Looks like Jay Z sipped haterade instead of lemonade. The rapper is reportedly back in the studio working on a response album to Beyonce’s critical record that just dropped. If you’re itching for music you can hear right now, stick around. The Blues Brothers are making an animated return, McDonalds now serves up beats, Radiohead finally released music, Alicia Keys has a new single, Mutual Benefit shared a slice of mournful folk, and Run the Jewels made a dark 360-degree video that will give you the spins.
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Beyonce used her new album, Lemonade, to show the world who’s boss… again. It looks like Jay Z wants to reclaim the title instead. The rapper returned to the studio and is “working on an album telling his side of things,” or so an anonymous source told US Weekly. Speculation is further proved possible with a photo of Jay Z in the studio floating around the web, too. Let’s hope he fixes what looks like a rocky relationship and puts their love on top. [Complex]
Grab your sunglasses. Dan Aykroyd and Judy Belushi, widow of John Belushi, are rebooting The Blues Brothers as a primetime animated series. The show will be pitched around to networks this month, so they have yet to announce a run date. What we do know is that the duo co-created the series with writer Anne Beatts of Saturday Night Live and with animation studio Bento Box Entertainment, who’s behind Bob’s Burgers. So yes, the series already does sound perfect. [Nerdist]
Now serving: burgers and beats. McDonalds just revamped their Netherlands menus to include the coolest meal gift yet. Check out the video above to see the McTrax, a placemat that turns into a mini music production station where 26 digital touchpoints offer in-house audio effects. Loops, synths, snares; you name it, the McTrax has got it once you sync your phone on the mat and download the app. It looks like us North American folks have to wait a bit longer until this floats across the pond. [FACT Magazine]
Hey, did you hear? Radiohead is back and there’s quite a dawn chorus thanks to chirping birds. The band debuted their new single, “Burn the Witch,” yesterday much to fans’ joy. The video sees a Wicker Man-style hunt go down, all thanks to some tiny clamation figures that look quite a bit like Camberwick Green. The most interesting bit? You can stream the audio on numerous platforms, including Spotify (who Thom Yorke likened to a dead corpse’s fart). [Nerdist]
Alicia Keys wants you on the dance floor. The singer-songwriter dropped a new single called “In Common” today that sees her swirl together club beats with Latin grooves, unleashing a combo so hip-snapping that you won’t be able to stay still. It’s her first new track in almost a year and thanks to it’s minimal beat, we’re willing to bet money that it will rise up the charts the same way AlunaGeorge has. [Rolling Stone]
New York-via-Boston folk act Mutual Benefit has returned with a new single called “The Hereafter.” The closing track off upcoming album Skip a Sinking Stone sees lush layers fade away in favor of rippling xylophone and what sounds like a Koto. Soon enough, the whole thing rolls over in its own calming waves while frontman Jordan Lee confronts the pain of heartbreak in a minimalist way that hangs in your head. Give it a spin above. [Consequence of Sound]
It’s been some time since Run the Jewels‘ sophomore album Run the Jewels 2 dropped, but that hasn’t kept he duo from slowing down. They shared the full music video for “Crown” off that record. It’s a 360° clip that plays with your vision beyond the usual graphics, allowing viewers to get pretty caught up in the story and maybe even play a dangerous part. Check it out above to see what we mean. [Pitchfork]
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