Billboard’s First Stream serves as a handy guide to this Friday’s most important releases — the major music everyone talks about today and will dominate playlists this weekend and beyond.
This week, Trippie Redd makes a surprise return, Kali Uchis kisses off, and The Kid LAROI introduces a new era. Here are this week’s first stream picks:
trippy red, mansion music
If Trippie Redd’s new surprise album title is familiar, it’s because a letter was removed from Chief Keef’s much-loved 2018 mixtape. mansion musicKeef is both the executive producer and spiritual ancestor of Trippy’s latest, which boasts 76 minutes of unbridled energy and a top-notch guest cast. mansion music Future, Lil Baby, Juice WRLD and Keef himself are featured on the first five tracks.
Kari Uchis “I Wish You Roses”
Kari Uchis’ appearance in the 2023 Coachella lineup was the third most famous name on the bill on Sunday, behind Frank Ocean and Björk. “Telepathia” viral sensation. “I Wish You Roses” is a rocking, gorgeous vocal showcase that delivers on that promise and bids farewell to someone who is walking away from life, another showcase of Uchis’ power as a hook creator. . Evocative of her lush chorus, her ability to sing with strength and tenacity is a nod to an artist stepping further into the mainstream this year.
The Kid Laroy “I Can’t Go Back To The Way It Was (Intro)”
“I Can’t Go Back to The Way It Was (Intro)” could mark the soft launch of The Kid LAROI’s return as the first song released from the long-awaited full-length. first time, its short running time and bracketed notes suggest that “Love Again,” which comes out next week, will be closer to an actual single. Still, that doesn’t mean the 95-second track isn’t riddled with intrigue. “I Can’t Go Back” features the melancholy of his LAROI-specific croaking, but the pounding drums and ghostly harmonies allude to an extension of his sound. He’s produced some major hits so far, but could swell into something on a bigger scale.
moonlight, Hurry up!
Måneskin has taken a very unconventional path to international fame — the Italian rock quartet thanks to a years-old cover of a Four Seasons song that was scooped on TikTok and crossed over to streaming platforms. Exploded in — the group isn’t going anywhere now that they’ve arrived. Hurry up!is the first full-length since the global boom, tapping into a brighter spotlight with endless hooks (some courtesy of Max Martin) and clean, radio-ready guitar hooks. Måneskin is adept at pivoting into the mainstream without losing his flamboyant personality or rock tenacity, so this album is both a solid introduction and a logical next step.
Kim Petras “Brrr”
Kim Petras wasted no time in capitalizing on the momentum of her big hit with Sam Smith, ‘Unholy’: Closing out the year with single ‘If Jesus Was A Rockstar’ Later, Petras quickly returns with “Brrr,” a hypnotic hyper-pop track much like the enchanting swirl of “Unholy.” Petras has long been adept at tossing double entenders and sinking his teeth into synth-pop refrains, but with his newfound Top 40 juice, he crackles like “Brrr.” Standing songs help transform chart-topping assists into major solo moments.
Mac Demarco 5 easy hot dogs
Last year, Mac DeMarco took up driving and challenged himself not to go home until he made a new album. “Maybe it’s been in the last few years, or maybe it’s my age now, but the idea of giving up all kinds of normalcy and comfort and temporarily driving my whole life completely insane. is very inspiring to me,” he explains in a press release. “I’ve been doing this for about four months.” He’s back together 5 easy hot dogsa fascinating instrumental exercise played in the order of his travels, feels like an extravagant conversation with a curious soul who happens to be an acclaimed and still evolving indie singer-songwriter. .