Stormzy – Big For Your Boots
One of the biggest success stories to emerge from the London grime scene this year is Stormzy. It’s been 9 months since his last single, and now, his new single Big For Your Boots has climbed its way up the UK charts at no.8. The song is another great analysis of the working class London way of life. If you are a fan of British rap, Stormzy is an absolute must.
James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go
This young man won the coveted X Factor competition and disappeared into the shadow. Nothing was heard of James Arthur until this big single was unleashed, which shot its way up the charts. This, his first no. 1 single, is an acoustic ballad with simple love lyrics, sure to calm the heart of any romantically-seeking individual. He should be back with more similar music in the future, so keep an ear on him for the time being.
Nick Jonas & Nicki Minaj – Bom Bidi Bom
With the release of the new installment of the Fifty Shades franchise, Fifty Shades Darker, also comes a hot new soundtrack. Minaj and Nick Jonas from the hugely successful Jonas Brothers have teamed up to feature on the movie’s racy soundtrack. The track itself, Bom Bidi Bom, much like the movie it features on, is sure to get pulses racing and bodies moving.
Ed Sheeran – How Would You Feel (Paean)
Continuing from the upcoming release of his new album, Divide ÷ , Ed has just dropped yet another new single destined to do very well in the charts. The newest single, How Would You Feel (Paean) follows the same romantic vein as previous songs like Thinking Out Loud and Tenerife Sea. The song evokes the same nostalgic romances, sun rises and heartbreak which define some of Sheeran’s most popular songs.
Jax Jones – You Don’t Know Me ft. RAYE
Currently sitting nicely at no.4 on the UK top 40 charts is You Don’t Know Me by British DJ and producer Jax Jones, with RAYE on vocals. The track is inspired by the likes of Justin Timberlake and most other popular pop dance tracks that have dominated the charts these past few years. The song is perfect for uplifting the weekend party, setting a nice light dance atmosphere without going over the top.
Dua Lipa – Be the One
One artist who has really broken onto the music scene with great success recently is the beautiful singer, Dua Lipa. The singer has previously provided vocals for other chart hits, such as Scared To Be Alone by Martin Garrix, and You Don’t Know Me by Jax Jones. Dua Lipa indeed has her own material, and this upbeat track is doing quite well in the charts. She is really one to watch for the upcoming musical year and beyond.
Kygo & Selena Gomez – It Ain’t Me
Pop princess Selena Gomez is back with a new track set to become a big hit. The song is another tale of hardship in a relationship, and although the track has a romantic attitude, Kygo is featured to deliver the dance vibes which make it the perfect track to get your groove on. It Ain’t Me is ultimately a great blend of ballad and beat, passion and pulse, love and vibe.
Lana Del Rey – Love
After her hiatus, Lana Del Rey is finally back and throwing out the big tunes. Her latest track, Love, features her trademark ethereal atmospheres, smooth vocals and tender themes. Love is a passionate track which echoes the nature of her first big hits, such as Born To Die, Summertime Sadness and Video Games. Fans of her music are sure to ‘love’ her new track.
Sam Hunt – Body Like A Back Road
Sam Hunt, a new name that launched from the American country scene just over 2 years ago, has released an interesting mix of country and pop. The singer holds onto his country roots with the slide guitar, organ and other elements, and meshed it with a cool beat. If you’re not a fan of country music, Body Like A Back Road might make all this change for you.
The Weeknd & Daft Punk – Starboy
Popular rap act The Weeknd teams up with the legendary DJ duo, Daft Punk for this big track. Daft Punk provide the solid beats for The Weeknd’s flow, creating a great mix of rhythm and attitude in Starboy. This track is on route to joining another hit for The Weeknd, which is not surprising considering Daft Punk are behind the creation.
Drake – Fake Love
American rapper, Drake is back releasing big hits. The Online Bling singer’s new track, Fake Love, is another mastery of R & B and a solid lyrical flow. Fake Love deals with superficial relationships, and features a good beat along with some nice melodies. If you’re a fan of Drake’s music, this track is a must.
