Beats4LA’s Friday Music Guide is your one-stop destination to discover the key music releases dominating the charts and playlists this weekend and beyond. This week, we’re highlighting new tunes from Ed Sheeran, Lana Del Rey, Luke Combs, Rosalía & Rauw Alejandro, Jimin, and Fall Out Boy. Without further ado, let’s dive into this week’s top picks.
Ed Sheeran, “Eyes Closed”
In memory of his best friend, Jamal Edwards, who tragically passed away a year ago, Ed Sheeran returns with the poignant single “Eyes Closed.” The song, featured on his new album (Subtract), is a heartfelt ode to anyone mourning a loved one. With the help of producer Aaron Dessner, Sheeran manages to create a memorable hook that captures the essence of grief without resorting to the usual ballad format.
Luke Combs, Gettin’ Old
As a follow-up to last year’s Growin’ Up, Luke Combs’ Gettin’ Old showcases the country superstar’s songwriting strengths. With themes of reflection and gratitude, Combs crafts an album that is both entertaining and emotionally resonant.
Lana Del Rey, Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd
Lana Del Rey’s ninth full-length album, Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd, is a testament to her distinctive approach to pop music. The album explores a unique intersection in modern music, showcasing her honest and innovative songwriting. Dive into our full review and track ranking of Lana Del Rey’s latest album [here](link to the review).
Rosalía & Rauw Alejandro, RR
Power couple Rosalía and Rauw Alejandro announce their engagement alongside the release of their collaborative project, RR. The three-song EP is a dynamic blend of Rosalía’s yearning melodies and Rauw Alejandro’s infectious charisma, promising even more great music to come from the duo.
Jimin’s solo album Face represents his personal evolution amidst global fame, a pandemic, and feelings of loneliness. His gentle vocals anchor tracks like the sultry “Face-off” and the ’80s-inspired “Like Crazy,” showcasing his ability to express heartfelt lyrics with confidence.
Fall Out Boy, So Much (For) Stardust
Nearly a decade after their triumphant return with Save Rock and Roll, Fall Out Boy releases their new album, So Much (For) Stardust. The record sees the band operating with machine-like efficiency, delivering catchy tunes like “Hold Me Like a Grudge” and “So Good Right Now.” This latest offering is a testament to Fall Out Boy’s enduring pop appeal and their ability to keep fans hooked.
So get into this week’s Beats4LA Music Guide and enjoy your weekend!