Best and Worst Singles of the Week: From Muse to Martin Garrix

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Singles of the week featuring Martin Garrix, Lion Babe and Nile Rodgers.

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Lion Babe
"Wonder Woman"
Jillian Hervey (Vanessa Williams' daughter) and Lucas Goodman released a great self-titled EP in 2014, equal parts Erykah Badu and J. Dilla. Now, they follow with the Pharrell Williams-helmed "Wonder Woman," off their upcoming debut LP. Its percussive backbeat and plucky synths are catchy, but they hint at a big hook that never comes.--Steven J. Horowitz

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"Dead Inside"
Warner Bros.
"Unleash a million drones," Matt Bellamy croons over a throbbing, '80s-inspired electro-prog groove on Muse's thrilling new single. Three years after the British rockers' meandering sixth LP, The 2nd Law, "Dead Inside" attacks with jolting resilience and clarity, from the spastically funky guitar solo to the victorious sing­along climax. --Ryan Reed

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Chic Featuring Nile Rodgers
"I'll Be There"
Warner Bros.
Aside from the DJ-friendly filter effects, Chic's first single in 23 years feels like it stepped out of a time machine, fitting the disco-funk mold of classics like "Good Times" with soulful vocal harmonies and brass blasts. Like before, the backbone of this delectable comeback is Rodgers' signature guitar flicks -- the groove that spawned a thousand grooves. --Ryan Reed

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Martin Garrix ­Featuring Usher
"Don't Look Down"
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EDM wunderkind Martin Garrix pivots from his standard sinister instrumental bangers and puts on his best David Guetta mask for "Don't Look Down." Usher has toed the now-or-never party line many times before, but his spirited vocals and a cheerful xylophone drop make this collabo a pop winner. --Jason Lipshutz

This story originally appeared in the April 4th issue of Billboard.


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