Friday’s are incredibly exciting here at the Warner Music South Africa office. New Music Fridays is a day when all new releases hit digital and physical stores around the world. Every week, we will showcase some of our exciting releases right here on our website as we help you get your weekend playlist sorted. These are what new releases you should check out this week:
Bebe Rexha – The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody) [Feat. Lil Wayne]
Earlier this year, one of my favourite newcomers, Bebe Rexha dropped the first half of her album in the form of the ‘All Your Fault Pt. 1’ EP. Now, the star is getting ready for phase two. Ahead of the release of ‘All Your Fault Pt. 2’ later this year, Bebe teams up with Lil Wayne for the lead single off the album’s second half ‘The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)’. The song sees the singer continue her journey to pop domination. It’s a catchy single which is bound to become a radio smash in the coming weeks.
Linkin Park – One More Light
American rockers Linkin Park are one of the most versatile acts in the music industry today. Today, the group release their seventh studio album ‘One More Light’. As the lead singles ‘Heavy’ and ‘Good Goodbye’ suggest, the group head in a more pop direction than ever before on this record. ‘Heavy’ has become a massive radio hit in South Africa and if you love that track, you’ll love the band’s new album. “One of the reasons why we chose ‘Heavy’ as the first single is because it is really the core sound of the album,” Mike Shinoda says. “This wasn’t a scenario where the whole album sounds one way and the single sounds different. This is how the album sounds. So we wanted to go out with a song like that, where everybody can get a sense of the direction of this body of work.”
Robin Schulz – OK (Feat. James Blunt)
After an epic performance in South Africa earlier this year, German DJ Robin Schulz went back into the studio to work on his upcoming album ‘Uncovered’. Now, he’s teamed up with James Blunt for the lead single off the project – a song titled ‘OK’. Hearing James Blunt on a dance track is something different and unexpected – but it works. The production is sleek and has subtle hints of the tropical sound Robin has become famous for. This is a banger.
Jasmine Thompson – Wonderland
She’s been featured on some incredible songs and dropped some mesmerising covers over the past few months and today, Jasmine Thompson drops her brand new EP ‘Wonderland’. The 8-track EP features the brand new single ‘Old Friends’, a remix by Jonas Blue and six other beautiful songs which showcase her beautiful voice. The EP shows what a great artist the 16-year-old singer. Everything from the songwriting to the vocal performance is perfect. This is an EP you need to listen to this week.
RedOne â€“ U Here Tonight (Feat. Fetty Wap, French Montana & Dinah Jane)
Super-producer RedOne drops a track of his very own this week. The star has teamed up with Fetty Wap, French Montana and Dinah Jane of Fifth Harmony in this epic pop track. As expected, the production is fire and each artist adds a different flair to the song. This is going to be on repeat all week here at the WMSA HQ!
Sam Amidon â€“ The Following Mountain
Folk artist Sam Amidon released his new single â€˜Juma Mountainâ€™ earlier this year to a fantastic response and today, he releases his highly-anticipated sixth studio album â€˜The Following Mountainâ€™. The record features heartfelt poetry sung over beautiful guitars and mellow beats. The music is exceptionally beautiful and is quick to remind the world just how talented the musician in. This is a beautiful piece of work.