BuzzFeed’s 25 Great Pop Songs You May Have Already Missed In 2015

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1. Shura, “2Shy”

The Deal: 23-year-old pop singer and songwriter from the UK with several killer singles already under her belt. A full album is expected this year and let’s hope so because everything she’s done so far has been sparkling and perfect.

Recommended if You Like: John Hughes movies, Sky Ferreira, Cyndi Lauper, firework sparklers

2. Tori Kelly, “Nobody Love”

The Deal: The mega talented 22-year-old singer-songwriter got some help from superproducer Max Martin on “Nobody Love,” which is always a good sign. She’s got an unstoppable voice, a huge following on YouTube and Vine, and will beeverywhere soon.

Recommended if You Like: Those horn stabs on Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” songs that go loud-quiet-loud, vocal acrobatics, dancing the backseats of cars

3. Maya Vik, “Y.M.D. (Young Michael Douglas)”

The Deal: Once voted “most beautiful woman in Norway,” Vik also plays bass and bass synthesizer, has a great Instagram, and even greater hair. “Y.M.D.” has production from untouchable electro-disco producer Lindstrom. Everyone wins.

Recommended if You Like: Synths that sound like neon lights, Robyn, Zima, Michael Douglas… when he was young

4. Phoebe Ryan, “Mine”

The Deal: Brand new on the scene (she has two songs and an R. Kelly/Miguel medley cover), Ryan says her “dream is to bring more indie-pop vibes to top 40 pop vibes.”

Recommended if You Like: Chrvches, green cotton candy, breathy vocals

5. Christine and the Queens, “iT”

The Deal: Already a thing in France, Christine and the Queens is actually just one woman — Parisian singer-songwriter Héloïse Letissier. Everyone from Lorde to Madonna to Mark Ronson have praised her sophisticated synth-pop.

Recommended if You Like: Lykke Li, being cautiously optimistic, women wearing tailored suits

6. LION BABE, “Jump Hi (feat. Childish Gambino)”

The Deal: A pop/R&B duo featuring Lucas Goodman and Jillian Hervey (Vanessa Williams’ daughter). They just have the one EP, but a full album is expected this year.

Recommended if You Like: The idea of Pharrell producing Erykah Badu, jump rope, fire hydrants as sprinklers

7. Iris, “I’ll Wait for You”

The Deal: Iris is Iris Campo, former indie rock drummer turned pop chanteuse. Brand spankin’ new — like, two songs on her Soundcloud new.

Recommended if You Like: Haim, believing in true love, minimal little synthpop jams

8. Grimes, “Realiti”

The Deal: The indie/pop/electronic queen released “Realiti” as a demo in the build up to the imminent release of a new album after a three year wait (!) since the star-making turn of Visions.

Recommended if You Like: Seapunk, Ellie Goulding if she made all her music in a cramped bedroom, pillowy-sounding synths

9. Wet, “Deadwater”

The Deal: Highly feted Brooklyn trio who make moody electro-pop that manages to sound both sad and redemptive. Beautiful and irresistible.

Recommended if You Like: Slow motion scenes in rom-coms, feeling wistful, Portishead, the electronic side of R&B

10. Tove Styrke, “Ego”

The Deal: Yep, another talented pop singer named Tove. Toves are so hot rn. This Tove finished third on Swedish Idol in 2009. “Ego” manages to sound both playful and anthemic. Neat trick, great song.

Recommended if You Like: Falsetto, bubbly-sounding synths, if Robyn was stoned

11. Sofi de la Torre, “What People Do”

The Deal: Spanish singer who clearly likes a slow-burning sophisticated pop gem (also check last year’s overlooked “Vermillion”).

Recommended if You Like: Walking around a city at night just looking at stuff, The Weeknd

12. Major Lazer & DJ Snake, “Lean On (feat. MØ)”

The Deal: Electro-dancehall party starters Major Lazer take some downers and come up with a blissed-out poolside jam.

Recommended if You Like: Drinks with tiny umbrellas, EDM if it was for weed instead of E, when synths sound like they’re underwater

13. Monogem, “Wait and See”

The Deal: The LA-based duo say they make “California-pool-party tunes” and I’m not here to argue. Slow and sultry electro-pop.

Recommended if You Like: Ballads that aren’t cheesy, string lights in backyards, “Only You” by Yaz

14. The Drums, “Kiss Me Again (RAC Mix)”

The Deal: RAC is André Allen Anjos. Even though the RAC album (Strangers) is a great and super underrated pop record, Anjos is primarily known for his remixes (over 200!). Here he refashions a track from Brooklyn indiepop dudes The Drums into a crisp synthpop jam.

