New Music Friday: 10 new releases for your weekend (25 April 2024) | (2024)

As expected, all the attention this past week has gone to Taylor Swift. I’m not needed to feed that fire, so let’s look at something else for this New Music Friday.

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1. David Gilmour, The Piper’s Call (Sony)

Pink Floyd may be done and Gilmour may have sold off most of his guitar collection, but he’s not done making music. This single will be part of a new album entitled Luck and Strange on September 6, marking the end to a nine year hiatus. From what I’ve been told, it’s not that Floyd-y, but if you love Gilmour’s style and attitude, you’ll be pleased. This song, however, does feature some recovered keyboard parts by one-time Pink Floyd member Richard Wright who died in 2008.

2. Cigarettes After Sex, Tejano Blue (Partisan Records)

Terrible name but a good band. This song was born about ten years ago when bandmember Greg Gonzalez was driving through Texas listening to Sade. The experience stayed with him as he kept wondering how he could write music like that? He finally cracked it with this song which will appear on CAS’s upcoming third album entitled X. Look for it July 12.

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3. Julian Taylor, Weighing Down (Howling Turtle)

Toronto-based roots artists Julian Taylor continues to crank out material with his latest project being Pathways, an album due September 27. (Yes, we’re already talking about fall releases even though the leaves aren’t out on the trees.) This will be the follow-up to a couple of acclaimed albums, The Ridge (2020) and Beyond the Reservoir (2022).

4. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Heartless (Stax/Universal Music Canada)

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With a four album entitled South of Here on June 28, Nathaniel and his crew are gearing up with a summer of tour. This was made in El Paso, Texas, and features themes of anxiety, insecurity, and bad choices. Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin has said Nathaniel & The Night Sweats is one of his favourite bands.

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5. ACROBVT, Neon (ACROBVT Music)

Something new from the UK. ACROBVT features four guys who might be of interest to fans of Imagine Dragons. I have a feeling that their sound might travel well globally. They got help from James Loughey, a producer who has worked with everyone from Manic Street Preachers to Bjork.


1. Fat White Family, Affection (Domino)

Again, not a great name but a very intriguing band. The combative South London five-piece (they like on-stage nudity and often use some, um, confrontational imagery) has returned with a fourth album, their first since Serfs Up! in 2019. This is an alt-rock/indie-rock band but one with so many different types of songs that you need to be prepared to shift gears going into this album. Psych-folk? Yes. Disco? Yep. Post-punk? For sure. A touch of Britpop? It’s here, too. A song about having a circumcision without anesthesia? Why not?

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2. Neil Young & Crazy Horse, FU##IN’ UP (Reprise)

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This was initially just available for Record Store Day, but it now has a wider release. This nine-track live album is a document of a secret show the band played at the Rivoli in Toronto back in November. (It was a private birthday party for the CEO of Canada Goose).

3. Pet Shop Boys, Nonetheless (Polyvinyl)

The Pet Shop Boys have now been with us since 1981 and through fifteen studio albums. It has been a while, though, since we’ve had a PSBs album, so they wanted to make it a little different. Every track has an orchestra on it, pared with the duo’s signature electronics. If you buy the double CD/vinyl version, you’ll get a bonus four-track EP we re-recordings of some of the band’s biggest hits from the 80s.

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4. St. Vincent, All Born Screaming (Total Pleasure/Virgin Music Group)

Annie Clark is now up to her seventh album (she calls it “post-plague pop” and is appropriate dark in many places) and has called in some of her favourite friends to help out. That includes Dave Grohl, Foos drummer Josh Friese, and Welsh songwriter Cate Le Bon, among others. Listen for what Annie calls “sonic jump scares.”

6. Sierra Pilot, Karma EP (Independent)

Coming out of Waterloo, Ontario, Sierra Pilot has a new EP of what some have called “new age rock.” But that doesn’t mean anything they do is soft and soothing. They incorporate everything from grunge, metalcore, an industrial into their tracks. Think Nirvana, Three Days Grace, and Nine Inch Nails.

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New Music Friday: 10 new releases for your weekend (25 April 2024)  | (2024)


What is new music Fridays? ›

New Music Friday is a playlist of new releases that updates every Friday. There are loads of different versions for different countries and regions. It's curated by our playlist editors - genre, lifestyle, and culture specialists with diverse backgrounds from all around the world. In general, we only include new music.

