Yes, we all know Taylor Swift has dropped new music. But several more of pop music’s biggest and most creative women have tunes to soundtrack your (very wet in Houston) weekend.
Along with Swift, this week brings fresh sounds from Fifth Harmony, Demi Lovato and Mariah Carey. Here’s a look at what will be occupying time on every pop lover’s playlist.
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It’s the perfect collection to help, um, weather the weekend.
After a mysterious social media blackout, Swift returns with “Look What You Made Me Do,” a darkly personal song that seems to take aim at Kanye West, among others. (Story continues below …)
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“I don’t like your little games/Don’t like your tilted stage/The role you made me play,” she sings in a creepily effective voice. That’s likely a reference to West’s elaborate stage setup during his Saint Pablo Tour.
This is the first single from Swift’s “Reputation” album, due Nov. 10 in five versions. It’s yet another creative departure that lifts its melody from, of all songs, Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy.”
And it includes a warning that seems to promise much more venom.
“I’m sorry the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now/Why?/’Cause she’s dead.”
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The girl group’s first album as a quartet again plays on the balance of raunch and silk that’s marked their biggest hits. The lineup includes Pearland’s Normani Kordei and San Antonio’s Ally Brooke Hernandez.
At its best, it draws from TLC, Destiny’s Child and Rihanna. Among the strongest tunes: emotive midtempo “Don’t Say You Love Me;” the shades-of-Bey “Angel;” and the sassy, self-assured “He Like That.”
Dallas-raised Lovato drops the title track from her upcoming sixth album, due Sept. 29. It incorporates gospel flourishes, rock elements and horns. It’s all held together by the big, blustery vocal delivery that’s become her signature. It plays to the skies, like an arena anthem.
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Carey hops on two new versions of French Montana’s “Unforgettable,” currently a top-five Billboard hit. She takes the first verse but otherwise doesn’t do much to shake up the song. It sounds like a hit because it is. But there’s nothing truly signature Carey about it.
Gomez, who was born in Dallas, mixes up current single “Fetish” featuring Gucci Mane with a makeover by Swedish DJ and production duo Galantis. They smartly replace the song’s poppier elements with sinewy EDM grooves that serve the lyrics well.
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Pop’s secret queen released “Cut to the Feeling” earlier this year, an outtake from her terrific “Emotion” album. This Kid Froopy Remix slows things down and gives it a some trop-pop polish. The original song is featured in the animated film “Leap!”