Ariana Grande Puts Exes On Blast and Steve Aoki Collaborates With Country Music Stars On New Album

‘Release Radar’ is a weekly roundup of artists who topped the charts, dropped new singles, or finally released that much anticipated album, just in case you missed it.

Ariana Grande: Thank U, Next, Single

It seems like just yesterday Ariana Grande released her album Sweetener; the songs are still on repeat on playlists across the country. But, on the heels of the pop-star’s latest relationship drama she decided to bless our ears with the breakup anthem of all breakup anthems. Thank U, Next is Grande’s therapy session turned hit single (the song garnered over 50 million streams on Spotify in just five days) where the singer calls out, by name, four ex-boyfriends. The song all at once is an appreciative memoriam of what her past relationships gave and a single-girl anthem for loving yourself. There’s no sad breakup ballad here; Thank U, Next carries an cheery and hopeful pop tempo that makes the song incredibly easy to love (and get stuck in your head).

Anderson .Paak: Who R U?, Single

You’ve probably heard Anderson .Paak’s vocals on one of your favorite tracks. He’s been a constant collaborator with other musical geniuses Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q, only increasing his name recognition. Anderson .Paak released Who R U ahead of his much anticipated album Oxnard that’s supposed to drop this week. The latest single is on brand with .Paak’s groovy rapping over rhythmic beats. This track does not feature a famous name, but mega-producer Dr. Dre is behind the song. Despite the lack of a feature, this track has just as much power to make it on your daily listening rotation. Oxnard is set to be released on November, 16th.

Steve Aoki: Neon Future III, Album

It’s hard to put Steve Aoki in one genre, especially since his new 17-track album Neon Future III was released. The album comes three years after his last and features an array of collaborators from across all music genres. K-pop stars BTS, country music chart toppers Lady Antebellum, rock band Blink-182 and even… scientist and TV show star Bill Nye are some of the names listed on the album. EDM, and all music, has changed drastically since Aoki’s last album in 2015. Although he never disappeared from the scene, Neon Future III has songs that are a bit more mainstream than Aoki’s previous EDM-heavy work. These songs are perfect for road-trips, house parties or a day on the beach with friends. Everyone from country music lovers to rock band enthusiasts is bound to obsess over a track.

Juice Wrld: Armed and Dangerous, Re-release single

It seems as if Juice Wrld is appearing on our Release Radar every week. This year may be soon coming to a close, but Juice Wrld is keeping his fans supplied with new music for the rest of the year. Juice Wrld originally dropped the single Armed and Dangerous along with a video a few weeks ago but then the song and video suddenly disappeared from streaming services and online. Fans took to Twitter to voice their concerns and to their delight, the single has re-released on all major streaming platforms a few days ago. Armed and Dangerous is a more playful track with upbeat bars than the rapper’s previous songs. Juice Wrld is quickly showing us that he’s much more than a Soundcloud rapper; he can create a dynamic range of music that can compete with the best on the charts.

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