Rachel Platten - Fight Song At first listen one might think Fight Song is a typical motivational pop ballad, but in reality, it's much more. Fight Song sounds so real, and there's hardly any unnecessary instruments or production. Even the production effects in the chorus fit in well, as they're accurate to the title and really do make the song sound like a fight song.
Tori Kelly - Should've Been Us The latest single from Tori Kelly's album Unbreakable Smile continues the R&B-esque flavor of the singles so far. It's undeniably catchy, but perhaps due to its long list of seven different composers, does not sound as real as Unbreakable Smile or even Nobody Love. I've actually preordered Unbreakable Smile on iTunes, due to my excitement over Tori Kelly as an artist herself and the co-writers such as Ed Sheeran, Toby Gad, Ilya and Claude Kelly. I probably won't like the other songs with huge numbers of composers (Expensive and California Lovers) but I'm still very excited.
Britney Spears feat. Iggy Azalea - Pretty Girls Britney Spears is seeming pretty irrelevant right now. Her last album, Britney Jean, was her first album to spend only one week in the Billboard top 10, and Pretty Girls, despite bringing in Iggy Azalea, arguably the biggest star of last summer, is her lowest-charting lead single ever. It was predicted to revive Spears' career and chart higher due to a music video and performance at the Billboard Music Awards, but sadly, it appears nobody really cares about her anymore, and I'm definitely not the only person who thinks it's annoying and too reminiscent of Fancy. Perhaps it has something to do with how the production team behind many of her earlier hits has moved onto other, younger artists...such as Taylor Swift.
Megan & Liz - That Ghost This single is definitely my favorite of the ones Megan & Liz has released lately. It's a super cool, more original concept, and the production is amazing. Megan & Liz really shine on their ballad songs, which is part of why I'm so happy they're doing a more country angle now.
Hunter Hayes - 21 Hunter Hayes has always managed to avoid the curse of bro-country — until now. True, 21 could be a pop song, and it does fit his image, but in my opinion, he's much better putting out lead singles such as Invisible. 21 is a little annoying, and the sad thing is that he could do so much better. Regardless, I'm happy he's releasing new music. (But I am concerned about the new streaming strategy. You'd think he'd take a cue from Taylor Swift and release the song on iTunes and not Spotify.)
Little Mix - Black Magic Whatever some Directioners are saying about them, Little Mix is still relevant, and yes, their songs are still amazing. For the lead single from their upcoming third album, the girls worked again with Electric, who co-wrote one of my favorite songs on Salute, Towers. Black Magic has a bit of a throwback vibe, and sounds enough like the popular "80s/90's-are-back" songs of 2014 but not too much. (I'm looking at you, Carly Rae Jepsen.)
Bean - Wildfire Noelle Bean first captured my attention with her single Rollercoaster, which was an iTunes single of the week. Bean's vocal delivery is even more impressive in this song, and works perfectly with the strong, girl-power message of the song. Important question: When is this girl going to release an album?? I'd buy it.
Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar - Bad Blood I'm pretty sure most people didn't expect Taylor Swift to bring a rapper in to feature on Bad Blood, but during this era, the unpredictable is what we should be predicting. I actually think I like this version better than the original (although I didn't like the original much and rated it 5 out of 10 in my review of 1989) The only non-chorus/pre-chorus lyrics that were kept were the bridge, which is not surprising as they're really the only remotely high-quality lyrics on the song. That being said, the video is amazing, and I'm with many other Swifties in wishing it could be made into an actual full-length film.
Jessie J - Flashlight (from Pitch Perfect 2) I'm not usually such a huge fan of Sam Smith's songwriting, but paired with the songwriting of Sia Furler, I enjoyed it more. Jessie J's vocal performance is impressive, but the song is too repetitive for my taste, and it worked better in the film when a small portion of it was mashed up with songs such as Run the World (Girls) by Beyoncé.
Train - Give It All Many of the lyrics in this song are powerful, and I like the piano ballad style, but the lyrics of the chorus seem pretty irrelevant to the rest of the song. I don't really see what being aware of your privilege as a white male in society has to do with wanting one more night with someone you love, but you know, whatever floats your boat.
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