Sudanese-American/Minneapolis-based poet-recording artist Dua Saleh has released a new song, “body cast,” about police brutality and injustice. Describing the track in their own words, Saleh writes: “#JusticeForGeorgeFloyd – 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Black Visions Collective (blackvisionsmn.org) who are mobilizing their efforts for real change. All of the names listed in the cover art were unarmed black people killed by police in recent years.”
GRAMMY-nominated songwriter Eric Bellinger has dropped his powerful new track, “ENOUGH.” Bellinger speaks out against systemic racism on this latest single, exploring a complex range of emotions stirring from the nationwide protests of police brutality following the tragic death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis last week. Bellinger took to to Instagram to announce the new song, thanking “ENOUGH” producer, SoufWest, for letting him “get this message off of my chest,” as well as the cover art’s illustrator, Jarvis Taylor, for “showcasing the racism that has gone on for far too long.”
Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire has shared a new song. “Bootlicker (Burn Baby Burn)” is a tribute to everyone who has been impacted by police brutality. All proceeds from the record will go to The Bail Project. (via Pitchfork)
“Pig Feet,” the latest single from acclaimed rapper and songwriter Terrace Martin, is an “all-action record” released in the wake of demonstrations that have erupted across the U.S. condemning the devastating police brutality and [systemic] racism that have incessantly afflicted day-to-day American life. “The message of ‘Pig Feet’ that I’m trying to get across is A, awareness, B, strength, and C, fearlessness,” Martin told Complex. “The song is very fearless. I want people to instill that in their lives. It’s okay to be fearful, but to be fearless is much stronger right now. So, instead of pumping out Kumbaya, I want to pump out awareness and stay ready for whatever. That could mean whatever you feel ‘stay ready’ is. But I’m ready. I’m staying ready. And, obviously, they’re [the police] staying ready, too.”
New Orleans funk/soul collective Tank and The Bangas have shared a new original single inspired by André 3000 in honor of the Outkast rapper’s birthday this week. “We love André 3000. We love Outkast,” the band mentioned in a statement with the song’s arrival on Wednesday. “André has culturally shaped hip-hop in a very unique way from his clothing to his cadence. Tank fell in love with him along with the rest of the world a long time ago. For his birthday, we all thought an ode to him would be the perfect gift.”
Spanish pop star Rosalía and Houston rapper Travis Scott have teamed up on a new single, “TKN.” The Spanish singer’s previous solo single “Dolerme” dropped back in March, following January’s “Juro Que.”
Living legend Dolly Parton debuts her latest single, “When Life Is Good Again,” a quarantine-inspired tune about friendship, compassion and becoming better people. Back in April Parton announced that she was making a $1 million donation to Vanderbilt University’s coronavirus research.
Andra Day is back with a new single! Day took a quick break from music last year as she worked on her upcoming movie The United States vs. Billie Holiday, in which she will be portraying legendary jazz icon Billie Holiday.
Snoop D-O-Double-G has officially dropped his quarantine-inspired single anthem, “I Wanna Go Outside,” in which he so effortlessly captures our collective quarantine #mood.
With “Rain On Me,” Lady Gaga collaborates with Ariana Grande on the latest single off her forthcoming album, Chromatica. Earlier this month, Gaga set May 29, 2020 as the new release date for Chromatica, leaving fans everywhere on the edges of their seats hoping that this date does not change.
Houston trio Khruangbin recently announced their latest album, Mordechai, expected June 26, 2020. In the past week they have released a pair of singles off the forthcoming album, including “So We Won’t Forget” and “Time (You and I)”.
American sister pop rock trio HAIM have released “Don’t Wanna,” a brand new track off their forthcoming album, Women in Music Pt. III, expected to be released on June 26, 2020, from Columbia Records.
R&B sister duo Chloe x Halle are back with “Do It,” their newest single off their upcoming second studio album, Ungodly Hour, set for release on June 5, 2020.
Katy Perry has released a new single, called “Daisies.” The new song is being billed as the lead single on her upcoming fifth album, the follow-up to 2017’s Witness. This next album is expected to be released on August 14, 2020.
The Jonas Brothers have returned with a special two song bundle, “XV.” The two-track single release includes a guest feature on the song, “X,” from Latin Grammy award winner KAROL G.
Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber have come together for a good cause, releasing the single “Stuck With U” benefiting First Responders Children’s Foundation. It will fund grants and scholarships for children of healthcare workers, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, police officers and firefighters serving at the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the pair’s first collaboration, though they have performed together on stage before. (via Rolling Stone)
Ben Platt has released a brand new single “So Will I,” off the forthcoming deluxe edition of his debut album, Sing To Me Instead. The track was written over FaceTime at the start of quarantine, and it was produced by Grammy Award winner FINNEAS.
Buju Banton teams up with John Legend on his newest single, “Memories,” which offers a glimpse of his forthcoming album, Upside Down 2020 (expected to drop sometime later this year).
#RIAAFirstTimer2020 trio PUBLIC are back with a brand new single, “Honey In The Summer,” following the continued success of their viral TikTok hit “Make You Mine.”
Weezer has dropped a new single off their upcoming album, Van Weezer, which has been pushed back indefinitely. There is a silver lining, however: along with this new track, the group has announced a partnership with Postmates, Feed Hero Nurses, and Random Acts to provide meals for nurses in Los Angeles. (via Pitchfork)
Doja Cat and Nicki Minaj pair up for a new remix of Doja Cat’s hit single, Say So!
French Montana and Tory Lanez join forces on Montana’s latest single, a delightfully upbeat new track called “Cold.”
Glass Animals have announced the release of their third album. Titled Dreamland, the record will be out on July 10 via Republic Records. In the meantime, checkout their latest single – which also happens to be the title track off of their forthcoming album.
The free 11-track album, which was originally slated to drop on Friday (June 5), came two days early and with one simple request from the group: If you can, donate to the National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Fund, which provides legal support for political activists, protesters and movements for social change (via Billboard). “F–k it, why wait? The world is invested with bullsh-t, so here’s something raw to listen to while you deal with it all,” the duo said in a statement. “We hope it brings you some joy. Stay safe and hopeful out there and thank you for giving 2 friends the chance to be heard and do what they love.”
Brooklyn rap trio Flatbush Zombies return with “now, more than ever,” their first official music drop since their Vacation In Hell release in 2018. The six-track EP includes the lead single, “iamlegend,” and a feature appearance by singer-songwriter Sophie Faith on the closing track, “when i’m gone.”
Covina, California-rooted soulful hip-hop artist Jansport J has dropped his latest 15-track project, Soulfidelity. The musician has cited Timbaland, Madlib, and Swizz Beatz among his musical heroes and early influences. This latest release evokes the same nostalgic vibe that Jansport has been credited with achieving on past albums, as he has aptly characterized his production sound as “a modern continuation of legends such as Pete Rock and J Dilla.”