Orianthi, "According to You"

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Pop music has seen its share of vocalists attempt to play guitar, but few do so as successfully as Orianthi, who shreds and sings with equal aplomb. The 24-year-old Australian was set to play alongside Michael Jackson on his "This Is It" residency, then follow up with "Believe," her debut album released last month. Though the high-profile gig fell through, her album's lead single, "According to You," continues to power Orianthi's career forward. Producer Howard Benson (P.O.D., Daughtry) builds a rock-solid framework around co-songwriters Steve Diamond and Andrew Frampton's lyrics and Orianthi's lively vocal and instrumental chops, leading to a striking guitar climax. Already labeled the female Slash, Orianthi's combination of high-energy, emotive delivery and masterful fret work could inspire scores of young females to pick up the guitar.-Michael Menachem