This weekend is the worldwide premier of Lion King and Queen B dropped a new album inspired by the film. This Beyoncé produced and curated album is a companion to the 2019 live-action remake of the original 1994 animated Disney film, The Lion King.
This is sonic cinema. This is a new experience of storytelling. I wanted to do more than find a collection of songs that were inspired by the film. It is a mixture of genres and collaboration that isn’t one sound. It is influenced by everything from R&B, pop, hip-hop, and Afro Beat. I wanted to put everyone on their own journey to link the storyline. Each song was written to reflect the film’s storytelling that gives the listener a chance to imagine their own imagery, while listening to a new contemporary interpretation. It was important that the music was not only performed by the most interesting and talented artists but also produced by the best African producers. Authenticity and heart were important to me.
The Lion King: The Gift by Beyoncé
Album · 2019 · 27 Songs. Available with an Apple Music subscription. Try it free.
“MOOD 4 EVA” is the twelfth track on Beyoncé’s specially curated The Lion King accompaniment project The Gift and is a celebratory anthem. The track that features frequent collaborator and husband, JAY-Z, as well as her Lion King co-star Childish Gambino. It features a tropical afrobeat instrumental produced by Just Blaze and DJ Khaled.
Spirit (From Disney's "The Lion King") by Beyoncé
Music video · 2019 · 4:28 min Free with Apple Music subscription.
An uplifting song, “Spirit” is Beyoncé’s official ascent into lioness stardom. On the track, she sings of the approaching greatness of a future leader as well as the importance of resiliency. Explaining the storytelling element of the song, she commented:
Each song was written to reflect the film’s storytelling that gives the listener a chance to imagine their own imagery, while listening to a new contemporary interpretation.
In My Defense is the official sophomore studio album by Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, released on July 19, 2019 independently via Iggy’s own label Bad Dreams Records. It became available for pre-order on June 28, 2019. It is executive produced by herself and J. White Did It.
On August 4, 2018 right after she released her first project in four years the Survive The Summer EP, Iggy Azalea confirmed on twitter that she is ready to start putting together material for her sophomore studio album.
In My Defense by Iggy Azalea
Album · 2019 · 3 Songs. Available with an Apple Music subscription. Try it free.
When asked by fans about dates she said her label wants the project completed by February 2019. She first teased the name of the album on a post on instagram along with a snippet of the lead single “Sally Walker”.
After weeks of teasing on Sam Smith’s social media sites, this song was released on 19th July 2019. Sam has said that he wanted to move on from heartbreak ballads and in a press release commented,
This year, both personally and musically, I feel so free. More than ever I have had so much fun making this record and this video …
How Do You Sleep? by Sam Smith
Song · 3:22 min · 2019. Available with an Apple Music subscription. Try it free.
The song is characterised by a hypnotic, bop-beat and rhythm, perfect to dance to. The melody has features of Sam’s style, notably showcasing his vocal range and the distinctive timbre of his voice. The lyric, however, is of heartache and resentment — a story typical of Sam.
How Do You Sleep? (Official Video) by Sam Smith
Music video · 2019 · 3:48 min Free with Apple Music subscription.
The accompanying official video also marks a departure in that it features Sam’s considerable dancing skills; an unexpected surprise.
Goldroom L.A.-based songwriter and producer Josh Legg — will release his two-part album, Plunge /\ Surface, on October 11 via Downtown. Influenced by a life-threatening injury and recovery, the album marks Goldroom’s most ambitious and fascinating work so far. Today Goldroom shares new single “Nothing Matters (feat. Chela).”
Nothing Matters - EP by Goldroom
Album · 2019 · 4 Songs. Available with an Apple Music subscription. Try it free.
“The song is about alienation and feeling alone in a world where only one thing matters — that thing can be anything for anyone. A love, a lost love, even a passion like music,” says Goldroom. Known for his intimate but epic High Seas tours (an annual concert series set aboard luxury yachts in cities across the continent), Legg transforms his affinity for the sea into sublimely transportive electronic music built on lush melodies and vast yet graceful arrangements. This year, Goldroom is adding the inaugural High Seas Festival — featuringWashed Out, The Knocks, Manilla Killa and more. High Seas Festival just wrapped up in San Francisco (High Seas West) & will take place in NYC on Aug 24 (High Seas East).
Tickets for all can be found at http://goldroom.la/ and a full list of dates can be found below. The follow-up to Goldroom’s 2016 full-length debut West of the West, Plunge /\ Surface abounds in radically different tones and textures: while Plunge magnifies its moody intensity with a decidedly unpolished sound, Surface delivers a classically escapist take on dance music.
