This Week in Music features tracks from Luis Fonsi and Demi Lovato, Imagine Dragons, The Ninth Wave and 5 Seconds of Summer.
Luis Fonsi – Not on You (feat. Demi Lovato)
Luis Alfonso Rodríguez López-Cepero, known by his stage name Luis Fonsi, is a Puerto Rican singer and songwriter, best known for his worldwide hit song 'Despacito'.
Demetria Devonne "Demi" Lovato is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Lovato rose to prominence when she starred in the Disney Channel television film Camp Rock (2008) and released her debut single 'This Is Me', which peaked at number nine on the US Billboard Hot 100.
In November 2017, Fonsi and Lovato released the song 'Échame la Culpa', which debuted at No. 3 on the Hot Latin chart. 'Not on You 'is the English remix of the catchy break-up song, while still containing the same Reggae beat as the original. The song is refreshing and just as infectious as 'Despacito', with the duo showing off their skills at harmonising.
Imagine Dragons – Next to Me
Imagine Dragons is an American rock band who first gained exposure with the release of their single, 'It's Time', followed by the debut studio album Night Visions in 2012. The songs 'Radioactive' and 'Demons' were received at the top of the charts. Their second studio album, Smoke + Mirrors, reached number one in the US, Canada and the UK. The band's third album contained more chart-topping singles including Believer and Thunder.
'Next to Me' can be seen as the band's first love song, an unexpected change in theme from their previous hits. The powerful ballad emphasises passionate vocals while featuring the mixture of electronic effects and a soft rhythm.
The Ninth Wave – New Kind of Ego
The Glaswegian band, The Ninth Wave,?were previously reviewed for their song 'Liars' from their debut EP,?Reformation. With influences such as Paramore and ACDC, it’s easy to see why this band has made their success in punk-rock music.?Their fierce songs, brooding pop melodies and bold aesthetic have made them a must-see live act.
The band has finally unveiled the dark-dancefloor track 'New Kind of Ego', taken from their forthcoming EP Never Crave Attention. The lyrics are a dialogue between a couple and their insecurities in the relationship, therefore creating a lack of trust. The balance between male and female vocals makes this desperate track pleasant to listen to while being undeniably similar to dark-pop.
5 Seconds of Summer – Want You Back
5 Seconds of Summer are a pop-rock band from Sydney, Australia, formed in 2011. They rose to international fame while touring with One Direction on their Take Me Home Tour. In 2014, their debut single 'She Looks So Perfect' topped the charts in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the UK.
'Want You Back' will introduce the band's upcoming third album, which takes a detour from their pop-punk routes and results in a slicker and more mature sound. The song reminisces about a lost love, wondering where it all went wrong. The band successfully captures the yearning that often follows a break-up. They appear to have taken a step back from their signature rock vibes and are diving into radio-friendly pop with a rhythmic edge.