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Big Sean Details New Album 'Detroit 2'

Big Sean has announced the title of his upcoming studio album. Detroit 2, which does not yet have a release date, is due out via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam and follows 2017’s I Decided and his Double or Nothing collaborative album with Metro Boomin.

The rapper unveiled the news on Wednesday, which coincided with his 32nd birthday. In an accompanying trailer for his fifth solo album, Big Sean pays homage to his hometown of Detroit. “Detroit, to me is home. But I feel like it’s more than just a city, you know. It’s for real a mentality,” he says in the video. He also discusses how he revisited music from his youth while making the record, which was music that was “only popping in Detroit.” The visual features a montage of Detroit street scenes, restaurant shots, and him hanging with friends at home and in other locales as well as scenes from him working in the studio. Several brief music interludes are also featured throughout the trailer.

Detroit the mixtape deserves a sequel…feels right,” Big Sean wrote on Twitter while sharing the news of Detroit 2. He dropped his Detroit mixtape in 2012. Last year, Big Sean released a number of singles, including “Overtime,” “Single Again” featuring his ex Jhené Aiko and Ty Dolla $ign and “Bezerk” with A$AP Ferg.

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What's Up With Donald Glover's Mysterious New Countdown Website?

March 22 is when Donald Glover’s mysterious countdown ends. When you head over to donaldgloverpresents.com, you’ll see that the rapper, actor, and sometimes singer, is preparing to bring something new to his fans. But what could it be?

Who knows. But we have an idea.

On March 15, Glover shared a new surprise project on the very same website. With 12 tracks and features from Ariana Grande, SZA, and 21 Savage, it felt like a brand new album — the first fresh taste of his music since his 2018 EP, Summer Pack. “Feels Like Summer,” his scary condemnation of our carbon imprint, also appeared on his new secret project. Hypebeast reports that the album art for it was “apocalyptic,” capturing burning buildings and riots.

By the next day though, the project was no longer available on the website. There haven’t been any announcements about it either so maybe it was a fluke, maybe it wasn’t. Could it have just been uploaded a week before release by accident?

In 2018, Glover hinted to the press at the Grammys that he was working on his last album as Childish Gambino, his rapping alter-ego. “I’m really appreciative of this. I’m making another project right now, but I like endings, I think they’re important to progress.” Prior to that, he released his third studio album “Awaken, My Love!” in 2016.

There’s a very real possibility that this new project is that last album. So while it’s a good bet as to what’ll be coming out, we can’t say for sure. It could also be new news about Glover’s FX comedy show, Atlanta. In January, FX chairman John Landgraf revealed that the show probably wouldn’t air until 2021 and that its episode order was expanded from 8 to 10.

Maybe that’s changed in light of the coronavirus pandemic that has changed the way that digital media is being released right now. Universal Studios recently announced that, due to theaters closing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it will be releasing films in theaters as digital rentals for the time being. This includes The Invisible Man, The Hunt, Emma., and Trolls World Tour. Could Glover’s show be coming out earlier to give people something else to watch during a time where nearly everyone’s practicing social isolation at home?

A look at Glover’s social media accounts turns up no new news. He has zero tweets on Twitter and his last Instagram post was on April 18, 2019.

To put on your tinfoil hat and begin to speculate on what this countdown could be for, head on over to Glover’s website and begin guessing.

 

 

 

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Mac Miller's Circles Gets Blessed With Two Dreamy New Bonus Cuts

The deluxe edition of Mac Miller’s posthumous Circles album is out today (March 20) and it arrives with two new songs, “Right” and “Floating,” that come with calming visualizers. They continue Circles’s exploration of healing and acceptance.

“Right” is the first of the two and on it, Miller runs into someone who used to be in his life and he wants to let her know that he’ll always be there. The calming number burns with a passion and longing that define true love that never fizzles out. “Times get harder, things get strange/ All I know, I don’t want you gone,” he sings. In the accompanying video, a static image of Mac stands in a tropical background while it moves around him. Time may pass, but the way that he feels will stay the same.

