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Nü Music Friday: Weekly Roundup 4/9/21

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This big week for music deserved an unconventional post. Here’s a couple of highlights and new releases from this week:

 

Taylor Swift’s rerecorded album, Fearless

After endless contract negotiations, Taylor Swift successfully rerecorded her 2008 album Fearless. Unsurprisingly, Swift obliterated the Apple Music and Spotify charts after its release and she aims to rerecord 6 of her oldest albums.

When her contract with Big Machine Records expired, Swift fought for the rights to her older albums along with the profits. By bringing the legal matters public with Fearless, Swift also gave us a glimpse at the ugly underbelly of the music industry (which you can read more about here).

Tkay Maidza’s new single “Syrup”

“Syrup” is Tkay Maidza’s third release of the year, and has yet to disappoint. The Australian rapper wraps the bass around her finger in this anthem. While she is in the process of adding another album to her Last Year Was Weird, Vols. 1 & 2 saga, Maidza just wants to be “rich, think, sick syrup”, enough said.

BROCKHAMPTON releases album ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE

 The ever-expansive boy band, BROCKHAMPTON, released their 6th album ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE. Labeled as “their most clear-eyed and collaborative release to date”, ROADRUNNER includes features and co-writes from RZA, Rick Ruben, JPEGMAFIA, Shawn Mendes, Danny Brown, A$AP Rocky and more.

Sadly, BROCKHAMPTON will be ending their music career after their next album release, meaning they will separate sometime around the end of 2021. Kevin Abstract, leader of the pack, explained:

“You gotta know when to end something, and that doesn’t mean the family or the friendship would end, or anything like that… It’s kind of like breaking away from making music as a rap group boy band, whatever.”

 

Doja Cat and SZA team up for “Kiss Me More”

Doja Cat’s newest single, “Kiss Me More”, features SZA as the two live on an alternate planet- Planet Her. This romantic, alien disco (yep, there’s just no better way to describe it) was captured in its other-worldly music video which was directed by Warren Fu. The video features Grey’s Anatomy actor Alex Landi as an astronaut who crashes onto Planet Her.

The song will be featured on Doja Cat’s upcoming album Planet Her, where the flirtatious goddess will experiment in another planet, surely making an amazing concept piece of an album (release date TBA)

Gwen Stefani releases “Slow Clap” single and music video, featuring Saweetie

Gwen Stefani and Saweetie go back to high school in the latest song/music video “Slow Clap”. Stefani, who hasn’t aged at all in the last ten years, will include “Slow Clap” on her upcoming album Let Me Reintroduce Myself.

The possible return of Logic?

Logic, who went into retirement after last year’s album No Pressure, has hinted at coming back. After having a kid, and then sharing a new song “Tired In Malibu”. Sounding like a freestyle, with the lines “retired for a minute, but I guess I’m back man”, perhaps the Maryland rapper will be releasing more music after this?

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