It's Tuesday! Time for another round of "5 Must-Hear Pop Songs of the Week"!
Apparently, every pop princess in the building decided to hold a conference and release a track on the same day! As a result, we've got something special from pop's most divisive throwback chanteuse, the long-awaited return of the Queen from Down Under, a sugary-sweet sampling from a certain Canadian super-starlet, and for a little extra zest, two killer offerings from female-fronted rock troupes.
1.) Lana Del Rey, "Ride"
After serving up 2012's greatest record (according to me, anyway!) all the way back in January, stunning soul-pop singer Lana Del Rey is back for a second round of nostalgic bliss on "Ride," the lead single from her upcoming Born To Die: The Paradise Edition re-release. Produced by industry titan Rick Rubin, the slow-building triumph finds the brooding beauty hitting the dusty trail to clear her mind, resulting in one of her most majestic moments yet: "I drive fast/ I am alone in the night," she quivers, serving up some country drawl realness. (Is anyone else hearing shades of Brandon Flowers? Duet please!) It's a gorgeous conclusion to the Born To Die saga, as the throwback diva takes off on her own. "I just ride," the singer dreamily croons on repeat as the chorus fades away. Heaven is truly a place on Earth with you, Miss Lana.
+ LISTEN TO LANA DEL REY, "RIDE"
2.) Kylie Minogue, "Flower"
No pop princess is more giving than Kylie Minogue, who's spent the entire year celebrating her 25th anniversary in the industry in style by showering fans with dozens of glittery goodies -- from singles, to an upcoming acoustic album, to an entire mini-tour. "Flower," Kylie's brand-new release, is the latest installment in the "K25" celebration. The song was actually written well over five years ago and Kylie performed it on her KylieX2008 tour. It became an instant fan favorite, though remained unreleased... up until now. One of Kylie's most vulnerable moments in years, "Flower" has the disco diva contemplating the child she never had. "In a while, my flower/ somewhere in a desert haze/I know one day you'll amaze me," she coos. At last, the gorgeous ballad finally sees the light of day.
+ LISTEN TO KYLIE MINOGUE, "FLOWER"
Listen to more must-hear pop songs after the jump!