PopWrapped is back at you for a second #MusicMonday of the new year, and this last week has been full of high profile releases! With new music from Rihanna (finally we get to hear ANTi), Zayn Malik (who is a little more grown since last time he performed), Sia, the cast of Grease: Live, and much more, this week's #MusicMonday playlist is full of hits.
"Forgive and Forget" - Maggie Szabo
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Canadian native Maggie Szabo finds herself at a crossroads on her soulful ballad "Forgive and Forget." On the track the rising hitmaker struggles to determine the next move with a cheating lover. "I can't move on, because I still love you" Szabo earnestly laments over the track, embracing her frustrations and hurt to find a musical release from the tension. While there's no clear answer to Maggie Szabo's predicament, it is exceedingly clear that the performer has a potential hit on her hands.
"Move Your Body" - Sia
Sia takes things to the dance floor and will leave listeners dropping it like it's on fire while listening to her This Is Acting cut "Move Your Body." The track earns the distinction of being a stellar dance track without relying upon highly sexualized lyrical content. "Your body's poetry, move your body for me" the Australian songstress chants over the racing beats, and you'd be a fool not to comply to her demands!
"Pillowtalk" - Zayn Malik
Zayn Malik is going in a decidedly steamy and adult direction for his first musical venture since leaving One Direction last year, and we already cannot get enough of the more mature content. "Pillowtalk" sees the former boybander beginning his transition from boy to man, and the smooth R&B jam will go a long way towards establishing him as a force to be reckoned with on the scene. As an added bonus the music video provides plenty to look at as well!
"Writing's On The Wall" - Jackie Evancho
Fifteen year old performer Jackie Evancho delivers a huge vocal performance on her cover of Sam Smith's "Writing's On The Wall." The former X-Factor competitor injects the 007 single with a sense of tension as she emotes over the orchestral production. Coupled with the exceptional music video, the cover simply leaves you wanting more from Jackie Evancho!
"Happy Days" - Brooke Candy
Brooke Candy is on a journey towards bliss on her Sia-assisted "Happy Days." The Opulence songstress is exploring a slightly more refined soundscape on the new track, and the resonating production adds a sense of depth to the lyrical message.
"Love Is" - Inas X
Rising talent Inas X is exploring the universal feelings of love on her uplifting hit "Love Is." The dance friendly track takes a joyful and positive outlook and preaches equality and acceptance of all different sorts of love. After storming this week's #MusicMonday playlist we're hoping to hear and see more of the musician in the coming months! Considering that she'll be on tour with Fetty Wap through March, we'd say that this is only the beginning of Inas X.
"There Are Worse Things I Could Do" - Vanessa Hudgens
Playing the eternally brazen Rizzo during last night's rendition of Grease: Live Vanessa Hudgens delivered a potentially career defining performance. The young actress and musician played her character with an alluring confidence; however, she truly stunned during her performance on the tender "There Are Worse Things I Could Do." The track reveals that the hard exterior Rizzo projects with her black-on-black wardrobe and "bad attitude" hides a character with a heart of gold. Hudgens' vocals resonate with emotion and heartbreak, and prove that she fully embodied her character.
"Summer Nights" - The Cast of Grease: Live
Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Hudgens, Carly Rae Jepsen, and company stun in one of the opening moments from their performance on Grease: Live. Their take on one of the musical's iconic tracks resonates with all the youthful energy and bravado that one has come to associate with the ultimate track for a summer romance. Hough and Tveit lead the performance with their undeniable charm, and it is nearly impossible to not join in on the playful antics while watching the performance.
"Things" - Maggie Lindemann
"It's the little things you do that make me love you" rising vocalist Maggie Lindemann coos on her stripped back romantic epic "Things." The track exudes a driving sense of intimacy and is incredibly alluring with it's aural production and impassioned vocal performance.
"Counterfeit" - Jordan Fisher
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After making his big debut as Doody on the set of Grease: Live, Jordan Fisher is set to make an impact with some original material as he finishes out our #MusicMonday list. With the stuttering production and impassioned vocal performance on "Counterfeit" it is safe to say that he is well on his way! The track is an instant standout and promises good things from his upcoming studio album, due out later this year!
Honorable Mention: "Desperado" - Rihanna
Although Rihanna's ANTi fails to deliver any of the joy or club bangers that we have come to associate with the "We Found Love" hitmaker, she does strike gold on the album's growling "Desperado." She may have broken our hearts with the lack of pop appeal and the release of the underwhelming "Work" as lead single, but we'd follow Rihanna out of any club to listen to "Desperado" on repeat. The track fails to make it to the main list on our #MusicMonday, simply because due to its lack of streaming capabilities.
Honorable Mention: "You're The One That I Want" - The Cast Of Grease: Live
Grease: Live is dominating our #MusicMonday list this week, and now they're moving into the Honorable Mentions! "Tell me about it, Stud," a sexified Julianne Hough growls before she and the cast move into their rendition of what is arguably one of the most enduring tracks from Grease. The finale performance is downright electrifying, just like Grease Lightning!
What songs have made it on your #MusicMonday playlist this week? Let us know in the comments below!