Summer is all about catching up with friends and chilling out together, so why not tag team it up when it comes to music too? These are two high-profile collaborations that are sure to be all over the radio and your music player in the next few months. So, get your suntan lotion on and your board cleaned off because we’re about talk about what’s making waves in our musical ocean. Get ready to hang ten! Actually, just hang two. Surf’s up!
PINK featuring LILY ROSE COOPER (LILY ALLEN) – “True Love”
Release Date: TBD (Summer)
Coming off a #1 ballad with Nate Ruess of fun., “Just Give Me A Reason”, Pink is ready to get the summer started with her fourth single from The Truth About Love. Luckily, after two slower songs, her next release is an uptempo song, which just happens to be another collaboration. The choice is “True Love”, which features a middle section by the singer formerly known as Lily Allen, now being credited as Lily Rose Cooper after a marriage in 2011. Cooper was last seen on the charts here when her song “Who’d Have Known?” (from her second album, It’s Not Me, It’s You) was sampled in the T-Pain hit “5 O’Clock”, on which she is officially credited as a featured artist. It peaked at #10 on the Hot 100 early last year. She has yet to see one of her solo songs hit the top 40 nationally here, though several of her singles, including 2007’s “Smile” and 2009’s “The Fear”, have done slightly better on genre-specific radio charts. “True Love” doesn’t have a specific release date yet just because “Reason” is still ranking pretty highly in several countries, but the release has been confirmed by the label. Not only is it a great change of pace, but it’s perfect for the season, with a reggae-tinged beat and Pink‘s always edgy but meaningful lyrics (co-written with Greg Kurstin and Cooper) about a dysfunctional romance: “At the same time, I wanna hug you/I wanna wrap my hands around your neck… I hate you, I really hate you/So much, I think it must be true love/No one else can break my heart like you.” Don’t be afraid to love this one; it’s one of the best on her album. Radio and retail should easily pick up on this one soon.
TAYLOR SWIFT featuring ED SHEERAN – “Everything Has Changed”
Release Date: June 24 (U.K.), Summer (U.S.)
Raise your hand if you didn’t see this one coming… no one? Okay. The two of them are on tour together and there’s bound to be relationship rumors swirling around them for a while, so let’s take it to the next step by releasing this song which they sing together, as well as co-wrote. “Everything Has Changed” is the fourth mainstream single to be released from Swift’s Red album, which has already shipped in excess of 4 million copies in the U.S. alone. (A Country-only single, “Begin Again, was released in-between.) It has a release date of June 24 in the United Kingdom, where “22” is officially falling down the charts after a #9 peak. It looks to have hit a brick wall here in the States as well, so they may as well just rush this out. Duet partner Sheeran earned a Grammy nod for his ballad “The A Team”, which became a decent-sized radio hit, and followup single “Lego House” is taking a slow ride up the charts as well. Chances are that this duet will probably cancel out that song when it’s released, so be prepared to put your legos back in the bucket. It’s a noticeable change from the more polished-up pop product she’s been putting out lately, and thankfully this single, unlike her last two, doesn’t deal with Swift falling head over heels over some guy who looks “like bad news” or leaves her “lying on the cold hard ground”. Nope, this time both boy and girl think about each other and want to spend time together, despite their nerves. The two sing, “You’ll be mine and I’ll be yours/All I know since yesterday is everything has changed.” Sounds like things have changed for the good; hope that amounts to good results on the charts.
Don’t forget to look out for new collaborations between Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull and Mariah Carey and Miguel, both debuting next week! These new songs are coming fast, so don’t be surprised if you see a few posts pop up about them all.
Which song do you like better, “True Love” or “Everything Has Changed”? Are you in love with change and can’t choose? Let me know! Comment below or find me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.