Spring has sprung, and some of pop’s biggest stars — new and enduring favorites, alike — are aiming to follow suit.
Between now and the start of summer, radio will have a full plate. Newcomers like “Issues” singer Julia Michaels, who’s got a storied history writing for pop stars like Britney Spears and Kelly Clarkson, and Dua Lipa, whose “Be The One” is dark-pop at its finest, will set out to wow listeners and cement their own space in contemporary music. The Chainsmokers, too, will see if they can capitalize on the massive success of “Closer” with Memories…Do Not Open, their very first complete work.
All the while, some of pop’s most experienced icons are making clear declarations that they’re still in the game. More than 40 years after their debut, Blondie will unveil Pollinator, Coldplay are set to release their 13th EP with Kaleidoscope — which includes a group of castoffs from A Head Full of Dreams — and Michelle Branch will ditch her early-aughts pop identity for something moodier and rocked-out with Hopeless Romantic, her first solo full-length work in nearly 15 years.