“Floating” comes next and it’s slower, more majestic, and divine in nature. On it, Miller sings about elevating to a higher place, somewhere where gravity can’t reach him. Where this is brings him a peace that he’s been looking all over for. Cherubic voices softly chant in the background while Miller explains his wish to share this feeling with someone. “I’ll come and see you if you don’t mind/ When I can finally get away,” he carols. Its video follows a dove flying through an endless sea of clouds towards the sun. Peace has never looked so beautiful.

Circles originally dropped in January as a companion album to 2018’s Swimming. Miller was working on Circles when he died in 2018 and it was finished thanks to the work of producer Jon Brion. “We are left to imagine where Malcolm was going and to appreciate where he was,” a note posted to Miller’s social media accounts before the Circles’s release reads. “We hope you take the time to listen. The look on his face when everyone was listening said it all.”

Check out the videos for both “Right” and “Floating” and stream the deluxe version of Circles here.

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Nearly One Billion Streams Later, Rod Wave Is Still Praying For Love

A switch has been flipped for Rod Wave. The Florida rapper/singer isn’t a household name just yet, but in terms of his streaming numbers, he’s a star in all the ways you can count. Last week, he was the 7th most popular artist on the YouTube charts with 29.2 million weekly views, which places him ahead of industry stalwarts like Future and Post Malone. His last album, Ghetto Gospel, has almost one billion streams, according to Alpha Data, the analytics provider that powers Rolling Stone‘s charts, and he hits around 10 million streams per day across audio and video platforms. In February, his song “Thief In The Night” received a Cole Bennett-directed, Lyrical Lemonade music video — a popular, tastemaking pit stop for most rappers looking to give a single a near-guaranteed boost. The next month, DaBaby crashed the Charlotte stop of his Ghetto Gospel tour.

Wave’s latest release, “Pray 4 Love,” isn’t his best song, but it’s a goo primer on why the 20-year-old artist is quickly becoming one of 2020’s most lethal streaming threats. The song’s subject matter features the core tenets of YouTube-rap: trust issues (“Who can you trust in this cold, cold world, better get a blanket”), wariness around beautiful women (“And these hoes look so heaven-sent, but be so devilish”), and rebuking fame just as you’re on the cusp of it (“Like ain’t no love in this shit ’til you get rich and famous”). These lyrics are backed by a Tre Gilliam beats that’s equal parts somber and propulsive, featuring a pitched-up vocal sample that’s contorted into a squeal. It’s not until the song’s conclusion that Wave breaks out his smooth, gospel-tinged singing voice, by far his strongest asset.

Pray 4 Love, Wave’s second studio album will release on April 3rd.

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Roddy Ricch (Finally) Drops a Video for 'The Box'

If you’ve taken a look at the charts or turned on the radio at all this year, the story is blindingly clear: Roddy Ricch‘s “The Box” is 2020’s first dominant hit. Released at the tail-end of 2019 on Roddy’s debut album, Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial, “The Box” took everyone (likely including Roddy himself) by surprise. Since then, thanks to a whining melody that’s difficult to forget and an instantly iconic ad-lib, Roddy’s star rose quickly. “A sound is easier to speak than a word,” Keefa Black, Roddy’s Atlantic Records A&R said of the song’s universal appeal. “You don’t have to understand the sound, just know the feeling. It’s just an energy that it carries.” The only thing “The Box” was missing? A music video.

While playing to YouTube is an obvious commercial strategy, some songs — like “Old Town Road” before “The Box” — can still come as a genuine surprise. Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial was filled with potential hits, but “The Box” was the track to blow up, and without a prepared visual to accompany it. So, nearly two months after its rise, the song finally gets its video, featuring a very large production budget’s worth of scenes; Roddy races cars, plays basketball, raps on a factory conveyor belt, is put on display in a museum as well as pursued by a S.W.A.T. team, and stands on the wall of a burning building. With the expected attention that could come from YouTube, expect to keep hearing “The Box” for a bit longer.

