THIS WEEK’S MUSIC PICKS WITH HOLLY

LITTLE MIX – SECRET LOVE SONG FT. JASON DERULO (Sony)

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Currently in the top 5 on iTunes and #4 on the UK Shazam charts, Little Mix have released their new track ‘Secret Love Song’. The track features Jason Derulo who also co wrote the track. ‘Secret Love Song’ is taken from Little Mix’s most recent album ‘Get Weird’ which reached #2 on the ARIA charts.

‘Secret Love Song’ is a heartbreaking ballad that is powered by Little Mix’s amazing vocals and Derulo’s smooth singing. Each member of Little mix gets their own shining moment to belt out the power notes during the track, and each one nails it every time. The addition of Jason Derulo’s warm R’n’B tones adds dynamic and story an already beautiful song.

Members Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock each display their amazing vocal ranges and emotion through the powerful chorus. The lyrics “Why can’t you hold me in the street?/ Why can’t I kiss you on the dance floor?/ I wish that it could be like that/ Why can’t we be like that? Cause I’m yours” are sung by both the girls and Derulo with the emotion and power that it deserves.

Although the girls from Little Mix each have their own distinct singing voice, all of them match perfect with the song and Jason Derulo fits in perfectly with the girl group.

‘Secret Love Song’ ft. Jason Derulo is a heart-wrenching ballad about love and lost and the girls from Little Mix matched with Jason Derulo have created an amazing track that everyone can relate to.

‘Secret Love Song’ ft. Jason Derulo is available now!

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NELLY – DIE A HAPPY MAN (Sony)

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After the huge success of the double-platinum track ‘The Fix’ Nelly has returned with a new track. ‘Die A Happy Man’ is the new single from the Grammy Award-Winning artist. The track is a spin on one of the biggest country music songs right now by Thomas Rhett.

This is not the first time Nelly has mixed pop and country, he has had hits like ‘Over And Over’ with Tim McGraw and ‘Cruise’ with Florida Georgia Line. ‘Die A Happy Man’, once again, is a perfect take on country music by Nelly. The track has classic R’n’B beats and signature Nelly echoes in the vocals while still being a simple love song.

The simple piano progression and bass beats keep the song constant while the mixes before the chorus give the song a more ‘Nelly’ feel to it. The lyrics “If I never get to see the Northern Lights/ If I never get to see the Eiffel Tower at night/ Oh, if all/ I’ve got is your hand in my hand/ Maybe I can die a happy man/ Oh yeah I could, baby/ Die a happy man, baby/ Yeah” accompanied by the piano and beats make the song a simple but beautiful love song.

Any fan of Nelly’s or of Thomas Rhett’s will not be disappointed by ‘Die A Happy Man’. It is the perfect take on a great country track and Nelly has seamlessly taken it and created a pop/R’n’B track.

‘Die A Happy Man’ is available now!

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OMI – DROP IN THE OCEAN FT. ARONCHUPA (Sony)

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After having one of the biggest selling singles of 2015 globally with ‘Cheerleader’, OMI is back with his new track ‘Drop In The Oceanft. AronChupa. ‘Drop In The Ocean’ is the newest single from OMI’s debut album ‘ME 4 U’.

Hailing from Jamaica, OMI has teamed up with Swedish producer AronChupa to create a fun pop song. Once again, OMI has released a track that is equally fun and addictive with it’s catchy hooks and melodies that will get stuck in your head forever.

The track has an island feel with steel drums, guitar and back up singing accompanying OMI on the track. ‘Drop In The Ocean’ is a love song about how “we were meant to be” and “he’s a drop in the ocean”. The addition of the pumping bass beats gives the track a ‘club’ feel and matched with the steel drums and guitar gives the track a unique sound.

OMI has successfully created a great new track with ‘Drop In The Ocean’ ft. AronChupa. It is a fun toe-tapping pop track that will get everyone moving and singing along.

‘Drop In The Ocean’ ft. AronChupa is available now!

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ROD STEWART – HOLD THE LINE (EMI)

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After a hugely successful Australian tour legendary music superstar Rod Stewart is back with his new track ‘Hold The Line’. ‘Hold the Line’ is the new single taken from Stewart’s 29th album ‘Another Country’ which has debuted at #9 on the ARIA album chart.

Fans new and old will not be disappointed by ‘Hold The Line’. It is a fun upbeat track that is everything that Rod Stewart fans love. The track features Stewart’s distinct voice crooning throughout with the accompaniment of female back-up singers that give the song a harmonious sound.

Strings, guitar, percussion and an accordion give the song a country feel as if it were to be played at a barn dance where everyone would sing and dance along immediately. The track itself is simple enough with the catchy chorus of “Sometimes we’re lost and astray/ And the hope far away, hold the line/ We’ll survive/ So let’s just smile through the rain/ Through the heartache and pain/ Hold the line we’ll survive/ We’ll Survive”.

The addition of back-up singers in the chorus make you want to sing along and the hook at the end “we’ll survive” will be stuck in your head for ages. ‘Hold the Line’ is everything that has made Rod Stewart a household name and displays why he is one of the biggest names in music still. It is a catchy simple tune that everyone will love.

‘Hold The Line’ is available now!

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By Holly Licuanan

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