It’s nearly Thanksgiving, which means all the biggest and baddest pop releases are coming down the pipeline! In this week’s wrap-up, we’re catching up with some of the hottest releases over in the U.K., some enchanting Swede-pop, and another steamy collabo between Drake and Princess RiRi.
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1.) Drake featuring Rihanna, “Take Care”
Rapper/crooner extraordinaire Drake is responsible for some truly spooky, spine-tingling slices of R&B perfection, including his oft-covered Take Care interlude, “Marvin’s Room.” (Remember JoJo‘s version? Me too, because I listen to it EVERY SINGLE NIGHT.)
Now after steaming up the speakers on a verse with beloved Barbadian pop princess Rihanna on her sensational “What’s My Name?” back in 2010, the Canadian-bred rapper returns the favor with “Take Care,” his latest haunt. “If you let me, here’s what I’ll do/I’ll take care of you,” Rihanna seductively purrs above the song’s ever-so-slight disco pulsations — a sample of Jamie XX‘s remix of the late jazz/soul poet Gil Scott-Heron‘s “I’ll Take Care Of You.” And while it sure sounds like Princess RiRi is down for some baby makin’, Drake doesn’t quite seem so sure: “Try to run from that, say you’re done with that/On your face girl, it just don’t show,” he croons above the pounding drumbeats.
It’s gorgeous, it’s devastating and the chemistry between the two is palpable. Prepare for chills! + LISTEN TO DRAKE FEATURING RIHANNA, “TAKE CARE”
2.) The Wanted, “Warzone”
Dreamy boy band The Wanted are on quite a roll lately. After making a splash Stateside during their first-ever New York showcase last month, the talented UK pop quintet have just unleashed their sophomore record: Battleground, released on Nov. 4.
To kick off the release, the boys are coming hard with their fourth single off of the album, the Harry Sommerdahl and Phat Fabe-produced “Warzone.” With its tear-strewn piano melody and melodic chorus, the unbelievably gorgeous power ballad (no, like, bananas good) is reminiscent of OneRepublic‘s “Apologize” — but even BETTER. “I throw my armor down/And leave the battleground for the final time now,” the boys cry out together.
When the song’s finally over, only two things are certain: Jordin Sparks would be so proud, and I would definitely not be mad at seeing any of these boys throw their armor down. Especially you, Max. Call me. Seriously. + LISTEN TO THE WANTED, “WARZONE”
+ Listen to more Must-Hear Pop Songs Of The Week after the jump!
3.) Cher Lloyd, “Want U Back”
OK, so there’s literally nothing in this world that’s worse than learning that your ex just found someone else. (AMIRITE, LADIES?) Luckily enough for us, 18-year-old “X Factor” finalist Cher Lloyd understands your struggles.
“Want U Back,” one of the breezy, bubbly electro-pop smashes found on the swag-pop princess’ debut album Sticks + Stones (out this week in the UK) tackles the thorny issue of trying to win back the guy you already kicked to the curb once before: “Remember all the things that you and I did first?/And now you’re doing them with her!” Lloyd scoffs before delivering a majorly frustrated grunt. UHH!!!
From the sound of things, it doesn’t sound like Lloyd’s going to get her lover back. It also doesn’t sound like she’s going to stop trying anytime soon. Who knew frustration could be so much fun? UHH!!! + LISTEN TO CHER LLOYD, “WANT U BACK”
4.) The Sound of Arrows, “M.A.G.I.C.”
If you’ve not already heard of the Swedish duo, begin paying attention now. The Sound of Arrows are a perfect Swede-pop duo that craft perfectly dreamy Swede-pop tracks (and remixes — for that, refer to their re-rubs of Lady Gaga‘s “Alejandro” and Nicole Scherzinger‘s “Right There”). Part Pet Shop Boys synth-pop brilliance, part M83 childlike wonder, the band mixes nostalgic lyricism with soft, sparkling danceable rhythms.
“M.A.G.I.C.” is the third single off of their much-anticipated debut album Voyage, which was just released this week in the UK: “Seize a chance, follow a dream/Be yourself, don’t plan and scheme,” lead singer Stefan Storm merrily chants above the majestic, sparkling beats.
I know it’s kind of a cop-out to say, but there’s really no other way to describe it: It’s magic! + LISTEN TO THE SOUND OF ARROWS, “M.A.G.I.C”
5.) Selena Gomez, “Hit The Lights”
Oh, my dear sweet Miss Gomez! After serving up the inspirational anthem “Who Says?” and a lil’ bit of dubstep fun on “Love You Like A Love Song,” the cutie-pie Disney pop star is coming back this month with “Hit The Lights,” the latest single from her third studio album released in July, When The Lights Go Down.
Crafted by LA-based production duo Dreamlab and Swedish scribe Tonny Nilsson, the über-bright, über-poppy dance-pop single finds the pint-size princess encouraging us all to get out there and make something with our lives. “It’s the plane you wanna catch to Vegas, things you swear you do before you die/It’s the city of love that waits for you but you’re too damn scared to fly,” Gomez laments.
You know what? She’s right! Yeah! I’m gonna go for it! I — wait, did Selena Gomez just say “damn”? My goodness. Our little girl’s growing up so fast! + LISTEN TO SELENA GOMEZ, “HIT THE LIGHTS”
Bradley Stern is a writer from Connecticut. In his spare time, he enjoys organizing his Britney Spears CD collection in reverse chronological order and plotting the various ways in which he will bring down Katy Perry to become Rihanna’s best friend. But most of all, he spends his time tweeting musing daily about pop music on his blog, MuuMuse.