The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Frank Ocean to Axwell & Ingrosso


Fall Out Boy
"American Beauty/American Psycho"

Like the films that make up its title, Fall Out Boy's new single is heavy-handed, dazzling upon first impact but losing flavor over repeat listens. The pop-punkers receive an assist from French DJ-producer Sebastian, whose pile-on of guitar stabs proves too rocky for Patrick Stump's all-over-the-place delivery.--Jason Lipshutz

Fall Out Boy Announces ‘American Beauty/American Psycho’ Album, Shares Title Track

Frank Ocean

A muted snare clack, woozy synth chords and a tangle of falsetto glossolalia: "Memrise," Frank Ocean's new Tumblr-posted reverie, builds a chillwave groove before evaporating. Is it an outtake, an interlude from his upcoming LP or something else? There's seductive mystery in the speak-singing and tremolo guitar.--Ryan Reed

Exclusive: Dawn Richard Announces ‘Blackheart’ Album Release, Talks New Music & Moving On From Danity Kane

Dawn Richard

Following a messy split with defunct girl group Danity Kane, Dawn Richard returns to the icy-cool sound of her brilliant 2013 solo album, Goldenheart, with the sleek "Physical." The beat sparkles and throbs under her voice, which purrs and pleads without ever losing confidence.--Jason Lipshutz

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Axwell & Ingrosso
"Something New"
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"This time we can’t go home," a pleading male voice sings on Axwell & Ingrosso’s first single as a duo. The two Swedish House Mafia DJs won’t be returning to the shelter of their blockbuster trio anytime soon, but "Something New," with its Killers-style lyrical optimism and ’80s synths, is a sugary quick fix for fans experiencing withdrawal.--Dan Hyman

The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Boosie to Screaming Females

Title Fight

Pennsylvania punk quartet Title Fight excavates a gorgeous melody from a cavern of guitar static on "Chlorine," folding noise over garbled syllables in a manner that recalls Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth. If Hyperview, the group’s first album, due Feb. 3, is as breathtaking as its first track, people will be talking about this band for a while.--Jason Lipshutz

SZA Talks 'Z' Album & Being the Only Girl In Top Dawg Entertainment

Top Dawg Entertainment

SZA’s storytelling is becoming as compelling as her viscous mood music, as "Sobriety" cuts deep lyrically as its splendidly jazzy R&B arrangement (co-produced by Thundercat) hums along. "What would my mother say?/She’d want me to be married and happy, and whole/Not high and alone," SZA sings, her lament plainspoken but no less effective for it.--Jason Lipshutz

Exclusive: Chance the Rapper Reveals New Album 'Surf,' Working With Frank Ocean & J. Cole

The Social Experiment featuring Chance the Rapper
"Sunday Candy"

Surf, the upcoming LP from Chance the Rapper’s band, is a strange choice to follow his 2013 breakout, Acid Rap, but this single builds beautifully on its predecessor’s hitchless mix of gospel, rap and Chicago juke.--Alex Gale

This article first appeared in the Dec. 12 issue of Billboard.


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