Billboard’s First Stream serves as a handy guide to this Friday’s most essential releases — the key music that everyone will be talking about today, and that will be dominating playlists this weekend and beyond.
This week, Future returns with some new risks, Katy Perry is lovingly covered in “Daisies” and Jonas Brothers can’t slow down. Check out all of this week’s First Stream picks below:
The Album That FutureHive Has Been Waiting On For a While:
Future, High Off Life
This July marks the five-year anniversary of Future’s landmark album DS2, and ever since then the Atlanta rap star has been refining his darkly lit, hedonistic commercial trap, to great effect. At first blush, new album High Off Life sounds like Future being Future — booming beats, major guests, luxury brand name-checks and dissatisfaction among the dollars — but a closer look reveals an experimentation with flow and sound, often based on who’s featured on the track alongside him. “All Bad” finds Future going toe-to-toe with Lil Uzi Vert’s star-hopping space-rap, while “Solitaires” is the Future visit to Travis Scott’s Astroworld we’ve always wanted; elsewhere, “HiTek Tek” lets him contort his voice to a degree we haven’t heard yet. In between the obvious hits, High Off Life showcases Future taking more risks in stylistic approach, and that evolution is well-earned.
The Song That Will Serve As Your Instant-Inspiration For The Week:
Katy Perry, “Daisies”
It’s fair to say that, when Katy Perry announced the release of the first single from her next album, anyone paying close attention still wouldn’t know quite what to expect. Would it sound like her last LP, 2017’s Witness, at all? What about the string of singles from last year, some of which were quite successful? And would it address her impending motherhood? In the end, “Daisies” sounds like a fresh beginning, with Perry singing about her personal resilience in an adult-contemporary style reminiscent of her mid-tempo ballad “Unconditionally.” “Took those sticks and stones, showed ‘em I could build a house,” sings Perry, who defined mainstream U.S. pop a decade ago and is now demonstrating an impressive ability to shine in a new time.
- Per: Billboard