BTS, Grimes, Ozzy Osbourne and More Release New Albums: What You Should Listen to This Week

There's a staggering amount of new music released every Friday—so much so that it can be overwhelming to try and keep up. Luckily, we're here to help. Every week, Newsweek will highlight a handful of albums that are hitting streaming services, so you can always be up to date on the most exciting new releases.

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Lil Nas X and BTS preform onstage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. BTS' new album 'Map of the Soul: 7' is out now. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty

BTS, Map of the Soul: 7

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K-pop superstars BTS are back with a follow-up to their 2019 EP, Map of the Soul: Persona. A warning about Map of the Soul: 7, though: the new album opens with five tracks from the EP. Beyond those holdovers, 7 features more recent singles that have seen the band leaning toward hip-hop: "Black Swan" draws from trap and the ballad "Interlude: Shadow" sounds like a latter-day Eminem track before breaking down into a Denzel Curry-style breakdown. In addition to a guest appearance by Halsey on the song "Boy in Luv," 7 alsofeatures a cameo from Australian popstar Sia, for the track "ON." While the album celebrates the group's seventh year as a band, it's likely to be BTS' biggest release yet with the group coming off of their Grammy performance with Lil Nas X and an upcoming appearance on James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke."

Grimes, Miss Anthropocene

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Grimes' first album in nearly five years marks yet another new phase for the art-pop auteur. The record's singles have shown a variety of different styles, including the atmospheric opener "So Heavy I Fell Through the Earth" and the alt-rock-leaning "Delete Forever." Listeners should expect Miss Anthropocene to be a genre-pastiche featuring tracks that will both confuse them and leave them in awe.

Ozzy Osbourne, Ordinary Man

On his 12th solo studio album, Ozzy Osbourne brings his trademark darkness to some of his best tracks since the 1980s. Working alongside famous friends both old and new, Osbourne packs out Ordinary Man with a star-studded cast including Elton John, Post Malone, Charlie Puth, Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith, and Guns n' Roses' Duff McKagan and Slash. While tracks like "Straight To Hell" and "It's a Raid" are reminiscent of the Prince of Darkness' debauched heavy metal, "Ordinary Man" sees the singer in one of his most vulnerable moments of recent memory, reflecting on fame in a great ballad.

Kamaiyah, Got It Made

Kamaiyah's newest mixtape—which is the follow-up to 2017's Before I Wake—once again promises great beats and ferocious rhymes. The angry "Set It Up," featuring Trina, vows to run up credit cards and slash tires for a disrespectful ex-boyfriend with a chorus you can't help but want to scream out a window. While the Oakland rapper has gained some notoriety since being included in XXL's 2017 Freshman Class, "Still I Am" vows that Kamaiyah hasn't changed that much at all and still keeps it real.

Best Coast, Always Tomorrow

On their fifth album, Best Coast lean even further into some of the catchiest elements of their surf-punk sound. The California band embraces clean living on the excellent lead single "Everything Has Changed," while channeling none other than Joan Jett's "I Love Rock and Roll." Just judging from the first three advance tracks that have been released, Always Tomorrow carries a message of self-love through reinvention.

Guided By Voices, Surrender Your Poppy Field

With their 30th album and first of the new decade, Guided By Voices springboard their signature indie-rock sound into the 2020s. And true to form, GBV don't plan to slow down anytime soon. According to Rolling Stone, the band will follow Surrender Your Poppy Field with another album later this year.

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