breakout “Pon De Floor” on her anthemic 2011 hit, “Run The World.” Now, the pair are reuniting once again, this time on Beyoncé’s highly anticipated Lion King: The Gift companion album with “Already.”
The new track pairs the most in-demand pop star in the world with one of the most sought-after producers in the game, for a collaboration in conjuction with arguably the most anticipated cinema event of the year. “Already” also features Ghanaian-native dancehall artist Shatta Wale. Diplo recently alluded to the collaboration via social media, and now Major Lazer has officially substantiated the news. If Diplo and Beyoncé’s track record over the last decade has proven anything, we might have a new sweeping hit on our hands. Lion King: The Gift lands in full on July 19 to coincide with The Lion King remake’s theatrical debut.
Chance The Rapper has been teasing the long-awaited follow up to 2016’s Grammy Award-winning mixtapeColoring Bookfor the better part of the year, though he’s largely kept the LP’s details close to the vest. Without much more info than the fact that the collection is being marketed as Chance’s debut album (his first three releases were all mixtapes), and that it would be landing sometime in July, the Chicago-native emcee has kept the hip-hop world eagerly at the edge of its seat for most of 2019. Now, following an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon that aired on July 16, Chano has revealed the record’s name, artwork design, and official release date.
— Chance The Rapper Album in July (@chancetherapper) July 17, 2019
The Big Day will land on July 26, and the album is available for pre-order here. It is worth noting this is the first time Chance The Rapper has ever sold a project—his first three mixtapes were given away as freebies. Now, with The Big Day‘s release date officially revealed, the wait is nearly over for one of the most anticipated LP’s of the year.
DJ Snake has been hyping his sophomore album since last summer, and while he’s kept fans at bay with a handful of hits over the last year, anticipation for the upcoming LP is reaching a fever pitch. Now, as the record creeps closer, an official title and release date have surfaced, signaling to a massive summer blockbuster, now known as Carte Blanche, on the way.
Recently, a rumored tracklist surfaced online including contributions from ZHU, Burna Boy, Bryson Tiller, Majid Jordan, and more. The tracklist also includes a French Connection posse cut with Tchami,Mercer, and Malaa, along with the sweeping Cardi B and Selena Gomez-assisted hit “Taki Taki,” “Try Me,” and “Loco.” Carte Blanche is set to land on July 26 via Geffen Records, arriving nearly three years to the day after Snake’s debut LP, Encore.
M83‘s Anthony Gonzalez is set on straying from modern musical technics on Digital Shades Vol. 2 (DSVII), a 15-cut production that conceptually centers on vintage sound. Gonzalez explained his vision for the LP in a blog post recently published on M83’s website.
“At first there was this vivid memory of Dungeons and Dragons, this childhood sensation of living in an imaginary world set in a faraway past or a lost future,” Gonzalez writes. “I wanted to create some music that could be part of this adventure and journey with all of its solitary knights, dreamy landscapes, strange animals, forgotten myths, and old spells.”
Gonzalez credits five months spent in France’s Cap d’Antibes as the creative incubation period for the approach that would guide Gonzalez’s construction of DSVII. During the summer of 2017, Gonzalez alternated between reading, watching films, swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, and playing ’80s video games.
“The inspiration behind this record is mainly video game music,” Gonzalez continues. “It felt so refreshing to play all of these old school games again. There is something so naive and touching about them. It’s simple and imperfect. And this is exactly what I tried to achieve with Digital Shades Vol. 2.”
DSVII is expected to embody the past in both the sound that will permeate the album’s individual inclusions, and in the equipment that Gonzalez used to craft the LP. In accordance with Gonzalez’s pledge to “…only feed [himself] with older art,” Gonzalez solely relied on analog tools to make the record. Gonzalez recorded DSVII in his own studio, and at Justin Meldal-Johnsen’s studio in Glendale, California during the final stages of production between the fall of 2017 and the spring of 2018.
