In this weekend’s roundup of new music releases, we’re featuring Rosalía’s long-awaited album, MOTOMAMI, a collaborative track from Coi Leray and Nicki Minaj, and Charli XCX’s latest project, Crash.
Rosalía has unveiled her long-awaited follow-up to her Grammy-winning 2018 album El Mal Querer, which made her a global superstar. The 16-track record includes two guest features, The Weeknd on the previously released “La Fama,” and Tokischa on “La Combi Versace.” A standout track from MOTOMAMI is “Hentai,” which sees the Spanish singer showing off her vocal abilities over a piano-led ballad. The song arrives with a sensual music video directed by Mitch Ryan. [artist info]
After all of the drama surrounding her rumored single with Nicki Minaj, Coi Leray has delivered a collaborative track titled “Blick Blick!” with the New York rapper. The song almost didn’t come out after Leray’s father, Benzino, leaked the news that she’d been working with Minaj. She later revealed that she “did pull” her verse from the track, but after a private conversation with Leray, she ultimately changed her mind, and we’re so glad she did. “Blick Blick!,” which arrives with a colorful visual, sees the rappers effortlessly trading verses over the bass-heavy beat.
Leray commemorated the Minaj feature with a tattoo that is a silhouette of a pink Barbie doll head—a nod to Minaj’s dedicated fanbase—with the release date written above. [artist info]
Charli XCX has delivered Crash, her first album since 2020’s How I’m Feeling Now. The 12-track project also features Rina Sawayama on “Beg For You,” and Caroline Polachek and Christine and the Queens on “New Shapes.” Other standout tracks include “Baby” and “Used To Know Me,” which samples Robin S’s “Show Me Love.” [artist info]
Since the release of his 2020 debut project No Love Lost and collaborative mixtapes with fellow L.A. native Bino Rideaux, Blxst has yet to take his foot off the gas. The singer-rapper returns this month with “Sometimes,” a new single featuring Top Dawg Entertainment’s Zacari, which arrives with a visual directed by madebyJAMES. [artist info]
Los Angeles-born singer-songwriter Syd has shared her latest song titled “Cybah,” which offers the first taste from her upcoming album, Broken Hearts Club. The record—due out April 8 via Columbia Records—is Syd’s follow-up to 2017’s Fin, which was her first solo project. “Cybah,” which features Lucky Daye, also comes with an accompanying sci-fi inspired music video. [artist info]
Normani has returned with a new single titled “Fair,” which is her first since her 2021 track “Wild Side” with Cardi B. The 25-year-old singer co-wrote the love song with Abby Keen, Felisha King Harvey, and HARV, who also handled the production. She debuted the record on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. “This song really captures me in one of my most vulnerable moments,” Normani said. “Sharing this record makes me uncomfortable because you have never really seen me in this light. Definitely aware that you might feel like you don’t know much about me but that’s only because it’s what makes me feel protected. I am really forcing myself to let go here. This is huge for me and hopefully this piece of art resonates. Love is beautiful yet so soooo terrifying. I adore you guys to the moon and back.” [artist info]
Other Worthy Mentions: Sudan Archives, V.C.R, and Joyce Wrice
Sudan Archives has shared her first original track since her 2019-album Athena. The irresistible single, titled “Home Maker,” arrives with a memorable visual, directed by Jocelyn Anquetil. Also, Memphis-bred, L.A.-based violinist and vocalist has delivered her first release of the year with “Blue,” which is inspired by Minnie Riperton’s “Inside My Love.” Finally, Joyce Wrice has reconnected with Canadian producer KAYTRANADA for a playful dance record titled “Iced Tea,” which arrives a year after the release of her debut album, Overgrown.
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