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by Andrew Sacher

Drake

Drake did another of his OVO Sound Radio shows today, and debuted a new single called "Summer Sixteen." He goes pretty hard on this one, calling out Obama (who said Kendrick Lamar is a better rapper) and referencing his "new Jay Z" nomination by saying, "I used to want to be on Roc-A-Fella, then I turned into Jay." You can stream the song on Apple Music or buy it on iTunes.

He also announced on the show that his new album Views From the Six will be out in April.

Update: You can listen to the whole show below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Rihanna

Earlier this week, Rihanna tweeted that she was listening to her much-delayed new album ANTI, implying its release was imminent. Billboard then said it'd be out this week, and earlier tonight a TIDAL user noticed that it was (probably accidentally) uploaded to the streaming service. It was quickly taken down, but not before TIDAL users were able to leak it.

The leak reveals a few interesting things about this record. It doesn't feature any of last year's singles, including the great "Bitch Better Have My Money" (or "FourFiveSeconds" or "American Oxygen"). It does include the Drake collaboration "Work" that came out today (not her first Drake collab, of course) and that explains why she called it ANTI's lead single earlier. Also, unless a really good Rihanna impostor threw this in the leak, it includes a cover of Tame Impala's "New Person, Same Old Mistakes" (retitled "Same Ol' Mistakes"), the last track on last year's Currents. This means RiRi turned down a Grimes song but would've happily taken a Tame Impala song.

The only credited guest aside from Drake is SZA on opening track "Consideration," though The Weeknd, The-Dream and Travi$ Scott all worked on "Woo." Producers include DJ Mustard ("Needed Me"), Timbaland ("Yeah, I Said It"), No I.D. ("Higher"), Boi-1da ("Work"), and more. As reported last year, the album was executive produced by Kanye West (whose own new album has quite the saga surrounding it this week as well). Listen to rips of "Work" and the Tame Impala cover, with the tracklist, below. Update: Streams removed.

UPDATE: Now that it leaked, the album is officially out. You can listen here if you have TIDAL (and otherwise you can hear samples). And that Tame Impala cover is in fact real.

UPDATE 2: It's now a free download for a limited time only, using the code ANTI.

UPDATE 3 (1/28): The deluxe edition is out now with three bonus tracks: "Goodnight Gotham," "Pose," and "Sex With Me." "Goodnight Gotham" is a remix of Florence + the Machine's song "Only If For A Night."

This probably won't be a surprise, but early listens reveal that much of it is in the vein of atmospheric R&B that's dominated both pop and indie for a few years now. And more so than her other recent releases, it feels built to be an "album album," as superstar albums in the post-Yeezus/The 20/20 Experience/BEYONCÉ world often are. (Her last, 2012's Unapologetic, came out before those three did.) It's pretty good stuff to these ears. What do you think?

As previously mentioned, Rihanna is touring with Travi$ Scott in support of the album. It hits NYC on March 27 and 30 at Barclays Center. Tickets for those shows are still available.

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Ramriddlz

Ramriddlz, an auto-tuned rapper/singer from Toronto suburb Mississauga, picked up buzz a little while back for his sorta-jokey viral song "Sweeterman" (and its video), and it really took off when Drake released his own version of it. As he points out in an interview with Noisey, the Drake co-sign inspired him to actually pursue music, and he quickly followed it with the P2P EP (aka "pussy too pink") produced largely by his Ryerson classmate Jaegen. Then came a FADER piece that claimed "Ramriddlz Is Not A Joke". They write:

["Sweeterman"'s] greatness, and much of Ram's work since, is difficult to bracket. There are tinkling samples and fuzzy guitar riffs over dancehall grooves, and a post-regional mash-up of patois, Somali, Arabic, and Toronto slang--all filtered through his imperfect but strangely appealing whine of a voice.

And then there's the lyrics. Ram's calling card is stacked, pun-filled bars referencing sex and drugs, set to melodies so sweet and catchy that it's easy to miss the ridiculousness on first listen.

More singles have followed that EP, including "Call Me," "Dem Callin'," and most recently, "Bodmon." You can check them all out below.

Ramriddlz comes to NYC this weekend for two shows. The first is on Friday (1/22) at Up & Down (244 W 14th St) for a Duh NYC party with a special guest (more info), and the second is on Sunday (1/24) at SOB's (tickets).

