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April 24, 2015 by Dusk411
Rihanna

Bitch Better Have My Money

Album: TBA

Year: 2015

 

      Don’t forget to pay Rihanna back in the unbalanced  “Bitch Better Have My Money.”

 

                Calm synths open the single, setting a psychotic tone. She checks her email. Her friend says she won’t get paid until next Friday. She’ll try to give her what her has. R...
April 23, 2015 by Dusk411
Rob Thomas

Mockingbird

Album: Cradlesong

Year: 2010

 

             Rob Thomas and his girlfriend discuss their fractured relationship in the  arctic “Mockingbird.”

 

                    A rational guitar opens the single, setting a sensible tone.  He takes a deep breath before speaking. She ...
April 22, 2015 by Dusk411
Taylor Dayne

I’ll Be Your Shelter

Album: Can’t Fight Fate

Year: 1990

 

            Taylor Dayne promises to protect her boyfriend in the capable “I’ll Be Your Shelter.”

 

            Encouraging synths open the single, setting an uplifting tone. She asks him how everything is going as she cuts up vegetables for dinner. He says ...
April 21, 2015 by Dusk411
Paramore

Now

Album: Paramore

Year: 2013

 

            Hayley Williams finally is doing what she’s always wanted to do in the                   childish “Now.”

 

               An overly indulged guitar opens the guitar, setting a greedy...
April 21, 2015 by Dusk411
Pink

U + Ur Hand

Album: I’m Not Dead

Year: 2006

 

         Pink defends herself from aggressive guys in the  topical  “U + Ur Hand.”

 

          Confident synths open the single, setting a headstrong tone.  She texts her friend to let her know she’s on her way. It’s 10 p.m. and they are heading out downtown. She has on her dressiest pair...
April 19, 2015 by Dusk411
Nelly Furtado

In God’s Hands

Album: Loose

Year: 2007

 

          Nelly Furtado’s relationship with her boyfriend has run its course in the                    brokenhearted “In God’s Hands.”

 

             Teary strings open the single, set...
April 16, 2015 by Dusk411
Nate Ruess

Nothing Without Love

Album: Grand Romantic

Year: 2015

 

            His girlfriend saves him from complete despair in the thrilling “Nothing Without Love.”

 

          Spiritual strings open the single, setting a searching tone.    Something is wrong. She won’t say it. But she avoids his gaze and in the quick glimpse he ste...
April 15, 2015 by Dusk411
Andy Grammer

Honey, I’m Good

Album: Magazines or Novels

Year: 2014

 

         Andy Grammer tries not to cheat on his girlfriend in the outgoing  “Honey, I’m Good.”

 

            Good-natured synths open the single, setting a friendly tone. A shortened chorus opens the single. The young woman touches his hand and starts to order another round f...
April 14, 2015 by Dusk411
Jason Aldean

Just Gettin’ Started

Album: Old Boots, New Dirt

Year: 2014

 

             Jason Aldean can’t wait get to his girlfriend alone in the torpid “Just Gettin’ Started.”

 

          A frisky guitar opens the single, setting a randy tone.  She bounced out of her house once she saw his car. She came up to the driver’...
April 13, 2015 by Dusk411
Kiesza

No Eniemesz

Album: Hideaway

Year: 2014

 

              Kiesza believes love she shares with her boyfriend could save the world in the                exuberant “No Eniemesz.”

 

                    Beaming synths open...
April 12, 2015 by Dusk411
David Guetta, Afrojack, Nicki Minaj & Bebe Rexha

Hey Mama

Album: Listen

Year: 2015

 

        Nicki Minaj promises to be a devoted girlfriend in the first-rate “Hey Mama.”

 

         A sped-up sample of Alan Lomax’s “Rosie” opens the single, alongside authoritative synths. It sets an attention-getting tone.  (“Be my woman, girl/I'll be your man...
April 11, 2015 by Dusk411
Fetty Wap

Trap Queen

Album: Up Next

Year: 2014

 

           Fetty Wap spends all his money on his girlfriend in the superficial  “Trap Queen.”

 

            In the intro, Wap namechecks his rap group. (“Remy Boyz/1738.”)

 

              Frail synths open the ...
April 9, 2015 by Dusk411
Natasha Bedingfield

Soulmate

Album: N.B./A Pocketful Of Sunshine

Year: 2007

 

             After a series of dates, Natasha Bedingfield rethinks the soulmate concept in the                   defeated “Soulmate.”

 

               A sorrow...
April 8, 2015 by Dusk411
ABBA

The Winner Takes It All

Album: Super Trouper

Year: 1980

 

         Agnetha Falkstog’s marriage falls apart in the  wistful “The Winner Takes It All.”

 

             Solemn synths open the single, setting a longing tone.   She removes the wedding band on finger. She kept it on for as long as she could, believing things could be fi...
April 7, 2015 by Dusk411
Cody Simpson

La Da Dee

Album: Surfer’s Paradise

Year: 2013

 

           Cody Simpson misses his ex-girlfriend in the  chirpy  “La Da Dee.”

 

         A balmy guitar opens the single,  setting a casual tone. Only one girl can capture his mind. Without her, he doesn’t know who he is anymore. His eyes are puffy from crying. He finds his sung...