This week in pop music saw big-name collaborations and breakout singles. Diplo and Jonas Brothers teamed up for a bittersweet song, Kehlani joined EDM producer Zedd for a chilled-out track, and Noah Cyrus offered a glimpse into her psyche.
Zedd — “Good Thing” Feat Kehlani
DJ/producer Zedd teamed up with R&B sensation Kehlani to put forth an empowering new single. Over Zedd’s percussive production, Kehlani croons of enjoying the pleasures life without needing another to share them with. Kehlani’s captivating voice melts over the song’s eclectic beat.
Diplo — “Lonely” Feat Jonas Brothers
Though Diplo is known for crafting high-energy music, the producer’s collaboration with the Jonas Brothers leaves a bittersweet sentiment. The boyband sings of longing to cure aching loneliness while Diplo offers his signature funky upbeat rhythm at the track’s chorus.
Empress Of — “Wild Girl” Feat KITO
LA-based songstress Empress Of and Australian-bred producer KITO joined for the thumping track “Wild Girl.” Unleashing their wild side, the infectious tune merges Empress Of’s velvet voice with KITO’s pumped-up production.
Charlotte Lawrence — “Why Do You Love Me”
With a funky bass guitar, Charlotte Lawrence embraces a “bad girl” attitude on “Why Do You Love Me.” Co-written by Charlie Puth, Lawrence sings of continuing a toxic relationship over a fuzzy but punching electronic beat.
Chelsea Cutler — “You Are Losing Me”
Opening with choppy synthesized vocal samples, Chelsea Culter’s “You Are Losing Me” melts a clapping beat with a smooth keyboard. Singing of leaving an unequal relationship, Cutler’s quick lyrical delivery and lush production crafts a catchy yet emotional tune.
Shaed — “Trampoline” Feat Zayn
Over a resounding production, pop group Shaed and ex-One Direction member Zayn blend their tenor vocal range to craft a compelling melody. A snapping electronic beat keeps a captivating tempo that builds to an unexpected yet refreshing whistling beat drop.
Flume — “Rushing Back” Feat Vera Blue
Fresh off of dropping the collaborative EP Quits, Grammy-winning producer Flume is back with a high-energy single. On “Rushing Back,” Vera’s airy vocals float over Flume’s signature warped rhythm, creating a buoyant tune with plenty of beat drops.
Noah Cyrus — “Lonely”
Noah Cyrus is distancing herself from her infamous last name by offering listeners a page from her diary in her melancholy single “Lonely.” Backed by the swell of a choir, Cyrus’s throaty vocals offer an impactful message of coping with sadness.
Lauren Sanderson — “Hotel Room”
After rising to fame by gaining a following on Youtube and Soundcloud, Lauren Sanderson is gearing up for her first full-length release. With a full voice, Sanderson belts a story of hanging onto a hopeful love. Over a clapping beat and melodic electric guitars, the singer describes longing to reunite with a lost love for just one night.
Dove Cameron — “Waste”
Disney star Dove Cameron launches her musical career with two singles. After staring in Descendants and Liv and Maddie, Cameron showcases her smokey voice on “Waste” while boasting an impressive vocal range. Over dark synths and a steady backbeat, Cameron sings of devoting all of herself to a love affair.
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