Pop Shop Picks: Celine Dion, Sleigh Bells, Cults & More

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Celine Dion

Each Friday, Pop Shop will showcase a handful of tracks that have been burning up its speakers over the past week. These can include a brand-new song or a track that's been simmering for a minute; the only rule is that it's worth space in the Pop Shop!

"Love Me Back to Life" (3:50)
Producer: Sham Motesart

Celine Dion has acknowledged modern pop trends with the lead single and title track from her first ­English-language album in six years. The stuttering vocal hook and dubstep beats are certainly of the moment, keeping pace with the Rihannas of the world, while Dion's own performance -- full and soaring, if a bit darker in tone than usual -- is characteristically ­commanding. - GARY GRAFF

"High Road" (4:30)
Producers: Cults, Shane Stoneback

On the first official single from Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion's second full-length outing as Cults, the former's dreamy, childlike vocals are injected with newfound sobriety. "Should've took the high road, now it's such a long way back," she coos above a lush, layered soundscape reminiscent of the xx's strongest work. - NICK WILLIAMS

"Bitter Rivals" (3:19)
Producer: Derek Miller
Mom + Pop

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," Alexis Krauss sings on her band's latest single. It's also the most deafening of times: With "Bitter Rivals," Sleigh Bells continue their quest for ear-bleeding sonic glory, blending nuclear power chords with muscular synths and R&B croons to remain lovably singular. - RYAN REED

"Animals" (5:05)
Producer: Martin Garrix

After being shrouded in mystery for weeks, Dutch producer/DJ Garrix revealed himself as the mastermind of this dynamic debut track. Concocting a cocktail of shadows and rage, Garrix, 17, flexes his melodic muscles while pushing out drops with a subtlety far beyond his years. - NICK WILLIAMS

"Darte un Beso" (3:27)
Producers: Geoffrey Royce Rojas, Efrain "Junito" Davila Jr., D'Lesly Lora
Sony Music Latin

Prince Royce pairs the simple guitar work on "Darte un Beso" with a tale of complicated romance. The Bronx native crafts a breezy hit about wooing a forbidden love, and if loving her is wrong, Royce most assuredly doesn't want to be right. It's difficult to ignore Royce's seduction when he's asking so politely. - KATHY IANDOLI