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Oct182019

New Gang Starr album featuring unreleased vocals by the late Guru dropping November 1

TTT/Gang Starr Enterprises, LLC.A new Gang Starr album, titled One of the Best Yet, will drop next month, and it features unreleased vocals by duo's legendary MC, Guru, who passed away in 2010.

DJ Premier made the announcement on Instagram, posting the album's cover art: a framed throwback photo of himself and Guru, propped up in back of a turntable and a microphone. He also debuted a new single titled ”Bad Name.” 

One of the Best Yet will be Gang Starr’s seventh studio album, arriving 16 years after their previous album, The Ownerz, in 2003.

Guru passed away from cancer in 2010 at the age of 48, but Premier says he always believed that eventually he'd be able to release a new Gang Starr album.

“I never lost faith, or wavered. I still felt it inside of me, it just happened to be nine years [after Guru’s passing]," he says. "We all want the things we want right now, but I am a patient guy. I hung in there and I just kept believing."

Premier says he began producing the album the album in 2017, with the urn containing Guru’s ashes sitting on his studio console.

“It’s a continuation of what I never wanted to end," he continues. “It’s a very foreign place for me and very emotional. I get happy, sad, excited; my feelings are kind of all over the place. But predominantly, just very happy to be making music with Guru again.”

Gang Starr reached the height of its popularity in 1998 with the duo’s fifth album, Moment of Truth, which hit number one on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. 

One of the Best Yet, including guest appearances by J. ColeTalib Kweli, Q-Tip, and Ne-Yo, is now available for pre-order.

Here's the One of the Best Yet tracklist:

‘The Sure Shot’ (Intro)
‘Lights Out” feat. M.O.P.
‘Bad Name’
‘Hit Man’ feat. Q-Tip
‘What’s Real’ feat. Group Home & Royce Da 5’9”
‘Keith Casim Elam’ (Interlude)
‘From A Distance’ feat. Jeru The Damaja
‘Family and Loyalty” feat. J. Cole
‘Get Together’ feat. Ne-Yo & Nitty Scott
‘NYGz/GS 183rd’ (Interlude)
‘So Many Rappers’
‘Business Or Art’ feat. Talib Kweli
‘Bring It Back Here’
‘One Of The Best Yet’ (Big Shug Interlude)
‘Take Flight’ (Militia Pt. 4) feat. Big Shug & Freddie Foxxx
‘Bless The Mic’

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Friday
Oct182019

Matt Maeson releases "stripped" version of debut album, 'Bank on the Funeral' 

Neon Gold/Atlantic Matt Maeson is giving his debut album a minimalist makeover.

The "Cringe" singer has released Bank on the Funeral (Stripped), a rerecorded, piano-driven version of his first full-length record. The collection includes "stripped" versions of every song on the original album, including "Cringe" and the new single "Go Easy," as well as two bonus tracks.

You can download Bank on the Funeral (Stripped) now via digital outlets.

The original Bank on the Funeral was released in April.

Maeson is currently supporting Bank on the Funeral on a U.S. headlining tour, which continues Friday in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Friday
Oct182019

Listen to Tom Morello shred on new version of Bishop Briggs' "Champion"

Island RecordsTom Morello lends his formidable shredding skills to a new version of Bishop Briggs' song "Champion."

The Rage Against the Machine guitarist plays some heavier riffs on the alt-pop singer's single, while also adding some of the electronic flourishes heard on his The Atlas Underground solo album. You can download the new recording now via digital outlets.

Briggs co-wrote "Champion" with K.Flay, who collaborated with Morello on the Atlas Underground track "Lucky One."

The original "Champion" is the title track from Bishop's upcoming sophomore album, due out November 8.

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Friday
Oct182019

Garth Brooks' Tennessee stop on his Stadium Tour is growing

Copyright 2018 8TEN, Inc.Garth Brooks' first home-state stop on his Stadium Tour is about to get even bigger. 

Next Friday, he'll release what his camp is calling a "very large number of incredible production seats" for his Saturday, November 16 show at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Tickets go for just under $95, including all fees. Garth's show will be the first concert in the venue in sixteen years.  

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Friday
Oct182019

I Love You, You Love Me, Get Out: Daniel Kaluuya producing live-action Barney the dinosaur movie 

Prince Williams/WireimageOscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya is partnering with Mattel to produce a live-action film based on the company’s famous purple dinosaur, Barney.

“Barney was a ubiquitous figure in many of our childhoods, then he disappeared into the shadows, left misunderstood,” the star of Black Panther and Get Out tells Variety "We’re excited to explore this compelling modern-day hero and see if his message of ‘I love you, you love me’ can stand the test of time.”

