Haven't done this in a while, here's what's been on heavy rotation on my iPod this week:
Bad Romance - Lady Gaga. Proving she's today's biggest forces in today's pop music is Ms. GaGa with her latest single "Bad Romance" a stomping, electro-studded number--taken as the first single from her forthcoming sophomore album, The Fame Monster. I can't wait to hear what the album has in store. I'm sure my friend rcLoy will be first in line to cop that.
TiK ToK - Ke$ha. Feisty, fun and electronic would be just a few of the words I would use to describe the debut single from newcomer, Ke$ha. I like this a lot especially that killer chorus, but I wonder how she can follow this up without it being samey.
Russian Roulette - Rihanna. A somewhat weird choice for a lead single from Rihanna, in previous years we've had "Pon De Replay," "SOS," and "Umbrella" so "Russian Roulette is a pretty dramatic change-up, but I still like it. Moody, darkening and almost emo-ish.
Fifteen - Taylor Swift. Country balladeer Taylor Swift drops her fourth single from her highly successful second album, Fearless. A likable country ballad--that almost all teenagers can relate to.
Empire State of Mind - Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys. I like almost all of Jay-Z's songs, but "Empire State of Mind" is a knockout! Alicia Keys brings such soul to the chorus whilst Jay-Z holds up his end with the verses--If this isn't enough to earn the rapper his first #1 in the US then I'm not sure what is.
Hello Seattle - Owl City. Lighter than "Fireflies" but still as electronic, something summery for the winter. The lyric: "I'll disguise my self a sleeping pill and descend inside of you" still gets me every time. I'm not sure if it's up for second single or not, but it damn well should be.
You Know Me - Robbie Williams. I absolutely love the smooth '60 flair in Robbie's new single and he sounds great. I think I like this more than "Bodies."
About a Girl - Sugababes. I'll admit I wasn't too keen to listen to the new Sugababes single when it hit the web a couple months ago, the whole band member drama put my off, however giving it a proper listen (and watching the cute video) this is pretty good.
I Need You - N-Dubz. I've loved everything N-Dubz have put out since 2006, they made most of my Secondary School life. Their new single "I Need You" is nice, but not as good as, say "Better Not Waste My Time," or "I Swear" but needless to say the hook is fantastic. I'm really looking forward to their second album, Against All Odds out Monday.
Happy - Leona Lewis. Not as compelling as "Bleeding Love" but still good. Leona's new single is pretty much the same conventional ballad structure we've come to expect. I've been hearing good reviews about her second album, Echo, can't wait to check it out for myself.
Delusional - Simon Curtis. As recommended by Paul, Simon Curtis' new single "Delusional" is pretty good, with the opening bars reminiscing Muse's "Supermassive Black Hole," however its more synth pop, electronic, R&B flavored.