It's Tuesday! Time for another round of 5 Must-Hear Pop Songs of the Week!
We got another week of international explosion! Get ready for two comebacks from the land Down Under, two U.K. "X Factor" chanteuses rapidly on the rise and one very dreamy boy band about to (finally) explode Stateside. The global divide... it's shrinking!
1.) Ladyhawke, "Black White & Blue"
It's been a minute since we last heard from New Zealand native, Ladyhawke. After charming us with infectious '80s-tinged New Wave confections such as "Paris Is Burning" and "My Delirium" back in 2008, the singer-songwriter returns in 2012, and this time around, she's got more guitars.
"'Cause this is real life, you can't fight it," the singer croons before the crashing chorus of "Black White & Blue," the newly released lead single from her upcoming sophomore attempt, Anxiety.
Filled with searing guitars, spaced-out electronica and gritty production, it sounds like Ladyhawke's gone a little more garage rock or riot grrrl than electro-pop for her newest outing. Is this newfound edge? Yep. I'm feeling it. + LISTEN TO LADYHAWKE'S "BLACK, WHITE & BLUE"
2.) Rebecca Ferguson, "Too Good To Lose"
The seventh season of U.K. "X Factor" produced an unusually solid amount of talent from winner Matt Cardle to bossy swag songstress Cher Lloyd to the newest tween sensation, One Direction. Yet one of the strongest debut efforts from the bunch came from the show's notoriously soft-spoken crooner, Rebecca Ferguson.
"Too Good To Lose," the upcoming second single off of her critically acclaimed debut album, Heaven, released back in December, is the latest proof that Ferguson might have made a more worthy winner of Season 7. Filled with a feel-good '60s soul and an unexpectedly modern flair of warm electronica, the song successfully blends classic sound with new innovation, resulting in something fresh and entirely listenable: "Hear my prayer now," she belts out. "Just say the word and I could be there now."
Ferguson might have had trouble breaking through her timid persona onstage, but you'd never know it after one listen of this sleek, masterful production. It just goes to show: It really is the quiet ones that'll surprise you. + LISTEN TO REBECCA FERGUSON'S "TOO GOOD TO LOSE"
+ Listen to more Must-Hear Pop Songs Of The Week after the jump!