Every Friday, artists drop anticipated albums, surprise singles, and hyped collaborations. As part of New Music Friday, EW’s music team chooses some of the essential new tunes. From Charli XCX’s addictive new jam — and it’s instantly memorable video — to an unexpected new collaboration by Future and Nicki Minaj, here are the week’s most noteworthy releases. Got Spotify? Stream all of EW’s picks by following our playlist (embedded below) for this week.
The wait for Charli’s third studio album just got a little more bearable with this deceptively catchy Super-Mario-meets-Zenon electro-pop treat. The clever, star-studded video — which features more than 50 famous faces, including Joe Jonas, Diplo, Charlie Puth, Riz Ahmed, and Jack Antonoff — is also a must-watch as it flips the script on music-video objectification. —Nolan Feeney
Last month, Future employed Kanye West’s Life of Pablo method when he added new tracks to the ends of both of his 2017 albums, FUTURE and HNDRXX. He extended the already-lengthy HNDRXX yet again late Thursday, but with good reason — Nicki Minaj features on the LP’s new closer, “You Da Baddest.” “Got them blue diamonds dancing in my party, democratic,” she rhymes in a too-brief cameo. —Eric Renner Brown
If the band’s new track feels like classic Killers, that’s because it is. Brandon Flowers and co. wrote the song nine years years ago, but revamped it for their upcoming Wonderful Wonderful LP at the behest of Flowers’ brother. “My brother once a year will send it to me,” Flowers says. “He loves it. It’s just a gentle reminder that this song exists, and he wants it to be heard.” For more on the Killers’ new LP, check out EW’s first-look interview. —N.F.
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