Biggest Releases of the Week – Billboard

Billboard’s first stream serves as a handy guide to this Friday’s most essential releases — the key music everyone will be talking about today and dominating playlists this weekend and beyond.

This week, it’s Kendrick Lamar’s world, and we’re just living in it; Post Malone is ready to step out of the house; and My Chemical Romance are back with a bang. Check out all the picks from this week’s first stream below:

Kendrick Lamar, Mr. Morale and Big Steps

Kendrick Lamar fans don’t get feverishly excited when a new project arrives due to the expectation of new hits – though there are plenty of them – or high-powered collaborations, which dominate the new album. Mr. Morale and Big Steps also exorbitantly boasts, from Pharrell Williams to Portishead legend Beth Gibbons to Kodak Black. The thrill of a new Kendrick Lamar project lies in its poetry, as the one-of-a-kind (and literally Pulitzer Prize-winning!) rapper unpacks his observations and unwavering emotions with singular precision.

Mr. Morale and Big Steps bursts with patterns on its 18 tracks, as Lamar spends his fifth album exploring topics ranging from wealth on paper to heartbreak to hip-hop’s relationship to transphobia, in a way that will take weeks of listening to to understand well. For now, one of our greats is back, and his words are worth wasting once again.

Post Malone feat. Roddy Ricch, “Locked Up”

“I’ve waited so long / Now I gotta resurface,” Post Malone says on new single “Cooped Up,” which reunites the superstar with his “Wow.” remix partner Roddy Ricch and setting the stage for Posty’s long-awaited new album, Twelve karat toothache, focusing on… why his new album has become so eagerly awaited. Whatever Post Malone’s reasons for feeling “boxed in,” hearing his sprawling chirp on the hook here is refreshing, a nice reminder of his power as a hitmaker in a song that could become a staple this summer.

My Chemical Romance, “The Basics of Decomposition”

No one knew if and when My Chemical Romance would return with new music after their 2013 breakup, and even their reunion tour, delayed by the pandemic in 2020 and finally about to begin, didn’t come with the promise. of a return to the studio. Still, fans suspected that whenever MCR was willing to come up with a new track, it would be epic — and that’s the only way to describe ‘The Foundations of Decay,’ a dizzying six-minute showcase of the band’s tenacity. who tiptoes into Gerard Way’s whisper before exploding into a heavy, hellish chorus. Welcome back, and three cheers to sweet awakenings.

Florence + The Machine, dance fever

Florence + The Machine’s new album can be enjoyed on two levels: on the surface, dance fever offers just that, more percussion and groove injected into Florence Welch’s majestic pop-rock that would play out spectacularly on tour, but further reading of the album results in a personal, pandemic project in which Welch uses the lockdown to boost his motivations and insecurities. Working with Jack Antonoff, Welch is back with urgency and a feature that casual listeners and lyrical obsessives can love.

The Chainsmokers, So far, so good

The Chainsmokers have been many things – joke writers, pop superstars, dance world pariahs, internet punching bags – over the past decade, but new album So far, so good This is the first time Drew Taggart and Alex Pall have looked like themselves. All pretensions and collaborations left on the shelf, these 13 songs are heart-pounding like the Chainsmokers have never been before, with crackling beats and a shimmering electronic soundtrack that sucks in the falsetto across multiple tracks.

Becky G, Esquemas

Becky G’s pivot to Spanish-language music over the past five years has been extremely successful – commercially, of course, but also creatively, as the singer-songwriter has known shaking up modern Latin pop music and working with some of the biggest names in the space Her voice simmers when placed alongside artists like Guaynaa, El Alfa and Karol G (the latest on the “MAMIII” smash) on the new album Esquemasbut moments on the solo tracks, from the soulful echoes of “Dolores” to the start-stop beats of “Kill Bill,” best underscore Becky G’s appeal as an ambitious new star.