New Releases: Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Digga D and more
Today, two of the biggest pop stars breathing release new singles on the same day. Call it the pop Hunger Games, call it two queens maximising their joint slay...but Miley Cyrus's Used To Be Young and Selena Gomez's Single Soon will no doubt be impacting the Official Singles Chart in a big way next week, so we best get acquainted.
While Miley's Used To Be Young seems to a more blissful, acoustic accompaniment to the mainly soft-rock sonics on Endless Summer Vacation, Selena's Single Soon (originally recorded, apparently, sometime in 2017 but dusted off because she wanted something for the summer time, something for the girls to get ready and party to) will be a sassy, synth-pop banger produced by Benny Blanco.
Elsewhere, we have Rita Ora, roping in Joel Corry and MK for a pleasingly bright party jam to sound out the closing parties in Ibiza. Drinkin' is accompanied by a massive chorus (courtesy of a sample of Chance The Rapper's All Night) and sees Rita firmly reclaiming her crown as the British queen of summer bops.
We also have brand new songs from Conan Grey (Winner), Omar Apollo (Ice Slippin'), Abby Roberts (Imposter Syndrome, co-written with Halsey) and Eurovision winner Duncan Laurence (Rest In Peace).
As for albums, Digga D returns with his latest mixtape, Back To Square One, his first since hitting Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart with Noughty by Nature, becoming his first chart-topping record in the UK. And if you squint your eyes, you can actually see Digga's Official Albums Chart Number 1 make a cameo appearance in the new video for the single Kindness is Weakness.
Another big album to keep an eye on this week will be from Afrobeats superstar Burna Boy, who has released his seventh LP, I Told Them...little more over a year from his sixth, Love, Damini. It contains the UK Top 40 single, Sittin' On Top Of The World.
Genre-bending star Ashnikko has been building to the release of her debut album, Weedkiller, for a good while now, and it's finally here. Originally conceived as the heady story of a tribe of fairies fighting against the destruction of their forest against outside forces, it's eye-catching cover and visuals will have you in no doubt that Ashnikko (the partner of Mercury Prize winning star Arlo Parks) is in a league and lane all of her own.