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PopWrapped | Music

#MusicMonday Feat. Ariana Grande, Zayn Malik, Gwen Stefani, And More

Mike Nied | PopWrapped Author

Mike Nied

Updated 03/15/2016 12:51pm
#MusicMonday Feat. Ariana Grande, Zayn Malik, Gwen Stefani, And More | #MusicMonday
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Check out this week's star studded #MusicMonday selection featuring new music from the likes of Zayn Malik, Ariana Grande, and Hollywood sweethearts Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton below!

"Dangerous Woman" - Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande is dangerously seductive as she coos across a soundscape of growling guitars on her femme fatale anthem "Dangerous Woman." The track showcases a new and decidedly more mature musicality for the "Break Free" songstress, and it's a welcome change after the subpar reception from 2015's "Focus." Clear vocals, a darkly sexual ambiance, and Grande's characteristic vocals acrobatics towards the end make this song a must listen on this glorious #MusicMonday!

"Like I Would" - Zayn Malik

Zayn Maliks is taking it straight to the dance floor on his latest Mind of Mine effort "Like I Would." After his sleepy ballad "iT's YoU," the former boybander is picking up the beats per minute while wooing a lover on the stunning anthem. The single is the most pop-oriented to surface from Malik's solo efforts, and, while it may draw some comparisons to his work with One Direction, it also shows potential to become his biggest hit to date. Although "Pillowtalk" is still sitting comfortably in the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100, this has the kind of mainstream appeal that can propel the UK crooner to the top of the charts and keep him there!

"Came Here To Forget" - Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton is moving on after his divorce from country darling Miranda Lambert with his latest release "Came Here To Forget." On the boozy ballad Shelton heads to a bar to drink his memories away, but he and another bar patron find solace in each other's heartbreak. There's a haunting quality to the production that lends itself to the situation; it's easy to imagine a slideshow of memories of past lovers intermingling with possibilities for a new future between Shelton and his bar buddy. All in all the track is a compelling listen, especially as the general public applies the content to Shelton's current budding relationship with Gwen Stefani. 

"Where The Hell Are My Friends" - LANY

Rising Los Angeles dream pop trio LANY are returning to the city after a string of performances on Troye Sivan's Blue Neighbourhood Tour, and they're looking for something to do on their new single "Where The Hell Are My Friends." The joyfully synthy production disguises the group's innermost fears, as lead vocalist Paul Klein deals with weekend loneliness in the crowded city. The dichotomous sound perfectly reflects the sheen of life in Los Angeles; with its glimmering bright lights and constant stream of activity it is hard to imagine anyone feeling alone in the crush. The reality is perfectly hid behind the perception of the big city, and all the more powerful as a result.

"Misery" - Gwen Stefani

Both halves of Hollywood's most in demand couple are making appearances on this week's #MusicMonday, as Gwen Stefani finds a respite to her misery on a new release. "You're like drugs to me, I'm so into you totally" Stefani coos across a playful production, pronouncing that only her lover can pull her out of her misery. The track is Stefani's third to come from This Is What The Truth Feels Like, and the album gets more promising with every forthcoming release!

"Wild Horses" - Birdy

UK songstress Birdy gallops towards sweet dreams on her latest Beautiful Lies release "Wild Horses." A striding instrumentation lifts Birdy's spirits as she moves on from a shattered relationship. Stunning imagery and Birdy's characteristically enchanting vocals make the track an absolute must listen on this #MusicMonday, and we can't help but count down the days until the "Skinny Love" songstress releases her third LP!

"The Wild" - Kerri Watt

Scottish singer-songwriter Kerri Watt makes a break for the simplicity of "The Wild" on her newest release. "Dive into the deep blue water, and we let it pull us under as we break into the wild" Watt proclaims over a lush production complete with gorgeous orchestral strings. The track is more pop-oriented than 2015's "Long Way Home;" however, the track still resonates with Watt's lyrical story-telling and emotive vocal performance. 

"From The Way" - Christina Chriss feat. Trick Trick

Rising femcee Christina Chriss details what it was like growing up in Detroit on her debut single "From The Way." Teaming up with Goon Sqwad member Trick Trick, the duo passionately spit their verses and call attention to the city they both call home. Chriss is particularly captivating on the track, as she brazenly rides the beat and highlights both the positive and negative aspects of her hometown.

"The One" - Melanie Amaro

America's original X-Factor Melanie Amaro is back on the scene with her new single "The One." Coming out in advance of an impending EP, Amaro is displaying a new and more mature aesthetic on the bright and open production. Proclaiming that a romantic interest is a "once in a lifetime," Amaro opens herself to love and a potential hit simultaneously! 

"Tied" - Strangers You Know

Los Angeles based eclectic duo Strangers You Know make an electro-tinged plea for clarity on their latest effort "Tied." Included on their recently released EP Loosen Up The Leash the track is an instant standout with it's colorful production and powerful message. It's a must listen, and a strong addition to this week's #MusicMonday!

What tracks are on your #MusicMonday playlist this week? Let us know in the comments below!

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