DSVII is due September 20, and will arrive as the followup to Digital Shades Vol. 1, released in 2007. Listeners can pre-order DSVIIhere, and can read Gonzalez’s blog post in full, here.
DJ Snake has been hyping his sophomore album since last summer, and while he’s kept fans at bay with a handful of hits over the last year, anticipation for the upcoming LP is reaching a fever pitch. Now, as the record creeps closer, a rumored title, tracklist, and release date have all surfaced, signaling to a massive summer blockbuster on the way.
If the rumored tracklist is to be believed, ZHU, Burna Boy, Bryson Tiller, Majid Jordan, and more are set to feature on the record, now tentatively known as Carte Blanche. The tracklist also includes a French Connection posse cut with Tchami,Mercer, and Malaa, along with the sweeping Cardi B and Selena Gomez-assisted hit “Taki Taki,” “Try Me,” and “Loco.” Carte Blanche is set to land on July 26 via Geffen Records, arriving nearly three years to the day after Snake’s debut LP, Encore.
London’s electronic crossover quintet, Hot Chip, have released their seventh studio album, the appropriately tagged, A Bath Full of Ecstasy.
The luminous synth-pop production owes much of its quixotic finish to French Touch revolutionary, the recently deceased Cassius producer, Philippe Zdar, whose album, Dreems, also landed today. Ecstasy also employs notable assistance from Rodaidh McDonald, known for his studio work with the likes of The xx, Adele, and Vampire Weekend, to name a few. The cerebral pop icons have packed the new LP with nine original offerings, plus three alternative cuts. A Bath Full of Ecstasy is the group’s first full-length studio release since Why Make Sense of 2015. The new album is out via the band’s longtime label housing, Domino Records.
The lead up to the release of Tritonal‘s third studio album,U & Me, was nothing if not eventful. The electronic duo offered their listeners glimpses of the sound that would shape U & Me by releasing one single from the then forthcoming project each month, prompting streamers to stay in a constant state of playlist updating. Tritonal instituted the steady release schedule with debut single, “U Found Me.” The Austin-native duo maintained the momentum with the Mozella-assisted “Gonna Be Alright,” and Tritonal’s collaboration with Kapera and Ryann, “Easy.” Soon after, Tritonal would share “Hard Pass” and “Diamonds.”
The bevy of tracks that preceded the full-length production predicted the expanse of new Tritonal material that fans could expect from U & Me. U & Me makes its way to major streaming platforms with a total of 19 new cuts that hold the lively, energetic appeal that initially attracted and maintained fans’ attention long after. U & Me sees musical cameos from a number of artists, ranging from Rachel Platten to LEVV to Lourdiz, among others. U & Me is out now via Enhanced Music.
It’s been the better part of a decade since Charli XCX’s last full-length release, but according to the electro-pop sensation’s Instagram, her most personal LP is set for release September 13, followed by North American and international tours. Entitled Charli, the impending album features a chromatic assortment of supporting talent through names like Big Freedia, and Christine and the Queens. According to XCX, the eponymous, 15-track album will explore exceptionally intimate themes and experiences held by the artist since her 2014 LP, Sucker.
The album’s latest single, “Blame It On Your Love,” featuring near overnight songstress sensation, Lizzo, maintains the summer anthem allure that rendered her earlier hits like “Boom Clap” just so juicy, but also shows a glimpse of a new, unapologetically expressive side to the pop star’s sonic identity. A boisterous drop makes for a beat that’s not only destined for radio play, but is more than capable of turning a dancefloor inside out.
