Kanye West's 'Donda' Exists (Even If You Can't Hear It Yet) : All Songs Considered Kanye West's long-awaited (and much-hyped), DONDA tops our list of the best albums out this week, along with new ones from Leon Bridges, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Ledisi and more.

Featured Albums:
1. Kanye — DONDA
2. Leon Bridges — Gold Diggers Sound
Featured Song: "Motorbike"
3. Chiiild — Hope For Sale
Featured Song: "Wasting Time"
4. Samia — Scout
Featured Song: "As You Are"
5. Christone "Kingfish" Ingram — 662
Featured Song: "Too Young To Remember"
6. Bardo — Everywhere Reminds Me Of Space
Featured Song: "Neon Light"
7. Emma-Jean Thackray — Yellow
Featured Song: "Venus"
8. Ledisi — Ledisi Sings Nina
Featured Song: "Feeling Good"

Other notable releases for July 23: Brittany Howard — Jaime Re-imagined; Dave — We're All Alone In This Together; Mega Bog — Life, And Another.

New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On July 23

New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On July 23

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After a year of false starts, teases and endless speculation, Kanye West's new album DONDA is finally here. Or, it at least exists! While the rest of the world continues to wait for the promised release, NPR Music contributor Christina Lee was able to hear the album at a massive listening party held in Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium. We open this week's show with a conversation about what she heard and what fans can expect from DONDA.

We've also got new music from Leon Bridges, a solo project from Chicano Batman frontperson Bardo Martinez, blues guitar phenom Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, a Nina Simone tribute from the singer Ledisi and more. WNXP's Jewly Hight joins NPR Music contributor Christina Lee, Radio Milwaukee's Tarik Moody and WXPN's John Morrison, along with Cyrena Touros, Felix Contreras and host Robin Hilton as they share their picks for the best new albums out on July 23.

Featured Albums:

  1. Kanye West — DONDA
  2. Leon Bridges — Gold Diggers Sound
    Featured Song: "Motorbike"
  3. Chiiild — Hope For Sale
    Featured Song: "Wasting Time"
  4. Samia — Scout
    Featured Song: "As You Are"
  5. Christone "Kingfish" Ingram — 662
    Featured Song: "Too Young To Remember"
  6. Bardo — Everywhere Reminds Me Of Space
    Featured Song: "Neon Light"
  7. Emma-Jean Thackray — Yellow
    Featured Song: "Venus"
  8. Ledisi — Ledisi Sings Nina
    Featured Song: "Feeling Good"

Other notable releases for July 23: Brittany Howard — Jaime Re-imagined; Dave — We're All Alone In This Together; Mega Bog — Life, And Another.