Maroon 5 – Cold
Adam Levine and co. are still going strong in their latest offering, Cold. The high tempo track features some house elements, along with Levine’s trademark alto voice. Cold is ultimately about a failing relationship. In addition, rapper, Future, also provides a flowing rap and some extra vocals mid-track to mix things up, creating a mesh of pop and R & B elements.
Coldplay & The Chainsmokers – Something Just Like This
Two of the world’s leading musical acts have teamed up to produce something quite special. The ethereal harmonies and progressions of Coldplay have beautifully meshed with the vibes and feel-good pulses of the The Chainsmokers. Something Just Like This will soon dominate radio stations and the charts everywhere, I’m almost sure of it.
Calvin Harris – Slide
World-recognised DJ superstar Calvin Harris is back with the big tunes. His latest single, Slide, features the good old savvy beats and rhythms that previously made the DJ such a big success. Slide has a hint of 80s funk, blended with some smooth male rap-inspired vocals and the essential big drops that’ll surely get you grooving.
Imagine Dragons – Shot
Imagine Dragons have enjoyed worldwide success over the past few years, and its for good reason that the American band are so popular. Their latest track, Shot, is filled with their trademark feel-good blend of pop, rock and dance. With a touch of electric guitars, blended with some synths and some strong vocals, Shot is a euphoric song that all fans of the band will surely enjoy.
Katy Perry – Chained To the Rhythm
Katy Perry has never really stepped out of the spotlight since her first single, I Kissed A Girl shot to no.1 all those years ago. These days the singer is back on the radio with her popular single Chained To the Rhythm. This song is doing quite well in the charts, with its catchy melodies and his forceful rhythm, it’s sure to be another pop hit for the American singer.
Willie Nelson – A Woman’s Love
The Red Headed Stranger is still going strong, as is evident in his most recent single, A Woman’s Love. For fan’s of Nelson and country in general, this track will be a joy. A Woman’s Love returns to the country roots of a vocalist spurned by love, accompanied by a wailing harmonica and the rest of Willie’s ingredients which open up the vistas of the western dusty roads in the mind’s eye.
Rag’n’Bone Man – Skin
Perhaps the biggest music star to emerge from nowhere these past few weeks is Rag’n’Bone man. His track ‘Human’ erupted onto the charts and catapulted the young singers name into the uppermost ranks of the musical world. The hits keep on coming with this man; Skin is set to also do very well in the charts. It features that similar gospel, R & B vibe that is inherent in his other tracks. This man is certainly a talent to keep an ear on.
Coldplay – Hypnotised
Coldplay are back, but then again, due their huge success as a band over the years, have they ever really left? Their most recent single, Hypnotised, is a continuation of their soft pop/rock sound, with a dreamy mix of piano, hypnotic guitars and Chris Martin’s high vocals. Although a new album hasn’t been scheduled for the band, I sense that a new album is in the works and coming soon.
Ed Sheeran – Perfect
The 25 year old pop superstar has just brought out his much anticipated new album, Divide, and the songs are proving to be big hits. Following the release of Shape of You and Castle On the Hill, two huge hits, Sheeran’s new song Perfect is another romantic hit dedicated to the new love of his life. Perfect is as romantic as it gets, and this ballad should certainly do very well in the charts over the next few weeks.
Meghan Trainor – I’m A Lady
Pop princess Meghan Trainor returns with another big track sure to empower ladies across the world. The singer secured some pretty big hits last year, and the big tunes keep coming from this one. I’m A Lady has hints of Beyonce, with some techno drops, R & B sazzle and powerful vocals. This song should do well in the tracks, if her past songs are anything to go by.
Ed Sheeran – Eraser
With the release of his newest album, Divide, Ed Sheeran has unleashed a bunch of new songs that has everybody hooked. Fresh off the latest album is Eraser, an interesting song in that it wavers away from the romantic side of the singer. Eraser is a tougher, more R&B inspired track, which combines an acoustic vibe with some rap vocals.
Florida Georgia Line & Backstreet Boys – God, Your Mama, and Me
There was once a time when the Backstreet Boys ruled the world. If you have fond memories of their success, you may be surprised to know that they have a new single. The boy band have teamed up with Florida Georgia Line to produce a hot pop song which features hints of country (thanks to the brothers in Florida Georgia Line) and the old R & B traits of the backstreet boys.