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Kanye West

As you probably know by now, Kanye West is debuting his new album at Madison Square Garden today (2/11) at 4 PM EST. The album debut is part of his fashion show Yeezy Season 3, which also includes a performance by Italian artist Vanessa Beecroft. If you're not attending it live or watching one of the livestreams in a theater, you can also watch it from the comfort of your own home via TIDAL, as Pitchfork points out. Head below at 4 PM to watch the stream. If it's not playing, it should work if you lower your resolution to 240p.

The album is called The Life of Pablo (fka Waves, fka Swish, fka So Help Me God) and it features the singles "Real Friends" (ft. Ty Dolla $ign), "Wolves," and "Fade" (ft. Post Malone) . (Not the Kendrick Lamar collaboration "No More Parties In LA," however, which it was reported to include up until yesterday.) Rumored guests include Andre 3000, A$AP Rocky, Earl Sweatshirt, Chance the Rapper, Tyler the Creator and more, but who really knows at this point. Check out the latest tracklist below.

UPDATE: There's the artwork above, designed by Peter De Potter.

Here's what it looks like at MSG...

The scene at Madison Square Garden for @adidas Yeezy Season 3 and Kanye West's album release.

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UPDATE 2: The gospel-tinged opening track "Ultra Light Beam" features Chance the Rapper, Kirk Franklin and Kelly Price.

Track two "Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1 • Pt. 2" features Future, Kid Cudi and production by Metro Boomin. He tweeted the lyrics and wrote, "I cried writing this. I love my Dad."

Track three "Freestyle 4" includes a snippet of Brooklyn rapper Desiigner's "Panda." Kanye also announced during the show that G.O.O.D. Music signed Desiigner.

Track four "Famous" features Rihanna and production from Swizz Beatz, and Kanye raps: "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex, I made that bitch famous." TMZ says Taylor approved of the lyric in advance.

On track five "Highlights" he calls out Ray J: "I bet me and Ray J would be friends if we didn't love the same bitch." That one features Young Thug and The-Dream.

Kanye's latest tracklist included "Fade" at track seven but he skipped it and then played it at the end after asking, "Is there one more song from the album that y'all want me to play?!"

The Weeknd and Travi$ Scott are on track eight, "FML."

Kanye added a new verse to previous single "Wolves" and Frank Ocean now features on it. The single version featured Sia and Vic Mensa who did not appear to be on this one.

After finishing the album, Kanye gave a speech and then played "Facts" after a crowd request. Then he played "Fade," and eventually cut it and said "hold up Young wants to play some new shit" and debuted a new Young Thug song. Thug is also one of the models in the fashion show.

He followed the Young Thug song by debuting a new Vic Mensa song. Afterwards he shouted out Jay Z and TIDAL.

He didn't include pre-album single "Only One" but he did tease a video game about his mother going to heaven with the same title.

After replaying some of the album tracks, he started playing "All Day," one of the pre-album singles that didn't make it on to his latest tracklist.

DJDS (fka DJ Dodger Stadium) tweeted that they contributed to five of the album's songs.

UPDATE, 6:20 PM: TIDAL is streaming a replay of the show now.

Continue reading "Kanye West debuted 'The Life of Pablo' at MSG (ft. Chance the Rapper, Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, Rihanna & more)"

House of Pain

Veteran LA rap group House of Pain, best known for "Jump Around," are reuniting once again this year around St. Patrick's Day like they did in 2010. A few shows are announced, including Boston on St. Patrick's Day proper, followed by two NYC-area stops.

The NYC-area shows happen at Wellmont Theatre on March 18 and Irving Plaza on March 19. Tickets for those shows go on Live Nation/Music Geeks presales today (2/10) at 10 AM (passwords = "awards" and "musicgeeks"). General on-sale starts Friday (2/12) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

In other old-school hip hop news, production group Organized Noize, who famously worked with OutKast, Goodie Mob and more, are subject of a new documentary called The Art of Organized Noize which is premiering at SXSW. A week later the masses can see it too -- it will be on Netflix starting March 22. OutKast appear in the trailer, as do Future, Puff Daddy and more. Watch that below.

