New Music Friday – December 18, 2020

And so we’ve come to our last New Music Friday, and last post, of 2020. It’s a year that rocked the music industry and threatened the livelihood of so many artists and venues – tests that will undoubtedly continue into 2021. But, with a vaccine discovered and on the way, there’s hope for things to turn around. Until that time, we ask that you continue to find ways to support the artists you love in whatever way you can. For all the joy they bring us with their music, it’s up to all of us to make sure they can survive to create more.

What better artist to close out this year than the legendary Paul McCartney, releasing his third album recorded entirely by himself. And as if by some weird twist of fate, the other remaining Beatle, Ringo Starr, has also dropped a new single featuring a number of guests (including Paul) to end your year with.

But don’t worry, we’ve got more for you. Eminem just dropped a deluxe edition of his album Music to Be Murdered By, featuring a whole album of new material. Mike Posner and Mayer Hawthorne have dropped surprise new albums, and Maggie Rogers has released a collection of her older recordings. Ska band Bad Operation have also dropped their debut album. LA rockers The Wrecks have a new EP to dig into, as do Stephen Kellogg, Upsahl and Hayley Williams.

We’ve got new singles from Good Charlotte, Third Eye Blind, Madlib, Burna Boy, Nathaniel Rateliff and new ones from two former Check This artists; Pale Waves and Sound Photographers. It should all be enough to last you until we hit 2021!

Lastly, thank you to everyone who read and followed our site this year and in previous years. We hope you discovered some new tunes that made your life a little better. We’ll be back at it in January, searching out the best new artists and songs to share with the world. Until then, enjoy this final New Music Friday Playlist for 2020, and Happy Holidays!

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