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Playlist: 10 tracks you need to hear
Kelly Clarkson: 'What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger)'
Serving as the second single from her recent Stronger album, 'What Doesn't Kill You' is a stereo-thumping track loaded with airy rock-riffs and the powerhouse vocals that only Kelly knows how to do. LC
Skepta: 'Hold On'
The king of UK grime returns with the first cut from his forthcoming album, which is due out in spring next year. After a number of underground releases, the stadium-ready chorus and radio friendly rhymes of 'Hold On' mark a long-awaited return to the mainstream charts. The track is officially released on January 1. RC
Michael Kiwanuka: 'I'm Getting Ready'
Fresh from supporting Adele and Laura Marling on tour and performing alongside Coldplay's Chris Martin at an intimate gig last week, Michael Kiwanuka is preparing to release his third EP 'Home Again' on January 1. The new collection will include new cut 'I'm Getting Ready', which is a gentle composition of mellow guitars and soulful tones. LC
The Saturdays: 'Faster'
After their latest album stalled in the charts last week, The Saturdays will be hoping that a prompt single release can salvage the project. 'Faster' continues the club friendly sounds of 'All Fired Up' that almost topped the charts; and better yet, it sounds like the sequel to Alexis Jordan's 'Happiness'. RC
Elsie: 'The Assassin (Bang Bang)'
Up-and-coming singer Elsie will follow her free download 'Dakota' with her first official singles 'The Assassin (Bang Bang)'. Having been endorsed by sports super-brand Adidas, the Blondie-tinged singer offers a stirring mix of bulshy beats and husky tones. The single will be available to download on February 5. LC
The Weeknd: 'The Knowing'
Despite it being available since March, The Weeknd has only just debuted his first official music video for 'The Knowing'. The Ethiopian Canadian R&B maestro delivers an ethereal collection of crashing beats and airy chimes to backdrop his soulful vocal and emotive lyrics of adultery. The track is taken from his mixtape House Of Balloons. LC
Reece Mastin: 'Good Night'
Fresh from winning Australia's X Factor, 17-year-old Reece Mastin - who originally hails from Scunthorpe - has promptly put out his debut single. While the riff has more than a passing resemblance to Pink's 'Raise Your Glass', we can see why he went overseas to find fame when their winner's singles are of this calibre. RC
Professor Green: 'Never Be A Right Time'
The official follow-up to Pro Green's chart-topping 'Read All About It', 'Never Be A Right Time' is another rousing ballad that deals with heartbreak. The track is a Streets-inspired mix of light hip-hop beats and plain truth lyricism. It's available to download now. LC
Vox Halo ft. LaDolla: 'Criminal'
Her career may have had more false starts than an Olympic 100 metre runner, but British singer LaDolla (known as Dollface in 2009) remains determined to crack the charts. Her latest track - a feather light club-pop number - is a collaboration with the relatively unknown Vox Halo; and after a mere three listens the result is worryingly addictive. RC
The Penelopes: 'Now Now Now'
French duo The Penelopes are hoping to bring their distinct brand of sun-kissed electro-pop to the UK masses next year. Their first release - which is available to download now - is a perky slice of lounge-pop complete with a wonderful whistling middle 8. Listen to the track in full below: RC
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