The 'Lion King' Soundtrack
Due out a week before the film premieres, the 'Lion King' soundtrack drops July 11 and includes a brand-new song from Elton John and Tim Rice, titled "Never Too Late," plus a score composed by Hans Zimmer. Which is great. Legends. Absolute legends. Elton John and Tim Rice and Hans Zimmer? Total geniuses all ‘round.
Can we please talk about the track listing, specifically the mysterious “Track 14,” which is labelled ‘TBA’? Because we have questions and chief among them is: What is Track 14 and how is Beyonce involved? Because, yes, this album features the geniuses aforementioned PLUS these musical high achievers: Pharrell Williams, Childish Gambino (a.k.a. Donald Glover), and a certain Beyonce. We’d like to be, all, like, hakuna matata, but we have zero chill when it comes to new Bey. Until then, we'll have to make due with the available snippet from her "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" duet with Donald Glover.
Out July 12, 'No.6 Collaborations Project' features collabs with Justin Bieber, Camila Cabello, Travis Scott, Eminem, 50 Cent, Cardi B, Young Thug, Ella Mai and Bruno Mars, and British rappers Stormzy, J Hus and Dave. Sheeran released an EP in 2011 called 'No. 5 Collaborations Project' and this is the followup, you see. In a post on Instagram, he said, "Before I was signed in 2011, I made an EP called No.5 Collaborations Project. Since then, I've always wanted to do another, so I started No.6 on my laptop when I was on tour last year. I'm a huge fan of all the artists I've collaborated with and it's been a lot of fun to make." If the success of his Bieber-assisted single "I Don't Care" is any indication, this album is going to be straight fire emojis across the board. This is his fourth full-length studio album. The latest single, "Beautiful People", features Khalid.
'Skin&Earth Acoustic', due out July 12, features seven acoustic reworkings of tracks from the Timmins-born electropop star’s 2017 album ‘Skin & Earth’, plus three new tracks. Check out the official "making of" video for "Savage (Rain Recording)" here.
It's an album of yacht rock just for the fans, man, and we've got to admit that this record sounds like a lot of fun. , Mark McGrath, the lead singer of the '90s hitmaking band says, "A couple songs started taking shape, and we were like, 'Do you want to make a modern-day yacht rock record?' We were like the yacht rock of the '90s -- us, Smash Mouth, never the cool guys in town but we sold a lot of records and had our place in '90s history. We're a band that likes a good time; My buddy S*A*M Hollander says, 'Dude, you guys are the most Jimmy Buffett band of all time.' So we just decided to make a record our fans wanted to hear. It was a fun record to make, top to bottom." 'Little Yachty' is out July 26.
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These guys are filed under ‘Contemporary Country’ so if you like your country music to sound carefree with a side of pop, these guys might be your guys. 'Home Free' is out on July 26 and it's the followup to their 2017 record, 'Timeless', which hit the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Here's the lead single, also called "Home Free".
It’s coming out July 19 and ‘Order in Decline’ is the followup to 2016’s ’13 Voices’, the Canadian pop-punk band’s comeback record following frontman Deryck Whibley’s highly publicized battle with severe alcoholism, for which he was hospitalized in 2014. Check out the first single from ‘Order in Decline’, “Out For Blood”.
Canadian supergroup alert: Cool Girlfriend comprises Tokyo Police Club's Graham Wright, Josh Hook, and Hollerado's Jake Boyd. Expect melodic and delicate pop punk from their record, ‘Girlfriend Material’, which drops on July 12.
It’s been seven years since her debut record, ‘Perfectly Imperfect’, and Varner has stuff she wants to say! “There’s soo much I’ve wanted to communicate and express over these last few years and I couldn’t think of a better way to do it than through my music,” Varner recently posted on her Instagram. Her nine-track 'Ellevation' EP drops July 12 and features collabs with Wale and Rhapsody. “I pray that this record heals and uplifts people the way that it has been a part of my healing and #Ellevation,” the trap jazz star posted on Insta.
"Is voodoo-swamp prog a genre?" wonders frontman John Boegehold. Sure, it is. And we'll file Pattern-Seeking Animals in there and their self-titled album will fit in there, too. It's due out July 5. Check out the second single "No One Ever Died and Made Me King" and see if voodoo-swamp prog is right for you!
University pals Megan Markwick and Lily Somerville compose this North London alternative duo. Here’s the video for their single, “Wu Baby”. The band say they wanted the video to “depict the darkness, the lust and madness of the song. It’s about the experience of being totally infatuated and obsessed with someone, usually at the beginning of a relationship, when you don’t know exactly where you stand but you know you are about to throw everything into this new-found love. It’s sort of that secret conversation you have with yourself where you admit your dangerous fascination and brace yourself for the emotional roller-coaster that’s about to come." They’ve got a ton of European dates booked but nothing in Canada yet.