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Playlist: 10 tracks you need to hear
Christina Aguilera: 'Your Body' (release date tbc)
The singer has finally unleashed the lead single from her upcoming album Lotus, and we're pleased to report the final version is little different from the leaked demo that had us excited a few weeks ago. The result is a belter of an electro-meets-R&B anthem that feels both fresh and exciting.
Ruby Goe: 'Sq1' (out October 28)
After a year which has seen her critical acclaim rise exponentially with buzz tracks 'Get On It' and 'Get Up', East London singer Ruby Goe is hoping to bring her unique sound to the charts with 'Sq1'; a twisted alt-pop gem that doffs its cap to the likes of Robyn and Lykke Li.
Asaf Avidan: 'One Day/Reckoning Song' (Wankelmut Remix) (out October 7)
Knob-twiddling extraordinaire Wankelmut has already topped the charts in seven countries this summer with his folk-dance reswizzle of this track by Asaf Avidan. He may be leaving it a little late to release the song on these shores, but we reckon it makes for the perfect indian summer anthem.
Misha B: 'Do You Think Of Me?' (out October 28)
The former X Factor star follows up her debut hit 'Home Run' with something altogether bigger and more chart-friendly. Dedicated to her mother, this soaring dance ballad is both dancefloor-ready and beautifully touching.
Carly Rae Jepsen: 'This Kiss' (release date tbc)
We'll admit that we were ready to label Carly Rae Jepsen a one-hit wonder, but as her debut album proves, she's eager to prove otherwise. The follow-up to the unstoppable 'Call Me Maybe' is another unapologetic pop number that's equally as sweet and worryingly addictive.
Matt Cardle: 'It's Only Love' (out October 28)
After parting ways with Simon Cowell's Syco label despite not-too-shabby sales of his debut LP Letters, Matt Cardle has promptly returned with a follow-up in the form of The Fire. Lead single 'It's Only Love' is a chirpy power anthem complete with his trademark ad-libs which, dare we say, is easily the best thing he's put out yet.
Cher Lloyd: 'Oath' (out in the US on October 2)
Cher's metamorphosing into the next Avril Lavigne continues on 'Oath', a brand new single from the US edition of her debut album. But while the lyrics are packed with awkward Americanisms, it's difficult not to enjoy a chorus as bright and catchy as this.
Nicki Minaj ft. Cassie: 'The Boys' (release date tbc)
We'll be the first to say that the last thing Nicki Minaj's current album needs is more tracks, but we can't help feeling excited over the handful of new songs we'll be getting from Roman Reloaded: The Re-up later this year. Her new single attempts to blend the two sides of the LP: bonkers rapping with a chart-friendly chorus courtesy of long-lost R&B singer Cassie.
Fridge Magnets: 'She Don't Dance' (October 21)
Following the success of their previous hit 'Feeling Grows' - which was heavily championed by Radio 1 - rising Scottish band Fridge Magnets will put out 'She Don't Dance' next month. The result is a hectic, indie-meets-trance gem that lives up to their reputation as the country's "drunkest band".
Natalia Kills: 'Controversy' (release date n/a)
Her debut album Perfectionist was one of last year's lost gems, but that hasn't deterred Natalia Kills from quickly getting back in the saddle. 'Controversy' - a taster of what to expect from her upcoming LP Trouble next year - sees her stepping up the quirkiness a few notches further.
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