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.
Bruno Mars – “That’s What I Like”
With 24K Magic, Bruno Mars’ first album in four years, the hitmaker has wonderfully translated a very specific mood into his music and has done so with expert ease. The Grammy-winning, multiplatinum recording artist recently shared that while he was working on his latest album, he made sure to look the part in the studio, writing devilishly melodious tracks while dressed in some of his finest threads, explaining that he wasn’t in the studio to create music that “sounds like sweats.” The lighthearted analogy perfectly describes the vibe of his new sounds, with Mars painting a picturesque scene that makes listeners want to speak (or dance) such luxurious daydreams into existence. “That’s What I Like” is a wonderful example of this, with the polished, dance floor friendly tune full of inspiration to go after one’s wildest heart’s desires, with Mars brilliantly soundtracking whatever happens along the way.
Miranda Lambert – “Pushing Time”
Miranda Lambert today releases her sixth studio album (Nov. 18), her first since 2014’s Platinum. With The Weight of These Wings, a sure-fire argument can be made that the 24-track collection is the luminary country singer’s magnum opus, or is at least indubitably one of her most ambitious achievements to date. Throughout the two-disc compilation, Lambert covers an impressive amount of lyrical ground, co-writing a vast majority of the songs and sprinkling in several select covers for good measure. While many fans anticipated Lambert would solely draw from her public split from fellow singer Blake Shelton on her new album, her track “Pushin’ Time” focuses instead on what lies ahead for the hopeless romantics in the room. Subtly featuring vocals from her current beau Anderson East, the detail-laden song is a beautiful ballad honoring the coveted newness and innocence a fresh relationship often encompasses. Lambert’s veteran ability to craft timeless music is highlighted throughout her album, with “Pushin’ Time” another strong example of her unparalleled musicianship.
Highly Suspect – “For Billy”
Hailing from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Highly Suspect is well on their way towards becoming a household name. As the three-piece rock outfit consistently and organically expands their already-massive fanbase, their secret to success lies in their inherent ability to put together energetic, impactful tracks that hold their own weight while also placing the group in a lane all their own. Just a year after their debut studio album snagged them two Grammy nominations, the rising rockers make a spirited return with their sophomore studio album, The Boy Who Died Wolf. With “For Billy,” the former cover band brings it back to their glory days growing up in a small town while paying homage to a friend they wish could be along for the ride as they adventure and advance their careers in music. Dedicating the song to their friend Billy, who tragically took his own life, Highly Suspect reminisces how their time together feels like yesterday, while reassuring each other that they’ll “see you on the other side,” making for a deeply personal tune that many can both resonate with and rock along to. This one’s for you, Billy.
The Weeknd – “I Feel It Coming”
With The Weeknd’s forthcoming third studio album, Starboy, only a week away from being set free, the singer has today shared yet another taste of what fans have to look forward to. In addition to recently announcing the dates of his monumental world tour kicking off in 2017, he also revealed the official tracklist, modestly boasting star-studded features from the likes of Lana Del Rey, Kendrick Lamar, Future and a second collaboration with Daft Punk, who also assisted with the project’s esteemed title track. With The Weeknd previously referring to his work with Daft Punk as being the result of “remarkably spontaneous sessions,” it’s now safe to say the chemistry between the artists could inspire an entire album in its own right. For his second collaboration with the iconic French duo, “I Feel It Coming,” The Weeknd serenades us over a calming and keenly nostalgic beat, showing off his range as a singer and finding as much success in his sway-inducing ballads as he does in his party anthems.
Jhené Aiko – “Maniac”
Jhené Aiko is making a bold statement on her new single, “Maniac,” and doing so both fiercely and unapologetically, with the sex-crazed anthem opening up a world of fantasy. The curiously sultry song arrives just days after rapper and frequent collaborator Big Sean confirmed the pair will be following up their debut Twenty88 joint project sometime in 2017, and that both he and Aiko are working on individual projects. With “Maniac” presumably the first single off of her forthcoming solo project, Aiko also offers a sneak peak into a new accompanying art project that incorporates the art form of Japanese bondage known as shibari, further helping to magnify her vision. The Fisticuffs-produced track is both sensual and elusive, as Aiko sing-raps over a mellow, trap-infused beat, with lyrics that creatively explore themes of sexual empowerment, pleasure and pain. Aiko is in full control on this one, and we can’t wait to hear what she has in store next.