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.
Ariana Grande's sophomore album is hotly anticipated, following three songs that peaked at the top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100, and a fourth peaking at 49. It features many collaborations with other rappers and singers — there are more tracks with a featured artist than without. This is perhaps where the album falls short — tending to overcomplicate and disrupt what could've been a smooth listening experience.
God Made Girls - RaeLynn
I have to say, the fact that RaeLynn actually co-wrote this song is quite the bonus. Add how it's co-written with Liz Rose (who's worked with Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood etc) and Nicolle Gaylon (who co-wrote both Miranda Lambert's Automatic and her "We Were Us" duet with Keith Urban), and it's sure to be a country hit. Which it is. The layered vocals at various points in the song are especially well done.
(Review of RaeLynn's Me EP)
Break Free - Ariana Grande ft. Zedd
This new song is one that can easily be replayed without me getting sick of it. It's hit the top 10 again, which really isn't any surprise. The more EDM-ish direction is a change, but not so much of one that it's unprecedented or alienating of her previous fanbase.
(Review of Ariana Grande's My Everything)
Magic - Tiffany Alvord
Magic is the second single off Tiffany Alvord's third album, and it certainly highlights the more produced sound that she's promised for a few songs on it. I'm not sure how much of a fan I am of the particular song, and it's not really my style, but Tiffany's voice shines like always.
(Review of Tiffany Alvord's Legacy)
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