Searching for something to listen to this weekend? Yahoo Music has you covered with a rundown of some of this week’s biggest and buzzing releases, from artists including Eminem, N.E.R.D., G-Eazy, and more. Check back every Friday for a fresh list of albums to help fuel your weekend playlists.
Eminem: Revival (Aftermath/Shady Interscope). The mega-rapper’s ninth release contains a list of contributors as impressive as can be, including Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Alicia Keys, Kehlani, X Ambassadors, Skylar Grey, P!nk, and producers Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin. Lyrical content is his usual incendiary material, concentrating particularly on the current Presidential administration.
N.E.R.D.: No One Ever Really Dies (N.E.R.D Music/Columbia). The trio of Pharrell, Chad Hugo, and Shay Haley make a return to the scene with their first album in 7 years. Of course, an occasion such as this can’t be marked without a party of talented friends; in this case Rihanna, Ed Sheeran, André 3000, Kendrick Lamar, M.I.A., Gucci Mane, Wale, and Future.
G-Eazy: The Beautiful and the Damned (BPG/RVG/RCA). The rapper enlists the assistance of his girlfriend Halsey on this set; also Charlie Puth, Anna of the North, A$AP Rocky, Cardi B, E-40, and Kehlani.
Linkin Park: One More Light Live (Warner). The new live album from the band is dedicated to late singer Chester Bennington, who committed suicide earlier this year. All the hits are represented, and it’s a nice tribute for fans to remember a talented artist gone too soon.
Panic! At the Disco: All My Friends We’re Glorious (Fueled By Ramen/DCD2/Crush Music). This double set includes 21 tracks recorded on the band’s recent Death of a Bachelor Tour; a good addition to the serious fan’s collection.
New Order: NOMC15 (Mute). This live double album was recorded at Brixton Academy during the Manchester International Festival; it contains all the smash hits, making for a satisfying package.
Various Artists: Pitch Perfect 3 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (UMG). The Bellas return for the next chapter in the beloved series; the soundtrack has them covering a variety of pop tunes (Sia, Avicii, etc.), and there are also songs by Iggy Azalea, Zedd, and a few other real-life musicians.
John Williams: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Walt Disney). The venerable composer returns to continue the Skywalker saga — the question is, could anyone else do it? Probably not. Twenty tracks make up the sonic fabric of the latest installment.
Dale Watson: Blackjack (Red River Entertainment). Honky-tonk hero Watson re-records a variety of his greatest hits plus adds a brand-new one, the title track, to keep things fresh.
Asking Alexandria: Asking Alexandria (Sumerian). The band keeps rock alive and well on their fifth release, which is clearly a work of careful precision. Anthemic choruses, ambitious solos, and a variety of thoughtful lyrics allow continuity of their signature sound.
Boosie BadAzz: BooPac (Trill/Atlantic). This double-CD set contains a whopping 24 songs, as well as a little help from some friends such as Yung Bleu, London Jae, B. Will, and Lee Banks.