Welcome to a GREAT, unexpected week for new music. Adele broke the charts, Mac Miller returns on a posthumous mixtape, Young Thug returns with a new album, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a rapper now? Check out all of these and more on this week’s Nü Music Friday:
Adele – “Easy On Me”
Adele released a preview to her upcoming album 30 with the song “Easy On Me”. Amazingly, “Easy On Me” is already the most streamed song in a single day.
It’s been over 5 years since Adele has released a song, and her upcoming album, 30 (November 19th) will be covering her divorce to Simon Konecki.
Young Thug – Punk
Many of the greats have came together on Young Thug’s latest album Punk. After ___ long years, Young Thug ran back into the spotlight with some unusual promotions of the album: playing unreleased songs in the back of Lyft drivers’ cars, at the Paris Fashion Week show, and even smashing a new Rolls-Royce at his release party. His sophomore album features the late Juice WRLD and Mac Miller, along with Travis Scott, Doja Cat, A$AP Rocky, Drake, J.Cole, Post Malone and more.
Mac Miller – Faces
After three years since he’s passed, Mac Miller’s mixtape Faces is available on streaming services for the first time. The mixtape, originally made in 2014, was prefaced with a music video for “Colors and Shapes”, as fans excitedly counted down the days of this release. The mixtape is 24 songs long and features Rick Ross, Vince Staples, Eartl Sweatshirt, Sir Michael Rocks and more. (A sad shock factor: the very first lines of the intro song “Inside Outside” are Mac singing shoulda died already).
Hayden Thorpe – Moondust For My Diamond
After splitting pasts with former band Wild Beasts’, Hayden Thorpe released Moondust For My Diamond. This is his second release of solo music, following his debut LP Diviner in 2019. In an interview with DIY Magazine, Thorpe explains how he made the album over a span of 5 years, and how the album is “the sound of a control freak surprised at the sheer joy of relinquishing all control“.
Finneas – Optomist
While Finneas is most commonly known as the brother of Billie Eilish, Finneas has made songs of his own for several years. After a dozen or so releases of singles, the producer and songwriter finally released his full vault of music. Many of his recent singles are on this album, including “A Concert 6 Months From Now”, “The 90’s” and “What They’ll Say About Us.”
“As a producer-artist, you never give yourself enough time to work on your own music…Unfortunately, nobody is going to boss me around and tell me to produce my own album except me.”
A shocking twist in the world of music- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is now a rap artist? Dwayne fills a whole verse, and in a press release with Billboard, says “our goal was to create a song that got people’s heart rate up just a little”. The song also features Joey Cole and King Iso, and much to our content, Dwayne does NOT bring the energy down.