Mattel chose Kaaluya because it felt that he would bring a different perspective to the story of Barney, who became a children's icon as the star of the Barney & Friends TV series, which ran on PBS from 1992-2009.

“Working with Daniel Kaluuya will enable us to take a completely new approach to ‘Barney’ that will surprise audiences and subvert expectations,” say Mattel’s Robbie Brenner. “The project will speak to the nostalgia of the brand in a way that will resonate with adults, while entertaining today’s kids.”

In addition to the Barney project, the British actor stars with Bokeem Woodbine in Queen & Slim, opening November 27. Kaluuya will also portray Black Panther Party member Fred Hampton in the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy. 

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Friday
Oct182019

Kelly Clarkson makes her dream come true by duetting with Cyndi Lauper on “True Colors”

Adam Christensen /NBCUniversalKelly Clarkson had one of her musical dreams come true on her talk show Friday.

On today’s episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show, she got to duet with Cyndi Lauper on the 1986 classic “True Colors.” The two harmonized on a stripped-down version of the track, as Cyndi played the dulcimer.

“That was like a dream come true for me, thank you,” Kelly told Cyndi after they finished singing.

Also during the show, Cyndi mentioned that she used to listen and sing along to Kelly’s song “Stronger” whenever she was feeling down. Kelly freaked out that Cyndi had even heard of the song.

She also complimented Cyndi on her ability to pull off so many different fashion looks.

“I just don’t wanna look in the mirror and feel like I look conservative or straight,” said Cyndi, who was sporting a pastel blue mohawk.

The Kelly Clarkson Show airs weekdays in syndication.

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Friday
Oct182019

For Whom the Billabong Tolls: Metallica announces collaboration with surf clothing brand

ABC/Randy HolmesMetallica has announced a new apparel line in partnership with the famed surf clothing company Billabong.

The collaboration will include five different collections inspired by the metal legends' music. The first one will arrive this Tuesday, October 22 at 9 a.m. PT.

Metallica's Billabong team-up follows their recent collaborations with the Stance sock company and Nixon watches.

You can show off all of your Metallica attire, Billabong-branded or otherwise, during the band's run of festival headlining shows in 2020. The rockers will be playing two unique sets at five different festivals: Epicenter, Welcome to Rockville, Sonic Temple, Louder than Life and Aftershock.

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Friday
Oct182019

Gucci Mane drops 'Woptober II' album featuring Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby, Quavo, and more

Alessandro Michelle, Harmony Korine, Christopher SimmodsGucci Mane has released his 15th studio album Woptober II, featuring a stacked lineup of guests that includes Kevin Gates, Quavo, Kodak Black, London On Da Track, Peewee Longway, Takeoff, Yung Mal, and OJ Da Juiceman.

The cover photo of La Flare enjoying a massage while a butler stands by to serve him is from the Cruise 2020 #ComeAsYouAre_RSVP ad campaign for his namesake luxury brand, Gucci.

The Atlanta rapper has dropped three singles from the album: “Richer Than Errybody" featuring YoungBoy Never Broke Again & DaBaby, ”Big Booty” featuring Megan Thee Stallion, and “Tootsies" featuring Lil Baby. 

Gucci and his wife, Keyshia Ka'oir, celebrated their second wedding anniversary Thursday as they faced social media criticism for their marriage.

The couple's currently facing backlash from Mane's Instagram post in which he praised his wife for being his ride-or-die chick.  It started when Snoop Dogg shared an Instagram meme of the rapper and his wife on their wedding day, commenting about how they’ve stayed together despite Gucci going to prison, being on drugs, and cheating with other women.

Here's the track list for Gucci Mane's Woptober II

“Richer Than Errybody” feat. YoungBoy Never Broke Again & DaBaby
“Big Booty” feat. Megan Thee Stallion
“Tootsies” feat. Lil Baby
“Big Boy Diamonds” feat. Kodak Black & London On Da Track
“Came From Scratch” feat. Quavo
“Move Me”
“Bucking The System“ feat. Kevin Gates
“Opps and Adversaries “
“Highly Recommended"
“Wop Longway Takeoff” feat. Peewee Longway & Takeoff
“Last Night” feat. Yung Mal & OJ Da Juiceman
“Time To Move”
“Break Bread”

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Friday
Oct182019

Keith Urban will be live in Las Vegas for dozen-date residency in 2020

ABC/Image Group LAAfter doing two sold-out shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace last month, Keith Urban is headed back to Sin City for a dozen more concerts in 2020.

Kicking off January 10, Keith Urban Live -- Las Vegas will be an all-new show, using the renovated venue's capacity for a general admission area on the main floor.

