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Playlist: 10 tracks you need to hear

By and Lewis Corner
Listen to our ten favourite forthcoming releases this week, including Katy Perry, Will Young, Sam Sparro and Nicki Minaj.

Katy Perry: 'Part of Me'
Seemingly not content with the massive chart successes of Teenage Dream, Katy Perry will release a repackaged version of the set - titled The Complete Confection - on March 26. 'Part of Me' will be included as one of three new songs and serve as KP's new single. With lyrics like: "This is the part of me you're never going to take away," we can't help but speculate that this song may be aimed at a certain British comic/actor. LC



Will Young: 'Losing Myself' (out March 19)
We weren't sure which song Will should release next from his chart-topping Echoes album (because it's all exceptionally brilliant), but having seen the accompanying music video for 'Losing Myself', we think he made the right decision. Produced by electro boff Richard X, the track's lounge-pop beat and spacey synths are deceptively addictive. RC



Gym Class Heroes ft. Neon Hitch: 'Ass Back Home' (out February 20)
Since Travie McCoy returned to his Heroes clan after a brief solo stint, they've become leaders in the stadium rap-pop field. Their latest, which features rising star Neon Hitch, is another bouncy and radio-friendly track with a worryingly catchy chorus. The band's new album, The Papercut Chronicles II, follows a week later. RC



Martin Solveig ft. Dragonette & Idoling!!!: 'Big in Japan' (out now)
Yes, it sounds their last hit 'Hello', but we'll happily admit that we're far from tired of this sound yet. Helmed by Madonna hitmaker Solveig, this sunny electropop number is, dare we say, considerably perkier that Madge's recent efforts. Watch the official music video below: RC



Utah Saints vs. Drumsound & Bassline Smith: 'What Can You Do For Me' (out February 26)
Fans of Annie Mac's Radio 1 show will no doubt already be familiar with this song, as well as the original version of this track, which was recorded by the same group in 1991 on a 1MB computer. The re-working has been injected with a serious dosage of 'oomph', but the vocal hooks remain as addictive as the original. Watch the official music video below: RC



Nicki Minaj: 'Marilyn Monroe' (release TBC)
After splitting opinion with her bluntly titled buzz track 'Stupid Hoe', Minaj showcases her softer side on leaked cut 'Marilyn Monroe'. The track hears the star sing of self-confessed imperfection over light piano riffs, making it her most heart-warming song to date. LC



Sam Sparro: The Shallow End (release TBC)
Busy tweaking his second studio album Return To Paradise before its release this spring, Sam Sparro has treated fans to one of the collection's new tracks. 'The Shallow End' is an effortlessly stylish mix of funky disco riffs and the singer's soulful tones. Think Friendly Fires meets Scissor Sisters. LC



Far*East Movement: 'Jello' (release TBC)
Following their commercial breakthrough in 2010 with 'Like A G6', club-loving collective Far*East Movement are currently prepping their fourth studio album for release later this year. 'Jello' - the lead single from the new LP - is a by-numbers mix of wobbly basslines and lyrics about watching 'hot girls' walk down the street and dance in the club. LC



Angel ft. Wretch 32: 'Go In, Go Hard' (out March 11)
Recently shortlisted as one of MTV's Brand New for 2012 acts, London-based crooner Angel has been touted as one to watch on the UK chart scene. He has teamed up with Wretch 32 for his official debut single 'Go In, Go Hard', which is a cool slice of electro-R&B with a crowd-rousing chorus ready for the arenas. LC



Perfume Genius: 'Hood'
Seattle-born Mike Hadreas aka Perfume Genius is hoping to make his mark in the UK later this year with the release of his second album Put Your Back N 2 It and a string of tour dates. Given that the music video for his new single 'Hood' stars gay porn icon Arpad Miklos and his music is grade A sad-pop, we're sure he won't have much trouble drawing some attention. RC



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