As music columnist for hellomagazine.ca, each week I’ll bring you my selections for the best and most notable new music, albums you’re going to want to add to your collection, plus a five-song playlist to try out.
Iggy Azalea – Reclassified
Amethyst Amelia Kelly, better known as Iggy Azalea, is the breakout artist of the year. Her debut album, The New Classic, topped the charts with five hit singles, including “Work,” “Bounce” and “Fancy,” thanks to its big hooks and the Aussie rapper’s fierce flow. Now Iggy’s blockbuster has been repackaged with five new songs, the best of which are “Beg For It,” with Danish singer MØ, and “Dark Crown,” with English songstress Ellie Goulding. The crown may be dark and heavy, but as the princess of flashy beats and sassy ’tude, Iggy wears it well.
Various artists – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Lorde is all over the soundtrack to the latest movie in the popular sci-fi series, which makes sense since the 18-year-old Kiwi superstar curated the collection. Along with selections from Tinashe, Charli XCX and others, the album features Lorde on the opening hip-hop jam “Meltdown” and the closing ballad “Ladder Song.” In between, her smoky, aching vocals make two versions of “Yellow Flicker Beat”—including a remix by Kanye West—the standouts here.
OTHER NOTABLE ALBUMS
Beyoncé – Beyoncé Platinum Edition
A reissue of last year’s self-titled album, packaged with 17 videos and two new songs—hip-hop heavy “7/11” and the tunefully blissful “Ring Off”—make this a must for the Bey Hive.
Nickelback – No Fixed Address
The multi-platinum rockers are back with their eighth studio album, featuring plenty of high-octane tunes like “She Keeps Me Up” and the horn-fueled “Got Me Runnin’ Around,” with guest rapper Flo Rida.
Bryan Adams – Reckless 30th Anniversary Edition
The “Summer of ’69” singer’s 1984 breakthrough album turns 30, so Bryan’s birthday cake to his fans is this hit-laden reissue, featuring seven bonus tracks—topped off with unreleased photos from the session.
David Guetta – Listen
With guests Sia, John Legend, Emeli Sandé and Nicki Minaj, the French DJ makes a bold crossover move from EDM to mainstream pop with instantly hit-worthy tracks like “Hey Mama” and “Bang My Head.”
Selena Gomez - For You
Selena’s latest features all her hits, but the tracks that everyone will scrutinize are the two new songs about her Justin Bieber breakup: the catchy nostalgia of “Do It” and the sweetly melancholic “The Heart Wants What It Wants.”