1. “Once Upon a Dream” by Lana Del Ray (from Maleficent) – (soundtrack) After debuting stateside a couple years back and then tackling last year’s The Great Gatsby (notably with “Young and Beautiful”), Lana Del Ray moves on to lend her beautiful, harrowing voice to another soundtrack – for Disney’s upcoming Maleficent. “Once Upon a Dream” receives a refreshing twist that only adds to excitement in the buildup to Angelina Jolie’s villainous debut.
2. “Invisible” by Hunter Hayes – (country) An empowering and inspiring anti-bullying song from one of country music’s brightest rising stars.
3. “Clockwork” by Easton Corbin – (country) A contemporary country crossover track that feels equal parts country and pop. It’s very catchy and Corbin’s phrasing is spot-on!
4. “I Want It All” by Karmin – (pop) “…one more night with you…” That’s what you get with Karmin from the forthcoming album. It’s catchy, bubbly pop.
5. “I Hold On” by Dierks Bentley – (country) Bentley has a hit for sure with “I Hold On.” Interestingly enough, though this sounds like a cliché country tune, but it’ll probably grow on me (and you) with more plays and may be a surprise finisher at the end of the year. A solid vocal effort and a song that will definitely sound amazing against a sunset in summer.