Pop music is death. It’s the sad, sad truth.
Summer 2017 was especially rough on our beloved pop divas. Camila Cabello’s first solo outing flopped hard on the charts. Katy Perry and Fifth Harmony’s new songs were dead on arrival. Selena Gomez quickly dropped down the charts with Fetish and Lorde failed to find a place on it with her singles from Melodrama.
It looks like things might turn around since Taylor Swift’s new song, Look What You Make Me Do, landed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 100, the first female artist to do so since Adele’s Hello, two years ago. Also, pop queens Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Kelly Clarkson and P!nk are all releasing new material this fall, which is very exciting.
Here’s our latest roundup of music recommendations that keeps us hopeful about the future of pop music.
Sam Smith is setting up the launch of his highly anticipated follow-up to In The Lonely Hour, which came out three years ago, for this fall with the release of its first single, Too Good at Goodbyes.
The song, co-written by Stargate and Jimmy Naples, is out now and it’s exactly what the English singer-songwriter was expected to deliver- soulful, poignant, and powerful.
He may stick to his winning formula, but when it’s that good, you cannot get enough of it.
Love So Soft, the first single from her upcoming eight studio album, Meaning of Life, is a huge departure for the “American Idol” alumna.
The song, written by Maureen McDonald (Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus), Priscilla Renea (Timber by Pitbull and Kesha) and Jesse Shatkin (Chandelier by Sia), is a game changer. It’s one of the coolest surprise records that I have come across in the last couple of months.
The R&B tinted Love So Soft is a blend of old and new, and it also shows off the Grammy winner’s powerful vocals.
Watch the video here:
Swedish pop singer Tove Lo recently premiered a new feverish single, Disco Tits, the first taste of her new album Blue Lips, the follow-up to her criminally underrated album Lady Wood.
The ex-Disney star is taking her vocals to a new height in her forthcoming album, Tell Me You Love Me, the follow-up to her Grammy-nominated album Confident. She once stated that she was heavily influenced by Aretha Franklin and Christina Aguilera when she was recording this album and it shows.
Earlier this summer, she released Sorry Not Sorry, a pop song with a little urban touch that is very radio-friendly, but the two songs that followed, Tell Me You Love Me and You Don’t Do It For Me Anymore, are among her strongest material yet. She delivered two power ballads with sweeping vocals and immensely relatable lyrics, something that we needed while Adele is on hiatus.
Zayn recently dropped a new single Dusk Till Dawn, featuring Australian hit-maker Sia, with an accompanying big-budget music video directed by Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man).
Sia clearly knows how to write (and sing) a soaring chorus.
Watch the video here:
Singer, model and Oscar-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld is a true triple threat. The 20 year-old Pitch Perfect 3 star has been branching out from acting to music since the release of her first EP, Haiz, in 2015.
She already has two hits under her belt- Love Myself and Starving, and she just released a new song called Let Me Go, a collaboration with Swedish DJ Alesso and red-hot country duo Florida Georgia Line, which is destined to be a smash hit. Many radio insiders believe it may become her “signature song”.