Billboard’s Friday Music Guide is your go-to source for the week’s most essential hot music releases. Dive into the noteworthy tracks that will dominate playlists and conversations, shaping the musical landscape for the weekend and beyond.
This week’s lineup includes Selena Gomez’s enticing new single, Miley Cyrus reflecting on her youth, Zach Bryan’s touching opus, BLACKPINK’s celebratory tune, and Burna Boy’s insightful album. Here’s the scoop on these must-hear releases:
Selena Gomez, “Single Soon”
Amidst Selena Gomez’s busy endeavors, including acting and her Spanish-language project, anticipation for a follow-up to her acclaimed 2020 album “Rare” has been building. “Single Soon” offers a taste of what’s to come, providing a glimpse into her upcoming music. Unlike the emotional depth of “Lose You to Love Me,” the lead single from “Rare,” “Single Soon” embraces a spirit of independence and optimism. The song boasts oversized synths and catchy sing-along melodies, setting the stage for exciting new music.
Miley Cyrus, “Used to Be Young”
Miley Cyrus’s monumental 2023 journey, fueled by chart-topping hits like “Flowers,” coincides with the 10th anniversary of her “Bangerz” era. “Used to Be Young,” featured on an extended version of her album “Endless Summer Vacation,” showcases Cyrus’s evolution from her Disney Channel days. The track reflects on personal growth and transformation, acknowledging the passage of time. Cyrus channels her signature pop balladry to deliver a compelling narrative that connects her past to the present.
Zach Bryan, Self-Titled Album
Amidst the surge of country music on the Hot 100, Zach Bryan continues to make waves. Following the success of his album “American Heartbreak,” Bryan’s self-titled album offers a 54-minute exploration of grief, memories, love stories, and journeys across the country. With impactful lyricism and thoughtful arrangements, Bryan delivers a poignant collection that solidifies his place in the country music scene.
BLACKPINK, “The Girls”
BLACKPINK’s “The Girls” exudes celebratory energy, arriving amidst the quartet’s successful U.S. stadium dates and their mobile game “The Game.” The track highlights girl power, showcasing the group’s individual strengths while emphasizing unity and collaboration. With lively pop production and engaging percussion, BLACKPINK delivers a fresh and vibrant single that aligns with their standout releases from “Born Pink.”
Burna Boy, “I Told Them…”
Burna Boy’s album “Love, Damini” captured global attention with hits like “Last Last.” With “I Told Them…,” Burna Boy explores his journey to prominence while crafting a comprehensive album statement. The album features collaborations with notable artists like J. Cole, GZA, Dave, and Seyi Vibez, offering an eclectic mix of energies. Burna Boy’s solo tracks, including “Big 7” and “City Boys,” showcase his ability to confidently command a diverse range of sounds.
Iggy Azalea, Money Come
Iggy Azalea, despite recent controversy, has unveiled her latest track titled “Money Come.” The artist has been teasing the release of this new song, and it comes with an accompanying music video. While some fans remain upset with Iggy due to her involvement in the Tory Lanez case, she still has a dedicated fan base eagerly awaiting her new music.
Editor’s Pick: Victoria Monét, “Jaguar II”
Victoria Monét’s “Jaguar II” may be a sequel in name to her 2020 EP “Jaguar,” but it stands as a powerful project in its own right. With distinct interpretations of R&B, funk, and soul, the album presents a refined sound. Notable tracks like “Alright,” produced by Kaytranada, exemplify Monét’s growth and artistic maturity. “Jaguar II” solidifies Monét’s presence as a formidable artist, marked by captivating moments that showcase her undeniable talent.
Explore these compelling releases and immerse yourself in the diverse sounds of this week’s music scene.