Pre-sales start on Sunday for fan club members, before tickets officially go on sale next Friday.  Buy them at at ticketmaster.com/keithurbanvegas. 

Here's the rundown of the CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year's Vegas dates for 2020:

January 10, 11, 17, 18
April 24, 25
July 10, 11
August 7, 8
November 20, 21

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Friday
Oct182019

Green Day extends one 'Billboard' record & closes in on another with "Father of All..."

ABC/Randy HolmesGreen Day is making moves on the Billboard charts with "Father of All..."

The lead single and title track from the trio's upcoming 13th studio album has reached the top five on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart, giving them a total of 21 singles that have hit that milestone.

That extends Green Day's record for the act with the most top-five hits on Alternative Songs; Foo Fighters are second with 18.

Additionally, "Father of All..." is helping Green Day close in on another Billboard chart record. The song is the new leader on the Rock Airplay chart, which measures airplay across rock radio stations. Green Day now has five number-ones on that ranking, which is second to only the Foos, who have six.

Father of All... the album -- the follow-up to 2016's Revolution Radio -- arrives February 7. Green Day will be supporting the new record next summer on the Hella Mega tour with Fall Out Boy and Weezer.

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Friday
Oct182019

BTS and Lauv drop video, remix of "Make It Right"

Big Hit EntertainmentAfter announcing the collaboration on social media, BTS has now released their remix of "Make It Right" featuring Lauv.

The original version of the song, co-written by Ed Sheeran, appeared on BTS' album Map of the Soul: Persona EP. The new version starts with an English-language verse and chorus from Lauv.

The band has also released a video for the song which features shots of BTS performing in concert intercut with animated footage that tells the story of a boy and the girl who becomes his protector by magically transforming into a cape.

As Billboard notes, the song and the video are both extended metaphors for the relationship that BTS has with their devoted fans, the ARMY.

"I was lost, I was trying to find the answer/In the world around me, yeah, I was going crazy/All day, all night
You're the only one who understood me/And all that I was going through," Lauv sings, describing how the ARMY supported BTS as they struggled to deal with their growing fame.

He sings, "You were the reason I survived/You were there for me through all the times I cried."

Lauv has a similar relationship with his fans. On Thursday, he tweeted, "feeling hella positive about life and all the music and beautiful times ahead. thank u guys for being here for always having my back and for dealing with my weirdness."

The BTS ARMY is pretty happy about the collaboration, with many tweeting to Lauv, "Welcome to the family."

Lauv's debut album ~how i'm feeling~ is out March 6.


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Friday
Oct182019

The National's Matt Berninger announces first solo album, 'Serpentine Prison'

ABC AudioThe National frontman Matt Berninger is striking out on his own with his debut solo album.

In an Instagram post, Berninger reveals that the record will be titled Serpentine Prison. It will be produced and arranged by legendary R&B/soul musician Booker T. Jones, who Berninger calls a "kind, patient, visionary genius."

"More about it soon but basically I'm the luckiest man in the universe with lots of brilliant friends who can play [instruments]," Berninger writes. "Not worthy!"

Berninger recently released a new song called "Walking on a String" with indie singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers. The National's latest album, I Am Easy to Find, arrived last May.

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Friday
Oct182019

Hear Prince's acoustic demo of "I Feel for You" from early 1979

Warner Records/Prince EstateTo mark the 40th anniversary of the release of Prince's self-titled second album, which was released on October 19, 1979, the artist's estate has released a previously unheard acoustic solo demo of his classic song "I Feel for You."

The song is now available on streaming services, and as a limited-edition 7" purple vinyl single, which you can order now at Prince's online store. The B-side of the single includes the original studio recording of the song.  The single is only available to order for the next seven days, and will ship around January 31.

The demo was recorded by a 20-year-old Prince during the winter of 1978-1979, and you can hear him pressing the "record" button on a tape recorder and picking up his acoustic guitar before he starts playing and singing. The cassette tape of the recording was recently discovered in Prince's legendary vault.

Michael Howe, the archivist of Prince's vault, says he was "blow away" by the demo, in which Prince shows off his amazing acoustic guitar skills, as well as his falsetto voice.

While "I Feel for You" appeared on the Prince album, it became a smash hit in 1984 when Chaka Khan covered it, and added harmonica by Stevie Wonder and the famous "Chaka Khan, Chaka Khan/let me rock you Chaka Khan" rap by Melle Mel. That version won two Grammys, including Best R&B Song for Prince, as the songwriter.