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Bop Shop: Songs From Selena Gomez, Doja Cat, Phoebe Bridgers, And More

The search for the ever-elusive “bop” is difficult. Playlists and streaming-service recommendations can only do so much. They often leave a lingering question: Are these songs really good, or are they just new?

Enter Bop Shop, a hand-picked selection of songs from the MTV News team. This weekly collection doesn’t discriminate by genre and can include anything — it’s a snapshot of what’s on our minds and what sounds good. We’ll keep it fresh with the latest music, but expect a few oldies (but goodies) every once in a while, too. Get ready: The Bop Shop is now open for business.

  • Selena Gomez: “Feel Me”

    When heartbreak happens, it’s normal to hope that the person who did the breaking is somewhere hurting, too. Selena Gomez’s “Feel Me” understands that feeling wholeheartedly as she wishes for her ex to feel her presence everywhere she’s not. “Every time your lips touch another / I want you to feel me,” she sings on the catchy, upbeat chorus.

    It’s worth noting that Gomez first debuted the song in 2016 on her Revival tour. At the time, she was dealing with the rockiness of her on-again, off-again relationship with Justin Bieber. And while the track doesn’t reflect where she is in life right now, it’s still a certified bop — and a reminder that you really are the one that got away. “Won’t be caught up in the middle / Of your highs and your lows,” she sings confidently. “Baby, long as you’re not with me / You’ll always be alone.” —Jordyn Tilchen

  • Phoebe Bridgers: “Garden Song”

    Phoebe Bridgers fucking rules. After two years of iconic collaborative projects with Lucy Dacus, Julien Baker, and Conor Oberst, the razor-sharp songwriter has returned to full solo power on “Garden Song.” This time, she’s alone in the dark, dreaming about the apocalypse and potentially murderous fantasies. “When I grow up, I’m gonna look up from my phone and see my life,” she sings, setting off a scene of subtle panic. Sonically, “Garden Song” is subterranean and almost soothing, save for a disquieting undercurrent of menace. It’s what Bridgers does best. She’s never sounded better. —Patrick Hosken

  • RMR: “Rascal”

    This floated across my timeline and I clicked play to see what the deal was, only to be pleasantly surprised by a touching song about growth despite plenty of obstacles in the way. RMR’s “Rascal,” a flip of Rascal Flatts’s “Bless the Broken Road,” is driven by a piano and emotions, to make you sing along like it’s the last song at karaoke night. The singing is a touch rough, but the message is clear: RMR has a bright future ahead of him. —Trey Alston

  • Perfume Genius: “Describe”

    Mike Hadreas can do a lot of things to me, including and especially, as the title of his just-announced fifth album suggests, Set My Heart on Fire Immediately (out May 15 via Matador Records). The Perfume Genius singer’s previous records have inspected difficult themes of addiction and violence through the lens of stirring pop-rock anthems, and he continues these explorations with the release of the forthcoming record’s sweltering lead single, “Describe.” It’s a hazy ballad evoking an overwhelming sense of numbness (“No bells anymore / Just my stomach rumbling,” he coos), but served with Hadreas’s soul-wrenching bellows, even anesthesia feels sensual. —Coco Romack

  • Diana Gordon: “Rollin”

    If you’re a sucker for gripping genre mash-ups, you’ll find a thrill in “Rollin.” The latest from Queens singer-songwriter (and Beyoncé collaborator) Diana Gordon is a grunge-trap hybrid that name-checks both Travis Scott and Nirvana. “You was tired, now you jumping off the stage,” she wails over a trap beat and scuzzy guitars. “Feelin’ savage, turn to Travis when we rage.” You can practically envision the mosh pits and stage-diving that will ensue when she takes this one on the road. And that’s exactly her endgame; she tweeted, “Wrote this one specifically for the live show. The band goes hard. We are gonna have the time of our lives.” Keep this track rollin’ in the meantime. —Madeline Roth