Another upcoming rap documentary is End of Malice on Clipse member No Malice. The doc includes appearances by his Clipse partner Pusha T and frequent collaborator Pharrell. It comes out on March 27 on Revolt TV, and there will also be a film tour which hits NYC on March 2 at AMC Loews 19th St. East 6. Tickets for that screening are on sale now. All dates are listed, with the trailer, below.

On a more R&B-oriented note, the 'Ladies Night R&B Super Jam' takes place Friday (2/12) at Barclays Center with Jodeci, Faith Evans, Jagged Edge, SWV, The Lox, Carl Thomas, Blackstreet, Total and Black Rob. Tickets are available.

Tickets for the recently-announced Slum Village, Black Milk and Guilty Simpson show at Higline Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Freddie Gibbs show at the same venue also go on sale at noon.

For something newer, Iamsu, fresh off playing SOB's two weeks ago, returns to the venue on March 24 with Ishdarr, Stro and DonMonique. Tickets are on sale.

More upcoming hip hop in NYC includes Future, Kanye West, Del The Funky Homosapien, Mobb Deep, Pusha T, Rockie Fresh, Jazz Cartier, Flatbush Zombies, Lauryn Hill, Kool Keith, and still more.

What else?

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Future

Future's upcoming tour with Ty Dolla $ign hits NYC on February 27 at Hammerstein Ballroom for a show that sold out a while ago. If you missed out on getting tickets though, or just want to keep the party going late that night, you're in luck. Future is squeezing in a late-night live show at Stage 48 (2/27) which goes from 11 PM to 4 AM. It's with DJ Bobby Trends, DJ Triple Threat, DJ Spade and Frank Roth. Tickets are on sale now.

This past weekend, Future released his new album EVOL, his second full-length release of 2016. Stream "Low Life" (ft. The Weeknd) off that, with his updated list of tour dates, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Future

Last night, Future revealed that his next proper album EVOL would be out this Saturday (2/6) and that it features his great The Weeknd collaboration "Low Life." It also features "Fly Shit Only" which just premiered on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 show. It starts with a haunting guitar arpeggio, and once the beat drops Future just lets it rip. Between this and "Low Life," there's no sign that EVOL won't be good. Listen below.

Future begins a tour with Ty Dolla $ign this month.

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by Andrew Sacher

Future

The insanely prolific (and great) rapper Future put out one full length of 2016 so far, Purple Reign, and he's already promising a new one for this Friday (2/5). It's supposed to premiere on DJ Khaled's Apple Music show. While we wait for that, Future just put out another new track called "In Abundance." The artwork is the Purple Reign artwork, so maybe it's a leftover from those sessions. Either way, it's predictably great and you can hear it below.

He also tweeted "Midight Eastern" about an hour ago. UPDATE: Now he clarifies that the pre-order goes live at midnight for his new album, titled EVOL. He also mentions he has a new deal with Apple Music.

Future and Young Thug, whose new mixtape Slime Season 3 is also due out this Friday, have been taking shots at each other on Twitter. Thug pulled a Kanye and at the last minute changed the title to IM-UP:

Future is touring with Ty Dolla $ign this month and also playing the just-announced Roots Picnic in June.

UPDATE: The pre-order is live now, and it's actually due out Saturday (2/6). It includes The Weeknd collaboration "Low Life," which came out on Christmas. It doesn't include "In Abundance." Check out the full tracklist below.

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Okeechobee

Florida is getting its biggest-ever camping music festival this year in Lake Okeechobee with the arrival of the inaugural Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival on March 4-6. The festival, which is produced by some of the makers of Bonnaroo, has a varied lineup, including headliners Mumford & Sons, Hall & Oates, Kendrick Lamar and Skrillex, along with Robert Plant, Big Grams, Fetty Wap, Four Tet, Future, Jason Isbell, Joey Bada$$, Miguel, Odesza, Shabazz Palaces, Ween and many more. It's also one of the last-ever US shows for Youth Lagoon.

