Zara Larsson on the cover of New Music Friday, February 9
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New Music Friday: Zara Larsson, Noah Kahan, Ye & Ty Dolla $ign, Gwen Stefani & Blake Shelton, USHER, and More...

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February 9, 2024

Explore the latest hits from Artemas, Madison Beer, Sia & Kylie Minogue, MICHELLE, Madi Diaz, Danny Ocean and more in our New Music Friday roundup for February 9.


ew Music Friday, February 9 Edition, features exciting new releases from both big names and rising stars. Highlights include "Vultures" by Ye and Ty Dolla $ign, "Purple Irises" by Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton, and Zara Larsson's album "VENUS." Usher makes a comeback with "Coming Home," and Noah Kahan presents "Stick Season (Forever)." Madison Beer drops "Make You Mine," and there's fresh EP "GLOW" from MICHELLE. Also, don't miss out on Sia and Kylie Minogue's "Dance Alone" and more great tracks from artists like T-Pain and Madi Diaz

Ye, Ty Dolla $ign, Bump J, and Lil Durk, 'Vultures'

'Vultures' is a highly anticipated collaboration featuring Ye (formerly known as Kanye West), Ty Dolla $ign, Bump J, and Lil Durk. The track combines elements of hip-hop and rap with distinctive lyrical flows. The song has been released with a music video, created by Jon Rafman, adding a visual dimension to the auditory experience. Read more about the release here.

Artemas, 'pretty'

Artemas, a self-taught songwriter and producer, has released his mixtape titled "pretty" on February 9, 2024. This 13-track project showcases Artemas' talent and versatility, featuring a blend of his latest singles that have been released nearly every month since May. Among the tracks included are "if u think I’m pretty," "ur special to me," and "just want u to feel something," highlighting Artemas' ability to convey deep emotions and narratives through his music. The mixtape also introduces a new track, "breath away," adding to the anticipation and excitement surrounding the release.

Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, 'Purple Irises'

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton, both acclaimed artists in their own right, have come together once again to create music that reflects their personal and artistic bond. "Purple Irises" adds to the couple's growing list of collaborations, showcasing their ability to create music that resonates with their fans while celebrating their relationship.

Zara Larsson, 'VENUS'

"VENUS" is Zara Larsson's fourth studio album overall and signifies a pivotal moment in her career, as it is released under her own record label, Sommer Records. The album includes collaborations with notable producers such as Austin Corona, Danja, Dave Hamelin, and others. The songwriting team includes a diverse group of talents like Andre Davidson, Casey Smith, David Guetta, among many more, contributing to the album's dynamic and varied sound. "VENUS" includes tracks like "Can't Tame Her," "More Than This Was," and a collaboration with David Guetta on "On My Love." Larsson has expressed her intention for the album to offer something for everyone, aiming to create a cohesive experience that ties her musical explorations together.

USHER, 'Coming Home'

Usher's ninth studio album, "Coming Home," is a significant return for the artist with his first solo project in nearly eight years since "Hard II Love" (2016) and his first studio album in six years since "A" (2018). "Coming Home" spans a total length of 66:40 minutes, the production list reads like a who's who of the music industry, featuring contributions from Andrew Watt, B.A.M., Bryan-Michael Cox, Busbee, Cirkut, D'Mile, Damon Thomas, Ghost-Kid, H.E.R., Hit-Boy, Jermaine Dupri, and Pharrell Williams, among others. The album is rich in collaborations, featuring artists such as Burna Boy, Summer Walker, 21 Savage, Latto, The-Dream, H.E.R., Pheelz, and Jungkook. These collaborations add a diverse range of sounds and styles to the album, from the Afrobeat-infused "Coming Home" with Burna Boy to the soulful "Good Good" with Summer Walker and 21 Savage, and the pop-oriented "Kissing Strangers."

Kid Cudi, Denzel Curry, 'Black Ops'

"Black Ops" by Kid Cudi and Denzel Curry is a track from the album "INSANO (NITRO MEGA)" released on February 3, 2024. The song is produced by Kilhoffer, William J. Sullivan, FNZ, and AJ Williams, featuring a blend of rap, trap, and dark ambient sounds. The lyrics, written by Kid Cudi, Denzel Curry, Zac, Keanu, AJ Williams, Killhoffer, and William J. Sullivan, delve into themes of resilience and defiance against adversity.

