Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Rita Ora to Steven Tyler

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Rita Ora
"Poison"
Columbia/Roc Nation

Rita Ora's first solo single in more than a year follows last spring's shoulda-been-huge "I Will Never Let You Down," produced by ex-flame Calvin Harris. This EDM-lite power ballad doesn't try to match that single's playful aesthetic, but its belted, from-the-gut chorus may prove to be stickier. -- Andrew Hampp

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Steven Tyler
"Love Is Your Name"
Big Machine

Aerosmith frontman Tyler breaks from the pack to release his debut country solo single, "Love Is Your Name," on Nashville heavyhitter Big Machine. The hard turn into cowboy territory could have fallen flat, but the 67-year-old's gritty, high-decibel yelp tops the jangling backing banjos with some surprising heft. -- Steven J. Horowitz

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Courtney Love
"Miss Narcissist"
Ghost Ramp/Crush Music

Courtney Love's voice has slowly eroded through the years, dwindling to a hoarse rasp that weighed down her last album, Hole's 2010 LP Nobody's Daughter. But on solo single "Miss Narcissist," she sounds a lot like her old self, powering a throwback grunge anthem with sardonic, sad-girl lyrics. -- S.J.H.

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Metric
"The Shade"
Metric Music International

Metric frontwoman Emily Haines lists her demands for life and love over blinking synths on the Toronto quartet's new single: "A blade of grass, a grain of sand/The moonlit sea, to hold your hand." The song builds on 2012's Synthetica, adding an even wider-screen feel to Metric's already anthemic sound. -- Ryan Reed

This story originally appeared in the May 30 issue of Billboard.


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