Like Bonnaroo does, they're having a big superjam thing too. Theirs is called "PoWoW! A Live Superstar Mashup," and it's led by Miguel and Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler. The jam sesh also includes Hall & Oates' John Oates, jazz breakout Kamasi Washingon, two members of pioneering funk band The Meters (George Porter Jr and Zigaboo Modeliste), the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, DJ Chris Karns, and Soulive members Eric Krasno and Neal Evans. Special guests are promised too.

3 and 4-day weekend passes are available now, along with VIP packages. Full lineup below...

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Roots Picnic 2016

The Roots' annual Roots Picnic returns to Philadelphia's Festival Pier on June 4 this year. The lineup was just announced, and it's great as always. Headliners include Future, Usher (backed by The Roots) and Leon Bridges, and there's also The Roots playing their own set, Blood Orange, R&B singer Kehlani, up-and-coming producer Kaytranada, veteran producer Swizz Beatz, "classic man" Jidenna, soulful French-Cuban duo Ibeyi, Future collaborator Metro Boomin, Atlanta rap trio Migos, soul/rap breakout Anderson .Paak, late '90s/early '00s star DMX and more.

Tickets go on sale Friday (2/5) at noon. Check out the announcement video, starring Broad City's lana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, below.

Luckily, the artists performing won't have to deal with that Philly live music bill.

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photos by James Richards IV

A$AP Ferg in Chicago
A$AP Ferg
A$AP Ferg

A$AP Ferg has been on the road with G-Eazy, and that tour hit Chicago over the weekend at Aragon Ballroom on Saturday (1/16). Support came from Marc E. Bassy, Nef the Pharaoh and Marty Grimes. Pictures are in this post.

The tour hits NYC on Saturday (1/23), Sunday (1/24) and Monday (1/25) at Terminal 5. The first two are sold out but tickets for the third are still available. It's in Philly tomorrow and tonight is an off night, which quite possibly means Ferg will join A$AP Rocky and the rest of A$AP Mob to celebrate the life of the late A$AP Yams at Yams Day at Terminal 5 tonight (1/18). Ferg also tweeted, "Today is Yams day through out the world! Even if you can't celebrate with us turn up for him where ever your at!!"

The rest of tonight's lineup includes Joey Bada$$, Flatbush Zombies, A$ton Matthews and Lil Uzi Vert. Rocky and Ferg also celebrated Yams over the weekend when they released the tribute song "Yamborghini High."

Ferg's new album Always Strive and Prosper is due this year, and it presumably features his recent single "New Level" featuring Future, which you can stream below.

Speaking of Nef the Pharaoh, he's planning a mixtape with producer Cardo called Neffy Got Wings, and recently released its lead single "#Saydaat" featuring Philthy Rich. Listen to that below too. He also plays another NYC show before the run with A$AP Ferg, at Just Blaze's weekly House Party at Webster Hall on Thursday (1/21). Tickets are available.

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Future

Future is coming off four full-length releases in 2015 (including DS2, one of our favorite albums of the year), and he's waited less than a month to drop one in 2016. He just put out the Purple Reign mixtape, which was executive produced by frequent collaborators Metro Boomin and DJ Esco, with beats by Metro Boomin, Southside, Zaytoven, DJ Spinz, and more. Stream it below and download it for free at livemixtapes.com or DatPiff.

Future kicks off the Purple Reign tour in February with Ty Dolla $ign, which hits NYC on February 27 at Hammerstein Ballroom (sold out). Metro Boomin will play NYC's Terminal 5 on Friday (1/22), opening for Keys N Krates (tickets).

