The biggest albums dropping this week are all associated with pretty big surprises. Coldplay, who have been leaking their new LP piece by piece, shocked everyone with news that they will be playing Super Bowl 50’s halftime show. Jeremih delightfully surprised everyone with the spontaneous release of his long-awaited Late Nights. Rick Ross is unleashing his third album of original material in 13 months. And that’s not even including the new stuff from Pimp C, Troye Sivan, Kid Cudi, Curren$y, and more. Here are the album you need to hear this week.
Coldplay – A Head Full of Dreams
For a band that many inaccurately dismiss as boring or uninspired, Coldplay has managed to make some of the most memorable and meaningful pop rock of the past decade plus. A Head Full of Dreams has the color and hazy surrealism of something a bit loftier than the straight ahead piano rock of the band’s more recent efforts. And the guest appearances on the album would suggest they’d like to try a little something different.
Yes, the Beyoncé and Blue Ivy collaboration has been well-documented, as well as the Barack Obama feature, but Swedish alt-popper Tove Lo also appears. Maybe, most odd of all, Oasis’ Noel Gallagher appears on the album’s closer, proving that even the smallest hearts can grow three sizes in December.
Jeremih – Late Nights
It has been actual years that fans have been waiting for Jeremih’s third studio effort Late Nights. The album’s first mega hit single, “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” originally dropped in the spring of 2014 — in internet years, that’s almost a decade. But do not fear, the album of smooth R&B hits and rap/sung collabos has finally arrived.
It’s genuinely refreshing when you see someone who has worked so hard finally get to the finish line, and with hits like “Planez” featuring J. Cole, “Oui,” “Pass Dat,” and the aforementioned “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” he’s clearly crossing that line a winner.
Rick Ross – Black Market
When the quality and profile of your mixtapes is to the same high standard of your albums, it’s hard to keep the releases together. But Black Market is, in fact, the eighth studio album from Rick Ross, and frankly, you can tell by who was recruited to join him on the effort. Along with the usual suspects like Future and Chris Brown, Ricky managed to get R&B royalty Mary J. Blige and Mariah Carey to assist on tracks.
Including both Black Dollar last September, as well as Hood Billionaire in late November 2014, the Boss has been working overtime putting out new material (and this isn’t even including his Renzel Remixes), but despite the volume, he manages to keep things fresh. It takes a unique kind of talent to manage such a task.
Here are the rest of the week’s albums
Pimp C – Long Live the Pimp
Kid Cudi – Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven
Troye Sivan – Blue Neighbourhood
G-Eazy – When It’s Dark Out
Curren$y – Canal Street Confidential
Walk the Moon – Different Colors EP
Twista – Livin’ Legend EP
Various Artists – Chi-Raq (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Sheek Louch – Silverback Gorilla 2
Eric Bellinger – Cuffing Season, Pt. 2
Babyface – Return of the Tender Lover
Christina Milian – 4U EP