Albums


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John Legend gets a busy holiday season of releases started with his fifth solo LP, Darkness And Light. A follow-up to 2013’s Love in the Future, Legend’s first full-length LP in three years is lead by the uplifting single “Love Me Now.” Songs like “Penthouse Floor” featuring Chance the Rapper and “I Know” also appear on the Grammy Award winner’s new album.

Miguel and Brittany Howard are also featured on Darkness And Light, which can be purchased on iTunes now and streamed below.

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The highly-successful Broadway play Hamilton recruits music’s biggest stars for The Hamilton Mixtape. Lead by actor/Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, the 23-song set brings rap’s finest together with an equally all-star team of vocalists.

Nas, The Roots, Usher, Alicia Keys, Common, Wiz Khalifa, Sia, Miguel, Chance the Rapper, Busta Rhymes, Ashanti, Kelly Clarkson, Ja Rul, Dave East, Aloe Blacc, Nate Ruess and much more make guest appearances on the mixtape. Out now on iTunes, stream the star-studded collaborative project below.

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Donald Glover is experiencing a creative high and major turning point in his career. After a successful first season of his hit FX television series Atlanta, the actor channels that energy into artist mode. Glover, also known as Childish Gambino, releases his brand new album …Awaken, My Love!. Just one month after making the announcement, the follow-up to 2013’s Because the Internet is here.

…Awaken, My Love! is 11 tracks and includes the songs “Me and Your Mama” and “Redbone.” The 33-year-old gives listeners his most ambitious musical project to date, pushing his vocals to new heights, blending R&B, Hip-hop, soul and funk into one cohesive LP.

Purchase the album here and stream below.

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Folks in New York have been anticipating Smoke DZA’s new album because it’s not every day someone partners with Pete Rock on a whole project. With the effort due out tomorrow, the Harlem kush god has released his collaborative record early. Big K.R.I.T., Royce da 5’9″, Mac Miller, Cam’ron, Dom Kennedy all show up on the album, which should have a handful of bangers.

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Since the announcement two months ago, fans have been eagerly awaiting The Weeknd’s new studio LP, STARBOY. Now, the Toronto singer’s third solo album is finally here. Lead by the smash-hit title-track featuring Daft Punk, STARBOY serves as the follow-up to The Weeknd’s multi-platinum selling Beauty Behind the Madness LP from 2015.

The 18-track album also includes the singles “False Alarm,” “Party Monster” and “I Feel it Coming” with a second appearance by Daft Punk. Lana Del Rey, Kendrick Lamar, and Future round out the guest features on STARBOY, which can be purchased now on iTunes.

The 26-year-old will support the album by embarking on the “Legend of the Fall” world tour, hitting Europe, South America, and North America starting February 2017. Stream STARBOY in full below.

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B.o.B released four projects in 2016 the EP WATER, plus the F.I.R.E., EARTH and A.I.R. mixtapes. The Atlanta-native closes out the year strong, dropping the holiday-themed Don’t Call It a Christmas Album.

Available for stream now on Apple Music (and on iTunes), Don’t Call It a Christmas Album features 11 new tracks with guest appearances from artists under Bobby Ray’s No Genre label.

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Bruno Mars brings the musical magic. Four years after the multi-platinum selling Unorthodox Jukebox in 2012, the singer/songwriter brings the funk and soul on his long-awaited third solo album 24K Magic. Inspired by music of the 90s, the genre-blending LP is lead by the smash-hit “24K Magic” and “Versace on the Floor.”

The 9-track album also includes “Chunky,” a song debuted on Saturday Night Live, plus titles like “Perm,” “Finesse” and “Calling All My Lovelies.” Along with performing at the 2016 American Music Awards this Sunday, Bruno Mars will embark on the 9-month “24K Magic World Tour” kicking off in March 2017.

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It has been 18 years since A Tribe Called Quest’s last studio LP, 1998’s The Love Movement. Following the untimely death of ATCQ founding member Phife Dawg in March, the Queens-based collective deliver their sixth and final album We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service. First recorded late last year after the legendary group reunited for an unforgettable performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the 16-track double album is now available hours before its intended release at midnight.

Lead by Q-Tip, We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service features all members of A Tribe Called Quest, including contributions from the late Phife Dawg during those album sessions. Kanye West, André 3000, Kendrick Lamar, Elton John, Busta Rhymes, Jack White, Talib Kweli, Anderson. Paak, and Consequence all make guest appearances on the new project.

Fans of ATCQ can catch the group this weekend, serving as musical guest on Saturday Night Live with special guest host Dave Chappelle. Stream We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service below and get your copy on iTunes.

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Common touched on social and political issues plaguing the United States with his 11th studio LP, Black America Again. The follow-up to 2014’s Nobody’s Smiling is lead by the title track featuring the legendary Stevie Wonder.

John Legend, Marsha Ambrosius, Bilal, BJ the Chicago Kid, The Internet’s Syd, PJ, and more make guest appearances on the 15-track album. Out now on iTunes, fans can stream the Chicago veteran’s Black America Again below.

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It has been four years since Alicia Keys delivered her Girl On Fire LP. The Grammy Award-winning singer now returns with her sixth solo album, HERE. Lead by the singles “Blended Family (What You Do For Love)” featuring A$AP Rocky and “Holy War,” Alicia’s new album includes 16 tracks with no additional guest appearances.

Fans can support HERE by purchasing it now on iTunes. Stream it below and click here for Keys’ 20-minute short-film The Gospel.

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