  • Jordana: “Crunch”

    “Crunch” is a ‘90s lo-fi alt-rock throwback absolutely oozing with attitude. On it, 19-year-old Kansas-based Jordana Nye wrestles with validation over fuzzed-out guitars and repetitive, syncopated drums, both yearning for attention and trying to pretend she doesn’t need it at the same time. “‘Crunch’ is a feeling of an overbearing want for validation from someone and getting the cold shoulder from them,” she says in a statement, creating an anthem of frustration and rejection that you can feel good about trashing your bedroom to. —Bob Marshall

  • Claud & Del Water Gap: “My Body”

    The latest collab from Brooklyn BFFs Claud and Del Water Gap is a bittersweet ballad that feels like the heaviest weighted blanket on a rainy night. “My Body” reflects on the age-old tale of disconnect between physical and emotional attraction, bathing insecurity in Auto-Tune and introspection. The two singer-songwriters’ voices blend perfectly in what feels like the world’s most heartbreaking karaoke performance. Their lo-fi visual heightens the sadness, taking us into their world of bedrooms, psychedelic imagery, and hairbrush performance. These feelings are real. —Carson Mlnarik

  • Stack Bundi: “Yerba”

    The chaos of a fight kicks off New York rapper Stack Bundi’s “Yerba” before it crumbles into a thumping beat that spreads you out on your back like you’ve just been on the receiving end of a haymaker. It feels like a scuffle: fast, dirty, and disorientating. His bars about fake chains and The Simpsons are the punches that finally knock you out. Unlike a real fight, though, after it’s over, you’re ready to go through the experience again. —Trey Alston

  • Doja Cat: “Say So”

    Dua Lipa. Lady Gaga. Doja Cat. 2020 is already officially the Year of the Disco Revival, and Doja’s latest single is directly at the intersection of ’70s nightclub and ’90s R&B. She does the track justice with her new video, which features not only the TikTok dance that has become synonymous with both the song and its creator, Haley Sharpe, who shows up in bell bottoms and platform shoes at the 3:27 mark. Even though winter hasn’t officially ended, it’s already feeling like summer. —Bob Marshall

  • Planet 1999: “Replay”

    Charli XCX collaborators Planet 1999’s latest release is a sexy synth-pop gem. Underscored by a groovy, driving post-punk bass line, “Replay” is perfect for taking a long late-night drive to get in touch with your feels. “Oh, what can I do because I’m never getting over you,” singer Caro emotes, making for a track that sounds as nostalgic and it does futuristic. —Bob Marshall

  • Covi.: “See Us.”

    Portland-based rapper Covi. speaks right to the soul on “See Us.” A day in the life of Covi. is typical: He wakes up, helps out some family members, and takes it easy. But the masterful way in which he presents the regular is striking. The song kicks off with a confident homage to Ice Cube’s “It Was a Good Day” and from there, it builds into a warm look at life when you’re confident in your own skin. My head knocks from the charismatic start to its smooth finish. —Trey Alston

  • Bryce Vine: “Baby Girl”

    From “La La Land” to “Sour Patch Kids,” Bryce Vine has been curating the perfect summer soundtrack, single-by-single. Somehow, he manages to take the heat up another notch with “Baby Girl,” a smooth as hell ode to having fun. “She just want to dance / Dance for a while,” he hums over a beat that begs you to dance along… or at least clap on beat. His star power shines even brighter in the music video as he and his baby girl dance through block parties, the laundromat, and even the barbershop. The visual builds on Vine’s established aesthetic of warm colors, soulful setups, and a whole lot of fun. Cue this one up, baby! —Carson Mlnarik

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