Released in early March, “Want to Want Me” is the first single from Derulo’s upcoming studio album, Everything is 4. (Not to be confused with my upcoming studio album, Everything is Food.)
“Girl you’re the one I want to want me
And if you want me, girl you got me
There’s nothing I, no nothing I wouldn’t do
Just to get up next to you”
The chorus of this song (above), reminds me of something very weird that happened just now. So today, Tim Tebow signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. Upon learning this news, my cousin texted me to watch out for him around Philadelphia and what to do if and when he hits on me. I rolled my eyes and said, “I’m glad we went over this plan, this situation could present itself any minute now…”
Then I went back to work for a while… until I heard a knock at my office door:
She was right!!
Sia’s latest single “Elastic Heart” was produced by Diplo and Greg Kurstin. The original version, which features The Weeknd, is from the The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Soundtrack, but Sia re-recorded a solo version for her album, 1000 Forms of Fear, and released it as a single in 2015.
I love the message of resilience in this song: “I’ve got thick skin and an elastic heart,” but honestly, if I wrote this song it would go, “I’ve got this thin skin and elastic paaaaaaants!”
“Love Me Like You Do” is the second song, (after The Weeknd’s “Earned It,”) released from the soundtrack to the upcoming movie Fifty Shades of Grey.
True to the spirit of the movie/book, all of the lyrics in the song are also names of sex positions. What? Don’t tell me you’ve never heard of a Passing Satellite? No? What about Find The Holy Grail? Really? Ok, at least you’ve heard of the Head Spinner? Still no?
On November 21st, Pitbull released his latest album Globalization, and his fifth single, “Time Of Our Lives” along with it. The Dr. Luke produced track features verses from Pitbull and a chorus by Ne-Yo, who kicks off the song by singing, “I knew my rent was gon’ be late about a week ago, I worked my ass off, but I still can’t pay it though, But I got just enough, to get up in this club.” …typical Ne-Yo & Pitbull: great for starting parties, terrible for starting 401Ks.
Although who am I to talk, I have, like, twelve grand in checking… Can someone teach me how to do that thing that rich people do where they turn money into more money?
“Sledgehammer” is a catchy little number from the ladies of Fifth Harmony. The track is the second single, after “Bo$$,” from their upcoming album, Reflection out January 27th.
The single is peaking right in the midst of the holiday season, and while the actual lyrics are, “If you could take my pulse right now, it would feel just like a sledgehammer,” I think a more seasonally appropriate take would be, “If you could feel my pulse right now, it would feel just like I tried to run.” …because my veins are filled with cookie dough this time of year.
Grammy winning producer Mark Ronson recently released his first single, “Uptown Funk” from his upcoming album, Uptown Special, out January 27th. The track was co-written and co-produced by Bruno Mars, who also worked with Ronson on 2012’s hits, “Locked Out Of Heaven” and “Gorilla.” Uptown Special, Ronson’s fourth studio album, will feature musical contributions from Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, Mystikal, 23-year old singer Keyone Starr, Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt and lyrics from Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Michael Chabon.
So if you ever wondered what Mystikal rapping about being a Depression-era magician would sound like, you’re in luck.
In her latest single, “The Heart Wants What It Wants,” Selena Gomez draws inspiration from her highly publicized relationship troubles. The new track is off her upcoming For You compilation album. The singer has had a rocky year, which started with a stint in rehab, but she’s feeling more powerful lately, telling Seventeen magazine, “I questioned the way I looked, acted, sang, and wrote. Then I turned 20,” (and presumably turned over a new leaf).
Similarly, I questioned the way I looked, acted, sang, and wrote. Then I turned 20… and then 21, 22, and 23, and 24, and everyday forever.
Iggy’s latest single “Beg For It,” finds Iggy rapping and Danish singer MØ on the hook. The track is the official lead single for her upcoming album Reclassified, a reissue of The New Classic, out November 24th.
The single follows a formula similar to “Fancy” and “Black Widow” except that “Beg For It” has a wacky bridge with lyrics like, “Made me wanna laugh like har-de-har-de-har, Oh eh oh nuh-uh oh eh oh nuh-uh.” Laugh like what? I’m not sure whose giggle Iggy is basing these lyrics on, but I have a feeling their “oh eh oh laugh” definitely competes with the “hiss laugh” for Most Annoying Laugh.
You know the “hiss laugh” …it’s the worst.
Yesterday, Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding released their second collaborative track, a follow-up to their 2012 hit, “I Need Your Love.” Their latest single, “Outside” is Harris’ fifth release from his upcoming Motion album, out October 31st.
On “Outside,” Goulding sings of an unravelling affair, “Now every other day I’ve been watching you, I’ll show you what it feels like, Now I’m on the outside.”
…which is exactly how Kim Kardashian feels about Kanye’s relationship with his mirror.
“Burnin’ Up” is Jessie J’s second single off her Sweet Talker album, out today (October 14th). The dance-floor ready track features production from Wallpaper and Axident, and 2 Chainz rapping: “Me and my homie on the dance floor / White girl in the middle, looking like an Oreo.” Which now, thanks to Oreo’s latest marketing scheme, is a simile that can be applied to any skin tone:
and, of course, Oompa, Loompa:
Because that’s what we’ve come to expect from 2 Chainz: insightful, progressive lyrics.