Hello there! Are you looking for a quick round-up of this week’s latest releases in the vast and interesting world of music? Well, say no more, my dear friend, because you came to the right place! Welcome to The Weekly Playlist where you can get your dose of new music.
The final week of Summer Term has passed and with that, the academic year is officially over. I don’t know about you, but as much as I wanted to finish with my assessments, as sad I feel now that the year is over. Thankfully, this week was a good week for music and the highlight, for me at least, was Imagine Dragons’ new album which is finally out. So, allow me to begin The Weekly Playlist for this week.
- New songs
Kodaline – ‘Brother’
Oh, I think this is such a beautiful song and I’m glad I found this band. From what I read about them, the band hasn’t released new music since 2015 when their second album came out. So, this is their first song in almost two years and it’s believed it will be part of a new album. The song also came with a cute, but sad, video which pictures a boy who deals with the loss of his brother.
Ansel Elgort – ‘All I Think About Is You’
I can’t say I’m good with names of actors so Ansel Elgort didn’t ring a bell when I first saw it but the guy in the picture below looked familiar. Then I investigated a bit and it turns out the actor from The Fault in Our Stars and Baby Driver is the same person as the artist who sings ‘All I Think About Is You’. So, he is multitalented. Very interesting! And the song isn’t bad either. It’s very poppy and upbeat, not something extraordinary, but nice overall. Take a listen!
Fall Out Boy – ‘Champion’
I was so excited when I saw a new song revealed from FOB’s upcoming album. 15 September (the release date of the album) seems so far away so at least we get to see glimpses of what’s to come. Hopefully, FOB will reveal another song or two from the album before the official release in September. I like this song better than ‘Young and Menace’ the first song from their new album. That’s probably because I think ‘Champion’ reflects more their older selfs. That being said, it doesn’t mean I don’t like the change you can notice in ‘Young and Menace’.
- New albums
Imagine Dragons – Evolve
So, Evolve came out this week and I love it so much. It doesn’t happen to me very often to like every single song from an album but it happened with this one. Trust me, this is an album you don’t want to miss. I really think Imagine Dragons outdid themselves with this one. You’ve probably heard ‘Believer’ or ‘Thunder’ by now and if you like those you’ll definitely like the rest of the album. And, if you don’t know where to start, try ‘Rise Up’ first. It’s my favourite one.
DJ Khaled – Grateful
In terms of hip-hop and rap, DJ Khaled’s got your back (did that rhyme?). And apparently, his new album Grateful is battling for the first place on music platforms with Imagine Dragons’ Evolve. Grateful has a big plus when it comes to the artists that it features. It has Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys, Future and the list continues for 22 songs. It’s an entire party on this tracklist. And, in case you were wondering who that baby on the album cover is, let me enlighten you. It’s DJ Khaled’s eight-months son Asahd and he’s very cute.
Despicable Me 3 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Now, this is very exciting because this soundtrack means that we will get to watch Despicable Me 3 very soon. Very soon! The soundtrack features many songs from Pharrell Williams, including the iconic ‘Despicable Me’ which appeared in the previous movies as well. Madonna, Michael Jackson and A-ha are also featured on the tracklist, which is interesting since they’re not really artists of today’s generation. Also, The Minions are credited as artists for two of the songs on the tracklist and I find it hilarious.
- Throwback songs
Ok, so this section is something new on The Weekly Playlist. The thing is, I’ve been pretty melancholic these days because this academic year is over, I won’t see my uni friends for a while and other things like these. And because I was feeling melancholic, I started to listen to old songs that reminded me of good times with my friends from home. And that made me even more melancholic so, as you can see my technique to make myself feel better wasn’t effective. At all! But it did give me an idea for the Playlist because I came across some songs that were massive hits back in the day. So, here are three of them that I used to love and I still enjoy.
Rihanna – ‘Pon de Replay’
The Black Eyed Peas – ‘Boom Boom Pow’
P!nk – ‘So What’