Recommended if You Like: Early Depeche Mode, that indie dance night at the bar near your house, having your friend paint your nails black

15. Allie X, “Catch”

The Deal: Canadian that’s Katy Perry-approved. “Catch” is a maximalist, crammed-full-of-production-details stunner.

Recommended if You Like: T Swift’s “All You Had to Do Was Stay,” watching fireworks

16. Harrison, “How Can It Be (feat. Maddee)”

The Deal: Harrison is a 19-year-old kid from Toronto who’s already making sneakily brilliant electronic pop music.

Recommended if You Like: Ryan Hemsworth, skittering percussion, lush-but-cute video game soundtracks

17. TOURIST, “Holding On (feat. Josef Salvat & Niia)”

The Deal: Tourist co-wrote Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me,” and some of that aching fragility is on display here, although “Holding On” is far more propulsive and playful.

Recommended if You Like: Disclosure, Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be,” swelling and anthemic electro-pop

18. Becky G, “Lovin’ So Hard”

The Deal: The precocious “Shower” diva returns with a cute as fuck bop.

Recommended if You Like: Carly Rae Jepsen if she was funkier, bopping

19. Selah Sue, “Alone”

The Deal: MTV called the Belgian Sue “part Adele and part Erykah Badu,” which is somethin’ else all right. You can hear some of the throaty soulfulness of those two in Sue’s voice for sure. “Alone” is more of a beach party jam than you’re likely to hear from Adele or Badu, though.

Recommended if You Like: The idea of Pharrell producing Adele, sad songs that sound happy

20. The Knocks, “Classic (feat. Powers)”

The Deal: “It was the summer time / that summer high / oh what a masterpiece.” That just about sums up the vibe here. Unabashedly funky and sun-drenched.

Recommended if You Like: Strutting down the sidewalk like you own the damn thing, LEN’s “Steal My Sunshine,” when popsicles melt on your hand but you’re too blissed-out to care

21. Bianca, “Hi-5”

The Deal: Former UK girl group member goes solo and makes a glittering, amped-up, arms-in-the-air pop anthem.

Recommended if You Like: Early Madonna, disco balls, snogging

22. Nero, “The Thrill”

The Deal: Stomping synth anthem from UK trio also seen on the Great Gatsbysoundtrack.

Recommended if You Like: Chvrches if everything sounded even bigger, a film noir if it starred only robots

23. Frankie, “New Obsession”

The Deal: Almost obscenely summery pop from a true California child. Her EP is called Dreamstate named after… well, you know.

Recommended if You Like: Driving in Malibu, Britney Spears at her most playful, getting sand in your car and not caring at all

24. Brandon Flowers, “Lonely Town”

The Deal: Killers frontman goes solo and splits the difference between his Springsteen and ’80s new wave tendencies.

Recommended if You Like: Springsteen if he was new wave, the ’80s, gospel backup singers

25. KStewart, “Keeping You Up”

The Deal: A classic belter. So new she has literally yet to play her first show. “Keeping You Up” is a impossibly peppy and infectious and slinky synth-pop thing.

Recommended if You Like: ’90s diva house, Ariana Grande if she was London club kid, dancing with all your friends in sparkly tops

Here’s a Spotify playlist of (almost) all the songs:

Florence + The Machine performs on ‘Later… with Jools Holland’

Florence Welch may have broken her foot during Coachella , but that hasn’t slowed down their performances. She sang sitting down during all of Coachella weekend two, and again last night on Later … with Jools Holland. 

How Big How Blue How Beautiful is due out June 2nd. Watch Welch perform ‘Ship To Wreck’ and ‘What Kind Of Man’

Instagram Launches Dedicated Music Channel @Music

The Facebook-owned social network’s first category-specific vertical will showcase popular and emerging artists.

In a first for Instagram, the photo-sharing social network will use its considerable resources to promote a specific kind of content on the platform: music. The Facebook-owned company has launched a new, internally operated account,@Music, that it will use to showcase musicians and music lovers in the Instagram community.

Among the more than 300 million people who use Instagram, the company says more than 25% of the most popular accounts belong to musicians. Since it launched in 2010, the platform has become an integral promotions and communications tool for artists, and a go-to source of news and entertainment for fans. It’s where Taylor Swift shared a candid celebratory moment after first going No. 1, and where Beyoncé, the most-followed person on Instagram with 31 million followers, spoke out during Ferguson.

