Listen to this: New singles from Britney Spears and Transviolet

By Nicholas Jennings

Is Britney Spears back in form? The pop icon just dropped a teaser from her upcoming ninth studio album and it sounds like classic Britney and of-the-moment Britney all in one. Fans haven’t heard anything new from the “…Baby One More Time” singer since last year’s “Pretty Girls” with Iggy Azalea, so this is a treat. Meanwhile, from out on the west coast comes a fresh new band, led by sassy siren Sarah McTaggart, with an irresistible new summer song.

Britney Spears: “Make Me…” feat. G-Eazy
The new one from Britney isn’t the uptempo "Womanizer"-style workout number we’ve come to expect from the “Hold It Against Me” artist. Instead, it’s a moody, sexy ballad in which Britney sings in an aching voice about wanting her guy to make her move “like it ain’t a choice for you.” Rising rapper G-Eazy compliments with his verse, calling Britney a “dangerous woman.”

Britney got all gushy on Twitter to give thanks that “Make Me…” raced all the way to #1 on iTunes—in a matter of hours.

Transviolet: “L.A. Love”
The electro-pop sounds of this savvy four-piece from Los Angeles via New York are catchy and hypnotic — in other words, totally irresistible. “Only love you when you’re someone,” singer Sarah coos over a bubbly beat. “I wrote this song about my love/hate relationship with Los Angeles,” she explains. “Everyone here wants something so desperately.”

“L.A. Love” is making an instant connection with listeners and Transviolet took to Twitter to thank everyone for showing their love.

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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