“Princess of China” — Coldplay ft. Rihanna
Princess of China, the much-anticipated collaboration between Coldplay and Rihanna, was finally released last week with a dramatic, eye-popping music video. I never thought Rihanna and Chris Martin’s voices could complement each other so well but RiRi impressively holds her own with the alternative rockers. The R&B songstress looks amazing in her sexy Asian-inspired outfits, and Chris Martin is a dreamboat as usual, playing Rihanna’s star cross lover. With flying ninja sword fights, desert landscapes, and some amazing on screen chemistry between Chris and Rihanna (hopefully Gwyneth Paltrow wasn’t too hard on Chris), the video definitely does the song justice.
“Run” — Flo-Rida ft. RedFoo
Once again, our friend Flo-Rida has taken an 80s classic and turned it into a sexualized pop hit (“Right Round,” anyone?) His new single “Run,” featuring LMFAO’s RedFoo, is a four-minute club banger that samples Bryan Adams’ “Run to You.” It includes Rida’s usual catchy hooks that will get stuck in your head for days, and of course, the chorus is ridden with some clever sexual innuendos. Somewhere, I’m sure Bryan Adams is shaking his head in shame, but the song makes me want to pour myself a shot, throw on some heels, and go out dancing, so it’s an A+ in my books!
“Spectrum (Calvin Harris remix)” — Florence + the Machine
Florence Welch is a genius and we’ve already established that she can pretty much do no wrong when it comes to her music. But it’s a little hard to let loose in a nightclub to a Florence song, no matter how amazing it is. Enter Calvin Harris, DJ/producer extraordinaire, who transforms “Spectrum” into a house-disco jam. It’s great to hear Flo’s amazing voice backed with some pumping dance beats and now we can dance our pants off to this great track. Thanks, Calvin!
“Pyramids” — Frank Ocean
New Orleans singer and rapper Frank Ocean draws from different musical influences in his new single “Pyramids,” off his upcoming debut album Channel Orange. Ocean spent the majority of his career as a ghostwriter for artists like Justin Bieber and John Legend, and released some solo singles here and there, but Channel Orange will be his first legitimate solo project. And the first single is a doozy. “Pyramids” features Ocean’s signature croon, while mixing R&B and dance music elements into a 10-minute masterpiece. It sounds like all the time Ocean took to release his solo album really paid off. Channel Orange is released on July 17.
“Werewolf” — Fiona Apple
Fiona Apple’s latest track from her upcoming album The Idler Wheel is a stunning song about the pains of love and dysfunctional couples. Werewolf has a different sound than Apple’s first single, the wispy, winding “Every Single Night.” Her mature voice and backing piano work wonderfully together and she sings emphatically and honestly. You’re right, Fiona. There’s “nothing wrong when a song ends in a minor key” especially if the result is as beautiful as this.