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Friday
Oct182019

Saint Asonia looks back on "This August Day" with new song

Courtesy of SpinefarmSaint Asonia has premiered a new song called "This August Day," a track from the band's upcoming sophomore album, Flawed Design.

As frontman Adam Gontier explains, the track was inspired by a time two years ago when he was in a "very, very dark place."

"After a long and very difficult relapse with alcohol and substance abuse, and with the help of some very close family and loving friends, I found myself at a treatment center in Nashville," Gontier recalls. "Not only that, but I found myself in an emergency room, hanging onto life by a thread."

At that same time, Gontier's son was being born "on the other side of the continent."

"Not being physically present the day my son came into this world is something I will look back on and regret for the rest of my life," Gontier says.

"'This August Day' is about all of that," he continues. "It's about that one day in August that completely changed me -- forever."

Flawed Design will be released October 25. It also includes the lead single "The Hunted," featuring Godsmack's Sully Erna.

In addition to Gontier, who, of course, is formerly of Three Days Grace, Saint Asonia also features Staind guitarist Mike Mushok. The band released their self-titled debut album in 2015.

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Friday
Oct182019

Lady A's proud to have graduated from the school of Reba, "one of [country's] biggest icons"

Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT/ViacomPerforming in honor of CMT Artist of the Decade Reba McEntire Wednesday night wasn't something Lady Antebellum took lightly, especially since Hillary Scott practically grew up on the road with the country legend.

Hillary's mom, Linda Davis, sang backup for Reba and won a Grammy for their #1 duet, "Does He Love You." So Lady A's been privileged to have a front row seat to learn from the legend.

"She's such a great entertainer. She's so authentic," Dave Haywood reflects. "She's always been so true to herself, where she came from, how she was raised in the Midwest, and who she is...that's always been such an inspiring thing for us."

"We've watched how she tours, how she puts on a show, how she paces a show," he explains. "We've gotten to know her over the years...that's another surreal moment, that we're able to kind of call her friends now. And she is one of the biggest icons in this format."

Hilary admits Reba's immense catalog made it difficult to pick a song to perform during the tribute.

"It's kind of like throwing a dart," Hillary admits. "But we chose 'Is There Life Out There' just because it's one of my personal favorites. I just love the lyric...the melody. It lends itself to three-part harmony beautifully."

Ultimately, Hillary's goal during the tribute was to mirror the love Reba's shown her through the years.

"I am so encouraged by her and her confidence, and have always felt so uplifted...myself by her over the years," Hillary says. "So I just want to make her proud and hope that she feels celebrated and loved."

"You can't find one person who could say 'Reba McEntire' and not say 'I love her' in the next breath. She's just the best."

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Friday
Oct182019

The Flaming Lips to release first-ever live album in November 

Warner RecordsIn their more than 30-year career, The Flaming Lips have never officially released a live album. Well, that's about to change.

On November 15, Wayne Coyne and company will release a live recording of their May 2016 show at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. The concert featured the Lips performing their beloved 1999 album The Soft Bulletin in full alongside the Colorado Symphony.

You can download the performance of the song "Race for the Prize," accompanied by a fittingly psychedelic video, now via digital outlets.

Here the track list for 'The Soft Bulletin': Live at Red Rocks:

"Race for the Prize"
"A Spoonful Weighs a Ton"
"The Spark That Bled"
"The Spiderbite Song"
"Buggin’"
"What Is the Light?"
"The Observer"
"Waitin’ for a Superman"
"Suddenly Everything Has Changed"
"The Gash"
"Feeling Yourself Disintegrate"
"Sleeping on the Roof"

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Friday
Oct182019

Country star trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockFifteen years ago this week, Sara Evans "cleaned up" as this song hit number one on Billboard's country chart. Can you name it? ANSWER: "Suds in the Bucket."

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Friday
Oct182019

Watch Black Sabbath receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award on PBS special premiering tonight

Amy Sussman/Getty Images © 2019This year's edition of the annual Grammy Salute to Music Legends event, celebrating the Recording Academy's 2019 Special Merit Awards winners, airs tonight as the latest episode of the network's Great Performances series. One of the night's honorees: Black Sabbath.

Taped back in May at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, the gala featured performances by and/or tributes to the 2019 recipients of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Three of the band's four founding members -- guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward -- were on hand to accept the honor.

The metal legends were honored with a performance by Rival Sons, who played a medley of "War Pigs" and "Paranoid." Rival Sons were previously handpicked by singer Ozzy Osbourne to open for Black Sabbath's final world tour, which concluded February 2017.

The other artists who received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Recording Academy included Dionne Warwick, Sam & Dave, Donny Hathaway, George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias and late jazz singer and bandleader Billy Eckstine.

