New Music Friday: Lil Yachty, Quavo, Lil Durk and more

From a mixtape to several songs and videos, check out this week’s New Music Friday for the culture’s latest and greatest in music.

French MontanaMac & Cheese 5 — The rapper started the mixtape series nearly 15 years ago, and it’s come to an end with this installment. As teased on Instagram, the mixtape features Lil Baby, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Bryson Tiller, JIDRick Ross, Lil Durk and more. 

Lil Yachty, “Something Ether” — The song, produced by Cardo, is accompanied by a video directed by Little Miles/AMD Visuals. It’s part of an EP of the same name, which also includes recent Yachty songs “A Cold Sunday,” “The Secret Recipe” featuring J. Cole and “Strike (Holster).”

Quavo, “Himothy” — The rapper continues his solo run with his first song of the year. Part of the video was filmed on top of Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Sir featuring Isaiah Rashad, “Karma” — On the song and video, Sir and his Top Dawg labelmate reflect on past mistakes and accept the consequences of those actions.

Lil Durk, “Old Days” — Produced by Southside, the track sees Durk open up about his past addiction to drugs, mourning King Von and more. The video is available on YouTube.

Kodak Black, “Shampoo” — The song and video are out now, with the latter capturing Kodak at a San Diego Padres game, sipping Grey Goose, taking pictures with fans, signing a baseball and more. 

PJ Morton, “Please Be Good” — The song previews the singer’s forthcoming album, which was written and recorded in Africa. “I was in Lagos, Nigeria and one of my favorite new producers P. Priime played this beat,” says PJ Morton. “I immediately took out my phone and started to record ideas. I love that it’s a mixture of so many vibes.”

(Videos include uncensored profanity.)

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First Alan Parsons Project Sessions release, ‘I, Robot (Sessions)’, released to digital services

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The music of The Alan Parsons Project is being revisited with a new series of releases that kicked off Friday, February 23, with I, Robot (Sessions).

Out now via digital services, I, Robot (Sessions) serves as a companion to the band’s 1977 sophomore studio album, I, Robot, and features demos, early mixes, instrumentals and more. One of those tracks is an early take on the song “Don’t Let It Snow,” which gives fans some insight into songwriter Eric Woolfson‘s creation of the song, which was covered by Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Pat Benatar on her 1976 debut album.

I, Robot (Sessions) is the first in The Alan Parsons Project Sessions series, which will be released over the course of the next year, adding bonus material like demos, edits, alternative versions, backing tracks and more to APP albums. The bonus material has been discovered amongst more than 1,000 master tapes stored for over 40 years in Woolfson’s archives.

In addition to the Sessions series, the band’s catalog will be getting a spatial audio release over the next year.

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Watch trailer for Huey Lewis & the News musical ‘The Heart of Rock and Roll’

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It’s hard to picture anyone but Huey Lewis belting out “The Heart of Rock and Roll,” but a new trailer for the Broadway musical of the same name will give you an idea of what you can expect.

The Heart of Rock and Roll, inspired by the songs of Huey Lewis & the News, begins previews on March 29. In the trailer, we see main character Bobby, played by Corey Cott, singing the song both in a rehearsal space and then onstage at a bar.

Bobby and the band are eventually joined by Bobby’s boss, Cassandra, played by McKenzie Kurtz. In between, we see the cast cutting the song in a recording studio.

The Heart of Rock and Roll features other Huey Lewis hits like “Do You Believe In Love,” “If This Is It” and “Hip to Be Square.” It follows Bobby, who trades his rock dreams for a corporate job, and Cassandra, who puts her personal life on hold in favor of her career. When they get the opportunity to live their dreams, they have to decide what they really want out of life.

The show will officially open at Broadway’s James Earl Jones Theatre on April 22. Tickets are on sale now.

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Dolly Parton is excited about Beyoncé’s country album

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Beyoncé‘s country music is being welcomed by a legend in the genre. After her song “Texas Hold ‘Em” topped Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart, Dolly Parton shared an Instagram post congratulating her on the feat.

“I’m a big fan of Beyoncé and very excited that she’s done a country album,” Dolly wrote. “So congratulations on your Billboard Hot Country number one single. Can’t wait to hear the full album!”

With her new#1 Hot Country single, Beyoncé is now cemented in Billboard history as the first Black woman, or woman known to be biracial, to have topped the chart. She’s also the first woman to have a #1 song on both the Hot Country Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs lists since they became all-genre charts in October 1958, Billboard reports.

“Texas Hold ‘Em,” released Super Bowl Sunday alongside “16 Carriages,” will appear on Beyoncé’s upcoming country album, Act II, which drops March 29.

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Loverboy to release classic ’80s concert in high definition

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A classic Loverboy concert from the ’80s is being released in high definition for the very first time.

The Canadian rockers, best known for their classic track “Working for the Weekend,” are set to release Live in ‘82 as limited-edition CD + Blu-ray and LP + DVD sets on June 7. The footage has been restored from Loverboy guitarist Paul Dean‘s personal archive of 16mm film.

“The 1980s was an amazing time, but it’s still amazing now,” Dean shares. “The fact that Loverboy are still together and playing these same songs almost every night – Who’d have thought?”

And the band is giving fans a preview of the concert with the release of a live performance of their top 40 hit “Turn Me Loose,” which is available via digital outlets and on YouTube.

Loverboy’s Live in ’82 is available for preorder now.

Loverboy is set to hit the road this summer as a special guest on Sammy Hagar’s The Best of All Worlds tour, which kicks off July 13 in West Palm Beach, Florida. A complete list of Loverboy dates can be found at loverboyband.com.

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Apocalyptica announces ‘Plays Metallica Vol. 2’ album featuring Robert Trujillo

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Apocalyptica will be playing Metallica once more.

