The Wanted - 'We Own The Night'
Having barely put a foot wrong during their challenge for One Direction's boyband crown, The Wanted then completely dropped the ball with the bandwagon-jumping Dr. Luke production and misguided parody video for 'Walks Like Rihanna.' Thankfully, the latest E! reality stars appear to have seen the error of their ways with the fun.-esque rush-release follow-up, 'We Own The Night.' Indeed, a rousing blend of military drums, terrace chants and anthemic piano-pop, the fourth single from 'Word Of Mouth' should reel back those who abandoned ship with their clichéd ode to the Bajan superstar. However, its party animal lyrics prove the quintet are still trying a little too hard to be the jack-the-lads of pop.
Katy Perry - 'Roar'
The first five singles from Katy Perry's record-breaking last album, 'Teenage Dream,' incredibly all reached number one in her US homeland. Co-written with long-time collaborator Bonnie McKee, the first taster from her upcoming third album, 'Prism,' proves she isn't ready to release her stranglehold on the Billboard charts just yet. A hook-laden statement of intent featuring a suitably bellowing chorus, 'Roar' shows few traces of the 'darker sound' Perry recently promised. But it's still a welcome burst of simple but epic pop which thankfully steers clear of the whole EDM scene the rest of her peers have succumbed to.
DJ Fresh vs. Diplo feat. Dominique Young - 'Earthquake'
Taken from the 'Kick Ass 2' soundtrack, this collaboration between drum n' bass chart-topper DJ Fresh and in-demand producer Diplo drops the original's Notorious B.I.G. sample and instead allows Florida party rapper Dominique Young to showcase her feisty and slightly cartoonish lyrical flow. An abrasive mix of hip-hop beats and twitchy electro bleeps, the aptly-titled 'Earthquake' lacks the immediacy of Fresh's two number ones. But it still shows that there's more to the trap music genre than the 'Harlem Shake.'
Mikky Ekko - 'Kids'
The second act on this week's release schedule to have a connection with pop's most prolific Instagrammer, Nashville singer-songwriter Mikky Ekko first attracted attention after guesting on Rihanna's melancholic ballad, 'Stay.' Co-written with no less than four massive hit-makers, the 29-year-old certainly seems determined to ensure he remains in the spotlight with subsequent release, 'Kids.' Gradually building up to a life-affirming fusion of pulsing beats and swirling synths, its quietly triumphant production suggests he should have few problems sticking around.
Ray Foxx feat. Rachel K. Collier - 'Boom Boom'
Now coming towards the end of the Ibiza season, 'Boom Boom' is one of several floorfillers vying to make that transition from the Balearic Island to the charts. Combining funky house beats with rolling piano keys, chic guitars and parping brass, not to mention an enchanting vocal from Rachel K. Collier, Ray Foxx's sun-kissed production certainly contains enough infectious hooks to become a crossover hit.
Jon is a music and film obsessive from Wigan. His current favourite acts are Haim, AlunaGeorge, London Grammar, Disclosure and Jessie Ware. He has tried but he still doesn't really get the fuss about 'Blurred Lines' or 'I Love It.'
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