Music Monday #1 ; One Direction, Hailee Steinfeld, R. City & Robin Thicke

Music Monday is a series where I will introcuce and review new songs, albums and artists, songs that are gaining a lot of popularity, or songs that I’m currently obsessed with. Today’s music monday will feature One Direction, Hailee Steinfeld, R.City/Adam Levine, Robin Thicke and Lana Del Rey

Hailee Steinfeld – Love Myself

Yep, actress and (now) singer Hailee Steinfeld just dropped her first single. Hailee is most known for her role as Emily Junk in Pitch Perfect 2. Singing her own version of “Flashlight” by Jessie J in the movie really catapulted her in the spotlight. In May it was announced that she had signed a record deal with Republic records, with new music being released later that year.

Now, Hailee dropped her first single “Love Myself”. The song is a light, upbeat pop song, very much to the style of Charli XCX or Icona Pop. Production wise the song doesn’t seem to be offering more than the normal radio hit, which doesn’t make it less catchy though.

Watch out for this song to be played on the radio. It’s the next iHeart Radio “On The Verge” song so it is going to get a nice amount of airplay on US Radio within its chart run. I can easily see this being a “Nobody Love” (Tori Kelly) sized hit.

Check out the full review i did on “Love Myself” -> Love Myself Review

R. City – Locked Away

Also, fairly recently R. City released his new single “Locked Away (feat. Adam Levine)”. Locked Away is mainly a Pop/Hip Hop song with Adam Levine singing the chorus and the hooks and R. City sing-rapping in the verses. In terms of how it’s built up, it reminds a lot of Stereo Hearts by Gym Class Heroes, which was also featuring Adam Levine. The song was produced by Dr. Luke and Cirkut (they are also behind songs like Maroon 5’s “Sugar, Shakira’s “Dare (La La La)”, Miley Cirus’ “Wrecking Ball” etc.). The Song has already seen a nice surge on iTunes in the United States and is close from entering the top 10. “Locked Away” is definitely looking like it’s going to be a decent hit.

One Direction – Drag Me Down

For first single without recently departed Zayn Malik, ‘1D’ are counting on a very energetic, mid-tempo Pop song. “Drag Me Down” is all about a nice bass line, catchy hooks and melodies and a good pop production. This single definitely tries to stay away from their usual and predictable teen Pop/Rock sound. In fact, this is a rather surprising single choice for them. That being said, it is still Pop… it’s pretty much pure pop, so they are not going to have trouble finding success with this. One Direction is now more Pop than ever before, but this sound is also more grown up and doesn’t feature  any pre-teen love stories like 90% of their other singles did. It’s more of a big “thank you” to their fans that stayed with them over the years and now, after Zayn left the band, a pretty big change. “All my life you stood by me, When no one else was ever behind me, All these lights, they can’t blind me, With your love nobody can drag me down” One Direction also shot the music video for “Drag Me Down” last week, according to news sites and blogs it might be space themed, seeing as they shot it at the NASA Space Center in Houston. Stay tuned for that to come out in the near future!

This seems like the single they needed at this stage in their careers. I’m definitely curious to see where this single takes them!

Robin Thicke – Back Together (feat. Nicki Minaj)

The new single from Robin Thicke is a collaboration with Nicki Minaj. Back Together was produced and written by Max Martin, Savan Kotecha and Ali Payami – all very credible Pop music producers. Back Together is possibly Robin Thicke’s most pop friendly single so far, which is not very surprising when you look at its producers. However, this still seems like it’s Robin’s style. While the song is very disco influenced with lots of synth and disco beat, Thicke’s vocals are still on the more soulful side, definitely giving this song a nice extra element. However, it does seem very similar to a lot of today’s pop songs. In fact, the beginning reminds me a lot of the breakdown in Cool For The Summer by Demi Lovato, which doesn’t surprise me because that was also produced by Max Martin.

I’m not sure this song will be the hit Robin Thicke probably wanted (considering he went to one of Pop music’s biggest producers Max Martin), but i do think people should give him another chance, because the song is actually not half bad.

What songs/albums do you wanna see in next week’s Music Monday? Comment below or hit me up on twitter @DawleyGaming 

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