This week's #MusicMonday features major releases from the likes of Carly Rae Jepsen, Adam Lambert, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and much more!
It's been another banner week for musical releases in 2016! This week our #MusicMonday has something for everyone. Whether you're looking for a pop princess showdown, something more urban, a sweet synth pop lover's anthem, or something a little left of center, this week's playlist is lush with new potential hits. Take a listen to our #MusicMonday collection below!
Adam Lambert, Tritonal, and Jenaux - "Broken"
Kicking off this week's #MusicMonday is Adam Lambert, who is continuing his EDM explorations by partnering with Tritonal and Jenaux on their club-ready "Broken." Lambert's vocals triumphantly soar over the electronic duo's production, and his voice resonates with a tender sense of appreciation for his beloved. "Only you can make me forget that my heart's been broken" the "Original High" crooner sings on the bridge. His voice has never sounded better, and "Broken" is the perfect teaser to listen to while we wait for more original music from the American Idol sweetheart.
OneRepublic - "Kids"
As OneRepublic edge closer to the release of their upcoming album, they have moved forward to their second single, the nostalgia-filled "Kids." Written by lead vocalist Ryan Tedder, the track sees the artist looking back in time and reflecting on the sense of youthful immortality he and a friend felt when they were in their twenties. Set to a striding production, Tedder's voice showcases it's full range including some sweet falsettos on the tail end of the chorus. Although he enjoys his trip down memory lane, that hasn't stopped the crooner from moving ever forward. "I refuse to look back thinking days were better / just because they're younger days / I don' know what's 'round the corner" he sings, showcasing a respect for the past but equal excitement for the future. It's a refreshing release from the pop-rockers, and it's got us looking forward to their new album.
Britney Spears - "Clumsy"
As the promotional campaign continues for Britney Spears's Glory, the pop icon is taking us straight to the dance floor by way of the bedroom on her new instant grat track, "Clumsy." After a slew of R&B-tinged midtempos, including the album's lead single "Make Me," Spears is returning to her dance pop roots and referencing past hits on her latest. Set over a racing, ragtime-inspired production Brit sings about being clumsy in love with her bedroom partner. "Call me a fool, call me insane / but don't call it a thing / closer to you, closer to pain / it's better than far away" the siren sings before unleashing some improvised "whoa's" and "oh's." Next thing you know, she croons "oops," falls in lust (while simultaneously referencing her red catsuit days), and the beat drops. It's a fairly standard electronic production, but nevertheless another thrilling release from Glory that continues to showcase her most expressive vocals in years.
Christina Aguilera feat. Niles Rodgers - "Telepathy"
There's a showdown of the original Pop Princesses featured on this week's #MusicMonday! Last week both Britney and Christina Aguilera served us their latest from the studios. We've already explored Spears's bedroom antics, and now we're turning our attention to Aguilera's latest: the Niles Rodgers' assisted "Telepathy." The release is featured on the soundtrack for Netflix's The Get Down, and sees Aguilera descend into a disco state of mind. After her stripped back call for peace on her Orlando tribute single "Change," it's nice to hear the "Bionic" songstress serving some of her traditional vocal gymnastics over a more playful production. Singing about her connection with her man, Christina's voice soars over the twinkling synths and live instrumentation. It feels like a return to her throwback days on Back to Basics, which is always a good thing! Hopefully this year will see the release of some original music that isn't attached to a soundtrack. Give us that much anticipated eighth studio album, please Xtina!
Danny L Harle feat. Carly Rae Jepsen - "Super Natural"
Carly Rae Jepsen has teamed up with UK producer Danny L Harle for her latest release post last year's Emotion. After releasing one of last year's most critically acclaimed but under-loved albums, the "Call Me Maybe" songstress has stayed true to the synth-pop musicality on new single "Super Natural." Harle delivered a lush, almost anthemic production for the songstress, and she sings about a love that is beyond natural with a sweet note to her vocals. "Super Natural" was highly anticipated, and it's yet another incredible release from the pair.
Gavin DeGraw - "Making Love with the Radio On"
Crooner Gavin DeGraw is kicking off a new era of music with his latest release "Making Love With the Radio On." The "Chariot" artist performs with a stripped back instrumentation, but his lyrics are delivered with a tongue in cheek fervor. "Oh, DJ, when you play my song / make me feel bigger than an old King Kong / at the risk of this coming out wrong / feel like making love with the radio on" he sings on the chorus. It's a playful addition to this week's #MusicMonday playlist, and it's refreshing to welcome DeGraw back on the scene.
