Is Eminem's 'Kings Never Die' Unworthy of the Throne? Plus More of the Week's Best and Worst New Singles
Coheed and Cambria
"You Got Spirit, Kid"
Coheed and Cambria stretched a concept across their first seven LPs, but power-rock single "You Got Spirit, Kid" abandons sci-fi for rage. "Nobody gives a f--- who you are," sneers frontman Claudio Sanchez, addressing his Internet haters. Coupled with the band's recent signing to 300, the vigor feels like a rebirth. -- Ryan Reed
Majid Jordan ft. Drake
Two years after alt-R&B duo Majid Jordan helped Drake score a wedding-floor smash with "Hold On, We're Going Home," the latter returns the favor on this spacey ballad. Drake supplies a seductive verse, but Majid's chorus is repeated ad nauseum, making this a middling follow-up to a modern-day classic. -- Jason Lipshutz
New film Southpaw was inspired by 8 Mile, and "Kings Never Die," the soundtrack's single, clearly was too. It's the same song Eminem has been making since "Lose Yourself": the familiar underdog tale over a plodding rap-rock beat, good for an ESPN segue but stale anywhere else. -- Alex Gale
Listen to this week's singles (and more from this week's issue) in the Spotify playlist below:
This story originally appeared in the July 25 issue of Billboard.