Jeremy Williams-Chalmers, Arts Correspondent
Singles Of The Week: 28 February 2020
Another week in the music world has flown by! In a week that has seen several Eurovision entries announced and the return of a pop icon, we take a quick look at some of the singles being released today...
SINGLE OF THE WEEK: Jonas Blue and Paloma Faith - Mistakes (Rating: 5/5)
Paloma Faith is without doubt one of the UK's finest female artists of all time. Not only does she have a vocal that is truly distinctive, but she is not afraid to dabble in every genre going. Her latest release is a collaboration with the awesomely addictive Jonas Blue. The results are unsurprisingly brilliant.
Lady Gaga - Stupid Love (Rating: 5/5)
It is rather daunting to hear that 12 years have disappeared since Lady Gaga debuted with the phenomenal Poker Face. Since then she has proved herself to be a truly diverse recording artist and actress. While her music has changed direction several times, the sound has always been definitively Gaga. However, fans of her debut album, The Fame, will be thrilled that her first single in far too long returns to the sound the launched her. This is phenomenal.
Lianne La Havas - Bittersweet (Rating: 4/5)
Lianne La Havas is an artist who has been thoroughly underappreciated over the years. Boasting one of the definitive vocals of the decade, which oozes heart and soul, she constantly delivers compelling records that are both relateable and thoroughly enjoyable. Bittersweet is no exception. This is bittersweet, but in the bold and beautiful way.
James Newman - My Last Breath (Rating: 3/5)
James Newman has been announced as the latest British entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. While the media has to date drawn attention to his brother being the more famous John, James has already shown his vocal dexterity on collabs with Armin Van Buuren, Diablo and Matoma. While there is little doubt he has a killer voice, the song plays itself too safely to radio friendly to be a notable Eurovision entry.
Ben Dolic - Violent Thing (Rating: 4/5)
Having appeared on The Voice in Germany, where he finished in second place, the German Eurovision 2020 entry is also an already known name. While he is yet to have fully established himself as a solo artist in his own right, Violent Thing could put him on the international map. Although some are arguing Germany have selected him to emulate the success of Luca Hänni for Switzerland last year, given their similar tone and genre, Violent Thing is an anthem that will stick with you.