About to Pop: Justin Bieber, Kelly Clarkson + More Singles
Bruno Mars might’ve gotten ‘Locked Out of Heaven,’ but thanks to his fans, the crooner’s new single has gained admittance to this week’s About to Pop slot! Mar’s latest song release received more than half of the votes last week, meaning ‘Locked Out of Heaven’ will receive 20+ spins on PopCrush’s weekend radio show this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20 and 21. Congratulations, Bruno!
So, what’s in the pipeline for this week’s fan-voted poll? Beliebers will be happy to hear that Justin Bieber is leading this week’s About to Pop competition with his new Nicki Minaj-assisted single ‘Beauty and a Beat.’ It’s another uptempo party jam from the Biebs, with a heavy electro breakdown and a Roman-esque rap from the Harajuku Barbie. But if Bieber is going to win, he’ll have to beat out Kelly Clarkson, who is impressing us with her vocal abilities once again on her midtempo, sing-and-clap-along single ‘Catch My Breath.’
The star power doesn’t stop there. Taylor Swift fans can vote on her ‘Red’ track ‘I Knew You Were Trouble,’ which strays a bit from her typical formula. While Swift still has elements of country and pop present as per usual, the singer-songwriter gets pitchy (in a good way) on the super fast, stick-in-your-head chorus before she delivers a dose of dubstep. That seems to be a trend lately, as more and more younger pop artists are picking up on heavier EDM influences.
While Taylor experiments, R&B crooner Miguel is keeping the sound fans fell in love with on his super smooth love song ‘Adorn.’ The foxy singer’s voice is swoon-worthy on this slow jam, leaving lady listeners weak in the knees. And rounding out this week’s greatly varied About to Pop poll are Boys Like Girls, whose midtempo, pop-rock single ‘Be Your Everything’ is so infectious, we dare you not to try learning the words just so you can attempt to hit Martin Johnson’s falsetto.
Take a listen to all five of this week’s About to Pop nominees below and vote for your favorite once per hour! The poll will close on Monday, Oct. 22 at 3PM EST.
Watch the Justin Bieber ‘Beauty and a Beat’ Video Feat. Nicki Minaj
Listen to Kelly Clarkson, ‘Catch My Breath’
Listen to Taylor Swift, ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’
Watch the Miguel ‘Adorn’ Video
Watch the Boys Like Girls ‘Be Your Everything’ Video