Music Musings: New Music from Drake, Gwen Stefani… and Rihanna’s Tracklist?!


Just when we thought the Mondaze got the best of us, we were hit with this: music headlines from DrakeGwen StefaniTaylor SwiftCara Delevingne, and Pharrell. New tunes are on the horizon for the set, and the tracklist from a certain bad gal’s eighth album allegedly hit the web. Make some space on your iTunes:

Drake isn’t done lamenting over lost loves. A 17-year-old from Marietta, Georgia uploaded a track from Drizzy over the weekend called “How About Now.” How the teen managed to do so, well, that’s beyond us. All we know is that it samples Jodeci’s “My Heart Belongs to You,” and enumerates all the times he went above and beyond to impress an unrequited love: buying her dad Christmas gifts to get no thank you in return, driving her to her bar exam in the snow. The usual. [Stereogum]

Did Pharrell find a new protégé in Cara Delevingne? The pair have reportedly been working in the studio for the past eight months on what Daily Mail insists is a “huge song” for Delevingne’s musical debut. “They’re going to release the song without warning, complete with video and global launch,” the site reports. Someone took a cue from Beyoncé, eh? Surprise! [Refinery 29]

After devoting her musical expertise to The VoiceGwen Stefani is putting her own to good use. With solo and No Doubt projects on the horizon, we’ve got our first listen to new music from the ska queen. Here’s “Baby Don’t Lie,” from her forthcoming third solo feat. [Slate]

Just a week ago, people were touting “Out of the Woods” as Taylor Swift’s next hit, but it looks like she has something bigger in mind. The latest song available from 1989 is “Welcome to New York,” a mid tempo track penned with Ryan Tedder. Swift says “I saw New York as a place of endless potential and possibilities, and you can hear that reflected in this music and in this song.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

Is this what Rihanna’s been up to? An alleged track list from her eighth album has appeared online and, with a total of 14 songs, includes reported features from former beau Drake and Nicki Minaj. [Mediatakeout]

Speaking of Onika, have you seen her new spread in GQ? Flawless. As for all your cynicism over “Anaconda,” she thinks you should lighten up. “She [in the video] is just talking about two guys that she dated in the past and what they’re good at and what they bought her and what they said to her,” Minaj said. “It’s just cheeky, like a funny story.” [GQ]