New Music From Kendrick Lamar, SZA & Khalid On ‘Black Panther’ Soundtrack

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Marvel’s Black Panther (in cinemas February 16) is one of the year’s most-anticipated movies. As such, it deserves a blockbuster soundtrack and Top Dawg Entertainment well and truly comes through. Arriving digitally on February 9 with a physical release to follow on February 16, the album boasts new music from the who’s who of hip hop. Leading the way is Kendrick Lamar. He contributes the title track and features on four other songs including “Pray For Me,” a collaboration with The Weekend.

Other highlights include “All The Stars,” K. Dot’s collaboration with SZA, and “The Ways,” a new song from Khalid and Swae Lee. Interestingly, there are also two contributions from James Blake (“Bloody Waters” and “King’s Dead”). While the soundtrack is rich with superstars, it also showcases some rising talent including UK singer Jorja Smith and South African breakout star Babes Wodumo. Peruse the full tracklist below.

The Black Panther tracklist:

  1. Black Panther — Kendrick Lamar
  2. All The Stars — Kendrick Lamar & SZA
  3. X — Schoolboy Q, 2 Chainz & Saudi
  4. The Ways — Khalid & Swae Lee
  5. Opps — Vince Staples & Yugen Blakrok
  6. I Am — Jorja Smith
  7. Paramedic! — SOB X RBE
  8. Bloody Waters — Ab Soul, Anderson .Paak & James Blake
  9. King’s Dead — Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future & James Blake
  10. Redemption Interlude
  11. Redemption — Zacari & Babes Wodumo
  12. Seasons — Mozzy, Sjava & Reason
  13. Big Shot — Kendrick Lamar & Travis Scott
  14. Pray For Me — The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar

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Kendrick Lamar Dangles Rihanna From A Building In Their “Loyalty” Video

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Kendrick Lamar is in another league visually as he proves (yet again) in his surreal “Loyalty” video. Directed by the legendary Dave Meyers, the clip has a very loose narrative. K.Dot and collaborator Rihanna are low-level grifters, pulling heists and being a nuisance. However, the plot is largely irrelevant. This is all about the stunning visuals, which include the rapper dangling RiRi from a building, the pair slowly sinking into the street, a bloody car crash and a cement shark.

The “Humble” rapper leads the pack with 8 nominations at the 2017 MTV VMAs, but he’s a frontrunner for next year’s event with “Loyalty.” The deceptively catchy track is the third single from Kendrick’s double-platinum Damn LP and is already a hit without promotion. It peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 on the strength of release-week downloads and is destined to be absolutely massive as radio play and YouTube streams come into the equation. Watch the striking clip up top.

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Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN.’ Earns the Biggest Billboard Debut of 2017

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The music industry may be a streaming world these days, but Billboard’s latest album chart proves that good old-fashioned downloading counts a good deal too.

To no one’s surprise, Kendrick Lamar soared to No. 1 with his latest release, “DAMN.” (Interscope). The new album had the equivalent of 603,000 sales in the United States, according to Nielsen. That made it the biggest debut of the year, and the best week for any album since Drake’s “Views” came out a year ago with just over 1 million sales.

But in terms of streams alone — the latest and most important battleground of digital music — Mr. Lamar did not quite have this year’s best. Songs from “DAMN.” were listened to a total of 341 million times last week on services like Spotify and Apple Music, which was considerably less than the 385 million Drake had last month for the opening of his playlist More Life.”

What put Mr. Lamar ahead was the number of people who bought copies of the full album. “DAMN.” sold 353,000 copies as a complete unit, while “More Life” opened with just 225,000. According to the new rules of cross-format number crunching that now determine chart positions, that gave “DAMN.” the advantage in overall “equivalent units.”Perhaps anticipating this victory lap, Mr. Lamar on Monday announced North American tour dates for July and August, with a show at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on July 20.

Also on the album chart this week, John Mayer opened at No. 2 with 120,000 sales and nearly 14 million streams of “The Search for Everything” (Columbia), while Drake’s “More Life” (Republic) is No. 3 and Ed Sheeran’s “÷” (Atlantic) is No. 4. The Chainsmokers’ “Memories … Do Not Open” (Columbia), last week’s best seller, falls to No. 5.

This article originally appeared on NY Times