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Music Weekly Roundup: Nicki Minaj, Tate McRae, and More Deliver Memorable Closers for 2023

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As the year draws to a close, the music scene remains vibrant with notable releases from renowned artists. We bring you the highlights of the week, featuring powerful tracks and diverse sounds to enrich your playlist. Let’s dive into the latest musical offerings:

Nicki Minaj — “Let Me Calm Down” Feat. J. Cole

Nicki Minaj concluded 2023 with the highly anticipated “Pink Friday 2,” a project featuring collaborations with hip-hop heavyweights like J. Cole, Drake, Lil Wayne, Lil Uzi Vert, and more. “Let Me Calm Down” stands out as a compelling joint effort that elevates the genre.

Tate McRae — “Calgary”

On the pop side of the spectrum, Tate McRae unveiled “Calgary” from her latest album, “Think Later.” The track reflects McRae’s ability to draw from personal experiences, delivering a mix of confident, empowered tunes and contemplative, reflective compositions.

Fred Again.. and Baby Keem — “Leavemealone”

Fred Again.. showcases his mastery in transforming existing vocal samples with “Leavemealone,” incorporating snippets from Baby Keem’s tracks “Bullies” and “South Africa.” The result is an energetic dance floor anthem that redefines the boundaries of sampling.

Pharrell Williams, Swae Lee, and Rauw Alejandro — “Airplane Tickets”

Pharrell collaborates with Swae Lee and Rauw Alejandro on “Airplane Tickets,” a track that exudes sophistication and style. The trio explores themes of treating loved ones to luxury through international travel, excursions, and fine fashions.

Jack Harlow and Dave — “Stop Giving Me Advice”

Jack Harlow teams up with UK sensation Dave on “Stop Giving Me Advice,” a collaboration that addresses Harlow’s success and the constant stream of advice he receives. The track is a testament to Harlow’s position in the hip-hop landscape.

Tems — “Not An Angel”

After a hiatus, Tems returns with “Not An Angel,” showcasing her principled and introspective approach. Over sparse drums and pulsating beats, Tems navigates the aftermath of a lost love, marking a promising return for the artist.

Rina Sawayama — “Flavour Of The Month”

Riding high on her success in John Wick: Chapter 4, Rina Sawayama revisits her 2022 album with the deluxe edition, featuring “Flavour Of The Month.” The track is a self-assured pop banger with a distinctive edge.

Lil Yachty — “The Paradigm”

Lil Yachty continues his exploration of psychedelic rock with “The Paradigm,” a dreamy addition to the soundtrack of Netflix’s “Leave The World Behind.” Yachty’s venture into unconventional styles remains intriguing.

Adrianne Lenker — “Ruined”

Known for her work outside of Big Thief, Adrianne Lenker unveils “Ruined,” a stripped-down composition guided by piano and her emotive vocals. The track resonates with heartbreak and showcases Lenker’s raw storytelling.

J Balvin — “Amigos”

J Balvin closes the year with “Amigos,” offering a taste of his signature reggaeton sound. While not featured on his recent album, the track adds a vibrant touch to his diverse discography.

These tracks represent a diverse array of genres, ensuring there’s something for every music enthusiast. Stay tuned for more recommendations from us in the coming weeks.