Billboard’s Friday Music Guide serves as a handy guide to this Friday’s biggest releases—the key music that everyone will be talking about today and will dominate playlists this weekend and beyond.
Bad Bunny returns earlier than expected this week, Offset gathers his famous friends, Ice Spice joins forces with Rema for a new hit. Check out all of this week’s picks below:
bad bunny, Nadie Sabe Lo Que Va a Pasar Mañana
I thought you’d have to wait until 2024 to see Bad Bunny’s next installment, which would follow up last year’s huge entry un villanocinti?A lot of us do — which is why his new semi-surprise project is called Nadie Sabe Lo Que Va a Pasar Mañana (“No one knows what’s going to happen tomorrow”), given the widespread belief that the Puerto Rican superstar will sit patiently until the calendar turns.Instead, Bad Bunny gives away another 80 minutes of dynamic solo material: Zero Guests Nadie Sabe Lo Que Va a Pasar Mañanaalthough some are scattered here and there, but there is clearly a conscious decision to draw the line between the abundance of summer preparations un villanocinti and his fascinating next phase. Bad Bunny’s latest entry requires due diligence before making a snap judgment, but needless to say, it’s a good thing to have him back sooner than expected.
offset, turn it off
The new Offset solo album cover shows the rap star moving away from the world as it explodes around him, turning heaven and earth upside down; after Quavo’s Melancholy rocket powerOffset’s new artwork can be understood as a reaction to the deaths of his Migos members.although turn it off While Offset’s latest album really meditates on grief and the unspoken (see final highlight “Upside Down”), Offset’s latest album also revels in blockbuster rap elegance—especially in the first half, which features Travi Travis Scott, Don Toliver and Offset’s wife Cardi B.
Ice Spice feat. Rema “Pretty Girl”
Throughout her meteoric rise, Ice Spice has never compromised her style or slackened her groove to meet mainstream expectations—but on “Pretty Girl,” a new single featuring Nigerian superstar Rema, the rapper shows Her ability to translate effortless rhymes into rhythms. traditional pop structure and became one of the most likable singles of her career. “Pretty Girl” benefits from Afro-adjacent thumps and the melodic charm Rema shows off on “Calm Down,” but Ice Spice dominates the song and she hits the mark with every drop.
Troy Sivan, give each other something
Troye Sivan has always had a unique pop voice—both literally, with his warm, rich tones, and figuratively, as a former YouTuber with the foundational sounds and unabashedly queer pop music he creates. However, the third album’s electrifying lead single “Rush” give each other somethinghinting that his song structures have been upgraded, and the full-length confirms it: Not every song on his new project has the groove of “Rush,” but from the robotic fantasia of “One of Your Girls” to “Clapping Lullaby “Can’t Go Back, Baby” give each other something Giving Sivan the sonic depth he needs to help his voice fully soar.
Boyjanis, the rest
Prior to their breakthrough in 2023, Lucy Dacus, Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker released their debut full-length, arena A six-song EP launched in 2018, unveiling Boygenius as a collaborative project and slowly gaining thousands of listeners. . the resta new four-song EP that arrives under very different circumstances for the band but feels equally intimate, a brief, moving showcase of songwriting defined by sparse arrangements and overlapping sounds; especially Closer “Power” feels like a summary of this phase of Boygenius, with Baker singing “A Crooked Little Track” before her best friend joins in.
Editor’s Pick: Fred again.. feat. Jozi “Ten”
As he wraps up a string of shows in New York and Los Angeles, effectively putting an exclamation point on his career that has propelled him to the dance world’s A-list, Fred once again unveils one of the most satisfying beats of his career. : New single “Ten,” a collaboration with Jozzy, plays with space and pitch, but that percussive melody is just as stunning as Fred wanted it to be, and Jozzy makes him feel in a very short time The presence. “Ten” begs to be shown to and performed with thousands of spectators – lucky for those who get to be with Fred again…with tickets this month.