What do a Harlem rapper, an American Idol runner-up, and a legendary French chanteuse have in common? They’ve all landed repeat-worthy songs on our playlist this week.
Hip-hop hipster Azealia Banks proved there’s more where “212” came from with her long-awaited 1991 EP, while third-place Idol contestant finds her own style on her debut, Listen Up! Elsewhere, the soundtrack to Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom gave us an excellent reason to put Francois Hardy’s timeless “Le Temps de l’Amour” back in rotation.
Also here: punk poet Patti Smith unleashes her first new album in five years, indie-folk messiah Edward Sharpe (a.k.a. onetime Robot Alex Ebert) and his Zeroes bliss out on his second album, and Rick Ross and Usher joined forces to touch us with their hot new single.
Other artists on this week’s docket: Kip Moore, Travis Porter, Katy Perry, 2:54, Scissor Sisters, and more. Check it all out in the playlist below:
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