By Raisa Bruner
February 8, 2019

Ariana Grande releases the full thank u, next album — and “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored” proves to be the “Dangerous Woman” follow up fans were waiting for. (Sorry, Grammys: but you wom’t see her perform at the Grammys.) Kim Petras teams up with fellow pop cult favorite SOPHIE for a dance track that’s ready for its club appearance as soon as possible. The Chainsmokers make an unusual play towards rock with 5 Seconds of Summer, resulting in an earworm of a boy-band-style song. Singer-guitarist Gary Clark Jr. proves his skills are currently unmatched. And rap duo EarthGang keep it positive on a fun, funky, minimalist new arrangement with Young Thug.

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