What We’re Listening To

Hatchet reporter Zoe Lipner shares her latest musical obsessions.

Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys. Photo used under the Creative Commons License.

Girl on Fire (Inferno Version) [feat. Nicki Minaj]
Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys blows listeners away once again with her sonorous voice in her newest single. This song is distinct, smooth and will definitely get stuck in your head. Keys is known for her jazzy vocals and empowering songs. “Girl on Fire” lives up to – if not surpasses – her past work. Nicki Minaj is also featured in this fiery new single, adding spice and ferocity to the tranquil pace of the song. The Keys/Minaj duo is perfect for this version of the song because it adds a visceral edge not found in the original single. “Girl on Fire” will be burning bright at the top of the charts for months to come.

Taylor Swift

It seems as if Taylor Swift has returned to slow ballads after a brief interruption of Disney-inspired pop songs. Her newest single, “Ronan,” tops the iTunes charts at No. 1, but remains a soft and sleepy tune that lacks the catchiness of her previous single, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” While Swift’s new single is incredibly poignant (it recalls the story of a four-year-old boy, Ronan, who died of cancer in 2011), it does not capture the 22-year-old singer-songwriter’s true talent. Swift is known for her cute, upbeat songs about ex-boyfriends and sweet country ballads, and this song does not fall in either category. But if you are a dedicated T-Swift fan, I suggest you buy this song on iTunes as all proceeds are donated to cancer research.

This Kiss
Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen has proven this past summer that she is definitely not a one-hit-wonder. Her first two singles, “Call Me Maybe” and “Good Time,” were top summer hits and “This Kiss” will follow in their footsteps. This upbeat, pop-love song is admittedly quite cliché, but is still addictive and catchy at the same time. As a new breakout artist, Jepsen is succeeding in creating her own musical sound. “This Kiss” has the same foot-tapping, head-bobbing beat as “Call Me Maybe” and “Good Time” and will certainly climb the charts as her album, “Kiss,” drops Sept. 18. Whether you like to admit it or not, Carly Rae Jepsen has yet to disappoint.

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