Adele - Someone Like You. Accelerated into the limelight because of her live performance at last week's Brit Awards, "Someone Like You" has quickly overshadowed its predecessor "Rolling in the Deep." Comparisons to "Hometown Glory" are easy, but inaccurate, for "Someone Like You" is a superior song. It's just Adele and a piano, and that's all you need. Brilliant.
Take That - Kidz. Probably the edgiest you'll have ever heard the Mancunian former boyband. It's a great single, with a dirty electro stomp. Too bad it's probably not going to be a hit, as the midweeks show this only making the top 30. A video was filmed...why isn't it out?
Alexis Jordan - Good Girl. Alexis Jordan's second single isn't quite as clubby as "Happiness," but it's still definitely dance pop. I'm quite curious whether her debut album, out next week, will be all dance pop or span a range of pop styles. Not as glorious as "Happiness," but still pretty decent.
Clare Maguire - The Last Dance. On the basis of her dark and mysterious first single "Ain't Nobody," I wasn't sure that Clare Maguire was deserving of her 5th place finish on BBC Sounds of 2011. With this bold second single, awash in keyboards and power vocals, I can see it. Great song.
Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull - On the Floor. It's been 6 years since J.Lo's had a top 20 hit at pop radio and her last two singles, "Fresh Out of the Oven" and "Louboutins," generated very little heat. With Pitbull in tow, whose managed to guest star on basically every major pop hit of the last year, she may have finally found a winning formula. It does sound suspiciously like "Stereo Love," but it's her best single in a long time.