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Meek Mill

What a weekend for Meek Mill. Yesterday he surprise-released the four-song EP 4/4 and reignited his Drake beef on the "Jumpman"-sampling freestyle "I'm Da Plug," which takes "Is that a world tour or your girl's tour?" from "Back To Back" and responds: "This is that hundred K a night when you perform tour, swimmin' in that good pussy while you're on tour, oh!"

Drake wasn't the only person Meek took a shot at on the EP though. He called out 50 Cent (who has two upcoming NYC shows) on "Gave 'Em Hope," referencing 50 dissing Meek's Maybach Music boss Rick Ross on Instagram. 50 Cent then got right back to IG, and posted Meek's face on the poop emoji, writing: "LMAO Hey shit head, your career is over already.you better focus on getting Nikki pregnant so you can at least get child support girl." Meek replied by posting a picture of himself holding stacks of cash and wrote:

U pop shit on social media 24/7 ... U never in the places everybody b at.... The whole queens say you a rat.... Ross baby mom hit you for that check you sick .... Ross finished you "career over? How dare you speak on that? .... All you artist that came under you broke" ya son hate you smfh! Ya swag on below "0" lol hold up..... U always hating on puff and Hov other go getters from ya city...... U going broke and you miserable .... U really miserable bro.... You like 40 on the internet all day 😭😭😭😭 Mayweather ain't got tickets for you nomore .... Ya liquor is piss... U really miserable and don't really have friends ... You scared to play the mixes everybody b at! U never played with me in person because u know how we rocking lol I'm done wit you ... This my last insta-fingers post for a min lol
Meek didn't say much else but 50 did.

Today, he released something new yet again: the video for "The Trillest" off last year's Dreams Worth More Than Money. Watch that, with the 4/4 EP stream and its accompanying "4THESTREETS (4/4)" video, below...

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photo: A$AP Rocky at ACL Fest 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
A$AP Rocky

The newest episode of Drake's OVO Sound Radio show on Beats 1 aired yesterday, and it featured the debuts of a few new songs. One is A$AP Rocky boasting over a remix of Drake's "Wu-Tang Forever" ("Know this shit is yours when you do a world tour all off a mixtape") and another has Rocky with his A$AP Mob pals A$AP Ferg and A$AP Nast paying tribute to the late A$AP Yams with "Yamborghini High." A$AP Mob, joined by Joey Bada$$, Flatbush Zombies, Lil Uzi Vert, and A$ton Matthews, will celebrate Yams' life at NYC's Terminal 5 on Monday (1/18) (sold out).

The show also featured a set from DJ Mustard, which kicked off with his recently-released Travi$ Scott collab "Whole Lotta Lovin" and featured the debut of the Mustard-produced "Wavy" by Ty Dolla $ign (who he most famously hooked up with on "Paranoid") featuring Joe Moses. Dolla $ign heads on tour soon with Future, who dropped a new mixtape today.

DJ Mustard and Ty Dolla $ign also collaborated with London singer Ella Mai, who Mustard just signed to his 10 Summers Records, on the new song "She Don't." He played that one on the show, along with her Mustard-produced "No Rush."

Listen to all five tracks below...

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photo: Gara w/ Arcade Fire at Barclays Center, 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)

Arcade Fire drummer Jeremy Gara announced his self-produced debut solo album, Limn, will be out on March 11 via NRCSS Industry. He shared the album's opening track, "Divinity," a dense instrumental, which you can listen to below. He's also promising a tour -- stay tuned for details.

In other Arcade Fire news, Drake, who is coaching Team Canada in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, enlisted Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler in Team Canada. This will be his second year in a row playing. They'll be playing against Team USA, coached by comedian Kevin Hart. The game, which is hosted in Toronto, airs live on February 12 on ESPN.

Arcade Fire, who have collaborated with David Bowie multiple times, wrote a tribute to him. If you missed it, read that here.

Check out the tracklist for Limn below.

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Dilly Dally at Baby's All Right in 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Dilly Dally

As you probably know if you've seen them live lately, Toronto's Dilly Dally have been repping their hometown with a cover of Drake's "Know Yourself." They make it sound more like something off Pretty on the Inside than a Drake song, and it's been a highlight of their sets. Now they've released a studio version of the song, which you can check out below (via Vulture).

