Singles out 28th June
Poison – Rita Ora
It is hard to believe that Poison is Rita’s first solo single since May last year, as the singer has had a ubiquitous presence in the media. From acting as a judge on The Voice, guest appearing in Fifty Shades of Grey and featuring on a host of singles, the UK pop star has made every effort to ensure that the British public don’t forget about her, and her latest effort sees her return to her roots: music. At first Poison seems like a generic pop song, destined to fade into the abyss after a few short weeks. However, repeated listens reveal a hidden depth to the song through its dark lyrics and slick production, making it stand out from the singer’s previous singles. Although it may not have the instant hooks of former tracks I Will Never Let You Down or Hot Right Now, Poison is by no means a mediocre song, and it deserves the chart success which Ora has become accustomed to.
Freak of the Week – Krept & Konan feat. Jeremih
English duo Krept & Konan are new to the music scene, and as such are in dire need of a breakthrough hit which would rocket them into mainstream popularity. Freak of the Week is clearly this song, as it follows the hip-hop/dance formula set by songs such as Ayo by Chris Brown and Don’t Tell Em by Jeremih, the latter of which (not so) coincidentally features on this song. That Krept & Konan will achieve chart success with this song is not in dispute, though whether they will become the household name which they so desperately desire to be remains to be seen.
Fun – Pitbull feat. Chris Brown
Not much can be said about this song apart from it’s typical Pitbull. Catchy melody? Check. Bland lyrics? Check. Abundance of half naked women in the music video? Check. As with any Pitbull song, you know what to expect, and anyone looking for a slice of fun, mindless pop should find themselves satisfied, as long as they know to leave their music snobbery at the door. Sure, it’s unoriginal and lacking in sophistication, but sometimes you can’t help but dance along.
Track of the Week: Good For You – Selena Gomez feat. ASAP Rocky
Former Disney actress Selena Gomez has had a rather turbulent career as a pop-star; after quitting TV she decided to start a band, dubbed Selena Gomez and the Scene, and released a handful of albums over the space of three years. Then, in 2012, the band decided to part ways, giving Selena her chance to shine as a solo artist. Despite a number of solid pop efforts and a string of hits in the States, here in the UK Selena is probably best known for her former relationship with Justin Bieber, and as such, much of her music has been wrongly ignored. Fortunately for Selena, that is set to change with her new single Good For You, a track which showcases the development of her as an artist and sees her enter a more ‘mature’ sphere of music. The seductive lyrics and breathy vocals go hand in hand with the sultry production, and ASAP’s verses compliment rather than hinder the track. For the first time Selena has shown the world that she is no longer an innocent Disney pop star, but unlike other artists this transition has been tackled in a sophisticated and tasteful manner.