Listen to this: New singles from Katy Perry and Michael Bublé

By Nicholas Jennings

With Valentines just around the corner, two of pop’s biggest superstars have wildly different messages for their fans. Katy Perry has been known for bright and shiny pop tunes that often express romantic themes. The “Rise” singer has shown a more worldly perspective in recent months, campaigning vigorously for Hillary Clinton. Now her latest song offers a dire warning about where America is headed. A meaningful, if not very Valentines-like, topic. The new Michael Bublé song, on the other hand, is all about love, a familiar topic for the four-time Grammy winner.

Katy Perry

“Chained to the Rhythm”

Katy’s latest is a clever piece of social commentary wrapped in disco. “So comfortable we’re living in a bubble, bubble,” she sings. “So comfortable we cannot see the trouble, trouble.” Katy hasn’t been shy about her political activism of late, producing a PSA about America’s historical anti-immigration policies and taking part in the Women’s March on Washington. Her new song, which includes a verse sung by Bob Marley’s grandson Skip, was written with Sia and Max Martin. The video for it takes place inside a doll’s house.

Katy tweeted a link to her 95 million followers on Twitter to tell them that her new message-oriented song was now available everywhere.

Michael Bublé

“I Believe in You”

The Vancouver singer’s stock in trade has always been love songs that swing. That theme is certainly present on the second single from Michael’s Nobody But Me album. With a brisk, buoyant sound, the song captures all the giddiness of romance as the four-time GRAMMY winner sings, “I can see your heart is true/I believe in love/you give me reason to.” Michael’s video for the song, featuring Dancing with the Stars vet Derek Hough, who also directs and stars in the clip, reflects love at various stages throughout life.

Michael took to Twitter to share a special video showing Derek’s personal connection to his new song.

Hello! music columnist Nicholas Jennings surveys the pop landscape each week to find the most dynamic tracks to add to your playlist.

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