Is Lana Del Ray's 'High By the Beach' a Hit? Plus More of the Week's Best and Worst Singles

lana del rey high by the beach single 2015
Courtesy Photo

Lana Del Rey's 2015 single "High By The Beach."

Joanna Newsom
Drag City

Since her 2004 debut, indie singer-harpist Joanna ­Newsom has skirted traditional ­songwriting structures for tracks that meander but still compel. Her quirkiness is toned down on "Sapokanikan," a strong step toward chamber-pop. It's still weird, but far more enveloping. -- Steven J. Horowitz

Best and Worst Singles of the Week: From Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea to Disclosure

Lana Del Rey
"High by the Beach"

The themes of "High by the Beach" -- drugs and ­fractured romance -- are nothing new for Del Rey, but her latest possesses perhaps her most radio-friendly hook yet. Its loopy 808 bounce, which pivots away from the song's dreamy synthesizers, is an escape worth taking. -- Jason Lipshutz

?All One Direction Singles, Ranked Worst to Best

Tory Lanez
"Say It"
Mad Love/Interscope

New takes on 1990s R&B often come across as shabby sequels, but crooner Tory Lanez seamlessly marries past with present on "Say It," which samples Brownstone's 1993 hit "If You Love Me." Lanez's Auto-Tuned vocals and trap drums mingle surprisingly well with the original's church harmonies, making for an even playing ground between generations.  -- S.J.H.

Listen to this week's singles, and more music from artists from this issue, in the Spotify playlist below:

This story originally appeared in the Aug. 29 issue of Billboard.


The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to

To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement.