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Fresh Finds Friday: Album teasing singles from R&B, rock scene

Happy Friday! With the end of the week in sight, it is another week with new music. This past week, we have new music from Linkin Park and Kings of Leon, among others.

Here are five new songs you should check out:

"Mustang" by Kings of Leon

American sibling rock duo Kings of Leon, known for singles such as "Sex on Fire," charge back onto the scene after a nearly three-year hiatus with its latest single, "Mustang." The new track is a taste of its upcoming studio album, "Can We Please Have Fun." "Mustang" also comes with a music video featuring the band jamming on rooftops and bridges among a series of images of a Roomba, deflated balloons and a LARPing battle. You can expect the album May 10.

"Karma" by SiR, Isaiah Rashad

A showcase of musical prowess and lyrical storytelling sets the stage for SiR's latest single, "Karma." The Grammy-nominated artist is known for his soul melodies and captivating lyrical talent. A delicate piano arrangement inevitably sets up the message of "Karma." It features a music video that deeply emphasizes navigating life, especially confronting vices and facing the consequences of one's actions, all of which facilitate one's karma. You can expect "Karma" to feature on SiR's forthcoming project "Heavy," which is set to release March 22.

"Friendly Fire" by Linkin Park

"Friendly Fire" comes as Linkin Park aims to release its upcoming album "Papercuts," which features previously unreleased music featuring Chester Bennington, the band's original singer. Lead guitarist Brad Delson recently talked about "Friendly Fire" with Radio Plus, saying, "It was always one of our favorite songs from the One More Light sessions. Something about it wasn't quite right, so as close as it got to the finish line, we chose to set it aside for later." You can expect the release of "Papercuts" on April 12. 

"Gangsta" by Free Nationals, A$AP Rocky, Anderson .Paak

Returning with its first piece of music since 2020 comes the Grammy-nominated R&B group Free Nationals, with the help of A$AP Rocky and Anderson .Paak on "Gangsta." A flowing track with heavy jazz and breakbeat elements discusses a generational case of gangsters.

Paak raps: "You know my daddy was a gangsta and father before him was a damn thug / I'ma learn to escape out these handcuffs / I ain't going to court to see no damn judge." Rocky raps verses about wild lifestyles and women. Free Nationals may also be recognized as the backing band for Anderson .Paak in his live performances. Stay tuned, as Free Nationals is rumored to release its second album sometime this year.

"Showtime" by Catfish and the Bottlemen

After a five-year hiatus, the British indie group Catfish and the Bottlemen returned with "Showtime," which culminated in a flyposting campaign and significant social media buzz. The band is known for singles such as "Twice" and "Homesick." The band is also set to release its fourth studio album, with details yet to be announced. Tickets for its upcoming headline shows will be released March 1.


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