It's been a dramatic few years for Paramore. After the exits of founding members Josh and Zac Farro, frontwoman Hayley Williams is apparently mad as hell. From the sounds of the lyrics of 'Paramore,' the entire record -- coldly and deliberately self-titled -- is a giant middle finger to her former bandmates, because apparently everything in the world was their faults. Ouch.
Ashanti is nursing a broken heart on her first single in what feels like forever -- and by forever we mean "since 2008." 'Never Should Have' is a midtempo ballad that showcases the N.J. native's vocals more than much of her prior material, and it's quite an improvement from her most recent release.
OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder is known for his songwriting contributions for other singers and acts (like Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez), but we have to remember that the singer fronts his own successful and accomplished pop-rock band.
OneRepublic dole out some of the catchiest and most thoughtful tunes in the alt rock universe, and they embed themselves in your brain for hours, days, weeks and months at a time. Many of the tracks on their latest, 'Native,' are of that ilk.