NEW MUSIC FRIDAYS: JAY-Z DROPS THE PERSONAL & POLITICAL ‘4:44’ / TLC SAYS GOODBYE WITH FIFTH & FINAL ALBUM / CALVIN HARRIS IS ON A ‘FUNK WAV’

JAY-Z is back with his highly-anticipated 13th album, 4:44!

4:44, being Jay’s first LP since 2013’s Magna Carta…Holy Grail, was produced entirely by No I.D. and features 10 tracks, with appearances by Beyoncé (“Family Feud”), Frank Ocean (“Caught Their Eyes”), Damian Marley (“Bam”), Kim Burrell (“4:44”), The-Dream (“Marcy Me”), Jay’s mother Gloria Carter (“Smile”), and even Blue Ivy (“Legacy”).

Jigga also releases an animated visual component, “The Story Of O.J.,” directed by Mark Romanek and JAY-Z.

4:44 is currently available only to Sprint and TIDAL customers. Earlier this year, JAY-Z inked a reported $200 million deal between his streaming service and Sprint.

 

T-Boz and Chilli prepare to say goodbye to their mega girl group with their final project, the self-titled, ‘TLC’

Prior to the release, the group dropped singles including “Haters” and “Way Back” featuring Snoop Dogg. The 12-track set also features tracks like “Perfect Girls,” “Start a Fire,” and “Aye Muthafucka.”

The album was funded from a 2015 Kickstarter campaign, which helped them raise over $430,000. In return for their donations, fans received perks including a TLC digital scrapbook, autographed lyrics, photo shoot, and listening party.

This is the duo’s first release without Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, who died in 2002. Unfortunately, the album only features an interlude with the late superstar.

“The family, they held onto the other stuff,” T-Boz told Billboard. “I guess maybe they wanted money or something. I don’t think she’d be happy that people are trying to hold her vocals hostage.”

Up next, TLC is heading out on the “I Love the ’90s: The Party Continues Tour,” which kicks off July 7 with Naughty By Nature, Biz Markie, Montell Jordan, Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath, and more.

 

Calvin Harris is a summer tip with his new album Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1.

Harris dishes out a 10-track set featuring big stars such as Frank Ocean and Migos-assisted hit “Slide,” Big Sean, Pharrell, and Katy Perry guest on the wavy “Feels,” Young Thug, Ariana Grande, and Pharrell catch “Heatstroke,” Nicki Minaj brings the Auto-Tuned island vibes on “Skrt On Me,” and Khalid and Future ride out on “Rollin.”

Other tracks include “Cash Out,” a collaboration between ScHoolboy Q, PARTYNEXTDOOR, and D.R.A.M.; “Prayers Up” with Travis Scott and A-Trak; and “Holiday,” which includes Snoop Dogg, John Legend, and Takeoff. Rounding out the album is “Faking It” with Kehlani and Lil Yachty, as well as Jessie Reyez’ “Hard to Love.”

“My music vision for this year is feel good + inclusive,” Harris said earlier this year. “thank u to everyone for having an open mind and embracing it I appreciate u so much.”

Stream, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 below.

 

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