Dilly Dally are among the hundreds of artists announced for SXSW today. And a different Drake song ("Hotline Bling") just topped the Pazz & Jop poll.

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Pazz + Jop 2015

The Village Voice's annual Pazz+Jop issue has just been published. Polling nearly 500 music critics, you may not be too surprised, at this point, to learn that Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly topped their 2015 albums list. (It was our #1 too.) Here's the Top 10:

1 Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly
2 Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
3 Carly Rae Jepsen, Emotion
4 Grimes, Art Angels
5 Sleater-Kinney, No Cities to Love
6 Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell
7 Vince Staples, Summertime '06
8 Kamasi Washington, The Epic
9 Jamie xx, In Colour
10 Father John Misty, I Love You, Honeybear
On the singles side, Drake's unstoppable "Hotline Bling" was the critics' #1 consensus and here's the Top 10 (well Top 9, there was a tie):
1 Drake, Hotline Bling
2 Kendrick Lamar, King Kunta
3 The Weeknd, Can't Feel My Face
4 Kendrick Lamar, Alright
5 Courtney Barnett, Pedestrian at Best
6 Missy Elliott (ft. Pharrell Williams), WTF (Where They From)
7 Fetty Wap, Trap Queen
8 Mark Ronson (ft. Bruno Mars), Uptown Funk
9 (tie) Adele, Hello
9 (tie) Jamie xx (ft. Young Thug & Popcaan), I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)
The Pazz & Jop lists go all the way to albums and tracks with single votes, and you can look at individual critics ballots too, plus read a bunch of year-summarizing essays.

by Andrew Sacher

Majid Jordan

If you're not familiar with R&B duo Majid Jordan by name, you surely know Drake's "Hold On We're Going Home" that they're prominently featured on. They're also signed to Drake's OVO Sound label, and expected to release their self-titled debut album on it on February 5. It features the Drake collaboration "My Love," "Something About You," and the brand new single "King City." Check out all three below.

Speaking of Drake-affiliated R&B singers, mysterious Toronto singer dvsn has deservedly been picking up buzz for his singles that he's been gradually revealing via Soundcloud (so far there's four). We know they're all produced by Nineteen85, who did "Hold On We're Going Home," plus "Hotline Bling," "Truffle Butter," and more. Some people suggest it is Nineteen85, but Noisey cite an anonymous source who claims Nineteen85 and dvsn are two separate people. Complex wonders if it's Toronto singer Daniel Daley (who has worked with Nineteen85), but there's no confirmation of that either. Whoever it is, he's making the kind of airy downtempo R&B that's been unstoppable in the post-Drake world and he very much deserves to be heard. Listen to all four tracks below.

And while we're talking about Drake, we may or may not be getting Views From the 6 any day now.

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Spotify

2015 was one of the greatest years for new music in a while. Even if you're obsessive, you probably still have some catching up to do. We can try to help. Within the first two episodes of BrooklynVegan's new Spotify show (here and here), you'll hear some of our favorite music of the year. You'll find even more in our Favorite Albums of 2015 list, and browse our Best of 2015 tag for even more lists.

Probably not too surprisingly, BrooklynVegan lists didn't include any Ed Sheeran or Maroon 5, but also probably not surprising that those were two of the five most listened-to artists on Spotify in 2015. The other three were Kanye West, The Weeknd and Drake (the latter of which made our favorite albums list). That data and much more like it is what you'll find at Spotify Year in Music.

The Spotify Year In Music recap also pointed out that the year had some big comebacks. Missy Elliott was popular after guest starring at Katy Perry's Superbowl halftime show and finally releasing a new single. Streams of Amy Winehouse's music spiked 70% after the release of Amy. And people were glad to finally have D'Angelo back too.

Rap was extremely popular on Spotify this year, with all five of the top five albums and seven of the top ten coming from rappers. That's consistent with our recent suggestion that major label rap hit a massive peak in 2015. The most loyal fans of the year though, according to Spotify's data, were metal fans.

To see all of the Spotify Year In Music, or to get your own Year in Music based on your profile, visit the site here. Interested in finding out how popular a specific artist was? They have a page for that too.

