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Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers has called their new hit with Coldplay "one of the dopest songs ever written".

After enjoying much success with their smash hits Paris and Closer, the fratboy duo has now released (accidentally by Spotify in fact) their new single, Something Just Like This.

The single's cover art is awfully, unexpectedly cute.

I'm sure I speak for most of us when we first heard the news of the collab - lots of groaning, face-palming, and a "WHY?" 

BUT I WAS WRONG.

But I'm pretty sure, 100% in fact - all fears are unfounded now. The song begins with the familiar ~silky~ vocals from Chris Martin, waxing both lyrical and poetic (what else?) verses:

She said 'Where do you want to go? How much you want to risk?' / I'm not looking for somebody with some superhuman gift, some superhero, some fairytale bliss / Just something I can turn to, somebody I can kiss / I want something just like this

After the introductory bridge, The Chainsmokers then drops the "bass" with their signature synth, making the song very much worthy of looped listen.

Now if you'll excuse me, I am about to make full use of my Spotify subscription.

Spin the new track below:

 

Photo credit: The Chainsmokers, Idolator

In case you missed it, Ed Sheeran has just released his third single, How Would You Feel, off his upcoming album, Divide, and it is gorgeous!

The live version of the song he dropped is a slow acoustic piano and guitar love ballad. Labelled as a "paean," (meaning a praise song or a song of triumph, for those of you who, like me, did not know) the song is lyrically simple yet innocently sweet: /Love flows deeper than the river/, /I'll be taking my time, spending my life, falling deeper in love with you/

This is the third song from Divide and it follows the ever-famous gentle innocence of Ed that we've heard in Castle on the Hill, as well as his older songs like Thinking Out Loud and All of the Stars. The ballad sound of his never grows old because his use of simple lyrics combined with a simple melody is both classy and not overthought which makes it brilliant. It is what every romantic wants to hear in a serenade to them, as well as what they wish to convey to their loved ones.

I think there really isn't much else to say about this song as it speaks for itself, and overall, it is simply a heartfelt song of triumph that has set the bar for future love songs. Thank you, Ed.

Watch the live video for How Would You Feel here:

 

Photo Credits: Rolling Stone Aus

After a long period of scarce social media presence, it looks like Logan Henderson has decided to follow in his former Big Time Rush bandmate, James Maslow's footsteps and pursue a solo career in music. 

Logan recently released his debut single Sleepwalker and it's not quite something you'd expect from that pretty face of his. Best described as slow pop club music, Sleepwalker is honestly quite a groovy dance song. His smooth voice merges well with the electronic beat and it results in a moody melody that will get you at least nodding along to.

Lyrically, the song is simple but the lines fit well with each other, making it almost poetic, especially in the chorus: / Lock me in chains, throw away the key / Tried to stay away, but you grab ahold of me / so the lyrics really add to the smoothness of the song. Overall, I'd rate this song a solid 4 out of 5, and I'm keen to see what else Logan has in store for us now that he has broken his silence!

Watch the dream-like music video for Sleepwalker here:

 

 

Photo Credits: Fanpo

The Fault In Our Stars star Ansel Elgort has just dropped a new single, Thief, and you might really want to check it out. 

If you haven't heard the young actor sing before, this is a great time to jump on the bandwagon because man, does he have a voice. The song, Thief, starts slow and the first thing that comes to your mind will be something along the lines of a love song/ballad but when the verse kicks in, things take a new turn.

His powerful vocals really are unexpected (unless of course you have heard him sing before), and the sound created by the duelling of the heavy beat with his vocals is an energetic, pumped up club tune. Though the music is a pretty standard, commonly used beat, the true star (pun intended) of this song is Ansel's vocals.

Between this new single and his first song, Home Alone, which was released in 2016, it's safe to say that Ansel does have some variety when it comes to mood and lyrics, so it would be great to see what else he has in store for us this year.

Check out the steamy music video for Thief, featuring his long time girlfriend, Violetta Komyshan as the gorgeous gal!

 

 

Photo Credit: GeekyNews

Former Big Time Rush star James Maslow has just risen from his wave of YouTube covers and starred in his first (non-BTR) movie 48 Hours To Live. Besides that, he has also announced a debut solo album, and dropped the album's first single, Cry, featuring rapper City Fidelia.

Cry brings a fusion of pop and R&B which contributes to the whole sensual theme James has got going for himself. The keys in the intro hint to a moody ballad that slowly increases in tempo when the kick and vocals join in, introducing a pop vibe. Sure enough, you get hit with sensual angst just by the first lyrics /let it go/ and then even more in the chorus where James' emotion really shows /I just wanna cry/.

The R&B feel in the chorus becomes even more complete and in-place with the rap after the second chorus. To be honest, the rap that is brought in to add more of the soulful rhythm into Cry basically highlights the distinction in the two genres. 

Overall I'd say the blend of pop and R&B could be smoothened more in this song but the style really does fit James' soothing voice. Hopefull with his new album, James will explore this fusion a little further and at the same time take the combination it to the next level.

Listen to his song Cry featuring City Fidelia here:

 

Photo Credits: @JamesMaslow (Twitter)