What music dropped this week? ›

This Week's New Album Releases
  • Knocked Loose. You Won't Go Before You're Supposed To. critic score. ...
  • Chief Keef. Almighty So 2. (1,438)
  • Gunna. One of Wun. ...
  • Iglooghost. Tidal Memory Exo. ...
  • twikipedia. for the rest of your life. ...
  • Cynthoni. Sewerslvt Presents: Cynthoni, Pt. ...
  • Kings of Leon. CAN WE PLEASE HAVE FUN. ...
  • A. G. Cook. Britpop.

Why are all songs released on Friday? ›

Billboard tracks sales from Friday to Thursday each week. So by releasing on Friday, you're getting in on day one to hopefully chart the next week. “Traditionally, the labels are playing the chart game,” Chris Anokute, Young Forever Inc's founder and A&R, told Complex.

Does Apple Music have new music on Friday? ›

The week's essential new music, every Friday morning.

How to get on new music Friday? ›

Tips on how to get your music featured on New Music Friday
  1. Submit your music to Spotify for consideration. ...
  2. Reach out to Spotify's editorial team. ...
  3. Build relationships with Spotify playlist curators. ...
  4. Promote your music on social media. ...
  5. Consider collaborating with other artists.
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Who just released a new album in 2024? ›

Release dateArtistAlbum
January 10SixTonesThe Vibes
January 1221 SavageAmerican Dream
Allman Brothers BandManley Field House, Syracuse University, April 7, 1972
Armin van BuurenBreathe In
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What is hot in music right now? ›

Top 40
  • Beautiful Things. BENSON BOONE. Night Street/Warner.
  • Lose Control. TEDDY SWIMS. Warner.
  • we can't be friends (wait for your love) ARIANA GRANDE. Republic.
  • Saturn. SZA. Top Dawg/RCA.
  • Feather. SABRINA CARPENTER. Island/Republic.
  • Lovin On Me. JACK HARLOW. ...
  • Agora Hills. DOJA CAT. ...
  • Fortnight f/Post Malone. TAYLOR SWIFT.

How do I find the latest music? ›

Online radio stations can also be a great source of music. NPR's New Music Friday podcasts, Norman Records' weekly playlists and The Quietus Music of the Month features are good places to catch up on the latest releases.

What is the best day of the week to release new music? ›

Placing your release on a Friday is the smartest choice, especially if you are a developing artist. And if you want to become the king of oil, you can even choose a Friday further away. Indeed, this will allow you to take time to set up a pre-order campaign on Bandcamp or even better.

Who started dropping music on Friday? ›

Hallmarks of the world of music as we know it now, like the visual album or rollout methods like the surprise release, Friday release, or a fully digital drop, were pioneered by Beyoncé. If she didn't invent them, her influence helped to make them industry standard.

Why is it called New music Friday? ›

That's because stores used to actually sell records and everybody agreeing to start selling an album on Tuesday gave stores enough time to stock Monday shipments. In 2015, the industry globally adopted New Music Fridays as the new day to put out music. Spotify dropped the "s," named a playlist after it, and BAM!

Does new music come out on Friday? ›

Many music charts and streaming platforms, including Spotify and Apple Music, reset their weekly charts and algorithms on Fridays, making it advantageous for artists to release music on this day. This gives new opportunities to gain visibility on these platforms.

What singles came out today? ›

Today's New Releases
  • LUNCH. Billie Eilish.
  • Chase It (Mmm Da Da Da) Bebe Rexha.
  • Stardust. ZAYN.
  • Shutcho (feat. The Joy) Doja Cat.
  • NANi. Saweetie.
  • Workin On Me. Russ & 6lack.
  • Psycho Killer. Miley Cyrus.
  • Body (feat. Cash Cobain) A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie.

What is better, Spotify or Apple Music? ›

Best for high quality audio

Apple Music has a key advantage over Spotify in that you can combine the songs you already own with the Apple Music streaming catalog. Siri users also get more robust voice controls for playback.

Do you have to release new music on Friday? ›

Ever wonder why everyone seems to hit that release button on Fridays? Well, it's not just a trend; it's practically a music industry rule. Record labels follow suit because it's the official global new music release day. Plus, it boosts sales, and helps with playlisting.

What is considered new music? ›

New music is an extension of the classical music tradition, and it represents the cutting and creative edge of classical music. In addition, new music can incorporate elements of many different musical genres, including classical, jazz, rock, world music and others.

Why does music only come out on Friday? ›

Let's start with the history of Fridays becoming the industry's go-to release day. After decades of releasing new music on Tuesdays, the industry collectively decided to switch to Fridays back in 2015 as an attempt to get on the same page and combat piracy.


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