At the start of the music video for “Stay,” her new collaboration with Justin Bieber, The Kid LAROI is stuck in one moment, the world around her completely frozen as she processes her messy romantic feelings. The Australian singer-rapper has been on the rise to immense fame—her breakthrough single “Without You,” which hit the Hot 100 top 10 when Miley Cyrus jumped into remixes, certainly helped—and the wildly catchy ’80s rehearsal “Still” sounds. like it should push it to a new level; professionally, this is a moment he should enjoy.
Billie Eilish, “NDA”
As Billie Eilish approaches the release of his highly anticipated second LP Happier than before, he offers a departure from the dark-pop sound for which he is famous, from the acoustic ballad “Your Power” to the jazzy track “Lost Cause.” Although “NDA” sounds similar to the standout songs of 2019 When We Are All Asleep, Where Do We Go?Eilish’s latest single is nothing more than an extension of her pop approach: she sings about trying to live a normal life as someone new to fame, with synth waves crashing into a heart-wrenching Auto-tune.
Post Malone, “Diversified Crew”
As “the main track from a companion project to an upcoming documentary,” as the press release describes it, “Motley Crew” doesn’t necessarily represent Post Malone’s return nearly two years after its release. Hollywood Bleeding album. However, Posty’s free-flow was welcomed in any form after his hiatus, and on “Motley Crew,” he removed some of the rust from the pop-trap sound he developed. Beerbong & Bentley, raised Solo’s cup and let his voice crack with joy while declaring, “We just wanna party, party, party, yeah.”
BTS, “Permission To Dance”
“We don’t have to worry / Because when we fall, we know how to land,” Jimin sings the chorus of BTS bubblegum’s new song, “Permission To Dance.” Shares of the world-conquering collective certainly aren’t anywhere close to falling this time — “Butter,” their previous release, recorded its sixth frame on the Hot 100 this week — but “Permission To Dance,” a delightful song. an auspicious song about the healing power of music, presenting a message of passion, as if the BTS members will continue to embrace sharp transcontinental pop regardless of their future commercial fortunes.
BIA feat. Nicki Minaj, “Whole Lotta Money” (remix)
In an age of pop with over-the-top remixes every week, it’s worth celebrating the perfect rework of an up-and-coming song that arrived at just the right time. Case in point: Nicki Minaj from the viral hit Boston-born rapper BIA “Whole Lotta Money” Nicki Minaj’s version of which allowed the hip-hop superstar to flex his fortune through straightforward but booming percussion, while also avoiding outperforming emerging artists by his side. Minaj pushed the hit higher with last summer’s remix; can “Whole Lotta Money” be “Say So” this summer?
Masked Wolf, “Say So”
Speaking of “Say So,” Masked Wolf has unveiled a surprisingly bright follow-up to its top 10 smash “Astronaut in the Ocean,” a two-minute romp with the kind of hook that glitters in the top 40 radios. The Australian singer-rapper made his way through the United States thanks to a song with a dark, crisp exterior that found a home on TikTok, and it will be interesting to hear how both fans and casual listeners react to this shameless sequel.
Jennifer Lopez & Rauw Alejandro, “Change Steps”
As Rauw Alejandro watched “Todo De Ti” become his first solo smash, he provided timely help to Jennifer Lopez, who dominated the new bilingual single “Cambia el Paso” with swagger and carefully-deployed vocal moves. Alejandro’s high-level singing provides the spark at the back of the song, but J. Lo’s “Cambia el Paso” stands out as one of his most complete and instantly satisfying singles in recent memory.