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CHAINSMOKERS - Who Do You Love

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What do you do when love is gone? Even worse, what do you do when it's still around, it's just not being thrown in your direction?

The Chainsmokers and 5 Seconds of Summer's collaboratie single "Who Do You Love?" examines the creeping feeling of distrust and abandon that comes when one person feels infidelity in their bones. 


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RÓISÍN MURPHY - Incapable

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Róisín Murphy finds a new perspective of heartbreak on eight-and-a-half-minute summer banger "Incapable".


"Incapable" is Murphy's first new single since last year's "World's Crazy" and "The Rumble" singles, and is produced by longtime collaborator DJ Parrot, aka Crooked Man.


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LAUV - Sad Forever

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Lauv’s New Single ‘Sad Forever’ Benefits Mental Health Organizations


Lauv unveiled a video for his new single “Sad Forever,” which will appear on his forthcoming How I’m Feeling LP. In the clip, he discusses how he sought help for his depression and said that he wanted to “help others take their first step to get help, too.” Proceeds from the song will benefit a host of mental health organizations.



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SHAKESPEARS SISTER - All the Queen's Horses

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First off, who thought this reunion would ever be possible?! But when Siobhan reunited with life-long friends Keren and Sara of Bananarama, doors opened and hopes were raised!


I SERIOUSLY CAN NOT STOP PLAYING THIS SONG!  


I think you'll love it as it is melodic and has an undercurrent of the dark side of pop.


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BANANARAMA - Looking for Someone

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Looking For Someone” is a fast-moving euphoric dance anthem with hypnotic vocals from Sara and Keren that will make you storm the dance floor!


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ALICE D - Offline

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Alice D takes a stand against social media with ‘Offline’


Following the release of her debut EP 'Narcissus' last year, singer-songwriter Alice D is showing no signs of slowing as she reveals her latest single ‘Offline’. An infusion of soul, pop and R&B; acoustic guitar licks and electro sounds work together in perfect harmony.


“[Offline’s] overall message is that we should all be making an effort to be more present in the real world. Not believing everything we see online and not being ruled by notifications and likes.”


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DUNCAN LAURENCE - Arcade

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Singer Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands has emerged victorious at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. The finals were held Saturday night in Tel Aviv, Israel.

The 25-year-old Laurence won the international competition with a song called "Arcade," which he co-wrote. The song is a sweet, emotional ballad that stands in contrast to Israeli singer Netta's wacky "Toy," which won in 2018.

Laurence, whose real name is Duncan de Moor, participated in the Dutch version of "The Voice" in 2014. He's also been writing for other performers, including the K-pop band TVXQ.


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CARLY RAE JEPSEN - No Drug Like Me

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Thank the heavens for the return of Carly Rae Jepsen, explorer of all worlds romantic; soothsayer of feelers and people striving to be feelers. Her singular brand of heart-eyed, teen-dream-pop, defined by her 2015 album E•MO•TION, is something to behold.


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MORRISSEY - It's Over

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Hear Morrissey’s Grand Rendition of Roy Orbison’s ‘It’s Over’


Morrissey unveiled a fittingly dramatic rendition of Roy Orbison’s 1964 track, “It’s Over.” The song will appear on the musician’s upcoming covers album, California Son, out May 24th.


Along with his Oribson cover, Morrissey’s California Sonwill feature renditions of songs by Joni Mitchell (“Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow”), Bob Dylan (“Only a Pawn in Their Game”), Dionne Warwick (“Loneliness Remembers What Happens Forgets”) and Carly Simon (“When You Close Your Eyes”). The record will also boast guest appearances from Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear, Ariel Engle of Broken Social Scene, Petra Haden and more.


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ED SHEERAN & JUSTIN BIEBER - I Don't Care

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I Don't Care was released Friday 10 May and marks the comeback for both artists. ED SHEERAN has not released a headline single since April 2018 with Happier, while JUSTIN BIEBER has stepped out of the spotlight since his July 2018 hit I'm The One.


Justin and Ed are the only two artists in history to hold the Top 3 songs on the Official Singles Chart at the same time and have a combined 11 Number 1s, 37 Top 10 hits and 77 UK Top 40 singles.