The Finnish outfit has announced a new album called Plays Metallica Vol. 2, due out June 7. The record is a sequel to Apocalyptica’s 1996 debut Plays Metallica by Four Cellos, which introduced the world to their unique brand of cello metal with instrumental renditions of songs including “Enter Sandman” and “Master of Puppets.”

“We’ve been talking about making another Metallica album for around 20 years,” Apocalyptica says. “Now, the time has finally come!!!”

Plays Metallica Vol. 2 invites you to a journey into the past, present and future of Apocalyptica,” the group continues. “What we can promise you: We challenged ourselves and tried to bring a totally new perspective to the original energy and emotions of the chosen Metallica songs.”

Those songs include “One,” “Ride the Lightning” and “Blackened.” Additionally, ‘Tallica bassist Robert Trujillo guests on Apocalyptica’s version of “The Four Horsemen,” which you can listen to via digital outlets.

In other Apocalyptica news, the band has announced that they’ve “amicably parted ways” with longtime drummer Mikko Sirén, who’d been playing with the group since 2003.

“We wish Mikko happiness and success in everything he aims for in all his future endeavors!!” Apocalyptica says.

Here’s the Plays Metallica Vol. 2 track list:

“Ride the Lightning”
“St. Anger”
“The Unforgiven II”
“Blackened”
“The Call of Ktulu”
“The Four Horsemen” feat. Rob Trujillo
“Holier Than Thou”
“To Live Is to Die”
“One”

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On This Day, February 23, 2000: Santana’s ‘Supernatural’ sweeps at the Grammy Awards

Santana’s album Supernatural won a record-breaking nine trophies at the 42nd annual Grammy Awards, which broke the record held by Michael Jackson’s Thriller for most Grammys won by a single album in one night.

Supernatural was named Album of the Year, making Carlos Santana the first Hispanic artist to win that award. 

The album’s hit track “Smooth,” featuring Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas, took home Song of the Year and Record of the Year, as well as Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, with Santana and Thomas teaming for a performance of the song during the telecast.

Another track, “Maria Maria,” won Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
 

Released in June 1999, Supernatural had Santana collaborating with a variety of artists, including Thomas, Lauryn Hill, Eric Clapton and more. It reached #1 in 11 countries, and spent 12 weeks on top the Billboard 200 Albums chart.

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SZA drops five-track EP for “Saturn”

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The song SZA debuted at the 2024 Grammy Awards has officially been released. “Saturn” is now on streaming services as part of an EP featuring five renditions of the song: the main version, the live rendition from her Grammy performance, an a capella version, sped-up version and the instrumental.

“If karma’s really real/How am I still here?/Just seems so unfair/I could be wrong, though,” sings SZA on the track, which she wrote and produced with Carter Lang, Solomonophonic, Monsune and Rob Bisel.

She’ll head overseas next month for Festival Estéreo Picnic 2024 and three iterations of Lollapalooza before making her way to New Zealand and Australia. 

A full list of SZA’s upcoming shows can be viewed at szasos.com/tour/.

 

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The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger shares his workout playlist

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There’s no doubt Mick Jagger is in great shape, especially for 80, and now The Rolling Stones frontman is giving fans some insight into how he stays that way. 

The rocker has just shared his workout playlist for Apple Music’s Music That Moves Me series, including tunes by Prince, Marvin Gaye and Daft Punk.

“Sometimes I like to exercise in silence other times I like to be in the gym with Mozart,” Jagger shares, “but most of the time I like to exercise to music like this.” 

The Stones are represented on the list with their Hackney Diamonds track “Mess It Up,” with the Jagger solo tune “God Gave Me Everything” also part of the playlist. Mick also likes to work out to songs like “Erotic City” by Prince, “Got To Give It Up, Pt 1” by Gaye, “Don’t You Want Me” by The Human League, The 1975’s “Sex,” “There Was A Time” by James Brown & The Famous Flames and “Rockafella Skank” by Fatboy Slim.

And Jagger is going to need to step up his exercise routine because he’s got some big shows to get ready for. The Rolling Stones kick off their Hackney Diamonds tour on April 28 in Houston, Texas. A complete list of dates can be found at rollingstones.com.

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Taylor Swift plays Sydney after weather-related evacuation, announces bonus track

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Taylor Swift‘s first show in Sydney, Australia was plagued by bad weather, but it eventually went on.

The show’s start time was delayed due to rain, and according to the Sydney Herald, the floor and the lower part of Accor Stadium had to be evacuated due to a nearby lighting strike. The late start time meant that opening act Sabrina Carpenter‘s set was cut, but she came back later to sing with Taylor during the “surprise songs” set.

When the show began, Taylor acknowledged the weather, according to the Herald, telling the crowd, “We have a little bit of a weather situation, a little bit of rain but I have never known an Aussie crowd that let anything get in the way!”

According to a social media post, during the surprise songs segment, Taylor revealed an alternate cover for her upcoming album, The Tortured Poets Department, and announced that the vinyl includes an exclusive bonus track called “The Albatross.” She also raved about the Sydney Zoo, which she’s visited twice so far. “I don’t think you guys understand how cool kangaroos really are,” she gushed. “They are so cool, so strong, so bouncy.”

Taylor’s boyfriend Travis Kelce was at the show, along with Taylor’s dad Scott. Also spotted in the stands were Katy Perry and British singer/actress Rita Ora. On Instagram, Katy posted a photo of herself hugging Taylor, with the caption, “got to see an old friend shine tonight.” The two technically buried the hatchet back in 2019, but it appears there’s still no “Bad Blood.”

Meanwhile, Taylor’s made history on the Australian charts. Billboard reports that her albums currently occupy seven of the top 10 spots on the ARIA Albums chart — a feat no other artist has ever accomplished.

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