This week’s longlist of #NewMusicFriday single and album releases appears at the bottom of the page, but first, a few highlights…
The start of Q4 means that album gift buying season officially begins – the time to release a stocking filler is here! One of this week’s biggest album releases comes from K-pop girl group BLACKPINK. The group’s debut Korean-language studio album simply called The Album features Top 40 singles How You Like That? and Ice Cream with Selena Gomez, plus Cardi B collaboration Bet You Wanna and the new single Lovesick Girls.
Bon Jovi are back this week with new album 2020. Originally intended for a May 15 release but delayed due to COVID-19, the rock legends’ political collection arrives just weeks before the US presidential election. The quarantine allowed for Jon Bon Jovi to write two more songs for the record: Do What You Can about the Coronavirus pandemic, and a response to the Black Lives Matter movement and the death of George Floyd titled American Reckoning.
Roisin Murphy has accidentally found herself bang-on-trend with her new album, the brilliantly-titled Roisin Machine. It's disco, but less Donna Summer and more Paradise Garage. Read our chat with Roisin about the album.
Mariah Carey is celebrating 30 years since her debut album came out by releasing her memoirs, a new album The Rarities, comprising of 15 unreleased songs plus a live album recorded at The Tokyo Dome in 1996.
Lana Del Rey has four Number 1 albums in the UK, but is giving traditional (by Lana standards) music a rest for the moment, and releases a spoken word album. Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass was produced by long-time collaborator Jack Antonoff and accompanies her first book of the same name.
Jingle those bells! Christmas is normally jolly but this year you’ll be having A Holly Dolly Christmas thanks to the iconic Dolly Parton.
Dance music royalty Groove Armada return this week with their first album in five years – and first with new record label BMG – Edge of the Horizon, which features the trippy lead single Get Out on the Dancefloor ft. Empire of the Sun and Pnau’s Nick Littlemore.
Other albums out this week include Melanie C’s self-titled eighth solo studio album, the first solo offering from Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor called CMFT, Queen share their first album with Adam Lambert Live Around The World, and Amanda Holden puts out her first album Songs From My Heart because Q4.
On the singles front, Shawn Mendes trails his new album Wonder - released December 4 - with its title track, Dua Lipa gives Levitating another remix, this time featuring US rapper DaBaby (there's a music video coming too!), and Megan Thee Stallion follows up the success of her recent Number 1 WAP with Don't Stop ft. Young Thug.
Plus there's new tracks from Becky Hill, Julia Michaels, London Grammar, Ella Henderson, Demi Lovato, Gary Barlow ft. Michael Buble & Sebastian Yatra, Jorja Smith, and Romi from The XX.