Soundcheck: The 36 Best Music Releases Of The Week


Lorde, SZA, Halsey + more

Every weekend, we’re bringing you #SOUNDCHECK—your new destination for the best of the best new music that hit the web over the course of the week. Because you should always be prepared when someone passes you that aux cord. This week’s round features 36 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Lorde, SZA, Halsey, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

"Perfect Places"—Lorde

Here's a list of all the perfect places you can listen to "Perfect Places": your car, on the train, on a plane, in a jacuzzi—pretty much anywhere. The choice is yours. 

"Broken Clocks"—SZA

SZA gets real about that one ex that won't stop calling you. We don't got the time. 

Hopeless Fountain Kingdom—Halsey

It's been a year since Halsey graced our June/July cover, and we're glad she's back around this time with some new tunes. Stream her sophomore release, above. 


pnkblnkt is back, exactly one year after the release of his debut, COZY. Ironically, all we want to do now is cozy up to his new track. 

Dua Lipa—Dua Lipa

After much anticipation, Dua Lipa has finally delivered her self-titled album. We'll be bumping this record all summer long. 

"Drippin'"—Teyana Taylor feat. Migos

Teyana Taylor and Migos—what more could you ask for? 

"You Can Count on Me"—Ansel Elgort feat. Logic

This piano-filled track will make you crave more music from Elgort, collaborations with Logic, and be as excited as ever for Baby Driver. 

"The Want (Live)"—Nick Hakim

Watch Nick Hakim bring you pure psychedelic soul in this live rendition of "The Want." 

"Lights On"—H.E.R. 

She's back! H.E.R. just dropped a sensual new song for our late-night playlists. 

"Angels/Your Love"—Mr. Jukes feat. BJ the Chicago Kid

Enjoy the electrifying tunes of new age jazz by Mr. Jukes.

"Breathless"—Kingdom feat. Shacar

The Brooklyn native gets introspective and personal in the visual for his latest hit, leaving you breathless. 

"Head of the Horse"—The Drums

The whimsical hook and soft spoken vocals on this new The Drums track prove that they are back.

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"Down"—Fifth Harmony feat. Gucci Mane

Fifth Harmony makes their debut as a quartet in this new club banger, featuring the one and only Gucci Mane. 

"Girlhood"- The Preatures

The Preatures have your new anthem to all things pink and punk.

"Stay for It"—RL Grime and Miguel

RL Grime and Miguel? We would have never guessed, but we're so here for it. 

"Never Thought"—Danny Sunshine

This bright, bubbling track will have you skipping throughout the day. 

"All Around the World"—Mura Masa feat. Desiigner

Desiigner and Mura Masa present the official video for their collaborative single. If trap-pop is the new thing, we're here for it. 

"Trunk"—UNIIQU3 and Yungkiid 

This song is guaranteed to make any night out memorable. 

"Paid n Full"—Dot Cromwell

Dot Cromwell has created the perfect turn-up anthem. 

"You've Got Me"—Alex Napping

Alex Napping has yet again blessed our ears with a soothing, summertime track.  

"Fear & Force"—Vagabon

A tale of young love, as told through Vagabon's angelic vocals, is all we could have dreamed of. 

"Home (Remix)"—Snoh Aalegra feat. Logic

This old-school, bass-heavy track is a '90s dream. 


The "all-american boy band" is back and ready to take over summer 2017. The band's crazy visuals and dope lyricism puts them at the forefront of artists you should know by now. 

"I Was Born"—Hanson

Hanson's "I Was Born" is all the daily motivation you'll need.

"Stone"—Jaymes Young

We can't get enough of Jaymes Young's heart-wrenching love ballad. Listen as "Stone" makes you fall in love again and miss the ex you never had.

"Lovers"—Anna of the North

Fall in love all over again with Anna of the North. Listen to the singer send us to electronic bliss in her new single, "Lovers."


We are so here for Ardyn's unique sound. "Together" is filled with synth-pop and folk goodness, twinkling pianos, and killer vocals.

"Ultimate"—Denzel Curry and BADBADNOTGOOD

Watch Denzel Curry go bar for bar in his new lethal track, "Ultimate," in collaboration with BADBADNOTGOOD. His fast-paced, quick-witted flow will change your life.

"Somebody You Found"—The Japanese House

In "Somebody You Found," The Japanese House continues to flourish in sublime ways. The Saw You in a Dream EP drops June 27.

"This Is It"—Lo Moon

Finally! Lo Moon dropped another song and it's transcendent.

"Good Times"—All Time Low

Go ahead and live your California skate park fantasy to this. We're here for it forever.

Know No Better —Major Lazer

Surprise! Major Lazer dropped an unexpected EP. Unsurprisingly, though, it's filled with bangers.


BRB, pretending our subway car is a Mazerati after listening to this banging tune from Lunice. 


"Maybe It's My First Time"—Meg Mac

Meg Mac sings her soul out in this new track about heartache. 

"O.D.D."—Hey Violet

You've got to watch this animated video for Hey Violet's edgy new single. 

"Real Life"—Duke Dumont and Gorgon City feat. Naations

This house single will not only make you dance, but also make want to ditch your digital relationship and see bae IRL. 

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Which one, though?

Kim Kardashian is suing fast fashion retailer Missguided, claiming that the brand uses her image to spark interest in and sell its clothing. This lawsuit comes a few days after a theory, that she may be selling her own vintage clothing designs to fast fashion brands so that they can rip them off, made its rounds on the internet.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kardashian's attorney Michael Kump writes that "Missguided systematically uses the names and images of Kardashian and other celebrities to advertise and spark interest in its website and clothing." Other celebrities that the brand has tagged on its Instagram include Cardi B and Dua Lipa, along with the other members of the Kardashian-Jenner family.

Kump uses the example of the Yeezy dress that Kim posted to Instagram, which was ripped off by the brand within a couple of hours. "Recently, for example, after Kardashian posted a photo on Instagram of a dress that was made for her... Missguided quickly responded with its own Instagram post... boasting that it would be ripping off the design within 'a few days,'" Kump continues. "Missguided purposefully inserted Kardashian's Instagram username (@KimKardashian) into its post to capitalize on her celebrity status and social media following in promoting the sale of its upcoming product."

Kump also draws attention to the fact that the brand uses Kardashian's name so much that it may lead others to believe that she works with the brand, which, he wants to make clear, she does not: "Missguided's U.S. website has included entire pages that are devoted solely to the sale of clothing inspired by Kardashian, and on which Kardashian's name and likeness are prominently used without her permission to promote the products."

Some are noting that it's suspicious that Kardashian is not suing Fashion Nova, as well, since the brand most recently ripped off a vintage Mugler gown that Kardashian wore. Though it may be harder for Kardashian to make any claims since timestamps have revealed that the dress was made before Kardashian premiered the dress.



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He previously claimed to be a victim of a hate crime

According to reports, actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested by the Chicago Police Department. As CNN outlines, he's facing a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report. If found guilty, he could face up to three years in prison.

The Empire star previously claimed that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime on January 29. He alleged that two masked men attacked him, tied a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him, and yelled, "This is MAGA country!" Brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo were eventually arrested and brought in for questioning, during which news broke that one appeared on Empire and the other worked as Smollett's personal trainer. Now, according to both men and reports, it's being said that Smollett paid them to "orchestrate" the attack.

Smollett's attorneys, Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, have issued a statement regarding their client's defense. "Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked," they told Deadline. "Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense."

If this is all true, this unfortunate turn of events should in no way take away from the fact that there is an abundant number of racially and sexually motivated attacks happening all of the time. They also still remain vastly underreported, so it's essential to listen to alleged victims, always.