Songs I’m Loving Right Now: Mid-June 2012

These are five songs, on and off the radio, with which I am in love. Conditionally, of course.

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Call Me Maybe
Carly Rae Jepsen
Written by : Carly Rae Jepsen, Josh Ramsay, Travish Crowes
Produced by: Josh Ramsay
Curiosity
Interscope

Aly & AJ must be furious! Here’s the huge successful song they accidently dropped in the garbage that night in the studio and who would find it but music show participant, Carly Rae Jepsen. You might actually have to be deaf to not be able to appreciate the mind-melting sweetness of this Canadian’s new single off her sophomore album. Carly sings like Michelle Branch and looks like a Zooey Deschanel wannabe but nothing tops the music video. I won’t ruin it for you if you haven’t seen it. It’s genius.

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How We Do (Party)
Rita Ora
Written by: Victor Alexander, Kelly Sheehan, Bonnie McKee
Produced by: The Runners, The Monarch
O.R.A.
Roc Nation

When I heard her new single I was like, “Great, another random R&B singer with one hit.” I still might be right but Ora’s infectious summer single “How We Do” shows off some impressive vocals and a cross between Rihanna and Ke$ha when it comes to style and as for swagger it’s all Gwen Stefani. Let’s see how she handles her first album, though, before we write her off completely. She’s quoted as saying that it covers that feeling when you “wake up in the morning and want to take another whiskey shot.” I like that instead of just saying it like Ke$ha does they wrote a song around it. Which seems infinitely more musical, and smarter.

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Outta My Head
Daughtry
Written by: Chris Daughtry, Marti Frederiksen
Produced by: Howard Bensen
Breaking the Spell
RCA

Like an 80’s hair metal stadium anthem á la Def Leppard, the third single from their third album Break the Spell rocks as legitimately as Daughtry could dream. It has great vocals, as always, from the lead singer but it still mostly just sounds like Nickelback. Howard Bensen’s production also merits mention, especially since I know his work well with artists like Flyleaf and Kelly Clarkson.

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Come on a Cone
Nicki Minaj
Written by: Nicki Minaj, Chauncey Hollis (Hit-Boy)
Produced by: Hit-Boy
Pink Friday… Roman Reloaded
Universal Republic

Nicki Minaj is good at rhyming sometimes, when she’s not wearing neon yellow wigs and Baroque-era dresses cutoff like short shorts, and [Come on a Cone] is a great rap song with a really witty hook and exceptional production quality with an entomological beat. Oh, wait, it has an interlude where Nicki sings with great conviction, “Dick in your face.” So, we shouldn’t put it the radio.

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Greyhound
Swedish House Mafia
Written by: Axwell, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Hans Zimmer, DJ Daaar
Produced by: Swedish House Mafia
One Night Stand
EMI

Swedish House Mafia hit a jackpot with this jamming electronica number. It’s so much fun it should be criminal and never loses its momentum pushing through like an athlete with a trainer. There’s no need for a Ke$ha-style hedonism verse, when a song so clearly speaks about clubbing with each synth burst and programming of a beat machine. The music video is worth seeing for great graphics and fashion.

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~ by vinyabarion on June 12, 2012.

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