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TAYLOR SWIFT + BRENDON URIE - Me!

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TAYLOR SWIFT's Me! ft. BRENDON URIE broke the YouTube record for most video views in 24 hours for both solo artists and female artists, with the track’s visual picking up 65.2 million plays.


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SHAWN MENDES - If I Can't Have You

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With more than 30 million first-day streams, SHAWN MENDES had the biggest song debut of his career with his new single If I Can’t Have You.


Released last Friday (May 3), the song hit No.1 on the iTunes chart upon its release and the music video racked up 21 million views on YouTube within the first 24 hours. As of this writing, the pop song’s B&W video has more than 40 million views.


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BANANARAMA - Stuff Like That

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BANANARAMA's first single taken from their just released studio album, In Stereo, is the disco stomper Stuff Like That.

Laced in their trademark DNA, Stuff Like That is the perfect taster from In Stereo, their 11th studio album.


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EDEN xo - Have It All

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Eden xo releases her amazing new single “Have It All”.  As she emerges from the studio and into the spotlight, it has been suggested that revered songwriter Eden xo could just be 2019’s answer to SIA. A comparison that the 29 year old American of Iranian descent is extremely flattered by, but more than a little shy about, despite her already writing for major artists such as KYGO, Kylie, Pet Shop Boys, Armin Van Burren and Ava Max to name a few.


Now, finally, Eden xo (real name Jessica Eden Malakouti) concentrates solely on launching a full scale career as a solo artist with her introductory song “Have It All”. “Have It All” is an epic, emotive anthem  which I hope gets released on coloured vinyl.


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MARINA - Orange Trees

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MARINA wrote on her site
"I wrote “Orange Trees” about the island that my family and I are from in Greece. It’s called Lefkada and it’s my favourite place in the world... I always feel at peace there. It’s like my body/ biology recognises I’m back home. Hope this song makes your summer sweeter than ever." 🍊

MARINA it does indeed!


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XYLØ - Fireworks

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Everyone knows that art — in all its variations — can be a form of catharsis for the artist as well as the listener. Being able to express how one feels in another “language” is therapeutic and relieving. That’s exactly what pop artist Paige Duddy, also known as XYLØ, has done in her brand new debut EP, Pretty Sad . The EP features Duddy’s intoxicating vocals with her signature electric pop production and raw lyrics — many about her own personal experiences.


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THE VERONICAS - Think of Me

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Australia’s favourite pop duo THE VERONICAS are back to take on 2019 with a bang with the release of their new track Think Of Me


It's been two long years since The Veronicas have dropped a single, but they're back with a break-up anthem that'll have you ready to subtweet your ex. "Think of Me" is the perfect bittersweet ode to getting over a relationship; a little bit sad and nostalgic, but encouraging of owning your worth and moving on. Snap!


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NICKY ROMERO - Sometimes

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NICKY ROMERO Drops 'Sometimes', a summery bit of romantic dance-pop to get you in the skin-showing mood. 


"Sometimes" features production collaboration from DallasK and airy vocals from singer-songwriter XYLØ, and all three flavours melt together into a light and three-minute dream. This song is just screaming for club play.


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BLANCMANGE - I Smashed Your Phone

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Radio Edit of track I Smashed Your Phone - taken from the BLANCMANGE album, Wanderlust. Very early '80s minimalist sound that is so nice to hear today.


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CHERYL COLE - Love Made Me Do It (Remixes)

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The former Girls Aloud singer, CHERYL COLE brings new remixes of Love Made Me Do It.


Some have accused her (and co-writers Nicola Roberts (GA) and Natasha Bedingfield) of ripping off from the 80s' hit Love of the Common People by Paul Young, but I don't hear it. Do you?


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ISLE OF YOU - HOLD TIGHT

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It’s essentially the sound of ISLE OF YOU continuing their ascent to the top very top level of music makers out there. With ‘Hold Tight’ and the two singles that have preceded it, Isle Of You are putting out the kind of songs that you wish your faves were. Had ‘Hold Tight’ been on the new Robyn album, for example, it would be the best thing on there. By far.


