Coming off the heels of the holiday season, the month of January tends to be a slow month for the music industry—but not this week. From The Weeknd’s new album Dawn FM, to Gunna’s DS4Ever project, and singles from artists like Sebastián Yatra and Lauren Spencer-Smith, 2022 appears to be off to a great start—or at least when it comes to music. Here’s a roundup of our favorite new releases:
The Toronto pop star released his highly anticipated fifth studio album Dawn FM on Friday, Jan. 7. Featuring 16 songs, The Weeknd creates his own radio station, 103.5 Dawn FM, which is hosted by comedian-actor Jim Carrey who serves as the DJ. The Weeknd also enlisted Tyler, the Creator (“Here We Go… Again”) and Lil Wayne (“I Heard You’re Married”) for guest verses, as well as legendary music producer Quincy Jones (“A Tale By Quincy”) for an emotional interlude. The Weeknd also shared a creepy, yet visually captivating video for his standout single “Sacrifice,” which is produced by Abel Tesfaye (aka The Weeknd), Swedish House Mafia, and Max Martin. [artist info]
Gunna has unveiled DS4EVER—the last in his Drip Season series—which includes guest appearances from Future, Young Thug, Lil Baby, Chlöe Bailey, Chris Brown, Yung Bleu, 21 Savage, Kodak Black, G Herbo, Roddy Ricch, and Nechie. The 19-track project arrives nearly two years after his 2020-album WUNNA, which earned a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The Atlanta-area rapper also released a visual for his single “too easy (Remix)” featuring L.A. native Roddy Ricch and Future. [artist info]
The Colombian pop singer released the second single, “Amor Pasajero,” which comes from his upcoming album Dharma. The playful, Argentine cumbia inspired track was produced by hitmakers Andrés Torres and Mauricio Rengifo. Sebastián Yatra recently hit a milestone when his song “Dos Oruguitas” from Disney’s newest animated film Encanto reached No. 45 on the Top 50 U.S. Spotify chart, making it the only Spanish-language song on the chart. [artist info]
The former American Idol contestant first shared a snippet of a song called “Fingers Crossed” on TikTok back in November. The breakup anthem quickly racked up millions of views and became a viral hit on the social platform. Lauren Spencer-Smith officially “Fingers Crossed” this week and within hours, it had already topped the overall U.S. iTunes chart and exceeded a million streams on Spotify. If this single is a preview into the young artist’s career, then we’re certainly down for the ride. [artist info]
Within less than 10 seconds of listening to Montell Fish’s single “And I’d Go a Thousand Miles”—which was included on a Spotify playlist—I knew that I needed to delve into the young musician’s discography. Fish released a casual video of him singing the song while sitting on a bed and playing an electric guitar. There’s not a ton of info on the web about Fish’s background, but we’re intrigued to learn more. [artist info]
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