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Playlist: 10 tracks you need to hear
Willow Smith ft. Nicki Minaj: 'Fireball'
It may have been a while since we've heard anything from Willow Smith, but given she's 10 years old, we'll leave the tardiness lecture to Will and Jada Pinkett for now. Following the mighty '21st Century Girl', she's returned with 'Fireball', a ballsy, bubblegum hip-hop number with a melody more vicious than a schoolyard jump rope final. Thankfully, Nicki Minaj manages to avoid cursing during her guest skit. RC
Taio Cruz: 'Hangover'
With his international profile at its peak, Taio Cruz is heading up his third studio album TY.O with new single 'Hangover'. Taking an 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' approach, the song is Cruz's trademark mix of pumping club beats and skyscraper synths - with a rap courtesy of Flo Rida thrown in for good measure. LC
Guillemots: 'I Don't Feel Amazing Now'
Lead by the fantastically named Fyfe Dangerfield, Brummie four-piece Guillemots will release 'I Don't Feel Amazing Now' as the third single from their latest album Walk the River. The track - out October 24 - is a breezy ballad of mellow guitars and raw vocals. LC
Emeli Sandé: 'Daddy'
She may have been busy writing songs for Syco acts Susan Boyle and Leona Lewis, but Emeli Sandé has also managed to prep her second single 'Daddy'. Scheduled for November 20, the soul-dripping cut is a collaboration with producer Naughty Boy and will feature on her debut album due to follow in the new year. LC
The Woo Woo's: 'Fizzy Lettuce'
They might be named after one of the fruitiest cocktails known to man, but new all-female trio The Woo Woo's are far from bubblegum pop. In fact, judging by the Massive Attack-meets-early-Sugababes sound of buzz track 'Fizzy Lettuce', 'Dark & Stormy' might have been a more appropriate alco-pop spinoff. Listen to the song in full below, which is available to download next month. RC
B.o.B ft. Lil Wayne: 'Strange Clouds'
Having topped the charts Stateside with his debut album The Adventures of Bobby Ray and picking up a pair of number one singles in the UK last year, B.o.B ramps up the bass for the trailer from his new LP 'Strange Clouds' - a squelchy, menacing offering with a speaker-splitting guest rap from Lil Wayne. RC
The Civil Wars: 'Barton Hollow'
After cracking the Top 20 with their debut album in the US earlier this year, Nashville duo Joy Williams and John Paul White aka The Civil Wars are early favourites to take the UK shores by storm in 2012. Their debut offering 'Barton Hollow' is a pacey slice of bluegrass soul with some seriously impressive harmonies. RC
will.i.am ft. Jennifer Lopez and Mick Jagger: 'Hard'
This solo track from the Black Eyed Peas frontman will do little to quash rumours of the band's imminent split, but its curious lineup could be an even bigger talking point - roping in Ms. Lopez and Mick Jagger himself for guest spots. Like most of his efforts, we're guessing this one takes a while to sink in. RC
Kelly Clarkson: 'What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger)'
Tackling those pesky hackers head on, Kelly Clarkson officially debuted 'What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger)' online last week after she discovered many different demos of the track floating around the web. The song is lifted from her upcoming album Stronger, which is out on October 24. LC
Tyga ft. Chris Richardson: 'Far Away'
Finally getting its official UK release, Young Money's Tyga has teamed up with US crooner Chris Richardson for hip-hop power ballad 'Far Away', in which the rapper spits lyrics of regrettable heartbreak and lost love over a bop-inducing military beat and soaring strings. LC
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