R&B hitmaker The Weeknd really digs creepy music video concepts, but the murderous buried-alive theme for his new single “Tell Your Friends,” featuring producer Kanye West, is even weirder than expected. (Watch it above.)
Yeezy joins Ed Sheeran, Labrinth, and even Lana Del Rey on The Weeknd’s mega-hyped new album, Beauty and the Madness, which hits the digisphere today and features more of the dance beats and breathy vocals of the current hit “Can’t Feel My Face.”
Summer may be fading like daylight in The Weeknd’s murder fantasy, but there’s still lots of great music to be heard. Elsewhere in the hip-hop world, Wiz Khalifa, French Montana, Trey Songz & Ty Dolla $ign released a new recording of “Go Hard Or Go Home, Pt. 2” from the bro-tastic flick, “Furious 7,” plus there are new albums from B.o.B. and the late Sean Price.
Below, we’re listing 5 new gotta-hear summer albums from each music category: hip hop, pop / dance, country and rock. Download them and make a pump-up playlist for the gym, train, or tailgate party with our free MyMusicCloud app.
2015 Summer Albums You Need to Hear
5 Best Hip Hop
B.O.B. — Psychadelik Thoughtz. Like Bruno Mars, B.O.B. gets funky with jams like “Back and Forth,” rapping, “Now, do the electric slide. Don’t spill what’s in your cup,” but bangers like “Love Life,” also have hit potential.
Dr. Dre — Compton: The O.G. of West Coast hip-hop unleashes an album full of ferocious rap with Ice Cube, Eminem and Snoop Dogg along with fresh new voices Justus and Jon Connor.
Future — DS2. “Tried to make me a pop star, and they made a monster,” Future snarls on “I Serve the Base,” one of several dark jams on his new, take-no-prisoners album. Still can’t understand his lyrics? LOL. Listen to Drake classically imitate him on “Where Ya At?”
Migos — Yung Rich Nation. The Atlanta rappers give props to West Coast gangsta rap and lay down a raw, new sports pump-up song with “Spray the Champagne.”
Sean Price — Songs in the Key of Price. The final album of the late Brooklyn rapper shows off his aggressive street-style rhymes with longtime collaborator Illa Ghee.
5 Best Rock
Courtney Barnett — Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. You can’t help but rock out to Courtney’s great guitar licks and ironic lyrics in the vein of Sheryl Crow and Chrissie Hynde like “Nobody Really Cares if You Don’t Go to the Party” and “Debbie Downer.”
Florence & the Machine — How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. Dive into the first No. 1 hit album for the twirling red-headed crooner, led by the haunting single, “What Kind of Man.”
Teenage Time Killers — Greatest Hits Vol. 1. Say whatsit? This is actually the vanity project of “supergroup” rockers Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Nick Oliveri (Queens of the Stone Age), Corey Taylor (Slipknot), and Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio). Check out the punk-pop sound of “Barrio” below.
Rolling Stones — Sticky Fingers [Deluxe Edition]. New release of the must-have album includes a bounty of outtakes, live material, and alternate takes on anthems “Brown Sugar,” “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” and “Bitch,” along with a companion DVD/CD release of a live-for-TV performance.
Wilco — Star Wars. No jedi masters here. The ’90s rockers borrow from Abbey Road and glam punk in what Rolling Stone calls their most “concise, catchy, naturally songful album.”
5 Best Country
Luke Bryan — Kill the Lights. The “Crash My Party” king duets with Little Big Town‘s Karen Fairchild on “Home Alone Tonight” and cranks out a few more honkytonk bangers.
Billy Currington — Summer Forever. Kick back at the tailgate party to catchy feel-good songs like “Drinkin’ Town With A Football Problem” and “Don’t It.”
Kacey Musgraves — Pageant Material. The rebel heart sings more lyrics with attitude like “Pissin’ in my yard ain’t gonna make yours any greener” (on “Biscuits”).
Jason Isbell — Something More Than Free: The crooner with the crackling voice tackles memories and fatherhood in his new, upbeat album.
Alan Jackson — Angels & Alcohol. The smooth and confident crooner sings about familiar themes of love, mistakes and redemption in this playful guitar-heavy collection.
5 Best Pop / Dance
Carly Rae Jepsen — Emotion: More feel-good bubblegum pop from the “Call Me Maybe” singer like “I Really Really Like You.”
Panda Bear — Crosswords. Beatles psychedelia and dreamy electronica boost this surprise release of three new songs and a fresh mix, plus a reworked version of “The Preakness.”
Jamie XX — In Colour. Irresistible dance and pop fused with dancehall and rap by guests Young Thug and more.
Major Lazer — Peace is the Mission. More accomplished dancehall jams like “Powerful,” featuring Ellie Goulding and reggae artist Tarrus Riley, and the club-friendly “Lean On,” a collaboration with Danish upstart MØ and DJ Snake.
Rob Thomas — The Great Unknown. The Matchbox 20 frontman applies his smooth vocals to catchy jams like the poppy “Absence of Affection,” “Trust You” and “Hold on Forever.”