Noah Kahan, 'Stick Season (Forever)'

Noah Kahan's "Stick Season (Forever)" is an expanded edition of his third studio album, initially released on October 14, 2022. The album, deeply rooted in folk music, reflects Kahan's experiences and observations, drawing inspiration from his life in New England. The project is a departure from his earlier indie pop sound, moving towards a more folk-centric approach influenced by artists like Phoebe Bridgers and Sam Fender.

Madison Beer, 'Make You Mine'

Madison Beer has released a new track titled "Make You Mine," accompanied by an official audio on YouTube. This release is part of her ongoing collaboration with Epic Records and Sing It Loud, marking another addition to her growing discography. "Make You Mine" showcases Madison Beer's signature vocal style further establishing her as a prominent figure in the pop music scene.


MICHELLE's EP "GLOW," continues to showcase the group's signature sound while introducing new elements across its six tracks. Following their second studio album "AFTER DINNER WE TALK DREAMS," "GLOW" serves as a bridge to what's next for MICHELLE, offering a mix of familiarity and experimentation.The EP includes standout singles "GLOW" and "AGNOSTIC," highlighting MICHELLE's collaborative writing style and their ability to create engaging, dynamic music.

Katelyn Tarver, 'Quitter'

Katelyn Tarver's album "Quitter," unfolds across eleven tracks, each contributing to a cohesive narrative that explores themes of self-reflection and growth. The album benefits from the production skills of Andrew Tufano, Chad Copelin, and Jonny Shorr, with songwriting contributions from Adam Yaron, Annika Bennett, among others. The album's engineering was handled by Chad Copelin and Joe LaPorta, ensuring a polished and immersive listening experience.

1999 WRITE THE FUTURE, 'hella (˃̣̣̥╭╮˂̣̣̥) ✧ ♡ ‧º·˚:'

1999 WRITE THE FUTURE, a breakout music collective, has released their debut album titled "hella (˃̣̣̥╭╮˂̣̣̥) ✧ ♡ ‧º·˚:" via 88rising and RCA Records. This album is a genre-spanning project featuring collaborations with a diverse array of artists including Rich Brian, Warren Hue, Ghostface Killah, Busta Rhymes, Smino, Cuco, Amaarae, Offset, BADBADNOTGOOD, Westside Gunn, Dumbfoundead, and more. Across its 24 songs, "hella" offers a deep dive into the collective's anachronistic lore while celebrating the vibrancy of Northern California culture, viewed through the nostalgic lens of 88rising's Sean Miyashiro. The album includes standout tracks like “cOoL WATeR foR thE nIGHT,” a dreamy R&B groove featuring Amaarae and Warren Hue, and “a LEAp in tIME” with Dan The Automator and Del The Funky Homosapien, previewing new music from Dan's forthcoming project.

Natalie Jane, 'Tattoos'

Natalie Jane's track "Tattoos" delves into the theme of love's permanence versus the fleeting nature of relationships, comparing the physical pain of getting tattoos to the emotional pain caused by love. The song is produced by Doc Daniel and Pink Slip, who have crafted a sound that complements the emotional depth of the lyrics.

Fuerza Regida, 'Dolido Pero No Arrepentido'

Fuerza Regida has released their EP "Dolido Pero No Arrepentido," marking a significant addition to their discography. As "Dolido Pero No Arrepentido" unfolds across its six tracks, listeners are invited to delve into Fuerza Regida's musical journey, experiencing the depth and diversity of their artistic expression.

Declan McKenna, 'What Happened To The Beach'

Declan McKenna's third album, "What Happened to the Beach?", is a departure from his previous work, embracing a genuinely psychedelic experience that reflects a matured artistry and a more experimental approach to music. Released at the age of 25, McKenna's latest work is described as authentically psychedelic, a significant shift from the maximalist glam of his second album, "Zeroes." Tracks like "Breath of Light" and "Nothing Works" navigate through a spectrum of emotions, from paranoia to euphoria, mirroring the undulating highs and lows of a psychedelic experience. McKenna doesn't shy away from addressing broader cultural issues, as seen in "Elevator Hum," where he expresses a desire to break free from the monotony of US-UK monoculture.

Danny Ocean, 'AMOR'

'AMOR' continues Danny Ocean's exploration of Latin rhythms, infused with his unique blend of pop and electronic elements, creating a sound that's both catchy and emotionally resonant. The song features heartfelt lyrics that explore the desire for love, the search for emotional connection, and the power of love to overcome fears and challenges. With lines like "Quiero una bomba de amor" and "Porque frío + frío = calor," Danny Ocean delves into the complexities and simplicities of love.

