Best New Music: October
Miss Swift is back with another Reputation track and this one has me feeling major 1989 vibes. Lyrically, this song is everything we loved about "old Taylor." It's fun, it's cute, and it's all about being in love. Musically, it's very poppy and bright, sounding more like the work of her last album than the two singles she's already released this year. Either way, "Gorgeous" is a mixture of everything we loved about Taylor's previous works, but still sounds fresh and new. And I'm here for it.
p.s. It's rumored that the baby saying "gorgeous" in the beginning of the song is Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively's daughter, so do with that what you will.
Meaning of Life
The original American Idol is back with her eighth studio album proving why she's been the most successful Idol to date. Meaning of Life finds Kelly exploring the soulful roots she became known for on Idol, and the product is her best album yet. Kelly has said that this is the album she's always wanted to make, and the album that fans have been begging for for years. And honestly, thank God, because this is a true masterpiece. From the hit lead single "Love So Soft" to the inspirational bop "Go High" (which is based off of Michelle Obama's iconic DNC speech), each track is filled with heart and soul and truly moves you.
Miss Me More
Taking a page from Taylor Swift's book, Kelsea Ballerini is truly redefining modern country music. The country-pop starlet is back with another single that blurs genre lines to create a self-empowering bop that anyone can relate to. Sonically, "Miss Me More" feels like a missing track from Taylor's experimental Red era, and could absolutely be a crossover hit for Kelsea if it gets picked up by pop radio.
Selena Gomez & Marshmello
Billboard's Woman of the Year is back with another dj collaboration, this time with Marshmello. "Wolves" fits right in with the previous singles Selena has released this year, featuring her signature soft, almost-breathy verses and building choruses. This song will absolutely be a hit, and I'm sure some killer remixes are already in the works.
The Voice season 4 winner is back with one of her best singles yet. "Potential" is a beautiful ballad about falling in love with who you want someone to be, rather than who they really are. Danielle's voice soars through the choruses effortlessly, each building higher than the one before. This girl is just getting started, and that voice is unstoppable.
Almost a year after releasing his debut single, the former One-Directioner has officially released his first solo album. Featuring hits like "This Town" and "Slow Hands," Flicker finds Niall Horan exactly where he's always wanted to be. Whether you're a die-hard 1D fan or not, I think everyone can agree that the boys are better off solo. Flicker makes the third full release from a former 1D member, and each album sounds completely different from anything the band ever produced together. Niall has found his sound with this album, and I expect to hear a lot from this guy.
You may not recognize Daya's name, but you certainly know her voice. After having two of the biggest hits last year - her debut single "Hideaway" and The Chainsmokers' "Don't Let Me Down" - she's back with a heartbreakingly relatable song about those post-breakup regrets. This girl is a superstar in the making, and this song proves she's not just a two-hit wonder.
chapter three: yellow
This X Factor US alum is following her debut album with a set of EPs, each named after a primary color. This time around, yellow. Bea Miller is far beyond her years in talent and maturity and could honestly be a superstar. Her edgy blend of alternative pop fits right in with global sensations like Halsey and Lorde, and she could certainly hold her own among them. "Repercussions" is a fun song about wanting to cause some trouble without thinking about consequences, while "S.L.U.T." is a bop about just doing you. "To The Grave" is a darkpop song about not being able to keep secrets and honestly sounds like the theme song for a Pretty Little Liars spinoff.
Another former 1D member is back with more solo music. Following his debut single, "Strip That Down," Liam is back with his second official single and it's honestly even better than the first. Like Niall, Liam has also found his niche outside of 1D and I feel like his debut album will have a similar modern-pop sound.
The "Fight Song" singer is back with her second studio album, Waves. Stepping away from the self-empowerment theme of her previous singles, this album focuses more on love and loss, and the result is a wonderfully crafted piece of pop music. Lead single "Broken Glass" fits right along with her empowerment brand, but feels more modern with the instrumental chorus pumping through the "ooo"s and vocal runs. Album standouts "Perfect For You" and "Collide" are sure to be hits, fitting right into the sounds of pop radio today. Rachel Platten is back and proving she's not going anywhere.
Maren Morris (feat. Vince Gill)
Maren Morris and Vince Gill released this beautiful social commentary as a tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas tragedy. The incident took place at a country music festival, so having two huge names in country music come together to honor those victims is both incredible and moving. I think the song speaks for itself and absolutely deserves recognition.
Help Me Out
Maroon 5 (feat. Julia Michaels)
Readying the release of their next studio album, Red Pill Blues, Maroon 5 has teamed up with one of the brightest new names in music, Julia Michaels for a collaboration that feels effortlessly simple. "Help Me Out" is pure pop music, showing the transition Maroon 5 has made over the years. Adam and Julia's voices sound excellent in the back and forth of the verses, as well as the joined falsettos of the pre-chorus.