New Music Round-Up: Nicki Minaj, ZAYN, 5SOS
Tinashe, Janelle Monáe and Florence + the Machine are also back with new tunes...
Nicki Minaj - 'Chun-Li', 'Barbie Tingz'
The queen is back. After months of anticipation, the living legend is finally ready to start a new era. 'Chun-Li' and 'Barbie Tingz' are sublime. They go off and act as reminders as to why Nicki is one of the greatest rappers of all time. A triumphant return.
ZAYN - 'Let Me'
It's no secret that ZAYN has one of the best voices in pop. From 'PILLOWTALK' to 'Dusk Till Dawn', his voice soars. 'Let Me' is a stunning mid-tempo love song. It could sound corny in any other artist's hands but in ZAYN's it is nothing short of perfect.
5 Seconds of Summer - 'Youngblood'
5SOS are not messing around. 'Want You Back' was an 11/10 ballad and 'Youngblood' is an 11/10 banger. Intimate verses launch into an explosive chorus worthy of the best. Seriously, if all pop was exciting as this, the world would be a better place.
Janelle Monáe - 'Pynk (feat. Grimes)'
Janelle Monáe is the mother I never had. She is the sister everybody would want. She is the friend that everybody deserves. I don’t know a better person. I don’t know a better person. 'Pynk' is the most beautiful song of the year. We are obsessed.
Florence + the Machine - 'Sky Full of Song'
Florence + the Machine never fail to release effortless dreamy music and 'Sky Full of Song' is just that.
Bebe Rexha - 'Ferrari'
Bebe Rexha ushers in her debut LP with one of her best releases to date. We can't wait to hear more.
Carrie Underwood - 'Cry Pretty'
Carrie Underwood is one of country's finest and 'Cry Pretty' proves why. An exceptional new single.
Swae Lee - 'Guatemala (feat. Slim Jxmmi)'
Swae Lee has a knack for creating incredible hooks. Expect to hear this everywhere this summer.
Kideko - 'Good Thing'
Kideko brings the sunshine with his next bop 'Good Thing'. A carefree ode to a past relationship.
Sigrid - 'High Five'
Another flawless takedown by Sigrid. This EP is shaping up to be one of the standouts of 2018.
Craig David - 'Magic (Remix) (feat. Yxng Bane)'
'Magic' was already amazing but Yxng Bane is the perfect feature for Craig's smooth vocals.
Dakota - 'Sober (feat. Not3s)'
Dakota joins forces with Not3s on her glorious new single 'Sober'. Get this one on repeat.
Tinashe - Joyride
The wait is over. After announcing it in 2015, Joyride is here. The album sees Tinashe turn up on the tempo ('No Drama', 'Me So Bad'), show off her sensual side ('Ooh La La', 'Faded Love') and get intimate ('Salt', 'Fire & Flames'). A remarkable LP.