As the international political stage seems increasingly insecure, Impose’s Week in Pop presents our own weekly cabinet of superstars, breaking exclusives & top headlines. Bringing you first the week’s biggest pop buzz, our longtime champion Phil Elverum will release the new Mount Eerie album A Crow Looked at Me March 24 & dropped the gorgeous, striking, personal & emotionally moving video for “Raven” Phil made with his departed wife, Geneviève Castrée; Hoops’ hotly anticipated debut album Routines will be available May 5 from Fat Possum Records & dropped “Rules”; in New York’s Times Square February 19, Russell Simmons will host the “I Am A Muslim Too” rally; Little Dragon dropped the Ossian Melin & Filip Aladdin video for “High” & tour dates; No Joy dropped “Hellhole”; Future dropped his self-titled new album; Parquet Courts x Bun B dropped their collaboration “Captive of the Sun” via illustrations from Parquet Courts’ Andrew Savage in a lyric video; Sia requested Kanye go fur free during the debut of his Yeezy Season 5 fashion line; Kingdom dropped “What is Love” featuring SZA; Thundercat dropped “Friend Zone” off the new album Drunk available February 24 from Branfeeder; Jonwayne dropped Rap Album Two; Slothrust dropped “Rotten Pumpkin” live at Dangerbird Studios in Silver Lake, LA; Dwele dropped “Wanna Dance” featuring Mike City & the late great master Phife Dawg; Kiki dropped “Birds” ft. Lykke Li; Moby dropped the video for “A Simple Love”; Chance the Rapper announced his spring tour following his win of three Grammys; Yumi Zouma covered Oasis’s “She’s Electric”; Rae Sremmurd dropped the Max directed video for “Swang”; Perfume Genius announced a tour; Hudson Mohawke dropped his mixtape Valentine’s Slow Jams X; CyHi the Prynce of G.O.O.D. Music will release his debut album No Dope on Sundays through Brooklyn Knights/Sony RAL (ft. Kanye West as executive producer) & dropped “Nu Africa”; Stormzy contributed a new verse to Kanye’s “Ultralight Beam”; Sun Kil Moon dropped Common As Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood through Rough Trade/Caldo Verde; C Duncan dropped “Like You Do”; Passion Pit dropped “Somewhere Up There”; Beyoncé dropped the Shining playlist that chronicles her collaborations with husband Jay Z following her appearance with Hova on DJ Khaled’s “Shining“; Goldie announced the new album The Journey Man available June 16 from Cooking Vinyl/Metalheadz & dropped “I Adore You”; Future x Maroon 5 dropped the video for “Cold”; Froth’s new album Outside (briefly) will be available February 24 through Wichita Recordings & dropped the tour video for “Sensitive Girl” featuring locales of South Africa, Europe & more; Flume dropped the Skin Companion EP II; Blond Ambition (ft. Brian Harding, fka Ex Cops) announced Slow All Over available May 19 & dropped “Stupid Boy / Girl”; Meat Wave dropped the new album The Incessant via Sideonedummy; Vorhees dropped “Souvenir” featured off the upcoming Black Horse Pike EP available February 24 from Styles Upon Styles; Nine Pound Shadow have signed Danger Mouse’s 30th Century Records & dropped “Tell Me Why”; Space Fight remixed Ra Ra Riot’s “Suckers”; the Weeknd celebrated his birthday by dropping the Kid Studio video for “Reminder” ft cameos by A$AP Rocky, Drake, French Montana, Travis Scott & YG; the Shins dropped “Mildenhall” from their forthcoming album Heartworms available March 10; Bryce Dessner from the National has been working with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus on their debut Black Mountain Songs available March 31 from New Amsterdam Records & dropped the title track; Nigel Godrich dropped some in-studio footage of Radiohead working on “Ful Stop”; Charli XCX covered the Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” at the NME Awards; Bob Dylan covered Frank Sinatra’s “I Could Have Told You”; Stories for Ways and Means dropped “The Next Big Thing” by Butthole Surfers’ Gibby Haynes featuring narration by Zach Galifianakis; Nicolas Jaar announced spring tour dates; Maple Death (worldwide) & Superior Viaduct/W.25TH (stateside) are repressing Cindy Lee’s Malenkost April 7 with word of a series reissues/new music & dropped “A Message From the Aching Sky”; Animal Collective dropped their cover of Martha and the Vandella’s 1960 hit “Jimmy Mack” off their just released EP The Painters; Desert Daze Caravan 2017 tour buzz; Google invented artificial intelligence that can play the piano, titled A.I. Duet; Spoon launched their “Aura Reader” app; NY Governor Andrew Cumo dropped his first Spotify playlist with Excelsior Vol. 1; M.I.A. claimed her photographer Lynn Hirschberg in 2010 allegedly invited sea punk; eccentric Wu-Tang affiliate Marques Andre Johnson’s libel lawsuit dismissed; and we lament the passing of Ohio Players’ Walter “Junie” Morrison.
Looking ahead it is our pleasure & privilege to present the following interviews, insights & exclusives from Dimples, Nights & Weekends, Winstons, Candace, DJ Silky Smooth, Empathy Test, Howth, Sevdaliza, featuring guest selections by The Courtneys & more—in no particular order.