First Stream: New Music From Post Malone, Ed Sheeran, Dreamville & More

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Post Malone performs during 2019 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 15, 2019 in Manchester, Tenn. 

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, Post Malone is back with more radio-ready sorrow, J. Cole unveils a long-awaited group project and Ed Sheeran recruits two gigantic stars for an unexpected treat. Check out all of this week’s First Stream picks below:   

The Song That Will Add Some Something Rich & Sad To Your Weekend Playlist:  
Post Malone feat. Young Thug, “Goodbyes”

Although it’s been a minute since Post Malone has released a new single, it certainly hasn’t felt like it: two of his most recent songs, “Sunflower” with Swae Lee and “Wow.,” have lingered in or around the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart for months on end, demonstrating Posty’s commercial might. Still, “Goodbyes” is the type of moody, catchy return that fans should quickly embrace -- with close pal Young Thug in tow, Post Malone raps about loneliness, heartache and how he understands a certain legendary alt-rock frontman (“Me and Kurt feel the same, too much pleasure is pain”) as mewling harmonies try to capture his frustration. Posty’s birthday is the Fourth of July, so think of “Goodbyes” as a fittingly somber celebration: he’s back, still treating his problems like fireworks to light in unison, and we love him for it.

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The Album That Lets a Solo Superstar Have Fun With His Friends:
Dreamville, Revenge of the Dreamers III

In his music and most recent interviews, J. Cole has discussed how, as an A-list artist that has rarely worked with people outside of his inner circle, he has felt a new desire to be more open and make a pronounced effort to collaborate. The result is Revenge of the Dreamers III, a massive new project that includes Cole’s Dreamville signees (Ari Lennox, JID, Lute and Bas included) as well as guest verses from DaBaby, Vince Staples, T.I. and Young Nudy, among others. Dreamers III plays out like a hip-hop block party, with everyone getting a chance to step up to the mic and Cole serving as a gracious master of ceremonies. Want to hear a posse album where everyone sounds both relaxed and hungry to prove that they belong? Revenge of the Dreamers III is ready for you.

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The Song That Lets a Pop, R&B and Country Star Really Rock Out:
Ed Sheeran feat. Bruno Mars and Chris Stapleton, “Blow”

As part of his collaborations project, Ed Sheeran has gathered Bruno Mars, a titan of rhythmic pop, and Chris Stapleton, one of country’s biggest stars, to concoct... a snarling hard rock track? “Blow” is certainly a step-outside-the-comfort-zones experiment for all three stars involved, with the howling guitar riffs and spat-out lyrics sounding more at home on the new Black Keys record than anything Sheeran and co. have tried before. Thankfully, “Blow” works: all three of these guys are total vocal pros and adapt to the sound capably, with Stapleton pleading for his girl to help him “Pull my trigger, let me blow your mind,” and Mars staying supremely sensual when he asks, “Baby, tell me, what’s your fantasy?” Give Sheeran credit for upending expectations with “Blow,” and convincing his pals to visit a style none of them were familiar with, but all of them could handle.

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The Song That’s Another Key Entry In an Impressively Growing Discography:
Rosalia, “Milionària”

As the first half of a new two-part single, “Milionària” allows Spanish star Rosalia to toast the luxurious life before rattling off its vices on “Dio$ No$ Libre del Dinero.” Yet as an exploration of sound, “Milionària” continues to show just how creative Rosalia already is with pushing the boundaries of flamenco music -- as she has been in just the past year alone. The guitar licks and chattering beats are minimized per usual, but the production swells at the main hook and hints at exploding before pulling back. Meanwhile, Rosalia sings in Catalan and sounds more confident than ever, punctuating exclamations of “Fucking money, man!” with a graceful vocal approach over these two minutes and change.

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The Album That You’ll Want At The Beach, or On The Way To an Emo Show:
Marshmello, Joytime III

Because of his EDM roots, it’s easy to dismiss Marshmello as another cookie-cutter producer in search of the next big drop to provide to his pop collaborator of choice. Yet those who have been paying attention over the past year know that the masked creator has been more fascinated with sonic approaches outside the norm, and on new album Joytime III, he certainly keeps his listeners on his toes. Previously released tracks like “Rescue Me,” his team-up with A Day To Remember, nodded to his predilection for rock, but solo tracks like “Proud” and “Sad Songs” tumble fully down that rabbit hole, offering emo music with big, neon-colored hooks. The result is a mega-mix worth getting lost in -- and wondering what Marshmello’s future has in store following this daring new project.

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