Every Friday, we highlight the newest and most exciting releases from artists across all genres. This week, we got new music from some big names like Nick Jonas, Shelley, Chloe x Halle, and more.
Check out some of the most highly-anticipated drops down below:
1. Chloe x Halle - “80/20”
On Friday, Chloe x Halle dropped the “Chrome Edition” of their sophomore album, Ungodly Hour, which features the track, “80/20.”
At the upcoming GRAMMY Awards, the duo is up for three awards: Best Progressive R&B Album, Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Wonder What She Thinks of Me,” and Best R&B Song for “Do It.” The sisters recently talked to ET about what this honor means to them.
“We’re just creating for fun and for ourselves and to know that other people appreciate what we create in our living room and our garage, just having fun and experimenting, it truly means a lot to us,” Chloe said.
2. Nick Jonas - “Spaceman”
In his first solo move since the return of The Jonas Brothers, Nick Jonas is back with the first single off his upcoming album, “Spaceman.” According to the youngest Jonas, the project is full of “love letters” to wife Priyanka Chopra Jonas, which he created over the past year in lockdown.
“Listen, I love a big radio song just as much as the next guy. I also love moments when I‘m able to take an idea, a concept, in this case, that feeling of just trying to capture what this year looked like as far as that isolation,” he told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe. “I was away from my wife for a few months while she was filming a movie and that’s when I started making the record. And then the reconnection, understanding there is hope on the other side. I feel like the album is inherently hopeful and I want people to feel that when they listen to it.”
3. Sebastián Yatra - “Chica Ideal” Remix featuring will.i.am
“Chica Ideal” is already a massive hit that’s been certified platinum by the RIAA, going No. 1 in multiple countries. For the remix, Colombian singer Sebastián Yatra enlisted the help of a childhood favorite, will.i.am, to bring some extra pizzazz to an already-explosive track.
“Growing up, I always listened to will.i.am and The Black Eyed Peas on the radio, so to have the opportunity to collaborate with him on my biggest single yet, in Spanish too, is a manifestation from my childhood and a really special moment for me,” Yatra said. “‘Chica Ideal’ is a fun song made with my friend, Guaynaa, about finding love, a good distraction from everything serious that we’re affected by daily. I’m happy the song is spreading joy around the world and blessed for the multi-platinum certifications we received this week too.”
4. Shelley FKA DRAM - “Exposure”
Shelley, formerly known as DRAM, just released a new single titled, “Exposure,” which takes a look at all of the success he’s enjoyed since the release of his debut album, Big Baby D.R.A.M., in 2016.
He posted a link to the music video to Twitter on Thursday night, writing, “I’m back, and I’ll never leave you again,” acknowledging his absense from the music scene.
“After the release of my debut album, Big Baby DRAM, I’ve worked on so many things, but most importantly I was working on me,” Shelley explained. “I’ve been working on a lot of me. Ever since I was introduced to the world with ‘Cha Cha,’ my career has taken me on a journey enabling me to meet people like Rick Rubin, Snoop, Queen Bey, and Queen Erykah Badu...I was moving with no breaks, because that’s how life was coming to me. So I took some time to focus on my health, voice, and growth. Focus on me. I wanted to do this show so everyone could get to meet me, Shelley.”