Leona Lewis / Avicii - Collide (4.5/5) I can't quite remember the last time I played the same song so many times in a row on my iPod. Leona Lewis' new single "Collide" is brilliant, I guess what I love most about it is its backing track, to which the credit goes to Swedish DJ Avicii, who now is officially credited on the track. The poignant piano keys that back the pounding bass lines, accelerating synths and of course Lewis' blustery vocal--it's fantastic.
Young the Giant - Cough Syrup (4.5/5). American rock band Young the Giant have a great sound. Moody with a rough rock-glazed edge, kind of like the Editors or a more inaccessible Killers. "Cough Syrup" is just one of the many highlights from the bands self-titled debut released last year. Thanks to Loy for turning my attention to them.
Calvin Harris - Feel So Close (4/5). I didn't like Scottish singer Calvin Harris' last single "Bounce" as much as I probably should have, however luckily his latest is miles better. Very intense, with insistent, harrowing synth chords, heavy bass lines and a great addition of piano keys during the verses that work very well.
Ed Sheeran - You Need Me, I Don't Need You (4/5). New British talent Ed Sheeran's second single showcases a different side to budding singer/songwriter in comparison to "The A Team" a gentle acoustic ballad--with quite a depressing message about a hooker--while this thrives with a beefy rhythmic production and confident lyrics about wanting to "be a product of (his) genre."
Bruno Mars - Marry You (3.5/5). The fourth single from Bruno Mars' Doo-Wops & Hooligans isn't my favorite from the set, but it's a nice catchy retro ditty which will probably become another #1 for him. It's already in the top 10 in the UK.
Nicki Minaj Featuring Rihanna - Fly (3.5/5). I must have reviewed this at leat 5 times, but it's now finally a single--its accompanying video premiered during Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards--I loved it when I first heard it, but now I've grown tired of it.
Beyonce - Love On Top (3.5/5). Apparently, this is the third single being released from Beyonce's latest album 4, following her performance at the VMA's. I'm not that keen on it, although I do like the '70s soul vibe and th never-ending key changes towards the end.