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 Song That Will Have You Sashaying Around Your Living Room:
Jonas Brothers feat. Karol G, “X”https://www.youtube.com/embed/OHRog2ohHPI?feature=oembed
Give Jonas Brothers credit for refusing to rest on their laurels: following the enormous success of last year’s comeback LP Happiness Begins, the trio keeps swinging the bat and collecting hits. While “What A Man Gotta Do” kept the momentum going earlier this year, “X” is even better, an ambitious Latin pop crossover featuring a hint of horns and a hook that recalls Joe Jonas’ DNCE days. The JoBros were wise to tap Karol G, who dominates the song’s back half with a slowed-down sultriness and plays the right foil for the band’s call for movement. “Far from a victory lap, “X” suggests that there’s still ample pop territory for the reunited Jonas Brothers to cover.
The Album That Cements a Rising Rap Star:
Polo G, The GOAT
There is no modern hip-hop artist quite like Polo G: the Chicago native can adeptly score crossover hits (as he did on the 2019 smash “Pop Out”), contribute to posse cuts (like the excellent “Go Stupid” with Stunna 4 Vegas and NLE Choppa) and unfurl compelling narratives about his come-up and current trajectory, the latter of which comprised last year’s breakthrough album, Die A Legend. Follow-up The GOAT is equally multi-faceted and revealing as its predecessor — for every potential radio track, such as the Lil Baby team-up “Be Something” or the posthumous Juice WRLD collaboration “Flex,” there are open-hearted street testimonials like “21” and “Heartless.” Polo G invites you into his world when he raps, and The GOAT represents another fascinating journey inside of it.
- Per: Billboard