This Week’s New Music Round Up: Ariana Grande, John Legend, Big Sean, Stormzy & More
With its March 17 release date just around the corner, Disney’s live action reboot of the animated classic is almost here. Do you know what this means? More new music.
Originally sung by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson for the 1991 Disney animated film, ‘Beauty And The Beast’ has now been given an update by Ariana Grande & John Legend (he’s bloody everywhere at the moment, that John Legend fella). Check it out.
Stormzy – ‘Big For Your Boots’
Breaking his social media silence for the first time since September, Michael Omari has shared details on his debut album Gang Signs & Prayer (dropping February 24) and a new taster in the form of ‘Big For Your Boots’. It’s got everything you wanted, including lyrics about hiding drug money in shoeboxes and bootcut jeans. Yes, that’s right, bootcut jeans. Listen below.
Mariah Carey Ft. YG – ‘I Don't’
If you’re Mariah Carey, how do you brush off a highly publicized cock-up? First of all, you tweet “sh*t happens” accompanied by a gif of yourself shrugging. Next step, start gearing up for the release of your 15th album. It's a bulletproof plan. Listen to Mariah’s collaboration with Compton-born rapper YG, below.
London Grammar – ‘Big Picture’
Accompanied by a cinematic new video and produced by the brilliant Jon Hopkins, London Grammar’s second track to be released this year is a thoughtful, soaring teaser of what’s to come. 2017 will be kind to them.
Charli XCX feat. RAYE, Stefflon Don & Rita Ora – ‘After The Afterparty VIP Mix’
Charli XCX has released a remix of Official Pop Banger, ‘After The Afterparty’. Currently putting the finishing touches to her third studio album – which was, unfortunately, delayed yet again – Charli said of the new version: “I only wanna work with people who know how to party, so Raye, Steff (ed – both MTV Brand New 2017 nominees!) and Rita were the ONESSSSS! I love collaborating with girls, and these three are honestly three of the most talented, badass superstars I've met in this weird industry. This song is fire.”
Alesso – ‘Falling’
Alesso isn’t resting on his laurels. Following the success of his debut Forever in 2015 and two solid singles, (‘Take My Breath Away’ & ‘I Wanna Know’), the Swedish producer is back for 2017 with a new single that’s destined for the dance floor.
Digital Farm Animals Ft. Hailee Steinfeld – ‘Digital Love’
Oscar nominee and our MTV Push artist for November 2016, Hailee Steinfeld, teams up with Brit producer Nick Gale – better known as Digital Farm Animals – for ‘Digital Love’. Read our interview with Digital Farm Animals here.
Sampha - Process
This might be Sampha Sisay’s debut, but you’ll be familiar with him – and his soulful, powerful voice – already. He’s worked with music’s biggest hitters, including Drake, Kanye West and Solange. The South Londoner has finally stepped from their shadows and out onto centre stage all on his own, bringing a grand, emotive album with him. Please, click play.
Syd – Fin
“This album is not that deep.” That’s how Sydney Bennett, a central part of the Grammy-nominated R&B and soul group The Internet, described Fin, her first-ever solo album.
She went on: “For me, this is like an in-between thing — maybe get a song on the radio, maybe make some money, have some new shit to perform.”
Sounds like a side project, doesn’t it? Or something Syd might not be too bothered about. Click play, and you’ll see this is definitely not the case. Fin is one of the albums of the year so far. Do yourself a favour, click play, and find out why.
Big Sean - I Decided.
Based around the idea of a man who spent his whole life making all the wrong decisions, but, near the end, is given the chance to do it all again, Big Sean’s fourth studio album is an ambitious affair that also features Eminem and Migos.
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