Is Robin Thicke and Nicki Minaj's 'Back Together' a Worthy Comeback for the Pop Star? Plus More of the Week's Best and Worst Singles

Robin Thicke 2015 "Back Together" Nicki Minaj
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Single art for Robin Thicke's 2015 "Back Together" single featuring Nicki Minaj.

Rita Ora ft. Chris Brown
"Body On Me"
Roc Nation/Columbia

Ora has yet to earn her stripes as a bona fide star, rising to the middle of the tabloid cream more for red-carpet looks than music. New single "Body on Me" isn't her ticket to pop's A-list, but it's harmlessly enjoyable, with Ora and Brown trading vocal come-ons over a strobing backbeat and memorable chorus. -- Steven J. Horowitz

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Robin Thicke ft. Nicki Minaj
"Back Together"

Thicke's comeback tour continues with the Max Martin-helmed "Back Together." Though lyrics like "You're still the best that I've ever had" uncomfortably recall 2014's Paula (a musical apology to his ex-wife), a disco beat and on-point Minaj rap gear it toward the dancefloor and away from the tissue box. -- Natalie Weiner

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Ed Sheeran
?"Growing Up (Sloane's Song)"
Macklemore LLC

Following Kanye West's "Only One," 2015 has its second love-note from MC to child: Macklemore and Lewis' "Growing Up," their first new music since 2012's smash The Heist. Both songs step too far across the sweet/saccharine divide, but "Growing Up" is saved by a great Sheeran hook, helpfully breaking up Macklemore's rambling sing-raps. -- Alex Gale

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Hailee Steinfeld
?"Love Myself"

Oscar nominee, Pitch Perfect 2 star, T-Swift #squad member -- Steinfeld, 18, is an early achiever. Up next? Pop singer, with debut "Love Myself," a self-praising anthem that sounds as if Charli XCX rewrote Kendrick Lamar's "i." Built for scream-alongs, the tune is catchy but generic alt-pop, with more bombast than heart. -- Joe Lynch

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Listen to all this week's singles, as well as more music from the issue, in the Spotify playlist below:

This story originally appeared in the Aug. 22 issue of Billboard.


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