Ariana Grande‘s surprise release of “thank u, next” suggests a new direction for the pop artist’s personal narrative. Plus, Kane Brown finds a hit in a new collaboration with Becky G off his second album. The Backstreet Boys are, indeed, back, changing it up with a pop-rock tune that heralds the drop of their upcoming album. Sabrina Carpenter proves herself a more-than-capable smoky-voiced pop ingenue. And Steve Aoki teams up with Mike Posner on his latest feature-heavy album, Neon Future III.