Lady Gaga – Lovegame
A certain saying springs to mind when discussing Stefani Germanotta’s newest single release, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” Just Dance and Poker Face have both been certified triple platinum on the Australian ARIA Charts. I cannot remember, if ever, an artist achieving this with two singles from the same album. Third single Eh Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say) was cute and summery, but sounded like an Ashlee Simpson sassy send-off – And it subsequently bombed. So for single no.4, Lady Gaga breeds Just Dance with Poker Face, throws in some Carribean horns and tops it off with one of the crudest allegories ever, “Let’s have some fun, this beat is sick, I wanna take a ride on your disco stick.” The result is nothing amazing, but still better and more ‘now’ than most other current pop music.
Ciara – Love Sex Magic (Feat. Justin Timberlake)
There’s good reason this all sounds a bit familiar. JT is on board as co-writer, creating a single that carries a beat eerily similar to previous hit Love Stoned, whilst the bridge echoes Chris Brown’s Forever. Not offering much in terms of innovation, Love Sex Magic still carries a few tricks up its sleeve. First and foremost, Ciara is here to have (and host) a good time. She effortlessly sizzles alongside JT and rightly asserts herself as the star of the show. Love Sex Magic is also an innately fun bump’n’grind dancefloor starter but Justin Timberlake’s legacy – This is not.
Wes Carr – Feels Like Woah
If Feels Like Woah was edible, it would taste like sugar-free chewing gum. Its immediately tasty, yet the flavour vanishes as quickly as it emerges. It’s the kind of wannabe anthem that after two listens, you know all the lyrics – After ten listens, you’re sick of it. It’s not all bad news for Carr though. His country-lite soft-rock is characteristically Aussie pub music and I can easily envisage inebriated university students chanting along with pints in the air.