Listen to this: New singles from Lady Gaga and Serena Ryder

By Nicholas Jennings

Love is ground zero when it comes to pop songs. No other topic figures more prominently in songwriting than romance in all of its many forms. Two new songs out this week take different approaches to dealing with love’s curative powers. While Lady Gaga’s delivers a hands-on healing message, Serena Ryder’s uses a high-voltage metaphor to express how love delivers that essential charge.

Lady Gaga – “The Cure”

Gaga debuted this song at Coachella, when the American pop star born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta filled in for Beyoncé at the last minute. Slower in tempo than what we’re used to from the “Poker Face” singer, the dancehall-sounding number provides plenty of synthesized uplift as the GRAMMY-winner promises “I will be right by your side” at the end of each chorus.

On her official Twitter account, Gaga expressed a commitment to her fans that she will be their “cure.”

Serena Ryder – “Electric Love”

Canada’s Serena has become a major North American star thanks to the power of her 2012 hit “Stompa.” On her latest single, the Juno winner also known for “What I Wouldn’t Do” tackles the topic of the magnetic energy between two people. “It’s perfect synergy when it’s just you and me,” Serena sings on the soulful, rock-oriented number.

When Serena learned that her new single had joined Gaga and Kendrick Lamar on Apple Music’s “Best of the Week” playlist, she posted her thanks on Twitter.

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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