Single Reviews

Adam Lambert – “For Your Entertainment”

Following the modern rock leanings of “Time for Miracles,” Adam Lambert releases his first proper single, “For Your Entertainment.”

The single, which also serves as the title track for his upcoming album, more accurately demonstrates the sound Lambert has described for his debut for months – modern glam.  Lambert comes off as a male counterpart to Lady Gaga on the track.

The production is slick and modern, thanks to Dr. Luke (Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears).  Lyrically, the song straddles the fence between sexual without being too explicit.  This will likely keep many of Lambert’s fans from his American Idol run interested while also winning him over new fans.

Britney Spears – “3”

In celebration of her ten years in the music industry, Britney Spears is preparing for the release of The Singles Collection later this month.  “3,” which serves as the lone new single in the collection, continues Britney’s current winning streak with her single releases.

Produced by Max Martin – responsible for early hits like “…Baby One More Time” and “Oops!…I Did It Again” as well as the more recent “If U Seek Amy” – the song manages to outdo the double entendres of “Amy” in a rather straightforward manner.

Yes, if you’ve been living under a rock, the song is in fact about a ménage à trois.

The song is lyrically light – standard fare for most Britney singles – though it does include what may be the oddest-ever reference to the classic group Peter, Paul, and Mary ever.

Still, it’s a pleasant, thumping dance track that certainly fits in with recent Britney singles.  Sales have already made the song her third #1 single, breaking many Billboard records on the way.

Leighton Meester feat. Robin Thicke – “Somebody to Love”

With one Top 10 single under her belt already, courtesy of Cobra Starship’s “Good Girls Go Bad,” Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester releases the lead single from her upcoming debut album, “Somebody to Love.”

The song follows Meester in a search for romance or – to quote the singer herself – how she “can’t get any.”  She trades verses with R&B singer Robin Thicke, which helps contribute to the overall vibe of the single.  The single could be described musically as a blend of dance, electro-pop, and R&B.

The one problem with the track is that it very well might be too low-key to create much of an impact, but the song is worthy of garnering at least some success for Meester.

Shakira feat. Timbaland and Lil Wayne – “Give It Up To Me”

While the rest of the world will follow up “She Wolf” with “Did it Again,” the U.S. gets an exclusive track for the second single from Shakira’s upcoming album She Wolf.

“Give It Up To Me,” originally intended for Timbaland’s Shock Value 2, fits more into the current American pop scene than any other single by the singer has in the past. While the song is lyrically weak, the beats more than compensate, and make a surprisingly natural fit with Shakira’s legendary vocal style.

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