Maroon 5, Kings of Leon & More Are Spotify Editors' Picks on New Music Friday
Every week, Spotify updates their "New Music Friday" playlist, featuring 50 of the freshest new tracks hitting the service that week.
On the heels of Billboard's partnership with the streaming giant, we'll be tapping Spotify's editors to sift through the soon-to-be-hits and highlight the best of the bunch.
Check out the picks and listen to the entire "New Music Friday" playlist below.
Maroon 5 - "Don't Wanna Know" featuring Kendrick Lamar
Maroon 5 has consistently evolved their style throughout their two decade long history. While their group's formula typically dances between funk, pop and rock, their latest song adds tropical elements to the mix. Recruiting Kendrick Lamar for a guest verse, the Benny Blanco-produced track proves that regardless of the direction the six-piece moves in production-wise, strong songwriting lies at their core. "Don't Wanna Know" details the woes of not wanting to know what an ex is doing, especially not if they are flaunting it on social media with what Lamar calls "hashtag boo'd up screenshots." The track bubbles with potential to be one of Maroon 5's most successful earworms released during the latest chapter of their remarkable career.
Kings of Leon - "Find Me"
First forming sixteen years ago, Kings of Leon returns today (Oct. 14) with the release of their seventh studio album, WALLS, making for a welcome return after a three-year break in between full-length projects. "Find Me" is polished, attentive and at times safe, offering a song reminiscent of the group's pre-stadium days. While the song takes it back to their tried-and-true alt rock roots, the seasoned quartet finds a way to breathe fresh life into their sound, resulting in a breezy, guitar riff-laden track with easy-to-learn lyrics that will inevitably inspire loyal fans to sing and head bop along.
Ryan Hurd - "City Girl"
Ryan Hurd returns to #SpotifyNMF this week, and this time is doing so with an offering that is a bit more rock than country. His songwriting talents are both adaptive and intuitive, allowing Hurd to craft visceral, storytelling lyrics strengthened by an undeniably honest and emotional quality that has the potential to hit even the most impassive of listeners in the feels. With "City Girl" describing an all-too-relatable fleeting romance, it might even be a follow-up reaction to his recent track "Love In A Bar," as he pensively recounts meeting a spontaneous "city girl" who ruthlessly stole his attention and inexplicably ran off with his willing heart before he could stop her.
3LAU - "Fire" featuring Said the Sky and Christina
3LAU's latest single, "Fire," is just as beautiful as the charitable cause it is supporting. Releasing the song through his not-for-profit label, BLUME, all proceeds from Spotify streams are being donated to Pencils of Promise, a for-purpose organization that builds schools, trains teachers and funds scholarships in developing countries. "The label has raised over $60,000 thus far with Spotify alone," the 23-year-old producer is happy to report. "We’re looking forward to making great music, and helping the less fortunate while doing so!” For "Fire," the Las Vegas-based producer and DJ recruited the talents of Said the Sky and Christina, together building a song that is as soothing as it is vibrant, full of lively, dynamic instrumentation. "'Fire' was inspired by my desire to incorporate more organic sounds in an electronically produced record," 3LAU explains. "We used real guitars and pianos combined with more synthetic sounds to create a unique aural landscape, one that's both euphoric and energetic."
Machine Gun Kelly - "Bad Things" featuring Camila Cabello
Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello, of Fifth Harmony, may be an unlikely pairing, but as exemplified on their new collaboration, "Bad Things," playing the wildcard often works in one's favor. With Cabello opening the track with her stunning voice over a subtle, soft piano melody, MGK comes in hot 45 seconds in, making for brilliant contrast, diving into his first verse and reassuring Cabello that even under the most complicated circumstances, love always mischievously finds a way. The Futuristic-produced track highlights the guilty pleasure that comes with a less-than-perfect romance. The pair's not-quite-unrequited love song calls for it to be played on repeat, take one listen and you'll see why. There's something curious about their chemistry, and we're excited to see if this song grows into future collaborations.