This Week’s New Single Releases (16th February 2014)

My A-Z round up of the new singles available for digital download this week.

A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera – ‘Say Something’
Here’s a slow-paced piano-led ballad that is programmed to pull at your heart-strings and certainly feels like the post-Valentines come down. ‘Say Something’ is a song that you really want to go somewhere but it doesn’t quite build on its initial concept; a huge chorus never really appears. The verse is touching and well balanced between the vocals of the main singer and guest artist Aguilera over some swelling strings and it finally brings a bit more power in the final third. It’ll fit nicely over the touching end of a television drama but not sure how strong it is on its own, but it’s a well meaning tear-jerker if you’re in the right frame of mind. (6.5/10)
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Arctic Monkeys are headlining Reading & Leeds 2014

Arctic Monkeys have today been announced as the latest headliner on this years Reading and Leeds Festival line-up.

The Sheffield band will join the previously announced Blink 182 at the top of the bill for this years festival, and are joined by fellow new announcements Warpaint, The 1972, The Courteeners, You Me At Six, Pusha T and Royal Blood amongst others. Read more about Arctic Monkeys are headlining Reading & Leeds 2014

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