Toronto native The Weeknd is back with another big featured artist – Daft Punk. It’s the first single off his upcoming third album by the same name “Starboy” out November 25th. Last year he released his most popular single to date with The Hills (which is closing in on a billion views now on Youtube) and he built on it’s success even more scoring The Hills remixes featuring Eminem and Nicki Minaj. This time he’s got a pink neon cross and looking to get some anger out, we’ll see if his new Album will do as well.
Kygo is back with another hit. Earlier this year he had some chart-topping success with Raging ft. Kodaline as an irish rock band meets dance club sound. You might recognize Kygo from several of his 2015 killer-year hits Stole The Show feat. Parson James, Here for You ft. Ella Henderson (my personal fav), or Firestone ft. Conrad Sewell.
One of the music videos from last month I keep going back to is Jidenna’s single “Chief Don’t Run”. You probably recognize Jidenna from his 2015 hit Classic Man and the Classic Man (Remix ft Kendrick Lamar). Another one of his 2015 singles worth checking out, that Pat recommended, is Long Live the Chief.
Tove Lo said the music video was inspired by the “cool girl” monologue from the movie “Gone Girl”. Her next album “Lady Wood” comes out October 28th. Besides “Cool Girl” no other tracks from the new album had been released until this morning, Tove Lo released “Influence (feat. Wiz Khalifa)”. Listen below:
Felix Jaehn is back with what is sure to be his first hit of 2016. Bonfire features ALMA in the song and video, she was a contestant on The Voice Finland 3 years ago and this year in June had a hit Karma (also worth a download). Now that she’s scored a feature on a Felix Jaehn track I’m sure we’ll be seeing her featured on several more hits in the future. We featured Felix last year for his 2015 hit Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better) and if you’re looking for more he released Book Of Love later in 2015 as well.
Now here is two leaders in the music scene you would not picture hanging out and making a music video together; Skrillex and Rick Ross. It’s the lead single off the new Suicide Squad album, so I guess it fits right in with the theme of unlikely team’s being formed. What’s even crazier is they actually got Jared Leto (who plays the new Joker) to not just cameo but basically play a featured role for the music video. It’s a trap single, primarily Rick Ross rapping over a Skrillex beat, but Skrillex also chopped and screwed Rick Ross’s lyrics over the chorus as well. The previous single off the Suicide Squad album was also an interesting collaboration and pretty solid too, check out Sucker for Pain – Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons.
Out of nowhere comes a brand new single from Green Day. The rockers are back for the twelfth studio album and the single Bang Bang is the first taste we get of the band. Lead singer and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong stated that the lead single Bang Bang is “about the culture of mass shooting that happens in America mixed with narcissistic social media.”Armstrong also stated that the album is meant to reflect the current state of chaos in the United States, what with the mass shootings and upcoming elections. Seems like a strong rock track and has us looking forward to the new album! Also check out the other single Revolution Radio they released from the album.
Ria Mae is a pop/alternative artist from Halifax, Canada to keep an eye on. We recommend turning it up a couple extra clicks when listening to her latest music video “Gold”. Ria Mae enjoyed some spot light last year with her 2015 hit Clothes Off (produced by Classified), which has over 2 million views on YouTube now. I’ve been following Ria Mae since her first single Under Your Skin in 2011 off her first album, which is still one of my favorite unique tracks from her. Besides Gold and Clothes Off, other tracks to check out off her 2016 self titled album include Ooh Love, as well as it’s more upbeat remix Ooh Love (Neon Dreams Remix), and how can I resist plugging her collab track with Classified – Thoughts on Fire.
DJ Khaled’s Major Key album is now out on iTunes and there are many great tracks so we recommend checking it out. This one here is a standout track from the album, where Kendrick and Big Sean both spit some great verses and Betty Wright is on the hook. Which rapper had the better verse? Let us know below.
Another standout track from the album is J. Cole’s “Jermaine’s Interlude” – check it out here.