New Music Round-Up: Christina Aguilera, Shawn Mendes, Troye Sivan
Rae Sremmurd, Jess Glynne and Julia Michaels are also back with new tunes....
Christina Aguilera - 'Accelerate (feat. Ty Dolla $ign & 2 Chainz)'
It's six years since Christina Aguilera last released a lead single but 'Accelerate' is more than worth the wait. From the tribal percussion to the pulsating bassline, it's Christina's most experimental single to date and she sounds amazing. The icon is back.
Shawn Mendes - 'Youth (feat. Khalid)'
Another amazing Shawn Mendes single. 'Youth' sees the Canadian superstar take on hard-hitting issues and turn them into a rousing anthem for our generation. It's Shawn's most mature release to date and Khalid's rich vocals compliment his perfectly.
Troye Sivan - 'Bloom'
Troye Sivan said in an interview with Popjustice earlier this year that 'Bloom' was "complete pop. Like: ‘Katy Perry Teenage Dream’ pop" and he was right. It's dreamy, breezy effortless pop and that 'play me like a love song' hook in the chorus is magic.
Jess Glynne - 'I'll Be There'
Jess Glynne has returned. After topping the charts with her feature on Rudimental's 'These Days' earlier this year, the record-breaking singer is ready to kickstart her new era. 'I'll Be There' is a catchy ode to love and friendship worthy of her best hits.
Julia Michaels - 'Jump (feat. Trippie Redd)'
Julia Michaels has quickly transformed from one of pop's most successful writers into a star in her own right. 'Jump' falls somewhere in between the alternative charm of 'Uh-Huh' and the commercial appeal of 'Issues'. It's perfect. We are obsessed.
Florence + the Machine - 'Hunger'
'Hunger' is the second taste of Florence + the Machine's fourth album and it's nothing short of sublime. From the hand claps in the chorus to the way Florence's voice soars, it's reminiscent of her work on Lungs. We can't wait to hear the LP in full.
Charlie Puth - 'The Way I Am'
The opening track of Charlie Puth's second album shows that he's really found himself as an artist. We love it.
LSD - 'Genius (feat. Sia, Diplo & Labrinth)'
Labrinth, Sia and Diplo join forces as the excellently named supergroup LSD and the results are magnificent.
Jessie Reyez - 'Body Count'
Jessie Reyez is one of the most exciting voices in music right now and 'Body Count' proves exactly why.
Kojo Funds - 'Stallin''
Kojo Funds has a way with tunes and 'Stallin'' sounds like it could be one of the songs of the summer.
Céline Dion - 'Ashes'
No-one does dramatic ballads quite like Céline and 'Ashes' features the vocal performance of 2018.
T MULLA, Knucks, SNE - 'Hold Me Down'
T Mulla, Knucks and SNE are the trio you never knew you needed on this laidback, inspiring bop.
Marshmello, Juicy J & James Arthur - 'You Can Cry'
Marshmello never fails to produce major hits and 'You Can Cry' could be his biggest success yet.
Travis Scott - 'Watch (feat. Kanye West & Lil Uzi Vert)'
Travis Scott teams up with two of hip-hop's brightest talents for the standout single of his career.
Future - 'No Shame (feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR)'
Future and PARTYNEXTDOOR always create bangers together and 'No Shame' is no different.
Enrique Iglesias - 'Move to Miami (feat. Pitbull)'
Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull on a next level club smash. What more could you ask for?
Gallant - 'Doesn't Matter'
Gallant has one of the best voices in the business and 'Doesn't Matter' is a triumph.
Ryan Blyth - 'Raise A Glass (feat. BB Diamond)'
Ryan Blyth and BB Diamond come through with one of the kiss-offs of the year.
Rae Sremmurd, Swae Lee & Sim Jxmmi - SR3MM, Swaecation, Jxmtro
Rae Sremmurd continually raise the bar for modern hip-hop and their new triple album is excellent. From the spaced-out trap of SR3MM to the stunning hooks of Swaecation and the flawless bars of Jxmtro, Swae Lee and Sim Jxmmi have no peers.
Leon Bridges - Good Thing
10 tracks of gorgeous, soulful magic from one of music's most underrated talents.
Tove Styrke - Sway
Tove Styrke is a queen of intricate pop brilliance. Sway is a near perfect release.
RAYE - Side Tape - EP
RAYE teams up with Britain's best and brightest artists on a star-making EP.
Words: Sam Prance