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 the second single off Kesha’s upcoming album to Selena Gomez’s collaboration with Gucci Mane, 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.
Kesha feat. the Dap-Kings Horns, “Woman”
Completely reinventing your sound while still appealing to long-time fans is a mammoth task for any artist, but Kesha pulls it off with surprising ease on the latest taste from her upcoming album, Rainbow. She swaps glittery synths of her dollar-sign days for a horn section from the Dap-Kings, but the attitude and spirit pick up right where she left off with her last album. The party don’t start till “Woman” comes on. —Nolan Feeney
Selena Gomez feat. Gucci Mane, “Fetish”
After traveling to the ‘70s with the Talking Heads-sampling “Bad Liar,” Gomez is back in the present and back to making the kind of breathy, slinky sex jams that were all over 2015’s Revival. It’s almost like she’s been hanging out with the Weeknd or something. —N.F.
Lana Del Rey, “Summer Bummer” (feat. A$AP Rocky & Plaayboi Carti) and “Groupie Love” (feat. A$AP Rocky)
Lana’s got a cure for your summertime sadness, and this time she’s doubling the dosage: Feast your ears on a pair of songs that reunite her with her “National Anthem” costar A$AP Rocky. “Summer Bummer” takes her to the trap with a spare hip-hop beat, while “Groupie Love” takes her the clouds with all her trademark dreamy vocals. —N.F.
Billie Eilish, “COPYCAT”
If Lana’s new tunes are a little too sleepy for you, let Billie Eilish keep you on your toes with this alluring single: “COPYCAT” has all the brooding ambiance and cool-side-of-the-pillow harmonies of the artists she’s sometimes compared…