Listen to this: Calvin Harris with Rihanna and Carly Rae Jepsen

By Nicholas Jennings

This past week has been all about Beyoncé and her ambitious Lemonade “visual album.” Currently streaming exclusively via a Tidal subscription, the album will become more widely available after it gets a proper physical release next month. In the meantime, here are two eminently stream-able female stars with new singles strong enough to become songs of the summer.

Calvin Harris and Rihanna: “This is What You Came For”
It’s been five years since Rihanna and Calvin Harris teamed up and created the monster hit “We Found Love,” which became 2011’s longest-running No. 1 single. The pair is back with an equally infectious single in which RiRi repeats “Youuuu-oooohhhh” enough times to cast a powerful hypnotic spell. Expect this to become a massive spring jam that should carry over well into warmer months.

The song has already picked up some major love from Calvin's girlfriend, Taylor Swift, who posted an image of the single along with “OMG” on her Instagram account.

OMG @calvinharris @badgalriri

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

Carly Rae Jepsen: “Boy Problems”
Canada’s Carly Rae Jepsen had the other enormous hit of 2011 with “Call Me Maybe.” The single sold a phenomenal 18 million copies. Although the BC native’s latest album, E*MO*TION, hasn’t matched that commercial high-water mark it has been a critical success, with Carly earning kudos for solid songs and a vintage ’80s synth sound. Her new video, directed by Petra Collins, boasts a candy-colored look straight out of ’80s blockbuster Pretty in Pink to accompany the catchy song.

The multiple Juno winner, who has 11 million Twitter followers, tweeted a photo from her recent Stereogum interview that shows her Joan Jett-style hairdo now taking on more glamorous dimensions.

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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