Don't have a premium Spotify account yet? We've also got a giveaway package from Spotify, that includes a one-year premium subscription, one pair of Bose in-ear headphones, one Soundwave Canvas, and one $50 TicketMaster gift card. Head below to enter for a chance to win. Winners must be 18 years or older and live in the U.S..

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photo: The Wonder Years at Webster Hall in October (more by Mimi Hong)
The Wonder Years

We recently named The Wonder Years' No Closer To Heaven one of our favorite albums of the year. Then we asked the band's frontman, Dan Campbell (aka Soupy), to tell us about his. He gave us a top 10 with commentary on each, including cool up-and-comers like Petal (who play NYC tonight, 1/4), big-name rappers like Kendrick Lamar and Drake, quality returns from vets like Desaparecidos, Lucero and The Mountain Goats, and more. Check out the full list below.

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by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis & Amanda Hatfield

photo: Kendrick Lamar at Day For Night 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Day for Night Festival

Every year is a good year for new music, but 2015 felt like the best one in a while. It was an especially great year for major label rap, after 2014 was an especially slow one, but it was good for plenty more than that too: folk, post-punk, indie pop, noise, art pop, punk, etc. We only have one metal album on our list, but there's a lot more where that came from at our metal sister site Invisible Oranges, who posted individual writer lists over the past few weeks. 2015 birthed excellent newcomers, and gave us crucial returns from artists who have been doing it for decades. This year, BrooklynVegan crowned a #1 pick for album of the year with the rest of our top 50 listed alphabetically. Some of the records have songs you couldn't leave your house without hearing, and others flew pretty under the radar, but we truly love each one.

Read our top 50 below...

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Fantasma

Like they usually do, The Guardian rolled out their 40 Best Albums of 2015 list over a two-week period, and the whole thing is now here. The top 10 has nine US/UK list regulars and last year's Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers (who seem to be more loved in the UK). This year's Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine also just makes the list, coming in at #40. There's veteran representation from New Order, Dr. Dre, Janet Jackson, Iron Maiden, and Sparks if you count FFS. And there's interesting outliers like Fantasma, the South African band featuring the Sub Pop-signed Spoek Mathambo.

Stream that one and check out the full Top 40 below...

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photo: Pianos Become the Teeth at Webster Hall last month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Pianos Become the Teeth

Title Fight and Pianos Become the Teeth are both forward-thinking post-hardcore bands who share a big portion of each other's fanbases, toured together as recently as last year, and are sort of labelmates (PBTT is on Epitaph and TF is on Epitaph's sister label ANTI-). As 2015 comes to a close, both bands have given us lists of their favorite albums of the year.

Title Fight's is from bassist/vocalist Ned Russin, and it's pretty unique. It has their recent tourmate Alex G's album Beach Music, a live on KXLU set from hardcore band Fury (whose EP was on Ned's list last year), a Kelefa Sanneh article from The New Yorker, and more.

PBTT's list is from the whole band (except drummer David Haik, who didn't contribute), with each member offering up two choices and writing some commentary too.

As for their own releases, Pianos put out a 7" this year and TF released their latest full length, Hyperview. Check out both lists below...

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Matana Roberts

TIny Mix Tapes posted their Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2015 list today. Like last year, it's certainly a good list for anyone who's tired of seeing the same artists on every list (though it does have Kendrick Lamar, Sufjan Stevens, Future, Bjork, Drake, Joanna Newsom, Carly Rae Jepsen, Grimes and other popular picks). It's the first list I've seen with the Liturgy album, and certainly the only one that has James Ferraro in the top 3. It's also one of just a few with avant-jazz great Matana Roberts and one of few with Grouper's band Helen. It also has Sicko Mobb, who just hours ago put out a new song with Jeremih.

There's a lot of interesting stuff on the list. Read their commentary and intro here and check out the top 50 below...

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Pitchfork

You saw their songs and their honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2015 list is here. Like with the song list, "records released this year and records that made their greatest impact in 2015 were eligible," which allows for things like D'Angelo's late 2014 release.

As usual, you can't just guess what the list is going to be by looking at what got Best New Music this year. Some of those albums became honorable mentions, and some were left off the year-end lists entirely (like Baroness, Nao, and Aphex Twin). The scores don't necessarily dictate it either. Deafheaven was one of a few albums to get a 9.0 or higher, but it dropped to #26 while the others all cracked the top 10. And then there's Carly Rae Jepsen, whose hype Pitchfork seemed to react against by giving her a less-than positive review, but they ended up throwing her on their year-end list just like everybody else. What should surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.