Charli XCX North American Summer Tour (Dates) 09/20 Buckhead, Atlanta, GA 09/21 Marathon Music Works, Nashville, TN 09/23 White Oak Music Hall, Houston, TX 09/24 Emo’s, Austin, TX 09/25 House of Blues, Dallas, TX 09/27 The Marquee, Phoenix, AZ 09/28 House of Blues, San Diego, CA 10/1 The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA 10/2, Fox, San Francisco, CA 10/4 Showbox Market, Seattle, WA 10/5 Commodore, Vancouver, BC 10/6 Roseland, Portland, OR 10/8 Union, Salt Lake City, UT 10/9 Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO 10/11 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 10/14 Rebel, Toronto, ON 10/1 Corona, Montreal, QB 10/17 House of Blues, Boston, MA 10/18 9:30 Club, Washington, DC 10/19 Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA 10/22 Terminal 5, New York, NY
Charli XCX Global Tour Dates (Dates) 0/27 Galvanisers, Glasgow – UK 10/28 O2 Institute, Birmingham – UK 10/30 Albert Hall, Manchester – UK 10/31 O2 Academy Brixton – UK 11/04 Berns, Stockholm – Sweden 11/05 Sentrum Scene, Olso – Norway 11/07 Vega, Copenhagen – Denmark 11/09 Astra Kulturhaus, Berlin – Germany 11/10 Docks, Hamburg – Germany 11/12 Stodola, Warsaw – Poland 11/14 Roxy, Prague – Czech Republic 11/15 Live Music Hall, Cologne – Germany 11/17 Transbordeur, Lyon – France 11/18 Fabrique, Milan – Italy 11/20 Sala La Riviera, Madrid – Spain 11/22 Razzmatazz Room 2, Barcelona – Spain 11/24 Den Atelier, Luxembourg – Luxembourg 11/25 Paradiso, Amsterdam – Netherlands 11/26 AB Main Hall, Brussels – Belgium 11/28 Izvestia Hall, Moscow – Russia
Now, in a new interview with the New York Times’ style outlet T Magazine, Rihanna has confirmed the upcoming LP, which is expected sometime this year, is in fact a reggae project, lending credence to the notion that Major Lazer‘s frontman and the hitmaker behind soca-inspired crossover smash “Sorry” may have production credits on the forthcoming record. As for the porject’s name, Rihanna hasn’t given it much thought, though her fanbase, dubbed The Navy, may have already named the album for her. “So far it’s just been R9, thanks to the Navy. I’m about to call it that probably, ’cause they have haunted me with this ‘R9, R9, when is R9 coming out?’ How will I accept another name after that’s been burned into my skull,” asks the Barbadian pop deity.
R9 is officially underway, and it looks like reggae-pop is primed to have a big moment in the near future.
Chance The Rapper is responsible for bringing back Wendy’s spicy chicken nuggets after tweeting a positive affirmation that acted as the catalyst for the brand to dangle these flavorful, bite-sized morsels on a stick. The rapper tweeted:
Positive Affirmations for today: I WILL have a good day, I Will succeed today, Wendy’s WILL bring back spicy nuggets at some point please please Lord let it be today.
— Chance The Rapper Album in July (@chancetherapper) May 4, 2019
Wendy’s responded to the Chicago rapper’s positive affirmation:
Y’all keep asking, so here’s your chance. The people in charge say if you guys can get our tweet (this one right here) to 2 Million likes, they will bring SPICY CHICKEN NUGGETS BACK. Let’s freakin’ do this! https://t.co/qrtvWXjj9V
In about a day and a half, Chance fans and those who yearned for the spice that left the Wendy’s menu in 2017 reached 2 million likes. The fast-food brand ecstatically responded, letting everyone know that the spicy chicken nuggets were officially back.
THIS IS NOT A DRILL! Spicy Chicken Nuggets are coming back! Y’all are crazy! That took like a day and a half! WHAT?! We don’t know when yet, gotta figure it out, but soon, and ok, LOSING IT RIGHT NOW THIS IS AMAZING!!
There has been no official date for when the hot chicken will hit the grease bucket; however, it’s safe to say Chano spoke this fast food treat into existence. He also took the opportunity to speak about his new album in the midst of all the excitement using the hashtag #spicychickennuggets. The LP will be dropping in less than two months.