Pic: Olivia Bee Song of the week:Katy Perry feat Skip Marley — ‘Chained To The Rhythm’There was a point where we thought Sigrid’s excellent ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ might be Song Of The Week but let’s be serious for a minute — ‘Chained To The Rhythm’ is this week’s best …

Song of the week:Sälen — ‘Heartbreak Diet’Near the bottom of this week’s playlist you’ll find various artists — Phoebe Ryan, Galavant, Nabiha, Ea Kaya, and those are just the ones we’ve included — clinging to the prevailing sound of New Music Friday. You can understand why people are trying really …

Song of the week:KLP — ‘Back In The Room’KLP’s ‘Ember’ EP came out last year but it looks like its best song is getting a push this week so this is as good a time as any to catch up on imminent chart-slayer Kristy Lee Peters, who as well as being a …

Today we launch an important initiative aimed at kickstarting a renewed sense of adventure in pop or, at the very least, ushering in one big pop single that makes everyone go “fucking hell”. Our pledge is this: we will pay £100 to the first major pop act (MPA) whose new single sticks a …

Song of the week:Julia Michaels — ‘Issues’You already know Julia’s music because she’s written half the amazing songs of the last three years, but the story goes that it was only when she wrote ‘Issues’ that she thought about reviving her career as a solo artist. ‘Issues’ is produced by …

In this year’s roundup of festive releases, or at least the ones that have popped up on Spotify: Do you think Mariah Carey ‘et al’ knew, when they recorded it, that ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ was the tinsel-strewn megafestivebanger we recognise it as today? Or did they think …

In this week’s new releases, or at least the ones that have popped up on Spotify: M.O continue to knock around and, as you’d expect by now, their new song is a good one. Obviously we would normally have included the new Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik song, but that …

In this week’s new releases, or at least the ones that have popped up on Spotify: The Weeknd‘s album is out today, and the whole thing’s really rather listenable but we’ve picked ‘Secrets’ to top today’s playlist. ‘Ordinary Life’ — that’s another good one. Well done The Weeknd. Robin Schulz, …

In this week’s new releases, or at least the ones that have popped up on Spotify: Naughty Boy‘s roped in Kyla (very smart) and Popcaan for a big dancehall-influenced release. (Is this song a cover? We’re sure we’ve heard it somewhere before.) Sean Paul, meanwhile, has roped in Dua Lipa for …