The full list of this week's key New Music Friday releases appears at the bottom of the page, but first, some highlights...
Joel Corry has teamed up with David Guetta and RAYE on his new single BED, which a.) features the cheekiest hook we've heard in ages, and b.) makes him 4/4 for A+ dance-pop bangers.
Post Malone wins biggest curveball new release of the week with Only Wanna Be With You, a cover of the 1995 folk-rock classic by Hootie & The Blowfish. Oh, and it's being released for Pokémon Day, which takes place on February 27 and will see Post perform at a virtual concert. Nothing to see here, folks...
Expect big things from rising singer-songwriter Sam Ryder, who was recently crowned by TikTok as having the most popular UK artist account of 2020 - beating the likes of Dua Lipa, Lewis Capaldi and Liam Payne. His new single Whirlwind has some hefty talent behind it, co-written and produced with Jamie Hartman (Calvin Harris, Lewis Capaldi), Dan Grech-Marguerat (Lana Del Rey, George Ezra) and Max Wolfgang (ZAYN, Kygo).
Rock legend Alice Cooper returns with Detroit Stories, an homage to the state's famous 60s rock n roll scene that includes a cover of Velvet Underground's Rock 'N' Roll and guest appearances include MC5’s Wayne Kramer, original Alice Cooper members Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith, and U2’s Larry Mullen.
West London rapper Digga D releases his new mixtape Made In The Pyrex, featuring his recent Top 5 hit Bringing It Back with AJ Tracey.
Early reviews of Newcastle rockers Maximo Park's new album Nature Always Wins suggest it's their strongest collection in years; blending joyous pop hooks with introspective anthems.