They’re two of the biggest names in pop music. John Mayer is a soulful singer-guitarist from Bridgeport, Connecticut. Lady Antebellum is a straight-up country trio from Nashville, Tennessee. On the surface, the two acts don’t have much in common. But they’ve each won seven Grammys and this week are responsible for hot new singles with distinctive grooves.
“Moving On and Getting Over”
John’s seventh album, The Search for Everything , is still months away, but he’s teasing its release with an initial wave of four songs. Like most of the material on the album, “Moving On” was inspired by a breakup. But the song’s message, delivered over a subdued but confident r&b rhythm, is clear that he’s okay—even if, as John sings in its punctuated, staccato line “I still can’t seem to get you off my mind.”
The “Your Body is a Wonderland” singer is clearly thrilled with his songs and tweeted that excitement to his 856,000 followers.
Enjoying the last few listens of #waveone songs before they belong to everyone on Friday. They mean the world to me.
— John Mayer (@JohnMayer) January 18, 2017
“You Look Good”
Nashville’s Lady Antebellum also has a new album coming called Heart Break. The Grammy-winning country trio is not known for funkiness, but the group—featuring Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood—really gets down on Heart Break’s first single. Over a syncopated beat and a blast of horns, the group sings about the appeal of a girl in a “black dress, 2 the 9s” and a boy killing in his “black faded jeans.” A lyric video on YouTube shows them in Polaroid poses and horsing around in the studio and a swimming pool.
Looking good for the camera, Lady Antebellum posed in a new colour portrait for a post on Twitter to tell everyone about the new single.
— Lady Antebellum (@ladyantebellum) January 19, 2017
Hello music columnist Nicholas Jennings surveys the pop landscape each week to find the most dynamic tracks to add to your playlist.