NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of December 9, 2016

Cole leads the polls.

Eyez on #1.

New Music Friday is dominated by rap releases this week, both by newcomers and chart veterans. It’s another active Q4 week, but we’ll see soon just how many land in the top tier of the chart. Here are this week’s notable albums and singles:

J. COLE — 4 Your Eyez Only (iTunes)
Announced about a week ago through a Tidal documentary, this marks the North Carolina artist’s first studio album in two years. Two stand-alone singles, “Everybody Dies” and “False Prophets”, were released earlier this week. Unless something weird occurs in the next few days, this set will be the new #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week, and it’ll likely sell enough to have one of the largest opening frames of 2016.

POST MALONE — Stoney (iTunes)
This rapper and singer had a notable hit last year with “White Iverson”, but his follow-up releases have struggled at radio. In fact, his most recent single, “Deja Vu”, which features Justin Bieber, barely hit the top 30 at Rhythm radio before being pulled. It’s a little unclear how his album will debut with those results in mind, but it should do something.

NEIL YOUNG — Peace Trail (iTunes)
71-year-old Young is out with his 37th (!) studio album, which follows his live album of earlier this year, Earth. Will this Trail give him a path back to the top 20 on the album chart? It’s been a moment since he last appeared there, but it could happen.

More albums out this week: Ab-Soul‘s Do What Thou Wilt. (iTunes), Tech N9ne‘s The Storm (iTunes), La La Land (iTunes), Sing (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Golden Coast‘s Golden Coast (iTunes), Lloyd‘s Tru (iTunes), Ruelle‘s Madness (iTunes), The-Dream‘s Love You To Death (iTunes), Us The Duo‘s Public Record (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Are We Good?”, G.R.L. (iTunes)
“Do You Still Love Me?”, Ryan Adams (iTunes)
“hate u love u”, Olivia O’Brien (iTunes)
“Heart Won’t Forget”, Matoma featuring Gia (iTunes)
“Not In Love”, M.O featuring Kent Jones (iTunes)
“Oceans Away”, A R I Z O N A (iTunes)
“stfu”, mansionz featuring Spark Master Tape (iTunes)
“Team”, Krewella (iTunes)
“Vengeance On My Mind”, G-Eazy (iTunes)
“Vessels”, Rationale (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Kid Cudi and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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