“Artists are using Instagram as a companion to the art that they’re making,” said Jonathan Hull, Instagram’s head of music partnerships, in an interview with BuzzFeed News. “Musicians lead really interesting lives, and Instagram has become a way for them to show their fans who they are and to give them a look inside of their world.”

After today, the @Music account will update once daily Tuesday through Sunday. Content will include short profiles of featured artists and a mix of editorial series, including one offering 15-second music lessons and another spotlighting independent artists in cities around the world. Beyond drawing attention to the A-listers among its ranks, representatives for Instagram said a primary goal of @Music will be spotlighting dynamic emerging talent.

“We’re looking to break artists,” said Alex Suskind, music editor at Instagram. “One of the things we’re focusing on is emerging and unsigned talent who are using the platform to share their music and their stories in a unique way.”

Two profiles will be launching on the account today that will telegraph the breadth of Instagram’s ambitions for the program. One will be of Questlove, drummer for The Roots and well-known music personality, and another will be of Tricot, a nascent math-rock band from Japan. Short blurbs will appear below photos sourced from the artists’ own accounts, with more in-depth profiles available at Instagram’s blog.

By creating exclusive editorial content, Instagram hopes to become a full-service destination for music lovers, and to enhance its position as a critical ally for artists and labels. Right now, users spend around 21 minutes per day on the app on average, a figure that it that it believes can be improved with high-quality editorial offered at dedicated channels. @Music will essentially act as a spin-off of the official @Instagram account, which boasts an enormous 65 million followers and similarly spotlights noteworthy existing content on the platform. Channels based on other topics may follow.

“If we can help more members of the Instagram community find these great accounts, that’s going to make their experience on Instagram more rich,” said Hull.

Instagram isn’t the first social network to try to harness the reliable popularity and prestige of the music industry. In 2013, Twitter launched #Music, a short-lived effort to corral music-related tweets and trending artists into a discrete destination for fans. But users never adopted the #Music app, or made much use of the #Music Twitter account, and the company backed away from the initiative just six months after launch.

Instagram says it’s taking a different approach with @Music.

“This is not a new product that we’re building,” said Hull. “We’re just extending the great work that our community has already done.”

In the coming days, other artists to be showcased on Instagram Music include British synth-pop trio Until the Ribbon Breaks and Korean punk band No Brain.

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Miranda Lambert Adds a Latin Flavor to “Two of a Crime” for the Comedy “Hot Pursuit”

“Two of a Crime” was written for the upcoming comedy film Hot Pursuit which stars Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara.

“Reese texted me and told me about the movie and wanted me to write something or sing or both,” Lambert told Rolling Stone Country,“It was a bit of a Thelma and Louise theme and that’s totally up my alley. It is really so fun to be part of it.”

Look for Hot Pursuit in theaters on May 8.

Fun.’s Nate Ruess Debuts New Song ‘AhHa’

Nate Ruess is best known for being the lead singer for Fun. But, he is coming out with a solo album due out June 16, “grand romantic.”

His latest track, “AhHa,” is here.  Listen below.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, the fun. singer opened up about his upcoming album, set for release June 16th, which began with songs he penned for fun.’s Some Nights follow-up before deciding to keep the tunes for himself. “You get a little selfish about the songs that you write, and it’s really hard to do that in a group setting, where there are two other people, and you have to think about everybody else’s feelings,” Ruess said. “I’m writing and singing these songs about myself. When you work with producers versus bandmates, that line becomes a lot less blurry.”

Shawn Mendes and Jacquie Lee Beautifully Cover Ed Sheeran’s ‘Give Me Love’

Sixteen year-old vine singer-turned-mainstream artist Shawn Mendes is no stranger to covering Ed Sheeran. Earlier this month, Mendes told Rolling Stone that he wants to be the next Sheeran. “His whole style is not fake at all. That’s how I want to be.”

During a sold-out concert in San Francisco on Friday, Mendes and The Voice’s Jacquie Lee covered Sheeran’s “Give Me Love.”

Soon, Mendes will now appear on select dates for Taylor Swift‘s 1989 World Tour.

Demi Lovato Dedicates ‘Warrior’ to Bruce Jenner in Concert

Singer Demi Lovato is one of several celebrities to support Olympic legend Bruce Jenner.

Lovato dedicated her performance of “Warrior” to Jenner at her concert at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand over the weekend.

“What’s incredible is that an American hero, an Olympian… to be honest, I didn’t know who he was until Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” she said, echoing many younger Americans.  “And let’s be honest, neither did you.”

“But I just want to, like, dedicate this song, and it’s so cheesy that I’m even doing this, but f*** it, whatever, to someone who became an even bigger hero last night… he probably saved so many lives and educated so many people.”