This weekend’s playlist features a slew of new releases including Christina Aguilera’s first Spanish-language album in two decades, a project from viral sensation Young T & Bugsey, and YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s latest mixtape, Colors.
Fans went into a frenzy when Christina Aguilera announced that she’d be returning to Latin pop. The pop superstar—whose father is from Ecuador—has returned to her roots with her EP La Fuerza, which is her first Spanish-language project since 2000’s Mi Reflejo, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Latin Albums chart in September 2000 and remained there for 19 weeks. La Fuerza spans six tracks and includes previously released tracks “Pa’ Mis Muchachas” (with Becky G, Nicki Nicole, and Nathy Peluso), the ballad “Somos Nada,” and the Ozuna-assisted “Santo.” Her single with Ozuna also arrives with a new steamy visual.
“It’s been a project that I wanted to follow up for so long but I’m so happy that it’s happening now as a grown woman,” the 41-year-old singer-songwriter told Billboard about her anticipated EP. “Having been a mother, having experienced the career I have, I bring a different view and set of passions. Now it’s coming from a deeper perspective and wanting to explore.” In an Instagram post, Aguilera called La Fuerza “the first chapter,” so we’re looking forward to seeing what she does next. [artist info]
I can’t stop listening to the latest single from Filipino-American artist Yeek titled “Freaky RGB.” (Seriously I played it back-to-back at least 10 times after discovering it). The L.A.-based musician floats over a dance beat as he seductively sings the chorus “Lets get… Freaky Yeah… Whatever you want.” Yeek’s music has been making waves for some years now, but if you’re new to his music we’d recommend also checking out his most recent album, Valencia. [More info]
The British hip hop duo, who became a viral sensation after their single “Don’t Rush” was propelled into internet ubiquity with millions of TikTok glow up challenges, has shared their highly anticipated mixtape Truth Be Told. The 15-track project includes guest appearances from Jamaican star Chronixx, UK-rapper Unknown T, and L.A. crooner Blxst. Young T & Bugsey also released the visual for their collab with Blxst titled “Nice.” Although the video looks like it was shot in a city, listening to this breezy afrobeat-inspired track makes me want to hop on a flight to an island ASAP. Hbu? [artist info]
The Colombian singer-songwriter, who was recently announced as the new face of Versace, has surprised fans with a new single “Cositas De La USA” and an accompanying video. Shot in Medellín, Colombia by director Harold Jimenez, the sexy video sees Maluma showering not one, but three lovers with elaborate gifts. [artist info]
Just weeks after releasing From the Bayou with fellow Louisiana rapper Birdman, Youngboy Never Broke Again has unveiled a new mixtape, Colors. The 20-track project, which arrives with a deluxe version as well, features only one guest appearance from Quando Rondo on “Gangsta.” Youngboy also shared a visual for his single “Bring It On.” [artist info]
Other Worthy Releases: Charlie Puth, Lana Del Rey, 2Chainz
Charlie Puth shared a playful visual for his song “Light Switch,” which shows him going from eating and drinking away his feelings on the couch to getting back into shape so he can win back the girl he lost. But we won’t give you any spoilers to how the story ends.
Also, Lana Del Rey contributed to the soundtrack for HBO’s extreme teen drama series Euphoria, starring Zandaya, with her latest single “Watercolor Eyes.”
Finally, 2 Chainz teamed up with fellow Southern emcees Moneybagg Yo and BeatKing for “Pop Music,” which is giving us major FreakNik vibes. (If you know, you know.) The track will be featured on 2 Chainz’s upcoming seventh studio album Dope Don’t Sell Itself, which is due out next month on February 4.
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