It’s Tuesday! Time for another round of “5 Must-Hear Pop Songs of the Week!”
This week’s roundup features a rising pop songwriter’s first solo foray, a not-to-be-missed bonus selection from an impossible-to-forget Latina diva, and some Swedish dance-pop for good measure.
1.) Bebe Rexha, “I Can’t Stop Drinking About You”
You might not realize it, but you’ve been listening to rising singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha for awhile. She’s the writer behind Eminem and Rihanna’s “The Monster,” and the voice behind Cash Cash’s “Take Me Home.” But with “I Can’t Stop Drinking About You,” she’s got her own thing goin’ on, and it’s a certifiable smash.
Like Sia’s AMAZING “Chandelier,” Bebe’s drowning those sorrows at the bottom of the bottle. “Pour a shot in my glass and I’ll forget forever,” Bebe wails before diving headfirst into a giant wave of EDM. Heartbreak, heavy intoxication, and an EDM drop to boot? Prepare for one hell of a hangover.
+ Listen to Bebe Rexha’s “I Can’t Stop Drinking About You.”
2.) Shakira, “Chasing Shadows”
Shakira, she of the truth-telling hips, released a new album last week — also called Shakira. It’s an eclectic collection full of world sounds, from Brazilian banga “Dare” to “Medicine,” a twangy country duet with Blake Shelton. But then, there’s “Chasing Shadows,” a surging, shiver-inducing piece of electro-pop hidden on the Target-only, deluxe edition of the LP.
Let’s get this straight: You’ve got Shakira, power-pop producers Greg Kurstin and Fernando Garibay, and songwriting sensation Sia all on one song — and this is a BONUS track?! Consider “Chasing Shadows” the smash single that never was — unless it will be some day. You never know. Just look at Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass“! #Justice4ChasingShadows
+ Listen to Shakira’s “Chasing Shadows.”
3.) Rebecca & Fiona, “Holler”
Rebecca & Fiona know how to turn the party, and their latest jam, “Holler,” is no exception. (Not a Spice Girls cover, sadly!) Drifting along a chilly, synthesized pulse, the Swedish DJ duo get oh-so-smitten on the dance floor: “Holler at me boy, don’t be shy/Before I was even born, you were mine,” they urge across the starry-eyed club cut.
Don’t confuse this cutesy number for a simple swoon-fest: The candy-coated video manages to both revel in ’90s nostalgia (look at those ancient cell phones!) AND take on the patriarchy (!!), as the girls rock anti-Nazi shirts and platform boots. As it turns out, political statements and Swedish pop music go together quite nicely.
+ Watch Rebecca & Fiona’s “Holler” video.
4.) King Deco, “Ocean”
This King is a Queen: King Deco is a Brooklyn-based Jordanian singer-songwriter on the verge of a major breakthrough. This month, she’s releasing Tigris, her debut EP, which perfectly encapsulates her hypnotic aesthetic, blending dreamy vocals with atmospheric electronica and spiritual chants.
The mini-collection includes collaborations with Kinetics, Little Jackie’s Adam Pallin, Cobra Starship’s Ryland Blackinton, and One Love — the latter of whom co-crafted “Ocean.” The opening track is also the most revelatory, as the songstress tells the tale of leaving her homeland to pursue her dreams stateside and sending her fears down below the sea.
+ Listen to King Deco’s “Ocean.”
5.) Katy B, “Still”
After rightfully topping the charts overseas with her incredible dance-pop opus, Little Red, fiery dance-floor siren Katy B is back with a new selection from the LP: “Still.”
Unlike the synth-laden, Robyn-like of “Crying For No Reason,” “Still” is a straight-up emotional mega-ballad that wouldn’t seem so out of place with Adele or even Celine Dion — not to mention a great way to show off those powerful chops.
+ Watch Katy B’s “Still” video.
Bradley Stern is a writer from New york. In his spare time, he enjoys organizing his Britney Spears CD collection in reverse chronological order and writing impassioned letters to Congress urging that Madonnalogy be taught in all public schools. But most of all, he spends his time tweeting musing daily about pop music on his blog, MuuMuse.
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