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New music Fridays are a thrilling, yet daunting prospect for any music lover.
It's essentially a weekly holiday where fan-favorite artists and fresh faces alike drop their latest offerings for all the world to hear, flooding streaming services and digital retailers with an onslaught of aural goodies. But who has the time to sit there and listen to everything before updating their playlists? There's just too much good stuff! (And, if we're being honest, usually a few stinkers, too.)
As it turns out, we do. Welcome to The MixtapE!
It'll be hard to steal the spotlight away from Normani and Cardi B's jaw-dropping shower scene in their "Wild Side" music video. But there are some worthy contenders on this New Music Friday, with bops from such leading ladies as Shakira, Noa Kirel, Shenseea, Willow and Avril Lavigne.
Or, if you're all up in your feels, Clairo and John Mayer satisfy with each of their musical musings.
What follows are our picks for the best of the best.
Your playlist for the weekend of July 16-18 has arrived. Enjoy!
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Shakira — "Don't Wait Up"
Shakira's first solo song in four years was worth the wait. Following her 2017 album El Dorado, she teamed with Anuel AA for "Me Gusta" and the Black Eyed Peas for "Girl Like Me" in 2020. Now, the 44-year-old Super Bowl star is back on the beach with her latest English-language EDM single and music video. As Shakira wrote on Instagram, "The #DontWaitUp video was so much fun to shoot, dancing and surfing all night long!"