Welcome to GeekyNews’ weekly music round-up! Sundays are all about what’s been happening in the music world. From festivals to awards, videos to albums, and big releases to all around going-ons, we’ll have it all. Plus, the end of each round-up will feature my top 5 must-listen songs of the week.
Kendrick Lamar Drops Surprise Album, untitled unmastered
Kendrick Lamar has been riding high since his five Grammy wins in February. And what could make it even better? A surprise album, of course. The rapper released untitled unmastered this week, a collection of untitled songs with time stamps ranging from 2013 to 2016. Many of the tracks featured on the project have made their way in to Lamar’s TV performances, but this is the first time we have heard their studio versions. If this is how Lamar is starting off 2016, who knows what else we could see from him this year?
Ariana Grande Reveals New Album Details
Everyone wants to be a super hero these days… even Ariana Grande. The singer took to Twitter this week to reveal what might be the cover of her upcoming third album, Dangerous Woman. The first image shows Grande strapping on a black face mask with the caption, “I’m not saying I’m Wonder Woman. I’m just saying no one has even seen me and Wonder Woman in the same room.” The second image shows Grande in her disguise, a black face mask with huge rabbit ears. While we do not have an exact release date for the album, many fans have been suspecting that the countdown clock on the album’s official website might lead to its release. Right now, the clock reads four days, so we will just have to wait and see. Grande is set to host and perform on Saturday Night Live this weekend.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) March 1, 2016
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) March 2, 2016
M83 Releases First Single from Upcoming Album
You might recognize M83 (a.k.a Anthony Gonzalez) from the Divergent, Insurgent, and Oblivion soundtracks, but the electronic band has been hard at work off of the silver screen as well. This week, M83 announced its seventh album, almost five years after its last full length original release. The lead single from the album was released as well. “Do It, Try It” brings up a vintage video game vibe with its keyboard-driven verses, big choruses, and repetitive robotic lyrics. We do not have an official video for the song yet, but you can enjoy the audio with a trippy singing space dog in the mean time. Junk will arrive on April 8.
See What Else We’re Excited About:
- Recent Grammy winner Meghan Trainor has returned to the music scene with the announcement of her second album and the release of its first single. “No” is a strong follow-up to Tranior’s catchy radio hits, a more rhythmic anthem that introduces the artist’s new matured attitude. Thank You will be released on May 13.
- Rapper A$AP Rocky will host the MTV Woodies this year, an hour-long spectacle of ten new artists to watch in 2016. The show will air on March 16, live from the South by Southwest Music Festival.
- After an emotional performance on American Idol at the end of February, Kelly Clarkson has released the live version of “Piece by Piece” so you can relive all the feels whenever you want. The release comes with the announcement of the deluxe edition of her 2015 release of the same name.
- Years & Years has teamed up with Tove Lo for a catchy collaboration titled “Desire.” Between the entrancing beat and intimate, pastel aesthetic filled video, you will be hooked in no time.
Songs of the Week:
5. “Pillowtalk” – Zayn
4. “The Less I Know the Better” – Tame Impala
3. “for him.” (ft. Allday) – Troye Sivan
2. “Someone Else” – LANY
1. “She’s American” -The 1975