Ovi, 'El Asere de Aseres'

Ovi's album "El Asere de Aseres," brings together artists like Ryan Castro, Polimá Westcoast, Alemán, LIT killah, Blessd, DannyLux, Noriel, Neutro Shorty, Pailita, Darell, Luar La L, Dei V, El Jordan 23, Julianno Sosa, STRANGEHUMAN, Ronny J, Gente de Zona, Kiko El Crazy, Harryson, Juhn El All Star, Mont Pantoja, Micro TDH, ADSO, and Nacho. This extensive list of collaborators contributes to a dynamic and multifaceted listening experience. "El Asere de Aseres" spans 18 tracks, with songs ranging from introspective ballads to upbeat reggaeton and trap. Notable tracks include "VEN ARREBÁTATE," "Poco a Poco," and "Mientras No Vuelves". The album's production team includes Antian Rose, Bassyy, Culprit, and several others, ensuring a polished and contemporary sound that complements Ovi's vocal delivery.

Sia, Kylie Minogue, 'Dance Alone'

"Dance Alone" is a collaborative track by Sia and Kylie Minogue, released under Monkey Puzzle/Atlantic Records. Jesse Shatkin and Jim-E Stack took the helm in producing this track, contributing their expertise in bass, drums, keyboards, percussion, synthesizer, and drum programming. Serban Ghenea mixed the track, with Bryce Bordone assisting, and Chris Gehringer mastered it, ensuring the song's sound quality is top-notch. The song is part of Sia's album "Reasonable Woman," set to release on May 3.

Koryn Hawthorne, 'On God'

Koryn Hawthorne's album "On God" is a collection of 12 soulful and inspirational tunes that reflect the Louisiana gospel singer's deep-rooted faith and musical prowess. From the opening track "Excellent" to the closing "Look At God," Hawthorne explores various aspects of faith, love, and personal growth. Released under Provident Label Group LLC, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment, "On God" adds to Hawthorne's growing discography, which includes albums like "Unstoppable" (2018) and "I AM" (2020), further establishing her as a significant voice in gospel music. The album's duration of 35 minutes offers listeners a compact yet profound experience of Hawthorne's artistic vision and spiritual journey.

Conan Gray, 'Lonely Dancers'

Conan Gray's "Lonely Dancers" is a captivating single from his upcoming third studio album "Found Heaven," released on February 9, 2024. The track, produced by the renowned Max Martin, ILYA, and Oscar Holter, showcases Gray's signature pop and synth-pop sound.

Fivio Foreign, 'Pain & Love 2'

Fivio Foreign's album "Pain & Love 2" features a mix of high-energy tracks and introspective songs, showcasing Fivio's versatility as an artist. The album includes notable features from artists such as Vory, Lil Tjay, Swae Lee, Meek Mill, 41, Sheff G, Popcaan, Rowdy Rebel, and others. Producers like AyoAA, Bordeaux, and boysarerolling, among others, contribute to the album's dynamic sound, blending elements of drill, hip-hop, and R&B with tracks like "Who Knew," "No Love," "Trauma," and "Could It Be".

d4vd, 'Leave Her'

Released on February 9, 2024, as part of EP "Withering," the song delves into the emotional turmoil of wanting to leave a relationship that no longer serves one's peace and well-being. The lyrics articulate a narrative of late-night calls, unmet needs, and the struggle to move on from someone who remains a significant part of one's life. The song features contributions from Silent Sky and Scott James on bass, drums, and guitar, with synthesizer work by Silent Sky. Hayden Wells, Jack Hallenbeck, Scott James, and Silent Sky collaborated to produce "Leave Her," creating a sound that blends elements of rock with d4vd's unique style.

More To Listen This Week:

JVKE, Pink Sweat$, 'Lavender'

Chelsea Wolfe, 'She Reaches Out To She Reaches Out To She'

Jennifer Lopez, 'This is me.. Now'

girl in red, 'Too Much'

T-Pain, 'Dreaming'

Madi Diaz, 'For Months Now'

ayokay, 'Naked Love'

Alok, Ely Oaks, 'Tsunami'

Mari Kraimbrery, 'Who is Mari?'

milo j, 'Vitalicio'

Lay Bankz, 'Tell Your Girlfriend'

Blake Rose, 'Suddenly Ok'

jxdn, 'When the music stops'

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