Rihanna finally dropped her new album Anti and the gritty, electro-Caribbean-themed single “Work,” featuring Drake, is a certified gem. Aside from RiRi’s hot collab with the Canadian rapper, three other notable solo artists have just dropped potent singles of their own. Ever since he left One Direction, fans have wondered what Zayn Malik’s new music will sound like, and the answer comes with a flirty bedroom ballad. PJ Harvey, one of pop’s most singular female stars, doesn’t shy away from taking tough stands on her latest single. And the Godfather of Punk, Iggy Pop, is back with his new buddy Josh Homme and sounds like he’s in vintage form.
Zayn Malik: “Pillowtalk”
The former One Direction star is an adult now and wants everyone to know about it. The lead single from his upcoming debut album is a steamy, grown-up affair, full of buttery cooing, seductive beats and the provocative F-word. Check out his sexy video, featuring his model girlfriend Gigi Hadid.
After the video posting, Zayn and Gigi took to Twitter and carried on their playful teasing, which essentially confirmed that they are now officially an item.
@GiGiHadid you seen the video babe ? Someones Looking
— zayn (@zaynmalik) January 29, 2016
PJ Harvey: “The Wheel”
She’s a national treasure in her native England, where she’s been awarded an MBE for her services to music. Polly Jean’s first single from her forthcoming album The Hope Six Demolition is an uncompromising, energetic gem, full of handclaps, fuzzy guitar, a squalling sax and a defiant message.
To tease her new album, PJ posted a brief trailer that shows the celebrated songbird-poetess at work in the studio.
— PJ Harvey (@PJHarveyUK) January 21, 2016
Iggy Pop: “Break Into Your Heart”
Iggy has teamed up with Queens of the Stone Age mastermind Josh Homme for his new album. The bromance is paying dividends on this moody single, as the iconic Stooges frontman delivers his signature staccato vocals over Josh’s piercing guitar. Hear the fruits of their partnership here:
Speaking of bromances, Iggy was close to the much-missed David Bowie. The pair lived together in Berlin in 1977 and collaborated on Iggy’s first two solo albums. Iggy was quick to tweet his admiration for Bowie the day after he died.
MESSAGE FROM IGGY:
"David’s friendship was the light of my life. I never met such a brilliant person. He was the best there is.
- Iggy Pop"
— Iggy Pop (@IggyPop) January 11, 2016
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