THIS WEEK’S MUSIC PICKS WITH HOLLY

CALVIN HARRIS – MY WAY (Sony)

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After the hugely successful tracks ‘This Is What You Came For’ and ‘How Deep Is Your Love’, Calvin Harris has released his new track ‘My Way’. ‘My Way’ is the latest single off of the Grammy Award winners upcoming album.

‘My Way’ is a cool, fun party track that showcases why Calvin Harris is one of the hottest DJ/producer/songwriters in the business. Rumoured to be about ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift, ‘My Way’ features the deep gravelly vocals of Harris with perfect break-up lyrics.

This pumping track is perfect for the upcoming summer months with it’s danceable beat and minimal lyrics that will get stuck in your head for ages. ‘My Way’ sounds Caribbean-inspired with the steel drums and chanting in the background, perfect for a weekend party in the warm weather.

The track has all of 7 lines repeated throughout the track: “Why wait to say, at least I did it my way/ Lie awake, two faced/ But in my heart I understand/ I made my move and it was all about you/ Now I feel so far removed/ You were the one thing in my way/ My way, oh way, oh way, oh way”. A simple and direct message for a break-up track. The hook like “my way, oh way, oh way” will have you dancing and singing along in no time.

‘My Way’ is a fun new track from Calvin Harris that is sure to be another big hit for the DJ.

‘My Way’ is available now!

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USHER – HARD II LOVE (Sony)

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Eight time Grammy Award winner Usher has released his highly anticipated new album ‘Hard II Love’. ‘Hard II Love’ comes after the mega success of singles ‘Crash’ and ‘No Limit’ feat. Young Thug.

‘Hard II Love’ is everything Usher fans could have hoped for and more. From the get-go the album is a mass of great R’n’B sounds paired with Usher’s velvety voice. The first track ‘Need U’ is the perfect introductory song; building and simple and introduces Usher’s new and modern sound.

The track ‘Missin U’ starts with a speech by Usher before descending into a funky beat with sensual lyrics, a sharp turn from the first track. The already successful singles ‘Crash’ and ‘No Limit’ feat. Young Thug are mixed into the album seamlessly. Each track on this album has every potential to be a stand-alone single in the future.

As the title of the album suggests, the overall theme is being “hard to love”. Each song is about love, heartbreak, wanting or desire; perfect for Usher’s soaring vocals. The title track ‘Hard II Love’ is a heartbreaking but upbeat track. The lyrics are heartfelt and the musical accompaniment is a simple melody repeated throughout.

‘Hard II Love’ is a musical journey through love and loss and desire from start to finish that was worth the wait from the legendary Usher.

‘Hard II Love’ is available now!

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CARRIE UNDERWOOD – DIRTY LAUNDRY (Sony)

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After the success of ‘The Fighter’ with Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood has released her new single ‘Dirty Laundry’. ‘Dirty Laundry’ is the fourth single off of Underwood’s gold-certified, fifth studio album ‘Storyteller’.

‘Dirty Laundry’ is a crashing country track from Underwood that will have you tapping your toes and singing along in no time. This sassy break-up track is everything Carrie Underwood is known and loved for. The attitude and dark music adds to the intensity of the lyrics that is the perfect track for anyone going through a break-up.

The track is a typical country track with a drum kit, guitars and twang that fans love so much while still being something different and modern from Underwood. The song is about Underwood finding out her boyfriend is cheating on her when she finds another woman’s lipstick on his shirt. The ‘dirty laundry’ is both a metaphor and literal as Underwood sings about hanging it out to dry.

“That lipstick on your collar, well, it ain’t my shade of pink/ And I can tell by the smell of that perfume, it’s like forty dollars too cheap/ And there’s a little wine stain on the pocket of your white cotton thread/ Well, you drink beer and whiskey, boy, and you know I don’t drink red” crashes into the track from the very beginning.

The sassy chorus: “Now I’ma have to hang you out to dry, dry, dry/ Clothespin all your secrets to the line, line, line/ Leave ’em blowing in the wind, just say goodbye to you/ All those midnights sneaking in/ “I’m late again, oh, I’m so sorry”/ All the Ajax in the world ain’t gonna clean your dirty laundry”, is perfect for throwing your hands up in the air and singing along to in a break-up.

‘Dirty Laundry’ is an upbeat and attitude-driven track that is a great new single from Carrie Underwood.

‘Dirty Laundry’ is available now!

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By Holly Licuanan

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