Don't Hold Your Breath - Nicole Scherzinger. The Pussycat Dolls' lead singer releases another great solo single. In fact, the upbeat, grinding tune is her best yet, and looks on course to knock Adele from her perch atop the British singles chart this weekend. This would work great in the US too. How long before its a hit here as well?
Gold Forever - The Wanted. With "Lose My Mind" having underperformed on the chart, we may not be getting any more singles from The Wanted's pretty decent debut album (too bad, I was really hoping for a great video for "Let's Get Ugly"). Moving on then, we get this new track, the "red nose" day single tie-in for comic relief. It's no "All Time Love" or even a "Heart Vacancy," but it's not awful. Should be better though. Sounds an awful lot like "Forever Young" with its tinkling piano refrain.
Louder - Parade. Introducing Parade: the new British girl group with an eye to fill the whole currently left by Girls Aloud (pursuing solo projects), The Saturdays (between albums) and Sugababes (who knows). This first single is fine, but not particularly memorable. Sounds like any electro-leaning R&Bish pop song you've heard before.
The Lazy Song - Bruno Mars. When I reviewed Doo Wops & Hooligans last year, I noted that I didn't care for the reggae-inspired tracks. Now one is out as a single, and I still feel this isn't nearly as great as "Just the Way You Are" or "Grenade." If you're going to add Caribbean flavor to your pop music, leave it to an experts (i.e. Rihanna). I do appreciate the sentiment though.
L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. - Noah & the Whale. Folksy British rock group Noah and the Whale has struck the right note with this new single, which is the kind of song you imagine will kick around the singles chart for an awful long time.
My Boy - Duffy. Sadly, this chapter in Duffy's music career looks to be done. "My Boy," track one from her promising but commercially disappointing second album, isn't grand enough to push her back into the spotlight. It lacks the kind of heft you'd expect from her, I loved her last single, "Keeping My Baby," but it failed to make any waves at all.