Greetings my fellow music lovers! To make your first weekend of February the best few days of 2012 so far, I’ve prepared for you a special treat: an oversized, jam-packed edition of “Spinning on My iPod” – a series of posts where I share my hopelessly subjective opinions on the most current, of-the-moment singles in today’s mainstream music scene. In light of this lengthy 20-song spinning list – which is simply ordered here alphabetically by artist name – I’ve decided to keep my commentary short for brevity’s sake. (Note: each description is Tweet-length-appropriate – 140 characters or less – so #please feel free to RT and @re-share with your twiends) Hopefully, the songs – which vary in genre from dance pop to hip-hop/R&B – speak for themselves, and as always, feedback in the comments section is welcome. To listen to each song, just click on the bolded title headers.
Remiss of a hit song since his 2007 T-Pain aided “Cyclone,” rapper/lazy singer Baby Bash looks to regain his form w/ white-hot R&B’er Miguel.
Striking while the iron’s hot, of-the-moment DJ/producer Calvin Harris rushes out yet another appealing, albeit formulaic, slice of Euro pop.
Philly-based alt hip-hop band Chiddy Bang serves up a delicious slice of old-school soul on this vibrant cut buoyed by a gospel-tinged hook.
Not sure if it’s really OK to forgive Breezy, but a cut as compellingly energetic as this merits high praise: indelible, addictive, awesome.
Vets Josh Alexander & Billy Steinberg give former Disney teen now adult a sophisticated dance pop sheen while Lovato turns in a strong vocal.
Produced by T-Minus, this bonus cut off of Drake’s sophomore record is a rhythmic, simple track that rides a simple, easygoing 3 minute flow.
A pulsating track geared for the clubs and Top 40 radio alike, new arrival Duncan brings us a euphoric piece of pop with an addictive hook.
Following his guest spot on Tempah’s breakthrough hit “Written In The Stars”, Turner follow-up with a similar-sounding solo single of his own.
Following their support role on Monáe’s Campus Consciousness Tour, indie pop band offers up this fine single, their first to hit the Hot 100.
Released in July, Australian-Belgian singer and songwriter Gotye is finally ready to garner Top 4o success with this earnest, downtempo alternative cut.
Australian DJ Havana Brown hooks up with ubiquitous pop svengali RedOne and equally omnipresent Pitbull on this infectious, catchy club cut.
Following his breakout success with single “Work Out”, talented rapper J. Cole demonstrates exceptional flow on this appealing laid-back cut.
The lead single to its titular film’s soundtrack, Jennifer Hudson and Ne-Yo pack a potent one-two punch on this contemporary slice of soul.
Underrated hip-hop artist K’Naan delivers a soaring, compelling case for overdue mainstream success, accompanied by a resurgent Nelly Furtado.
Recent third placers on The X Factor, British-Irish boyband serve up an embarrassingly hooky lead single complete with a soaring chorus and cowbell percussion to boot.
Now in his renewed status as a charting artist, T-Pain brings expert craftsman Dr. Luke behind the boards to deliver a destined follow-up hit.
Rushed as a haste follow-up to his less-than-original lead single “Hangover”, Cruz improves by leaps-and-bounds on this crunchy, dance-driven club track.
Riding high a career resurgence with Save Me, San Francisco, veteran acoustic-pop group Train serves up this infectious, humming hit-bound lead single off their upcoming sixth studio release.
- New K’naan Featuring Nelly Furtado! (perezhilton.com)
- 5 Songs Spinning on my iPod (thesocialsonictraveler.wordpress.com)
- The Unstoppable Janelle Monae Wows Us Again (bellasugar.com)
- Nelly Furtado Talks New Album In 2012! (perezhilton.com)
- Chiddy Bang, Live at Reggies (thegallant.com)
- 20 Songs Spinning on My iPod (thesocialsonictraveler.wordpress.com)