This week’s Bitter Friday playlist is overloaded with Carly Rae Jepsen, because of course it is. Emotion is fantastic, and I’m sorry if I cause you any distress by getting “Boy Problems” stuck in your head.

Unusually for such a record, even a great one, Emotion has already inspired some excellent writing:

Notes on 21st-Century Mystic Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen’s Emotion, in Facts and Theories

Halsey’s BADLANDS comes out today, which is all I’ve heard anyone talk about this week. It’s pretty rad. The deluxe version has a haunting cover of “Walk the Line”, of all things.

Foals’ What Went Down also comes out today, which I haven’t heard anyone talk about but who cares, Foals are awesome.

There’s a Flight of the Conchords film being planned, in case you’re suffering from a deficiency of goofy songs.

Angel Haze dropped “Babe Ruthless” this week, which in addition to having a great title is also featured on her upcoming mixtape Back to the Woods.

50 Cent’s video for “9 Shots” is a nod to the near-fatal shooting he suffered at the beginning of his career.

It’s being released in anticipation of Street King Immortal, which is being billed as a comeback record. (I don’t know what was wrong with Animal Ambition that counted as 50 dropping off—or maybe Street King Immortal is a comeback from bankruptcy record?)

BONUS PLAYLIST: Nashville phenomenon Dustin Ransom released an EP this week called Thread On Fire that channels some good old-timey soul. He’s made a companion playlist of the songs that inspired the EP. (It’s neither here nor there, but the first time I heard this guy play was at a Christmas party—when I walked in, he was in the middle of playing Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll” on drums…and singing it at the same time. Better than anyone I’ve heard do either.)

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