Last week's new single releases were a mixed bag of catchy pop numbers to heavier rock songs. Perhaps the highlight of the week was a rare collaboration between Mark Pritchard and Thom Yorke on "Beautiful People." But overall, there was plenty of intriguing music to listen to.
Here're our picks of the week.
"Close" by Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo
"Close" is the lead single from Nick Jonas' upcoming third album "Last Year Was Complicated." Featuring Swedish singer Tove Lo, the song is about not being able to open up and be vulnerable to the ones you love. In terms of sound, the track dwells in the down-tempo/pop space with a chorus that you can easily sing along to.
"Who's With Me" by Flo Rida
Flo Rida's new single is something quite unusual yet fresh. Although it has an RnB style rhythm, it also has a country vibe in terms of sound. This kind of a sound is generally not seen in a Flo Rida track.
"Happiness" by Pet Shop Boys
A track with a dance pop/synth pop feel, "Happiness" is the third single from British duo Pet Shop Boys' upcoming 13th studio album, "Super." The album will be released April 1, 2016.
"Beautiful People" by Mark Pritchard featuring Thom Yorke
When you combine an ambient house genius with a rock vocalist whose voice can blend in to the sound itself, you get "Beautiful People." Featuring Thom Yorke of Radiohead, this song is quite attractive due to its minimalistic instrumentation and melody lines.
"We Don't Have To Dance" by Andy Black
Black Veil Brides' frontman Andrew Biersack has been making music under the Andy Black moniker since 2014. "We Don't Have To Dance," an alternative rock track, is the lead single from his upcoming album "The Shadow Side."
"American Oxygen" by X Ambassadors
American alternative rockers X Ambassadors released their own version of Rihanna's "American Oxygen" this week. Originally written by Sam Harris of X Ambassadors, the track can be a treat to a rock music fan's ears. Although it has the same feel as the Rihanna song, the rock instrumentation is what makes the difference.
"Cry Baby" by Cage The Elephant
Kentucky-based indie rockers Cage The Elephant are known for a sound that has elements of alternative rock, garage rock and blues rock blended with indie rock. "Cry Baby" is a good example of it. The song is from their fourth studio album, "Tell Me I'm Pretty," and its music video was released last week.