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MADONNA - Medellín

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With the release of a new MADONNA Album and Single, there is much apprehension on fans' part.  Will she devote more to her style than to the substance of the music?  


Madonna has long since stopped being an innovator, instead relying on others for inspiration especially within the hip-hop community to desperately garner younger fans whilst trying to retain the interest of long-time fans.  She's been failing at both. The disarming first song from the singer’s 14th album has some lyrical clunkers but acts as a potent reminder of her genre-mashing skills.  I like the song; just wonder will anyone be playing it 5 years on?  


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DIDO - Give You Up

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DIDO has released the beautifully shot video for her stunning new single “Give You Up”. 


Shot in both Paris and London, the video is directed by Sophie Muller (Shakespears Sister, Björk, Beyoncé, Radiohead, Blur) and perfectly encapsulates the pain of heartbreak.


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ALICE D - Narcissus

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The first thing about ALICE D that you'll love is her gorgeous voice, luscious and layered, which compliments her music well.  If this demo is a taster for what's to come, I'm super excited!


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ZERO 7 - Aurora / Mono 12"

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ZERO 7 return with a sublime new 12” featuring two new tracks. On the A-side Mono see the debut collaboration between the band and new vocalist Hidden. On the B-side Aurora sees the band team up with their long standing collaborator José González.


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WILL YOUNG - All the Songs

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The gay pop trailblazer burst back on to the scene on Friday (22 March) with the surprise release of a brand new single, video, album details and UK tour dates.


All The Songs is the first track to be lifted from WILL YOUNG's upcoming album Lexicon, which is set to be released on June 14.


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TULISA - Daddy

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TULISA Contostavlos is making a comeback with a brand new look and a provocative new tune called Daddy – but she spent two years out of the limelight to gather her strength after multiple scandals.


The track has already generated a huge buzz online, with fans and critics declaring it as one of her finest yet: a fiery urban-pop torpedo that showcases her inimitable vocal talent and unabashedly bold attitude. Hoping this will be released on coloured vinyl.


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HENRIKES - Stockholm

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HENRIKES has recently released her new single Stockholm a song about her own hometown (of ... well ... Stockholm). Her voice is beautiful and the melodies grey and colour mixed into one composition. The cities of London & Stockholm all reflect in her new song, with it sounding absolutely massive from the first beat right up until the end.


The structure of the song is memorising with glistening synths backed up with pulsating drums, mix in her sublime vocals and add in the melodies and this track is one that you want to play forever. It's a breezy track much like the city it's named after, fresh like the air and crisp like a summer morning.  I truly hope this will be released on coloured vinyl.


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P!NK - Can We Pretend

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No-one writes better Anthem songs than P!NK!  Never faltering, P!NK and Cash Cash arrive with a stadium buster song that is just dying to be remixed for the clubs.


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MARINA - Handmade Heaven

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MARINA has dropped the Diamonds and is officially back. The Greek-Welsh artist returns with Handmade Heaven, the first single from her fourth studio album, "Love + Fear".. 

The skyward track finds Diamandis grasping at the threads of paradise in the Twitter-inundated echo chamber that is 2019.


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CIARA - Thinking Bout You

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CIARA has released a new single called “Thinkin Bout You.” The track comes off the singer’s upcoming album Beauty Marks.  It sound a bit as if Prince co-wrote.


The new single is a buoyant pop song with a hooky chorus and disco-tinged dance floor beat, and sees the singer reflecting on a missed love connection. 


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DAYA - Insomnia

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In a few years, DAYA signed to Interscope, won a Grammy for her hit-making contributions to The Chainsmokers' inescapable Don't Let Me Down and released several follow-up singles. In the last six months, she's also come out as queer, covered Gay Times.  Now comes her latest single.


The 20-year-old singer released her new single Insomnia on 8 March, a shuddering pop production that follows Daya as she unsuccessfully attempts to fall asleep without her lover. 


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LOUISE - Stretch

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If you’re not of the United Kingdom (and/or into British pop), you might not already know of LOUISE Redknapp née Nurding, formerly of British girl group Eternal.  


There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of not-so-serious, airy, fluttery pop like this out there at the moment – Stretch is a refreshingly fun listen, and a wonderful return to form after almost two decades out of the game. 


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