Welcome to "All the Songs You Need to Hear This Week," a series where we round up the best music you might have missed in the past seven days (read last week's here). In this edition, a mysterious Miley track makes the rounds and the Weeknd gets poppier than ever.
1. The Weeknd, "Can't Feel My Face"
Though the Weeknd's been making mixtapes since 2011, he's only become a household name recently, thanks in large part to his duet with Ariana Grande and his excellent contribution to the Fifty Shades soundtrack, "Earned It." But nothing he's done yet is as populist as "Can't Feel My Face," a stupid-catchy, Max Martin-produced banger covering the Weeknd's usual topic of love as addiction. That bass line!
2. DeJ Loaf, "Like a Hoe"
Detroit rapper DeJ Loaf (opening for Nicki Minaj this summer on the "Pinkprint" tour) gives no fucks on "Like a Hoe," one of her first DeJ-only songs following a string of guest appearances with people like Tinashe. Fingers crossed that late nights on the tour bus lead to a DeJ, Tinashe, and Nicki collaboration to end all collaborations.
3. Kacey Musgraves, "Family Is Family"
A sweet and cheeky ode to the love/hate relationship most people have with their blood relatives. Sample lyric: "Family is family in church or in prison/You get what you get and you don't get to pick 'em." Kacey also released an extremely cute video for "Biscuits" this week, so check that out too while you're at it:
4. Widowspeak, "Girls"
To announce their upcoming third album, Brooklyn duo Widowspeak led off this week with "Girls," a dreamy, country-tinged ballad. Frontwoman Molly Hamilton told Stereogum the song was inspired by feeling "threatened by the achievements of younger peers" and worrying that you're missing out because you're too old or not taking enough risks. Anyone who saw Kylie Jenner's recent comment about not wanting to grow past 18 can relate.
5. Miley Cyrus, "Nightmare"
A mysterious leaked demo, possibly an outtake from Bangerz or an indication of what's to come. Either way, it will make you desperate for a new Miley album.
(By Eliza Thompson)
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