Florence + The Machine - "Too Much Is Never Enough"
What happens when ethereal songstresses team up with video game creators to curate a track? If you were wondering then look no further than Florence + The Machine's contribution to Final Fantasy XV, "Too Much Is Never Enough." The resulting track is an orchestral and gentle ode to appreciating every single moment with loved ones. Opening with a aural production, the track builds in typical Flo + The Machine fashion. Flo's vocals are as evocative as ever, as she injects every line of the track with pure emotion. "I couldn't say 'I need more time' / Oh, grant that I can stay the night / or one more day inside this life" she sings on the emotionally fraught pre-chorus. The release is another excellent one from the beloved group, and we can't get enough!
Sevyn Streeter feat. Gucci Mane - "Prolly"
As rising R&B and hip hop siren Sevyn Streeter gears up to release her anticipated Girl Interrupted debut album, she's kicking things off with her new single "Prolly." The Gucci Mane-assisted release is one of her most hip hop oriented to date and sees the songstress misbehaving over a robust production. "Did I go to far tonight / I don't know prolly / did I almost start a fight / I don't know prolly" she unapologetically sings on the chorus. Gucci's contribution to the track is predictably strong, yet Sevyn absolutely rides the beat and steals the show with her brazen antics. "Prolly" is a seriously promising track and one of the most delectably bad on this week's #MusicMonday.
Olivia O'Brien - "Trust Issues"
After delivering her vocals on gnash's song of the summer contender "I Hate You, I Love You," sixteen year old songstress Olivia O'Brien makes her solo #MusicMonday debut with "Trust Issues." The youthful songstress delivers another exceptional vocal performance over a stripped back production. "A good girl is better than millions of bitches / but one bitch can leave you with millions of stitches" she cheekily sings to a new lover on the introduction. As the song continues, the songstress bares her heart, revealing that she struggles to trust. She has no qualms with standing on her own, and she's fully disclosing the information to her new guy. "Trust Issues" is another promising release from the songstress, and we're expecting big things from the young hitmaker.
Bishop Briggs - "Pray (Empty Gun)"
Bishop Briggs continues her musical takeover with her disarmingly striking "Pray (Empty Gun)." Singing to a lover, the rising talent warns him to be gentle with her heart. It's an explosive and innovative production, and her vocals are powerfully as they shoot across the soundscape.
Sam Bruno - "Tip Of My Tongue"
Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, rising songstress Sam Bruno makes a big impression with her latest release "Tip of My Tongue." After exploding onto the scene with "Search Party" last year, the artist is back on the scene with her unique pop sensibilities. Making her #MusicMonday debut with the swirling productions and playful lyricism, Bruno serves something refreshing. "You're on the tip of my tongue / and I'm loving the taste" she sings over an ever growing production on the chorus. Things build to a crescendo before evolving into a vibey break, over which Bruno continues to deliver her sweetly crooned vocals.
Joseph - "SOS (Overboard)"
2016 has been a huge year for Oregon based sisters Joseph. The pair came across our radio with their striding release "White Flag" earlier this year, and now they're aiming to continue their musical takeover with their latest release "SOS (Overboard)." The new release is another bold alt-pop release from the trio, as they call out for salvation over a pure instrumentation. "Screaming under water, SOS / can you hear me calling, SOS / did it to myself, now I need your help" the sing in gorgeous harmony on the chorus. It's a tender and raw release from them that is guaranteed to earn them even more renown.
Jake Davis - "Saying It Right"
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Rising electro-pop singer songwriter Jake Davis makes his #MusicMonday debut with his sweetly questioning "Saying It Right." The budding crooner made his official debut earlier this year, and now he's back on the scene and speaking directly to a love on his latest. Questioning if he is doing things right in their relationship, Davis bears his heart and prays that their relationship is true. The track builds to a dramatic beat drop before Davis comes back in for the heartfelt chorus. There's a lush and forward thinking quality to the production that makes it a must listen this week and beyond!
Devin Dygert - "Get Freaky"
Closing out this week's #MusicMonday is rising crooner Devin Dygert with his latest tongue in cheek release "Get Freaky." Blending elements of acoustic, soul, and electronica, Dygert delivers a truly one of a kind, feel good release. Opening some acoustic strings Dygert earnest sings about giving his soul to his blue eyed lover, but there's a turn for the unexpected as a drum line comes in. "Love it when I have both of my hands on you" he sings before the beat drops out and comes back all sorts of unhinged. It's a slightly disjointed effort, but it's hard to deny the infectious nature of the dance break. "Get Freaky" is our feel good anthem of the week, and we'll be bopping along quite a bit!
What songs are you listening to this #MusicMonday? Let us know your favorite new releases of the week in the comments below!