The event also featured the presentation of Trustees Awards to non-performers who have made their mark on the music industry.  This year's honorees were music producer Lou Adler, the Motown songwriting team of Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, and TV and film soundtrack composer Johnny Mandel.

For more details about the event, which airs at 9 p.m. local time, visit PBS.org.

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Friday
Oct182019

This year's Grammy Salute to Music Legends, honoring Dionne Warwick, Sam & Dave and more, airs tonight on PBS

Amy Sussman/Getty Images © 2019This year's edition of the annual Grammy Salute to Music Legends special, celebrating the Recording Academy's 2019 Special Merit Awards winners, airs tonight at 9 p.m. as the latest episode of the network's Great Performances series. Among the honorees: Dionne Warwick, Sam & Dave and Donny Hathaway.

Taped back in May at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, the gala featured performances by and/or tributes to the 2019 recipients of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Other artists who received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Recording Academy include George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, heavy metal legends Black Sabbath, Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias and late jazz singer and bandleader Billy Eckstine.

The event also featured the presentation of Trustees Awards to non-performers who have made their mark on the music industry.  This year's honorees were the Motown songwriting team of Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson; music producer Lou Adler, best known for his work with The Mamas & the Papas, Carole King and comedy duo Cheech & Chong; and TV and film soundtrack composer Johnny Mandel.

Among the award recipients who take part in the performances were Warwick, Sam Moore of Sam & Dave, Clinton and Simpson.

The show, hosted by Sheila E., also features such guests as country superstar Garth Brooks, Johnny Mathis, legendary funk bassist Bootsy Collins, rapper Snoop Dogg, R&B star Kenny Lattimore and Cheech & Chong, performing either with, or in tribute to, the honorees.

Here is a list of the tribute performances you'll see on the Grammy Salute to Music Legends:

Dionne Warwick
"Walk On By" (performed by Johnny Mathis)
"What the World Needs Now" (performed by Dionne Warwick)

Sam & Dave
Medley: "Hold On, I'm Comin'"/"Soul Man" (performed by Sam Moore and Garth Brooks)
"I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down" (performed by Sam Moore)

Lou Adler
"I Feel the Earth Move"/"It's Too Late" (performed by Jessie Mueller)

Julio Iglesias
"Caruso" (performed by Julio Iglesias)

Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson
"You're All I Need to Get By"/"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (performed by Valerie Simpson and Kenny Lattimore)

Johnny Mandel
"How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" (performed by Patti Austin)
"The Shadow of Your Smile"/"Suicide Is Painless" (performed by Patti Austin)

Black Sabbath
"War Pigs"/"Paranoid" (performed by Rival Sons)

Donny Hathaway
"A Song for You" (performed by Lalah Hathaway)
"Where Is the Love" (performed by Lalah and Kenya Hathaway)

Billy Eckstine
"Everything I Have Is Yours" (performed by Gregory Porter)
"Dedicated to You" (performed by Gregory Porter and Patti Austin)

George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic
Medley: "One Nation Under a Groove"/"Mothership Connection"/"Flash Light" (performed by George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Sativa, Eddie M, Sheila E. and Snoop Dogg)

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Friday
Oct182019

Liam Payne announces debut solo album, 'LP1,' coming December 6

Republic RecordsLiam Payne promised a big announcement was coming soon, and today he delivered.

The former One Directioner announced on social media that his debut solo album, simply titled LP1, will officially be out on December 6.

“Thanks for all your support as always, you’re the best fans I could ask for,” he wrote. “I can’t wait to share the album with you all.”

LP1 is available for pre-order now. It features his new song “Stack It Up,” which he co-wrote with Ed Sheeran, as well as his first solo hit "Strip That Down" and his duet with Rita Ora from the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack, "For You."

That means come December, Louis Tomlinson will be he only former One Direction member who has yet to release a full-length solo album.  Niall Horan and Harry Styles are about to release their second solo albums, while former member ZAYN released his sophomore album last year.

Here is the LP1 track list:

"Stack It Up" (feat. A Boogie Wit da Hoodie)
"Remember"
"Heart Meet Break"
"Hips Don’t Lie"
"Tell Your Friends"
"Say It All"
"Rude Hours"
"Live Forever" (with Cheat Codes)
"Weekend"
"Both Ways"
"Strip That Down" (feat. Quavo)
"For You (Fifty Shades Freed)" (with Rita Ora)
"Familiar" (with J Balvin)
"Polaroid" (with Jonas Blue & Lennon Stella)
"Get Low" (with Zedd)
"Bedroom Floor"
"All I Want (for Christmas)"

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