This week is all about superstars doing what superstars do: releasing dope shit. Pusha T returns with quite possibly the best rap album of the year – and definitely the best merch of the year – with It’s Almost Dry. Billie Eilish adds to her Nike partnership with a velcro strap bedecked Air Force 1 High in earthy mushroom, and The Weeknd’s purgatory concept album, Dawn FM, finally releases. 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
Billie Eilish conquers all. Fresh off of headlining Coachella, the Happier Than Ever artist is back with her latest Nike collab, following her Jordan 15 Retro and Jordan 1 Retro AJKO. Her all-velcro Air Force 1 High Mushroom is part of a fungi-themed pack that includes a Mushroom fleece hoodie and fleece sweatpants. If you’re not feeling this latest collab, then I don’t relate to you.
Pusha T is back with another brace of beautiful songs dealing with dealing. The production duties are split between longtime collaborators Pharrell and Kanye this time around. Additionally, Jay-Z, Lil Uzi Vert, Kid Cudi, and Kanye each make appearances on the album. Perhaps just as noteworthy, Pusha’s brother and Clipse accomplice, Malice, closes out the album in throwback fashion. All hail cocaine’s Dr. Seuss.
For his latest incarnation of The Weeknd, Tesfaye indulges in the concept of the coolest retro-pop radio station in purgatory on Dawn FM. The record includes features from Tyler, The Creator, Lil’ Wayne, Quincy Jones, and Jim Carrey as the afterlife’s resident DJ and guide. Available in various vinyl and cassette editions, it is a must cop. Be sure and check out all The Weeknd merch on the site.
Best Music Releases This Week
Kehlani is back with their follow-up to 2020’s It Was Good Until It Wasn’t. Expectations are high for their third album after the release of singles “Altar” and “Little Story” in the lead-up to the album’s release. The album also features Justin Bieber, Thundercat, and Blxst.
Daniel Johnston’s Hi, How Are You: The Unfinished Album has been remastered for vinyl and re-released by Johnston’s label Eternal Yip Eye Music. Originally recorded in 1983, this was Johnston’s sixth self-released music cassette. The album’s cover art features Johnston’s character Jeremiah The Frog of Innocence, made famous when Kurt Cobain wore a tee of the album cover in 1992. Supreme released an extensive collection in partnership with Johnston’s estate for Spring/Summer 2020.
Most Expensive Music Product This Week
The MSCHF x The Weeknd Vinyl Blade went from most popular to most expensive over the span of a week. This collaboration between The Weeknd and art collective MSCHF for the release of the Dawn FM single, “Out of Time,” is a limited-edition vinyl record pressed into a saw blade. Only 25 vinyl blades were produced. Last week the vinyl blade sold for over $8,000. Before you get any DIY ideas, no, it is not a functional saw blade.
Most Popular Music Products This Week
The Red Beats Studio Buds deliver premium audio no matter where you are or what you’re listening to. With up to eight hours of playback on a single charge, you’ll be able to keep the music going. And if a little silence is what you’re looking for, the Dr. Dre’s Red Beats Studio Buds come with noise-canceling technology to keep unwanted sounds unheard.
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson released his debut studio album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, back in 2003. Signed by Eminem and working closely with Dr. Dre, 50 Cent’s album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Comic book artist Brian Stelfreeze reimagines the Queens MC as Iron Man on the special edition Marvel variant 2xLP. This deluxe edition of the album was the most popular LP sold in Australia.
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