Text: Ian David Monroe
What a day for music! Drake has finally released his hotly-anticipated album Views (formerly Views from the 6); Calvin Harris dropped his Rihanna-assisted track “This Is What You Came For”; Kesha sees a welcome return in a reboot of Zedd’s “True Colors,” which was first unveiled when the two performed the track together at this year’s Coachella, and the mysterious trio Terror Jr share their second track “Sugar.”
On the 20-track Views, Drake collaborates with Rihanna, Kanye West, Popcaan, Future, Majid Jordan, Noah “40” Shebib, Boi-1da, and more. Views is currently an Apple Music exclusive.
Not one to sit around wasting time, Rihanna has obviously been in the studio with Calvin Harris, too, working on the follow-up to their mega-hit “We Found Love.” In case there was any doubt, “This Is What You Came For” is just as amped as its predecessor, and—given the timing of its release—will likely be a strong contender for song of the summer. Do these two ever deliver anything less?
Another pop-singer-EDM-producer duo coming for the hottest track title is Kesha and Zedd. The singer has been on hiatus of sorts during her recent legal battles with Dr. Luke, so this return is more than welcome. While this isn’t a new track necessarily, it’s still nice to hear Kesha’s voice again, and likely means future collaborations between the two. Zedd did make a very public Twitter offer to work on tracks together, and Zedd did tweet a photo of Kesha in the booth, so there’s hope!
If the reunions above weren’t sweet enough, the shrouded-in-mystery group Terror Jr has a second musical offering, “Sugar.” Terror Jr first made a huge—albeit confusing—splash when their debut track premiered in a Kylie Jenner commercial promoting her lip kits. Many, this site included, hypothesized that the unidentified singer was Jenner’s way of introducing herself into music, but as time goes on that seems less likely. What the future holds for this blessed-by-celebrity group, helmed by Felix Snow, will likely be massive.
To round it out, indie artist on the rise Verite drops new track "Gesture," the third from her EP, Living.