You can read their commentary here and check out the full list below...

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Pitchfork

Pitchfork have published their 100 Best Tracks of 2015 list. The criteria was "any track that was released in 2015 or had its greatest impact in the U.S. during this year was eligible," which allows for stuff like 2014 releases from Fetty Wap and D'Angelo to count. Including guest appearances, Kendrick Lamar shows up four times, two of which are in the top five. Drake, Grimes, Jamie xx and Future all show up three times each. It includes a few singles off 2016 albums, like David Bowie's "Blackstar," ANOHNI's "4 Degrees" and Savages' "The Answer," one-off collaborations like WOKE (aka Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Shabazz Palaces), last-minute 2015 releases like Jeremih's "Oui," and surprise comeback singles like Missy Elliott's "WTF (Where They From)." If you were wondering, Adele's "Hello" is here (ranked very high), and yes, so is Justin Bieber. There's also some representation from less commercial stuff like the hardcore band G.L.O.S.S..

Check out the whole list below...

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FADER

Like last year, The FADER have listed their favorite tracks of the year. They picked 107, "because 100 just wasn't enough." It's got two Drake songs in the top 10, and a Skepta song cracks it too (grime in general is pretty well-represented). A certain former bubblegum pop singer who's becoming a popular choice for #1 is #1 here too. Mixed into the mostly rap/R&B/electronic pop list is Adele, some country representation from Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves, lo-fi DIY from Sheer Mag and Girlpool, and a few other outliers. Check out the whole list, and a Spotify playlist of it, below.

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by Andrew Sacher

DRAM

Virginia rapper D.R.A.M.'s song "Cha Cha" went viral after Beyonce instagrammed herself dancing to it, and then it got even more popular when Drake based "Hotline Bling" on it. But as summed up perfectly in the title of Pitchfork's new piece on him, "Going Beyond Viral," he's already got a promising career aside from that song. He appeared on Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment's much-loved Surf album, then toured with Social Experiment member Chance the Rapper, and eventually released his own nine-song EP GahDamn!, which features Donnie Trumpet. It also features TDE R&B singer SZA on the song "Caretaker," which just got the video treatment (dir. Nathan R. Smith). You can watch that and stream the whole EP below.

D.R.A.M. also just announced a short tour with support from Atlanta avant-R&B singer Abra, who released the very solid album Rose earlier this year on Awful Records (the label best known for in-house producer Father, with whom Abra has collaborated). That tour hits NYC on January 15 at Santos Party House. Tickets should be on sale soon.

D.R.A.M. will also play the first event in the new TIDAL Theater at Barclays Center on December 18 with deadmau5, Pusha T, Justine Skye, The Cold Seas and Slonk Donkerson. Tickets go on sale to the general public Tuesday (12/8) at 10 AM. They're on sale now for TIDAL members.

All dates are listed, with a stream of Rose and the D.R.A.M. streams, below...

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Adele


Twitter released their '2015 YEAR ON TWITTER' today. No real surprises as far as THE MOST POPULAR MUSICIANS go, and that includes Kendrick "11 Grammy Nominations" Lamar. Nothing very "indie" about this list either, but for those who love music industry data, you can peruse all the music-related stuff, below.

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Grammy

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards nominees have been announced. Album of the Year nominees include Alabama Shakes for Sound & Color, Kendrick Lamar for To Pimp A Butterfly, Chris Stapleton for Traveller, Taylor Swift for 1989 and The Weeknd for Beauty Behind The Madness. Record of the Year also includes Taylor ("Blank Space") and The Weeknd ("Can't Feel My Face"), plus D'Angelo ("Really Love"), Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars ("Uptown Funk") and Ed Sheeran ("Thinking Out Loud"). Song of the Year has those same Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran songs against Kendrick's "Alright," Little Big Town's "Girl Crush," and Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth's "See You Again."

Alabama Shakes' album is also up for Best Alternative Music Album, along with Bjork, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala and Wilco. Kendrick's album is also up for Best Rap Album, along with J. Cole, Dr. Dre, Drake and Nicki Minaj.