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photo: LCD Soundsystem at MSG in 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
LCD Soundsystem

The holidays are over and we're fully back in action here at BrooklynVegan. We hope you're having a great new year so far, and in case you missed some of the big news that came over the past couple weeks, here's a roundup of some reminders:

LCD Soundsystem, following rumors they'd reunite, released a new song on Christmas Eve called "Christmas Will Break Your Heart" and word is they will play Coachella 2016.

Guns N' Roses will play Coachella too. Still no word on their exact lineup, but it's been reported that Axl and Slash will both be involved.

UPDATE: Coachella 2016 lineup ANNOUNCED

Another surprise song came on Christmas Day from Radiohead, who released "Spectre," an unreleased theme they had written for the James Bond movie of the same name. (As you probably know, Sam Smith's theme was used instead.)

Last year we got a new track from Kanye West on New Year's Day, and this time we got one on New Year's Eve called "Facts." It's more a freestyle that riffs on Drake & Future's "Jumpman" than a big new Kanye song (and Future collaborators Metro Boomin & Southside produced it), but it's new Kanye nonetheless. Listen here.

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

We also got a new 7-minute video from Kendrick Lamar on New Year's Eve called God Is Gangsta. The video is for two songs off 2015's To Pimp A Butterfly, "u" and "For Sale?". Watch below. To Pimp A Butterfly topped our 50 favorite albums of 2015 list, which we put out on New Year's Eve.

As of Christmas Eve, The Beatles began streaming their entire discography on streaming services.

We also got a new song from Aphex Twin, a surprise EP from Krallice (following their surprise album from July), an unreleased Grimes song ("probably pre-Halifaxa"), three new songs from The Weeknd (a Travi$ Scott collab, a Future collab, and a remix of Jeremih's "Pass Dat"), a song on New Year's Eve from Big Sean called "What A Year" ft. Pharrell & Detail, a Christmas song from Miley Cyrus & The Flaming Lips, a stream of the new Hinds album (which they celebrate in NYC this week), and a new Timbaland mixtape. Listen to that one here and the rest below.

In sadder news, we lost rock god Lemmy Kilmister and John Bradbury of ska legends The Specials. We miss you both.

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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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by Andrew Sacher

FACT

FACT published their 50 Best Albums of 2015 list and as always, it's one of the more unique lists of the year. It's loaded with high-quality electronic music, rap, R&B, indie, pop, and more, and you're almost guaranteed to find something on it you haven't heard of. It ranges from the Simon Cowell-assembled girl group Fifth Harmony to the underground New York rapper Junglepussy, and includes plenty of the in-between. Kendrick Lamar and Grimes are here, but they come in at the mere #3 and #5, respectively. Their #1 is a very unexpected pick, but a great album nonetheless (and one that does deserve some more love).

"Excuse the positivity, but was something in the water this year? 2015 felt like the best year for albums in a while," their intro begins. Read what else FACT have to say here and check out the whole list 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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Lil Durk

Lil Durk released his official debut album Remember My Name earlier this year, and today he followed it with a new mixtape, 300 Days, 300 Nights. It features his Dej Loaf collaboration "My Beyonce," that he put out about a month ago, and collabs with Future, Meek Mill and more. You can download the whole thing at DatPiff and stream it below.

Dej Loaf also has a few shows coming up this month and next, including New Year's Eve in NYC at Amazura (91-12 144th Place in Jamaica, Queens). Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Future is playing New Year's Eve in NYC too (and then touring with Ty Dolla $ign after).

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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

Future

Future is already set to come to NYC for a New Year's Eve show with Rudimental (who are DJing) (tickets), and now he's announced a 2016 tour with Ty Dolla $ign. That's a great double bill.

That tour also has a NYC date, February 27 at Hammerstein Ballroom with Lil Donald. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/11) at noon with Citi/Live Nation/Ticketmaster presales starting Thursday (12/10) at 10 AM.

