It's Tuesday! Time for another round of "5 Must-Hear Pop Songs Of The Week"!
This week's roundup features a dance floor-friendly ode to a relationship on the rocks, a lush reworking of a Pet Shop Boys classic, and some very, very intense desire.
1.) The Soundmen, "Games We Play" featuring Queen Of Hearts
Rising U.K. singer-songwriter and synth-pop darling Queen Of Hearts has been steadily getting our hearts racing over the past few years with her tantalizing tunes, from "Neon" and "Tears In The Rain" to "Warrior."
Now, as she prepares her first studio album, the singer's teamed up with Brooklyn/Seattle-based U.S. production duo The Soundmen (who did that uh-mazing remix of Betty Who's "High Society" last year) for a track on their upcoming debut EP.
Together, the three have carved out a solid slice of stomping, teary-eyed disco, full of stuttering vocals and kicky '80s-encrusted synthesizers. "I'm not afraid to walk away/ Is this love or just a game we play?" the Queen ponders aloud. Checkmate.
2.) Zendaya, "My Baby"
Princess Zendaya -- Baby Z, as we like to call her -- has been knocking it out of the park lately with "Replay," her icy R&B debut single that's been steadily climbing the charts. This week, the Disney diva-in-the-making just dropped a visual for her urban-laced "My Baby," one of the tracks off of her 2013 self-titled debut LP.
Although she's no stranger to swag -- see 2011's immaculate "Swag It Out" -- the songstress manages to take her supreme style to the next level in her new video. Plus, the song's a total jam, full of sassy finger snaps and a sick urban beat. Are you 'bout that action?
+ Watch ZENDAYA'S "MY BABY" VIDEO.
3.) Ciara, "Anytime (Live)"
Ciara might have a bun in the oven, but that wasn't going to stop her from doing a "1, 2 Step" all over that official Grammy Awards after-party stage this past weekend. The R&B diva still managed to churn out an impressive set -- and a brand new song from her upcoming album, which she dedicated to her fans.
"Anytime" sees CiCi dropping the BPM down, duetting with her "Body Party" collaborator and IRL partner Future as she sweetly croons above electro-strings. "Baby, I'll go to war for you anytime/ Baby, I'll give the stars to you," she pledges. "You're my baby, and I adore you, I love my baby/ You know I'll always be here for you!"
Is Mommy Ciara going from "Super Turnt Up" to super sentimental this time around? From the sound of "Anytime," it sure seems like it.
4.) Bright Light Bright Light and Ana Matronic, "West End Girls (PSB Cover)"
Sometimes, a cover just makes perfect sense. While preparing a benefit for the Hetrick-Martin Institute last week, U.K. synth-pop heartthrob Bright Light Bright Light and the Scissor Sisters' endlessly fierce lead diva, Ms. Ana Matronic, teamed up to supply us with a cover of the Pet Shop Boys classic, "West End Girls."
The reworking of the iconic track doesn't stray far from the original, supplying the song with a lush shimmer of modern synth-pop. Ana supplies a ferocious strut in the verses, while Bright Light takes care of carrying the sweetly sung chorus. It's a match made in heaven.
5.) Meg Myers, "Desire"
Meg Myers is thirsty. Like... way thirsty. The Los Angeles-based rocker (who we've been loving up for a while now 'round these parts -- remember "Monster"?) has returned with a perfectly creepy, perfectly sexy video for "Desire," a strictly R-rated anthem dedicated to getting it on -- and then some.
"Desire, I'm hungry/ I hope you'll feed me," she cries out against what sounds like jagged guitars and a semi-demented harpsichord. Plus, she announces: "I'm gonna skin you with my tongue." (I mean, how about dinner and a movie first?)
The accompanying visual is like Beyoncé's "Rocket" video meets "The Shining." No major spoilers -- but those in the market for some supernatural sexy times will most certainly NOT be disappointed.
+ Listen to MEG MYERS' "DESIRE."
Bradley Stern is a writer from New York. In his spare time, he enjoys organizing his Britney Spears CD collection in reverse chronological order and writing impassioned letters to Congress urging that Madonnalogy be taught in all public schools. But most of all, he spends his time tweeting and musing daily about pop music on his blog, MuuMuse.
Photo credit: The Soundmen, Hollywood Records, Atlantic Recording Corporation, Alex Petch, Ana Matronic's Facebook, Epic Records