Madonna is emailing me, and I’m totally fine. Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone. She’s been the wallpaper on my phone, my dance tutor, the inspiration for long-expired passwords, and now we’re emailing. Through intermediaries, and there’s no FaceTime in the cards, but still. An artist and (I usually hate this word) icon I’ve loved, celebrated, analyzed, cited, and defended for 35 years, is answering some of my questions. Everything is absolutely chill, and I’m breathing normally. Keep your smelling salts.
The occasion: Refinery29 is exclusively premiering the video for “Batuka,” off Madame X, Madonna’s fourteenth studio album, which debuted at #1 last month on the Billboard 200. Like many critics and fans, I find Madame X to be particularly beautiful — her most cohesive and visionary LP since 2005’s disco opus Confessions on a Dance Floor, and her weirdest, most emotional dare since 2003’s woefully dismissed classic American Life. (Did I mention I’m a fan?)
Batuka by Madonna
Song · 4:57 min · 2019. Available with an Apple Music subscription. Try it free.
Even more than Bush-era American Life, Madame X finds Madonna reckoning with a bleak global moment as she considers her own remarkable history. This time, much of the sound was inspired by the superstar’s extended time with her children in Portugal, where she immersed herself in, and then interpreted, a range of musical traditions local to the region. That includes batuque, a style that emphasizes drumming, singing, and dancing, which was created by Black women from the island of Cape Verde, a former Portuguese colony with a central role in the slave trade.
BTW, The remix created by DJ Tracy Young for Madonna’s I Rise is now available to the general public on her YouTube channel.
“Gone” is the second promotional single from Charli XCX’s highly-anticipated third studio album, Charli. Released on July 17, 2019, the song is a collaboration with French singer Christine and the Queens.
Gone by Charli XCX
Song · 4:05 min · 2019. Available with an Apple Music subscription. Try it free.
Charli XCX premiered this song with Christine during her set at Primavera Sound on May 30th, 2019. The video premiered this
Gone by Charli XCX & Christine and the Queens
Music video · 2019 · 4:10 min Free with Apple Music subscription.
“This song is about those situations where you are surrounded by loads of people but feel so isolated and alone. I feel like that a lot of the time in social situations. I never know what to do with myself, I feel so insecure and out of place and lost. I feel like a lot of people I know get those feelings. When it comes to me, I’ll either party through it and try to escape my feelings or I will totally cave in. The emotions that come alongside anxiety are so huge and crippling. This song is about breaking down but it’s also about breaking free. It feels like one big external scream. Both this song and video are a huge release of energy for me. When I hear it and when I dance to it I feel truly euphoric and alive, like I’m pushing out all the bad feelings from my brain. Its like I’m channeling all my anger and frustration (and sometimes sadness) into dancing it all away.”
Angel’s Pulse, Blood Orange’s fourth project was announced on on the 8th July 2019, 4 days prior to it’s release. Hynes had also teased new song “Something To Do” alongside Ian Isiah.
Angel's Pulse by Blood Orange
Album · 2019 · 14 Songs. Available with an Apple Music subscription. Try it free.
Dev Hynes announced details of the new mixtape due out Friday, July 12.
VÉRITÉ unveiled the second single of her upcoming LP, called ‘youth’ in a live stream at Billboard, confirming that the song will be released on July 19, 2019.
youth - Single by VÉRITÉ
Album · 2019 · 1 Song. Available with an Apple Music subscription. Try it free.
For each day of release week, VÉRITÉ dropped new teasers which included a clip of the song and a handwritten note.
In the Wednesday teaser, VÉRITÉ attached the closing lyrics the following note about “youth” and its surrounding album:
This new album is all about love. Not idealised, storybook happy ending shit, but the real. It’s the hurt, the boredom, the commitment. It’s seeing the whole story through past the pink cloud. It’s hard to reconcile. Youth is the want. It’s giving everything to someone who gives you nothing in return. I hope Youth breaks your heart a little. I also hope you let me put it back together.
The wait for new music from Miranda Lambert is finally over. The Texas native’s latest single “It All Comes Out in the Wash” was released to country radio Thursday (July 18), and the infectious, tongue-in-cheek tune is a welcome return for the singer-songwriter.
It All Comes Out in the Wash by Miranda Lambert
Song · 3:34 min · 2019. Available with an Apple Music subscription. Try it free.
“I’m so excited,” Lambert tells Billboard over the phone from a stop in Paso Robles, Calif., before soundcheck at the California Mid-State Fair. “I’m very ready. Having time off to write was great. I got to live some life for a little bit, which helps, but I’m definitely really excited to have new music to play on the road.”
“It All Comes Out in the Wash” comes nearly 15 months after Lambert’s previous single, “Keeper of the Flame,” from 2016’s double-album The Weight of These Wings. Lambert has lived a lot of life since then — including getting married to New York City police officer Brendan McLoughlin, whom she enlisted to help with some cheeky promotion for her new single.