Future put out four full lengths this year (Drake collab included), and Ty Dolla $ign put out merely one (which features Future). Both of them are also on the great new Jeremih album. Listen to some highlights of those releases, with the list of tour dates, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo by Morgan Walker, illustration by Claire O'Neill/NPR
NPR

The year-end lists keep coming. Today, NPR Music published their 50 Favorite Albums of 2015 list. As usual, it's all over the map genre-wise, with classical, jazz, electronic, rap, mainstream pop, lo-fi DIY, indie rock, folk, country, metal and more.

It's got some of the albums that appear on most of these lists, like Kendrick Lamar, Sufjan Stevens, Courtney Barnett, Jamie xx, Future, Vince Staples, Joanna Newsom and Alabama Shakes, but plenty of surprises too. It's the first list I've seen with the Beauty Pill album, and the first non-rap list I've seen with The Game. It's also got often-underrated albums from Colleen, Jazmine Sullivan and Low. And there's bound to be something on it you haven't heard yet.

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

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Jlin

If you're sick of seeing the same names atop every publication's year-end list, you can always count on The Quietus to deliver something almost completely different. While their Top 100 Albums of 2015 does contain Kendrick Lamar, Sufjan Stevens, Julia Holter, Kurt Vile and a few other popular choices, none of them cracked The Quietus' top 20. What is their #1? Experimental footwork producer Jlin's Dark Energy which came out in March via Planet Mu. At #2 it's Polish drone/folk artist Stara Rzeka's Zamknęły się oczy ziemi. There are a few others in the Top 10 you may have heard -- Oneohtrix Point Never's Garden Of Delete, Holly Herndon's Platform, East India Youth's Culture of Volume, Matana Roberts' Coin Coin Chapter 3, and New Order's Music Complete.

Whether you see this as made by a bunch of contrarians or forward-thinkers, chances are there's something here you may not have heard but might really like. The Quietus' page includes bandcamp or soundcloud links where available, and you can browse through their entire Top 100 Albums of 2015 list below

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by Andrew Sacher

Jeremih

Ever since Jeremih's quietly-released 2012 mixtape Late Nights picked up steam, he's been promising to properly follow it with Late Nights The Album. He dropped tons of singles but kept pushing back the release, and earlier this week rumors floated around that it would actually come out Friday (today). As it turns out, it actually did!

It's got a lot of the singles he's been putting out (including yesterday's Ty Dolla $ign collaboration "Impatient") so if you've been following along, you've probably heard a lot of this already. It all came together really well though and it sticks to the approach he had on the mixtape, eschewing pop bangers for more subdued, downtempo R&B. (Well, except the DJ Mustard-produced YG collab "Don't Tell 'Em," which interpolates Snap!'s "Rhythm Is A Dancer" and cracked the Billboard Top 10 last year.) Other guests include J. Cole on "Planez," Future and Big Sean (doing one of his Drake impressions) on "Royalty," Migos on "Giv No Fucks," Juicy J and Twista on "Woosah," Jhene Aiko on "Worthy," and Feather on "I Did," which brings back some of the vibrato vocal effects he used on the great "Fuck U All The Time." Listen to the whole thing below.

Jeremih will be in NYC this weekend for a free show at SOB's on Saturday (12/5). You had to pick up a ticket (which are now gone) but entry is first come, first served.

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Illustration by Ryan Casey
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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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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Future

Atlanta rapper Future put out four full length releases this year -- DS2, the Drake collab What A Time To Be Alive, and the Beast Mode and 56 Nights mixtapes -- and he'll be wrapping up this banner year with a New Year's Eve show at NYC's Pier 36 with a DJ set from Rudimental. It's part of the RPM-presented Big Week NYC and tickets are on sale now.

As part of the same series, Future collaborator Travi$ Scott opens for Nicky Romero and The Chainsmokers at Pier 94 on NYE (tickets).

Future put out a video for "Rich $ex" off DS2 this week. Watch that, with the list of all of his tour dates, below...

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