New Releases: will.i.am & Britney Spears, Stormzy & RAYE, Barbie: The Album and more!
It's always nice to welcome a true Princess of Pop back into the public sphere on her own terms. A definite club staple for the dying days of summer, Mind Your Business slots comfortably as the darker cousin to 2013's Scream & Shout. Speaking of Scream & Shout, that track was Britney's last UK Number 1 single to date, while last year's big comeback feature on Elton John's Hold Me Closer ended up bowing at Number 3. Can she go even further here? We can't wait to find out.
Setting us up for those Friday vibes, Stormzy & RAYE finally lay down a song together. The Weekend takes Stormzy's elastic bars and manages to blend them in with RAYE's jazz-influenced vocals and writing, and it sounds like a match made in heaven.
ZAYN (formerly known as Zayn Malik) also makes his grand return today. Love Like This is Zayn's first single under his new label Republic, having previously released three albums under RCA. Love Like This comes with production from The Monsters & The Strangerz (Zara Larsson) and Jon Bellion (Justin Bieber), which hints that Zayn may have found his way back into a more commercial lane. PILLOWTALK, of course, remains a highlight of the One Direction solo discography, and you can revisit the highest-selling solo songs of One Direction here.
Over on albums, it's finally time to admit that life in plastic is fantastic. Barbie: The Album launches itself into the public consciousness at the same time as Greta Gerwig's highly-anticipated blockbuster of the same name. With lead single Dance The Night with Dua Lipa still burning up the Official Singles Chart, you can finally listen to the full breadth of songs curated for the soundtrack by Mark Ronson, with input from the likes of Sam Smith (Man I Am), Ava Max (Choose Your Fighter) and The Kid Laroi (Forever & Again).
And of course, there's even a Barbenheimer showdown on the Official Charts! As Christopher Nolan's epic rumination on power, war and death starring Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt and Florence Pugh arrives into cinemas at the same time as Barbie, Oppenheimer's own soundtrack drops tonight too, although sadly you won't find any contributions from Charli XCX on there!
A lot has been made in the past week of the legacy of the Britpop movement, now celebrating three decades; and so it's the perfect time to welcome Blur back to the Official Charts. The Ballad of Darren is Damon Albarn and co.'s first LP release since 2015's The Magic Whip, and it will certainly be hoping to become the group's seventh overall Number 1 album next week.