Expert Picks

There has been a lot of great new music released over the last few weeks. You can find out what was released this weekend in our New Music Report, but take a look at what we've been listening to lately. Our editors Nicole and James have shared some of their Expert Picks for the week. Check it out below:

Nicole's Picks: 

Future & Rihanna - "Selfish"

I can NEVER get enough Rihanna. Before Anti came out, I was counting down the days I could listen to some new tunes from Badgalriri. Now it's been over a year since Anti has been out in the world, and since then, I've enjoyed her Drake collab "Too Good," her Calvin Harris collab "This Is What You Came For." But now Rih has teamed up with Future on "Selfish," and I selfishly can't get enough (see what I did there).

"Selfish" is from Future's HNDRXX album, which is the second album he released this year. The rapper has been busy having released HNDRXX and FUTURE only days apart. And while there are plenty of great new songs to listen to off these albums, this little gem caught my attention. Listen to "Selfish" on iHeartRadio HERE.

Also, Lorde's a fan too:

Which brings me to my next pick...

Lorde - "Green Light"

It's been a few years since Lorde released any new music. And up until she released her new single "Green Light," she had been pretty secretive about it -- but having heard the new song, it's understandable why. "Green Light" is different from the Lorde we heard on her 2013 debut Pure Heroine. The new single is much more upbeat, but is still packed with the same honest lyrics that know and love Lorde for.

Lorde recently told me of her new single, "I don't think it's what anyone could have predicted or expected, and I think since I had been gone, pop music had changed a lot, and I was definitely like, 'If I came back and did the same thing, it wouldn't feel fresh at all.' I would be so bored doing that. So 'Green Light' just felt like this very strange, confident thing of, here I am, this is where I'm at right now. Like if you want to come with us, you can come with us. People have come with us, so it's good."

Well, I am SO here for this song.

Ed Sheeran - "Supermarket Flowers"

Ed Sheeran's ÷ (Divide) is, not surprisingly, an amazing album. Every song on the new record taps every emotion -- I laughed, I smiled, I danced, I cried. All the feels came out. But this song stopped me in my tracks. "Supermarket Flowers" is one of the most -- if not THE most -- emotional song on the album, and when I first heard it, I sobbed all the way through it. 

Ed explained in an interview that the song was written about his grandmother (who passed away), but from the perspective of his mother (who you might expect the song to be about after hearing the lyrics "You were an angel in the shape of my mom"). He also explained that he almost didn't put it on this album, but his grandfather encouraged him to include it. And I'm so glad he did.

If you haven't heard this album yet, please do yourself a favor and listen to it. And definitely make sure to listen to this song. Just make sure you have some tissues nearby.

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James' Picks:

Stargate featuring P!nk & Sia - "Waterfall"

Throwing P!nk and Sia on a song together deserves utmost attention. Even though the video isn’t quite as enticing as we'd like (without appearances from either chart-topper), the Stargate-produced song, which was co-written by Diplo and Jr. Blender, is a pleasant blend of two pop titans’ voices. Sure, it’s a bit repetitive, but it is P!nk and Sia singing together, and we’re appreciative of just that.

"Waterfalls" is the result of a collaboration with the hit-making Norwegian songwriting duo. Sia linked up with them when they co-wrote Rihanna's "Diamonds" and was the one that recruited P!nk for the upcoming single. 

Stargate might not be a household name, but you've surely heard their discography. Among their noteworthy hits are Beyoncé's "Irreplaceable," Rihanna's "Don't Stop The Music," Selena Gomez's "Same Old Love," Fifth Harmony's "Worth It" and Katy Perry's "Firework."

Katy Perry - "Chained To the Rhythm" (Hot Chip Remix)

In their output since 2015, Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor and Joe Goggard give Katy Perry’s "Chained to the Rhythm" a slinky facelift. On the almost-six-minute recut, the pop star's politically-charged track hits house music territory, courtesy of the London band. They speed up the BPM and chop up her vocals, inevitably concocting the perfect addition to a Saturday night dance floor playlist.

Follow James on Twitter: @newyorkinstinct