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Shamir – “On the Regular”
The almost comedic anthem of self-confidence by 20-year old artist Shamir is a catchy uptempo rap song that you have probably heard from the Android Wear commercial. With lyrics like, “Don’t try me I’m not a free sample,” this song is sure to make you dance and/or smile.
FLORIO – “Red Flags”
Boston native FLORIO’s “Red Flags” is another upbeat song that teeters on the edge of alternative rock and pop music. Another dancey tune, the lyrics are less comical than those of Shamir, but just as ear-catching. The Haim-esque sound grabs you off the bat, and FLORIO’s unique voice keeps you there.
Jaden Smith ft. Willow Smith – “PCH”
Slowing it down a little, Willow and Jaden Smith (daughter and son of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith) collaborate on a track that is sure to make you wish you were driving on the Pacific Coast Highway with the top down with your friends in tow. Willow’s passionate voice paired with her brother’s breezy raps makes for a wonderful listen.
Years & Years – “King”
If you haven’t heard of the UK band Years & Years, you can thank me now for this introduction. The three-piece group composed of keyboardist and frontman Olly Alexander, bassist Mikey Goldsworthy, and synth player Emre Turkmen have been at the top of the UK charts since 2014. Their latest hit “King” is a mixture of a club hit and a ballad and works perfectly. Be sure to check out their other songs “Take Shelter” and “Real.”
Raleigh Ritchie – “The Greatest”
You may know Jacob Anderson as Grey Worm on “Game of Thrones” or as Raleigh Ritchie, an alternative R&B artist out of the UK. His latest single “The Greatest” is a celebratory chant of being young, dumb, and in love that you can’t help but sing along to by the end of it.
Zayn Malik – To Be Determined
If you didn’t know that Zayn Malik quit One Direction to begin a solo career, then it’s a good thing summer is here so you have time to catch up on what you missed while you were living under a rock. Although he technically hasn’t released any music of his own yet, a song of his titled “I Won’t Mind” was leaked and it naturally has caught a lot of attention. He was the best singer and he is sure to put out some hits either this summer or later on.
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