Feeling overwhelmed by the new songs, albums, and videos being unveiled today? You’re not alone. Billboard’s First Stream serves as a handy guide to this Friday’s most essential releases — the key music that everyone will be talking about today, and that will be dominating playlists this weekend and beyond.
This week, Normani fully arrives as a solo artist, Taylor Swift reminds us of her songwriting gifts, Miley Cyrus explores personal turmoil and Young Thug gets his superstar moment. Check out all of this week’s First Stream picks below:
The Song With The Music Video You Absolutely Have To Watch:
Normani has already achieved post-Fifth Harmony success as a duet partner, as team-ups with both Khalid on “Love Lies” and Sam Smith on “Dancing With a Partner” hit the top 10 of the Hot 100. “Motivation,” however, fully displays the type of solo artist Normani wishes to become: sultry and electrifying, rhythmic with a dash of New Orleans brass, the new single (co-written by Ariana Grande) perfectly threads the needle between sun-splashed throwback R&B and modern pop. And yes, you really do have to see that choreo-heavy music video, in which Normani struts, twerks, laughs and generally dominates in a way that recalls Beyonce, Britney Spears, Ciara and Ashanti, among others. Today, you can both hear and watch a new star ascending.