Big projects are dropping, and big records are falling as summer releases get into full swing. Post Malone is back with his fourth album and gunning for his third consecutive number one album – but Harry Styles stands in his way. Kendrick Lamar releases his new album on CD, Beyoncé has a new adidas x Ivy Park sneaker, and Doja Cat, Drake, and Future demonstrate their staying power. 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
Post Malone’s fourth album, Twelve Carat Toothache, has finally arrived. The follow-up to his 2019 album, Hollywood’s Bleeding, is poised to give Posty his third consecutive number one record. Featuring The Weeknd, Doja Cat, Roddy Rich, the Kid LAROI, Gunna, and Fleet Foxes, Twelve Carat Toothache might have enough star power to dethrone Harry Styles. Be sure and cop the cassette now.
Boldy James and clothing and production collective Real Bad Man recently released their second collaboration, Killing Nothing. Their first joint project, Real Bad Boldy, arrived in 2020 in the middle of Boldy’s recent run of ridiculously great albums, including The Price of Tea in China and Bo Jackson. If you haven’t listened yet, now’s the time to get familiar with Boldy’s brand of boom-bap hip-hop with Real Bad Boldy. And don’t worry, once Killing Nothing sees a physical release, you’ll be able to get the LP on StockX.
Beyoncé and her Ivy Park brand are back with their anxiously awaited take on the adidas Stan Smith. The adidas x Ivy Park Super Sleek gets a makeover with an upper referencing the all-time classic Stan Smith and a Samba-referencing tongue. When you think about it, Beyoncé should be the only person we trust for our summer-time sneakers – or summer-time anything.
Best Music Releases
Harry Styles is back with his third solo record, Harry’s House, and it’s a scorcher. On its way to being the number one record, Harry’s House sold 187,000 vinyl LPs, racking up the largest one-week sales of vinyl records since 1991. On his first release since 2019’s Fine Line, Lizzo’s bestie brings it with his most vibrant and complex set of songs to date. This album is going to be so huge, even John Mayer shows up to play guitar on “Cinema” and “Daydreamer.” Get ready for the album of your summer.
Kendrick Lamar has finally released a physical version of his newest album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers. Lamar’s album had the biggest first week of sales of 2022 until Harry’s House. But his DAMN. follow-up is still one of the biggest, and most talked about, records of the year. Be sure and get the CD to find out why everyone is talking.
MJ Lenderman’s new album, Boat Songs, opens by questioning the truth behind the other MJ’s famous Flu Game with the song, “Hangover Game.” Lenderman empathizes with the GOAT for feeling under the weather in Utah in his skewed, countrified-indie sound. The rest of the album offers similar tongue-in-cheek observations tuned to slacker Asheville, NC vibes. A definite must for your next kickback.
Most Expensive Music Product This Week
In commemoration of the Freddie Gibbs and Madlib album Bandana, LA-based artist Steven Harrington created this special edition art figure. Taking inspiration from Madlib’s Quasimoto character, the sculpture features several interchangeable props, including a Zebra mask, sunglasses, and chain. The sculpture recently sold for $650, making it the most expensive music product this week.
Most Popular Music Products This Week
Doja Cat and SZA took home the GRAMMY for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their song “Kiss Me More” off Doja’s album, Planet Her. And Doja continues her winning streak with the popularity of her 2019 album, Hot Pink. This album established Doja as a breakout artist with an incredible range. When Doja retires – let’s hope it’s not anytime soon – Hot Pink will be remembered as her pop-culture breakthrough.
When two musical titans link up for a mixtape, it really is a great time to be alive. As legend has it, Drake and Future connected in 2015 for an impromptu six-day recording session, and the result was What a Time To Be Alive. Seven years later, this album is still a must-cop and one of the most popular albums on StockX.