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Playlist: 10 tracks you need to hear

By and Lewis Corner
Listen to ten of our favourite new songs below, including tracks by Mark Owen, Mariah Carey, Chase & Status and Demi Lovato.

Mark Owen: 'Stars' (out June 10)
Before Take That return to sell out another string of stadium dates across Europe, Mark Owen is taking the time to reignite his own solo career. New cut 'Stars' hears the singer do what he does best; quirky lyrics, guitar-flecked hooks and a sky-soaring finale.



Mariah Carey ft. Miguel: '#Beautiful' (out now)
While we're inclined to swap the order of singers in the title, Carey's new single thankfully ticks all the boxes for a chart hit: throwback R&B beats, soulful grooves, a winning guest feature and a chorus that doesn't take long to invade the brain.



Chase & Status: 'Lost & Not Found' (out June 30)
Chase & Status return just in time for the summer festival season with a sound less harder than we're accustomed to from the duo, blending sky-soaring strings over a featherlight drum 'n' bass riff and Louis M^tters' soothing vocal.



Demi Lovato ft. Cher Lloyd: 'Really Don't Care' (out May 13)
After locking horns with Simon Cowell on that last series of The X Factor USA, Demi Lovato has now teamed up with his favourite self-confessed brat Cher Lloyd for a duet. The bouncy pop number hears the pair tell a cheating ex that he can do one, because they quite frankly don't care anymore.



Feathers: 'Soft' (out May 27)
It's clear to see why Depeche Mode chose Feathers to support them at this year's SXSW. Their mix of tinny drum machine beats, euphoric synths and echoed vocals are not too different from Dave Gahan and co's early hits.



Lauryn Hill: 'Neurotic Society' (out now)
We know that Lauryn Hill isn't exactly thrilled about her latest release, which coincides with a three-month jail sentence and a million-dollar record deal with Sony. It may sound rough around the edges, but she's proven that despite more than ten years away from the game, her flow remains inimitable.



Martin Solveig: 'Hey Now' (June 16)
Yes, we know it sounds almost identical to his 2011 smash hit 'Hello', but the formula - playful lyrics that chant over a summery, thumping chorus - still sounds fresh on the ears.



Annie: 'Tubestops and Lonely Hearts' (release date n/a)
During her time at Xenomania, Annie began work on a "tribute to the rave culture in the early '90s". She continued the session with producer Ville Haimala to produce this latest cut - a swirling club number, underlaid by glitchy beats and synths.



Kim Cesarion: 'Undressed' (out June 30)
22-year-old singer-songwriter Kim Cesarion hails from Sweden. He recently penned a deal with Sony Music in the US and UK following success in his homeland. If we were in the business of comparing him to established artists, Justin Timberlake and The Weeknd come to mind.



Vampire Weekend: 'Ya Hey' (out now)
The band trail their third studio album Modern Vampires of the City with 'Ya Hey'; a track that blends a glorious arm-waving melody with bitter lyrics and a quirky chorus that leaves us eager to hear the rest of the LP.



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