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Taylor Swift Goes Hard on New Song “...Ready for It?”

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Taylor Swift Goes Hard on New Song “...Ready for It?”

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Taylor Swift Goes Hard on New Song “...Ready for It?”

The latest piece in the surprisingly swift rollout of Taylor Swift’s Reputation is the album’s opening track, “...Ready for It?” The release comes just one week after the music video for lead single “Look What You Made Me Do,” which dropped just days after the song’s premiere and broke Adele’s record the most views on YouTube in 24 hours.

Katy Perry’s “Bon Appétit” Serves Up Food Porn for the Masses

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Katy Perry’s “Bon Appétit” Serves Up Food Porn for the Masses

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Katy Perry’s “Bon Appétit” Serves Up Food Porn for the Masses

Katy Perry’s “Chained to the Rhythm” sounded like an early candidate for song of the summer, but the singer was ostensibly just warming up. Perhaps in part because “Chained to the Rhythm” burned slower than Perry’s past lead singles, “Bon Appétit,” the second release from her upcoming album, is a decided shift away from the “purposeful pop” of its predecessor, and she’s traded disco-ball scavenger hunts for pie recipe swapping. No soft political polemics here, just time-tested food-as-sex metaphors that hit like a meat tenderizer: “All that you can have, boy/Got me spread like a buffet…Appetite for seduction, fresh out the oven,” Perry sings over percolating synths.

Review: Katy Perry’s “Chained to the Rhythm” Is the Song We Need Right Now

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Review: Katy Perry’s “Chained to the Rhythm” Is the Song We Need Right Now

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Review: Katy Perry’s “Chained to the Rhythm” Is the Song We Need Right Now

In case you weren’t among the lucky few who happened upon the 20 some-odd disco balls strategically placed around the world, from San Francisco to Paris, playing Katy Perry’s new single, “Chained to the Rhythm,” the track made its official online premiere tonight. Rather than the stomping disco anthem the song’s title and inventive, albeit not always successful, pre-release promo might have suggested, “Chained to the Rhythm” is a midtempo—but no less beckoning—invitation to the dance floor.

The 15 Best Britney Spears Singles

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The 15 Best Britney Spears Singles

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The 15 Best Britney Spears Singles

Britney Spears rode the late-’90s teen-pop wave to superstardom, setting records and defying the odds by making the transition from child celebrity to bona-fide pop star to gay icon—all in the first 10 years of her career. She kicked off her second decade, which came on the heels of a very public personal and professional near-implosion, with a string of smash singles that rivaled her initial run of iconic hits. The singer’s 2013 album, Britney Jean, was met with a lukewarm reception from critics and audiences, but even if her ninth album, Glory, out this Friday, fails to reignite the charts, she’s already cemented her status as America’s premier pop princess. To prove it, we’ve compiled a list of Britney’s 15 best singles.

Listen to Katy Perry’s “Roar”

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Listen to Katy Perry’s “Roar”
Listen to Katy Perry’s “Roar”

While the world waits for Lady Gaga’s “Applause,” pop music fans will have to settle for the sound of fellow pop princess Katy Perry’s “Roar,” the lead single from Prism, the singer’s first album in over three years. The album reportedly marks an image shift for the Meow fragrance creator, who recently said goodbye to her “California Gurls” persona in a series of teasers. Produced by Dr. Luke and Max Martin, the team behind most of Perry’s past hits, the song itself is ultimately less of a departure than the new offerings on last year’s “Complete Confection” edition of Teenage Dream. “Roar,” which references Survivor’s 1982 hit “Eye of the Tiger” in its rather benign lyrics, leans more toward rock than Perry’s past hits, but it’s still got an unmistakable bubble-gum pop center. It’s more of a yelp than a roar.

Single Review: Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

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Single Review: Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
Single Review: Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

Taylor Swift’s finest songs are flawless in their construction and showcase her effortless, preternatural mastery of pop conventions: Very few songwriters can build better bridges than she does. And however much she may want other people to stop being so mean, Swift can also wield a snide POV with a real, deliberate sense of savagery. With that in mind, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” a forthright and bitter kiss-off message couched in state-of-the-art bubblegum pop, should by all rights be among Swift’s very best singles. So then why doesn’t it work?