Indie pop band fun, who record for the label Fueled By Ramen, lead off this week's new pop songs with an anthem. Janelle Monae joins in on the, well, fun.
Jason Mraz holds the distinction of having the song which has spent the most consecutive weeks ever on the Billboard Hot 100. His single "I'm Yours" spent 76 weeks on the chart and was certified five times platinum. Jason Mraz' new single "The World As I See It" is being used as theme music for the In Search Of Incredible project. This lush recording should appeal strongly to adult pop fans. This is likely another very enduring song usable for a wide range of uplifting events.
Rihanna returns to the dance floor for the first single from her upcoming sixth studio album. She has chosen Scottish DJ and producer as her collaborator. He supported Rihanna as an opening act on a portion of her concert tour in support of the album Loud. This is not a showy single, but it is catchy and features a sparkling dance production.
English singer V.V. Brown gained widespread critical acclaim for her debut album Travelling Like the Light. It included the top 20 adult contemporary hit single "Shark In the Water." "Children" is the first single from an upcoming second album, but it is not due to hit stores until early 2012. It is an aggressive uptempo, soulful song that also features contributions from Chiddy of the celebrated American hip hop duo Chiddy Bang.
13 year old China Anne McClain is a singer and lead actor on the Disney Channel show A.N.T. Farm. Her latest single is a Halloween themed pop confection. "Calling All the Monsters" owes very obvious debts to the music of Britney Spears. The accompanying video is a fun addition to this single package.
Prince Royce is one of the newest Latin pop stars. His self-titled debut album topped both the Latin and Tropical Albums charts and has been certified double platinum for sales. "Addicted" is his first English language release. It is a smooth, romantic ballad. Prince Royce will perform as a guest artist on tour with Enrique Iglesias.
Childish Gambino is the name used by actor and comedian Donald Glover for his rap music career. "Bonfire" is the first single from the upcoming album Camp, his first for Glassnote Records. The album will be in stores November 15, 2011. Donald Glover will also be featured in the film The Muppets that hits theaters in November as well.
Noel Gallagher is a former leader of the Brit Rock band Oasis. His new group Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds have two top 20 pop hit singles at home in the UK. "If I Had a Gun" is being released specifically for the singles market in the US. The band's self-titled debut album is set for release October 17, 2011 in the UK. Specific plans for the US market have not yet been released.
Dutch DJ Tiesto is widely rated as one of the world's top dance DJs. His solo albums are among the world's top selling dance music. "Maximal Crazy" has been part of Tiesto's live sets since the spring. This single is released in advance of his Club Life College Invasion concert tour.