Happy Almost Fourth of July, everybody! This week’s roundup includes a killer comeback from one of pop’s most reliable rebels, a rising pop-rock princess with a massive soon-to-be summer smash, and some chilly seduction from a former child of Destiny. Enjoy the tunes, and may your holiday be as colorful, nostalgic and as flaw-free as a Lana Del Rey video.
1.) Pink, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”
After tackling bullies and bleach blonde bimbos, pop’s loud-haired rebel rocker (and new mommy!) Pink has returned to the musical forefront for another round of growling pop-rock with the Greg Kurstin-produced “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” — and this time, it’s her man who’s under fire.
Gliding on top of a cool, marching guitar strum à la Modest Mouse‘s “Float On,” Pink blows one last kiss (and a whole lot of hot air) on her explosively defiant, crashing pop-rock anthem that serves all sorts of Kelly Clarkson realness. “Just when it can’t get worse, I’ve had a s*** day!/ You’ve had a s*** day! We’ve had a s*** day,” Pink yelps. With its acid-tongued lyricism and just a teensy bit of name-calling, “Blow Me” is one of Pink’s most scowling offerings in years. Welcome back, Pink! Please don’t leave me.
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2.) Cady Groves, “Love Actually”
First, the bad news: No, this new Cady Groves banga has nothing to do with the 2003 flick of the same name–nor anything to do with Hugh Grant. (I know, I’m disappointed too.) Now for the good: The song is absolutely AMAZING … like WHOAAAA!
After unleashing her deliciously devious “This Little Girl” in the latter half of 2011, the 21-year-old Oklahoma singer-songwriter returns this summer to serve up a major power-pop punch with “Love Actually.” With melodies for days (weeks, even!), irresponsibly catchy yelping (“LUH-uh-UH-uh-UHV actually”) and a chorus that simply will not quit, “Love Actually” is actually destined to be one of the defining songs of Summer 2012. “So what, we did everything wrong/ You know that it was really love actually,” she pleads. Girl never met a hook she didn’t like — err love, actually.
3.) Kelly Rowland featuring Lil Wayne, “Ice”
Fact: When Kelly Rowland and Lil Wayne get together, things get steamy — and chilly. (Hot as ice, if you will.) Last year, the two slow-grinded their way onto radio with the deliciously chilly “Motivation.” Now they’ve reunited, and the feelings haven’t changed much: “Ice” is a sexy, slow burn, as the former Destiny’s Child diva takes a cube of ice and, um, does a lot of things before Wayne comes in to lay down a verse. “Take the ice cube/ sit it right below my navel/ and watch what I do after/That’s my favorite angle,” Rowland teases. Sweat dripping? Ice melting? I don’t know exactly what’s happening, but someone’s going to need a towel.
4.) Aiden Grimshaw, “Curtain Call”
After releasing his storming, electric lead single “Is This Love?” last month, “X Factor UK” finalist and/or professional brooding dreamboat Aiden Grimshaw returns with “Curtain Call,” the second offering from his upcoming debut record, Misty Eye. “Don’t let time be wasted, let your heart dictate this/Take my hand and follow, lose control with me tonight,” Grimshaw requests on the slow-tripping soulful number. The song plays somewhere in between a massive Robbie Williams anthem, a lonely sea shanty and just a hint of the sexy styling of Robin Thicke. It’s a total win, all around.
5.) NERVO, “You’re Gonna Love Again”
They’re incredible songwriters (remember Kelly Rowland’s “When Love Takes Over”? Yep, them!), DJs (Brit Brit took ‘em around the world on her “Femme Fatale Tour”!) — and they’re GORGEOUS to boot! Ugh, some people just have it all. Now, Nervo are continuing to prove that they’ve got even more to offer as a seriously incredible act on their own. After unleashing “We’re All No One” last year with Afrojack & Steve Aoki, the girls return this summer with a storming EDM smash, “You’re Gonna Love Again,” produced alongside Avicii. “You don’t need to be scared/ ’cause you’re gonna love again,” the ladies urge before the song splashes into its massive, arena-size synthesizers and crashing beats.
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.
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