Charli XCX, Crash
For her final Atlantic Records album, Charli XCX is leaving everything on the field. Crash, the pop iconoclast's fifth studio album (not including four mixtapes), is an embrace of her influence and another commendable reach for the kind of timelessness that Billboard pop charts can also appreciate. Previously released singles include "Good Ones," "New Shapes" featuring Christine & the Queens and Caroline Polachek, "Beg For You" featuring Rina Sawayama, "Baby," and "Every Rule."
The third album from Spanish artist Rosalía sees her embracing her mainstream pop star moment after emerging as a leading voice in flamenco. Motomami sports a feature from The Weeknd and production from James Blake, Pharrell, Tainy, and her longtime collaborator El Guincho.
Yumi Zouma, Present Tense
The cult-favorite dream-pop group sought to develop their sound on their latest outing, recorded remotely and in-person as the COVID-19 pandemic raged. “This is our fourth album, so we wanted to pivot slightly, create more extreme versions of songs,” the band's guitarist Charlie Ryder said in a press statement. “Working with other artists helped with that and took us far outside of our normal comfort zone.”