This week’s music and music-related products are all about journeys – professional and personal. The biggest band in the world, BTS, offers a career retrospective with several new tracks to let the BTS Army know that the music continues. Bartees Strange and Perfume Genius released albums that speak to being uncomfortable and finding comfort in their bodies. Daft Punk is back in Bearbrick form, and Harry Styles and Kanye West prove to be the most popular. Find out which music and music-related releases are the most popular, which are the most expensive, and which are coming your way, plus listen to our curated Spotify playlist, in this latest installment of The Spin.
Best New Music Releases This Week
BTS PROOF Album Set (Both Standard and Compact Edition) [Incl. Synnara Exclusive Benefit] (Without Poster) CD
Celebrating their past, present, and future, global pop gods BTS have released a career-spanning anthology album, Proof. The three-disc set includes new tracks, unreleased songs, members’ selections, and more. There’s something for everyone in the BTS Army, from new recruits to seasoned veterans.
Micheal Hadreas’ latest Perfume Genius album, Ugly Season, took shape while working with choreographer Kate Wallich on the 2019 dance performance The Sun Still Burns Here. The result is an album that overflows with vital physicality. Cop the album and make it the soundtrack to all your seasons.
Over the last couple of years, Bartees Strange has been making a name for himself in indie music. Since releasing his debut album in 2020, he’s toured with Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus, and Courtney Barnett, and established himself as a star on the rise. The excitement and anxiety of achieving success permeate his genre-shifting sophomore album, but he handles it all with tempered grace and graciousness. Strange’s new album avoids the sophomore slump. While you’re at it, check out our 2021 That’s 5 interview with Strange.
Thanks to Stranger Things, a new audience gets to fall in love with Kate Bush. In the latest batch of episodes, Bush’s single “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” from her 1985 album Hounds of Love is used to save Max Mayfield from the clutches of the evil Vecna. Since the episode premiered, “Running Up That Hill” saw an almost 10,000% streams increase on Spotify, and new versions are proliferating across TikTok. This newfound attention has pushed the song to No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart.
Carrie Underwood, the 2005 American Idol winner and pop-country juggernaut, is back with her new album, Denim & Rhinestones. After releasing a couple of gospel-themed albums, Underwood is back with a brace of uptempo songs zeroing in on cheaters, lovers, revenge, and a whole lot of fun. There will be no ignoring this album as Underwood hits the road on a 43-date tour.
Most Expensive Music Product This Week
The Bearbrick x Daft Punk collaboration continues to be an expensive relationship. Last week, the Bearbrick Daft Punk (2 Pack) 400% Black was the most expensive music product, and this week the Bearbrick Daft Punk (Discovery Ver.) 2 pack 400% Multi wears the crown. The most expensive music product this week, selling for more than $1,400, commemorates Daft Punk’s Discovery album and era.
Most Popular Music Products This Week
Harry Styles continues to ride a wave of massive popularity on the charts and on StockX for his third solo record, Harry’s House. For the second week in a row, the Sea Glass Green edition of Curly’s new album is also the most popular album on StockX – and it’s not even close. Sit back, relax, and pour yourself some “Grapejuice” while you listen to the biggest album of the year on any of the numerous vinyl editions or cassette copies we carry.
In the midst of a public spat with adidas over the look of the adilette 22 slides, Ye’s Yeezy Slide Onyx has seen a resurgence in popularity. Now that summer is here, will Yeezy Slides maintain their popularity – or will their popularity last longer than Kanye’s latest return to Instagram.
The Spin Spotify Playlist