New Releases: Rita Ora, J Hus, Billie Eilish, Troye Sivan, Mahalia & more!
Welcome to this week's New Releases on Official Charts!
Kicking things off on albums, one of Britain's true pop superstars, Rita Ora, returns this week with her third album You & I. Her most personable album to date, You & I sees Rita lifting the lid on her personal life, managing to craft impeccable hooks on tracks such as You Only Love Me and That Girl (which, amazingly, samples Eddie Murphy's 80s disco classic Party All The Time) with at times really stirring, emotionally resonant material, unlike anything she's released before (Notting Hill).
Keep your eyes peeled on Official Charts for an exclusive interview with Rita, dropping tomorrow.
Currently burning up the Official Singles Chart with Drake collaboration Who Told You, J Hus is also releasing a new album this Friday. Beautiful and Brutal Yard will be J Hus's first studio record since 2020's Big Conspiracy, which became his first UK Number 1 album to boot.
Rising UK R&B songstress Mahalia is also dropping her latest LP this week. IRL has been backed by its summery single Terms and Conditions, featuring a co-write from Escapism. hitmaker Raye, while Mahalia has also collaborated with the likes of JoJo (of Leave (Get Out) fame). Her first album in nearly four years, could IRL become her first Top 10 hit in her home country?
Over on the singles side of things, Troye Sivan kicked the door down earlier today when he released Rush, the 90s-house inspired lead single from his forthcoming third album Something To Give Each Other, due for release this October. Doing exactly what it says on the tin, Rush has a hands-in-the-air chant for a chorus and an intoxicating, titillating music video that is queer in all the right ways. Apparently working with both Max Martin (Taylor Swift) and AG Cook (Charli XCX) on new material, we'd bet this new era is one to watch.
Billie Eilish is the latest big name to lend her talents to the original soundtrack of the forthcoming Barbie film. While What Am I Made For? is very sonically different to everything else we've heard from Barbie: The Album (you could not pick two songs further apart than this and Charli XCX's bratty Speed Drive), the sinister tune hints that this Barbie is about to undergo a severe existential crisis.
Other singles also releasing this week include British pop singer Molly Rainford joining forces with DJ and producer Alex Kirsch for My Heart Is A Broken Record, Becky Hill teaming up with drum'n'bass heroes Chase & Status in Disconnected and Joel Corry finally dropping his kinetic viral sound Desire, unveiled as a collaboration with mysterious DJ house Rain Radio and I Love It sirens Icona Pop (!).