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Kiesza, Wilkinson & Years and Years: Billboard Twitter Emerging Picks of the Week

Billboard Twitter Emerging Picks of the Week

Billboard Twitter Emerging Picks of the Week: Kiesza, Wilkinson & Years and Years

For your listening pleasure, Billboard has compiled some of our favorite tracks that debuted on this week’s Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart. All of these tracks chronicle a stage in the experience of love -- excitement, risk, or pure desire. Check out the love(ly) tracks below, and be sure to check back next week for another round of selections guaranteed to please.

“The Love," Kiesza

Kiesza literally doesn’t let one second slip before showcasing her vocal prowess. As if replicating a classic Donna Summer tune, Kiesza powers through the chorus with minimal instrumentation before the production boosts to meet the singer’s chops -- and what chops they are. Kiesza shines as she swoops through runs and octaves atop the infectious beat, which peaks during an overdub that exhibits both the singer’s sensitivity and skill. One listen isn’t enough -- prepare to reach for the repeat button. Listeners certainly felt love for the track, as their discussions on Twitter prompted a No. 46 debut on the Emerging Artists chart. “The Love” marks the Canadian singer-songwriter's second entry on this week’s chart, joining “Hideaway”, which climbs to No. 2 this week. Both tracks are on the singer’s new album, Sound of a Woman, which will reach U.S. retailers on Tuesday (Oct. 21.)

“Dirty Love,” ­Wilkinson ft. Talay Riley

British DJ Wilkinson issues another EDM gem with “Dirty Love,” which enlists countryman Talay Riley to provide vocals. Though the song offers little variety in lyrics, with one verse and a chorus repeated three times, both artists more than compensate with their respective roles -- not unlike “We Found Love,” the monster single from Rihanna and Calvin Harris. Wilkinson’s production is nearly a textbook example of EDM: it adopts a fast, futuristic feel for most of the song before abandoning the instruments midway through, only to revive them for one final, invigorated rush toward the finish line. For Riley’s part, the R&B singer tests his vocal range on the track, drifting in and out of falsetto and hitting a number of piercing high notes. Fans certainly approved of the collaboration, which burst onto the Emerging Artists chart with a No. 29 debut. Originally set to preview a re-release of Wilkinson’s 2013 album, Lazers Not Included, “Dirty Love” now serves as the lead single from Wilkinson’s upcoming second album, scheduled to be released sometime in 2015.

“Desire," Years and Years

This feel-good electropop anthem from the U.K. group boasts sleek production and a strong tenor vocal from singer Olly Alexander. The track starts with a futuristic drum set and a chant of “oohs” before Alexander slides in with his effortless delivery. As he described, the track was inspired by ‘90s house music, “So we wanted to keep that same energy and pace throughout.” The band delivers on that goal, leaping into the catchy chorus, “Is it desire / or is it love that I’m feeling for you? I want desire / cause your love only gets me abused” that’s easy to get stuck in your head. Listeners clearly desired the song, as conversation surrounding the track generated enough Twitter activity to trigger a No. 30 debut on the Emerging Artists chart. The group is currently on the road with Clean Bandit, and has their first headlining tour of the U.K. slated for early 2015.