Other nominees include Courtney Barnett (up for Best New Artist), Florence + the Machine, Bob Dylan, The Chemical Brothers, Flying Lotus, Skrillex & Diplo, Caribou, Disclosure, Jamie xx, Bill Frisell, Ghost, Death Cab For Cutie (Best Rock Album), Jeremih, Jazmine Sullivan, Miguel, The Internet, Kehlani, Leon Bridges, Fetty Wap, Kanye West, Big Sean, Common, Jidenna, Kacey Musgraves, Robert Glasper, Punch Brothers, Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Jason Isbell, Buddy Guy, Bettye LaVette, Glen Hansard, Patti Smith, Amy Poehler, Wyatt Cenac, Louis C.K., the Hamilton soundtrack, David Bowie, Snoop Dogg, Elvis Presley, Father John Misty, The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, The Decemberists, Joni Mitchell, The Bird and The Bee, Blake Mills (Producer of The Year for Alabama Shakes' Sound & Color), A$AP Rocky, The Dead Weather, Pharrell Williams, Amy Winehouse doc Amy, and many more.

Kendrick Lamar picked up 11 total nominations, and The Weeknd picked up seven. The ceremony will happen February 15 at the Staples Center in LA, and air live on CBS.

Check out a fuller list of nominees below and the whole thing here.

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Rolling Stone

We already saw Rolling Stone's top 50 albums of 2015, and now they unveiled their top 50 songs too. It's got a lot of the songs you couldn't avoid this year even if you wanted to: "Hello," "Hotline Bling," "Trap Queen," plenty of The Weeknd, one appearance by Justin Bieber. There's also indie rock anthems like Titus Andronicus' "Dimed Out," "Kurt Vile's "Pretty Pimpin," Courtney Barnett's "Pedestrian at Best"and Tame Impala's "Let It Happen," a nod towards raw DIY with Sheer Mag's "Fan the Flames," and a lot more. Check the whole thing out below.

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NME

It's the season for year-end lists, and they just keep rolling in. Now longrunning (and now free) UK weekly NME has joined the party, going with Grimes' Art Angels at #1 on their top 50 albums of 2015 list (she also topped Gorilla vs. Bear' and SPIN's lists). Kendrick Lamar comes in at #2, and those two records are really topping a lot of lists this year. Elsewhere on the list, you can find indie stalwarts like Bjork, Sufjan Stevens, Joanna Newsom, Deerhunter, and Sleater-Kinney, pop nods like Future, Lana Del Rey, Charli XCX, Carly Rae Jepsen and Miley Cyrus And Her Dead Petz, and an emphasis on British acts like Foals, The Maccabees, Coldplay, Sleaford Mods, Bill Ryder-Jones, Laura Marling, The Cribs, and of course Blur. For good measure, Ryan Adams comes in at #50 with his Taylor Swift covers album.

Check out the full list below...

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Adele

Rolling Stone has published their list of the Top 50 Albums of 2015. As always, it has older artists who don't seem to pop up on many other lists (Madonna, Darlene Love, Mark Knopfler, Boz Scaggs, Keith Richards, James Taylor, Don Henley) (did you even know Don Henley released an album this year?). There's also two major rap albums in the top 3 (with Adele sandwiched in between), a good amount of country (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, Ashley Monroe), smaller indie rock bands (Hop Along, Car Seat Headrest), mainstream pop (Selena Gomez, Carly Rae Jepsen), alt-rock giants (Muse, Marilyn Manson), and a lot more. And they're counting D'Angelo's December 2014 release for this list (it cracks the top 5).

Read their commentary here and check out the whole list below...

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SPIN

Happy December! SPIN are celebrating the first day of the last month of the year by putting out their Top 50 Albums of 2015 list. It's a diverse list, with the top 10 ranging from DIY-indie (Alex G) to mainstream country (Kacey Musgraves) to leftfield major label rap (Vince Staples and Kendrick Lamar). The list also has metal from Deafheaven and Krallice, electronic from RP Boo, Rabit, Oneohtrix Point Never and SOPHIE, R&B veteran Janet Jackson, and plenty more. Check out the whole thing below.

They also put out their 101 Best Songs of 2015 list, which is topped by Justin Bieber.

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