By James Dinh
Kelly Clarkson fans: Don't fret! Even though the "American Idol" alum isn't dropping her brand-new studio album until September, the singer/songwriter is already beginning to hype the project. Over the weekend, the powerhouse pop star announced via Facebook that she'll be releasing the LP's lead single in July.
And when that happens, the heat will be scorching, meaning only one thing: Summer will be upon us. Like every year, a select song is unanimously chosen by the public as the jam of the summer season.
Noticeably absent from the public, Clarkson may have just the right tune to get fans on their feet and rocking out. (Remember "Since U Been Gone" and "My Life Would Suck Without You"?) Even though no details regarding the singer's new song have surfaced, she's already facing some heavy competition for the coveted Summer Jam title. Peep our list of potential summer anthems of 2011:
Lady Gaga, "Edge of Glory"
After "Alejandro" snatched up MTV's Summer Jam title last year, Gaga has high chances of earning the title once again with her feel-good dance single "Edge of Glory." Inspired by her late grandfather, the pop star co-produced the Born This Way cut alongside DJ White Shadow and Fernando Garibay. "It's a bold move on her part to put this out there the way it is, where the full version is intact [on the radio]. When was the last time you heard a musical solo sax break in the middle of a song on the radio?" Garibay recently told MTV News.
Katy Perry, "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)"
Well, Fernando Garibay, to answer your question, Katy Perry's latest single "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" also features a saxophone break. Ruling the past year with back-to-back-to-back hits, Mrs. Russell Brand shows no signs of stopping with this catchy track about recalling a wild evening's string of antics. Plus, who doesn't love a cheerleading-like T-G-I-F chant?
Pitbull (featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer), "Give Me Everything"
In his quest to take over the dance floor (and collaborate with just about everybody under the sun), Pitbull teams up with Ne-Yo and Nayer for this club-ready track. As the second single from the rapper's Planet Pit, the tune is already creating waves with heavy rotation on both pop and urban radio.
Joe Jonas, "See No More"
Sure, the first taste of solo music from Joe Jonas has yet to see the light of day, but that will all change when he drops "See No More" on June 3. Co-written by himself and Chris Brown, the Brian Kennedy-produced song is the lead single off Joe's highly anticipated solo debut, which hits stores September 6. The singer recently told Rolling Stone magazine that he wanted to incorporate dance into the album, saying, "I wanted to make a record that a DJ would be attracted to. I love electronic European sounds that are just big."
What songs will you be listening to this summer? Share your suggestions below!