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This Week’s Music: Justin Bieber, Usher And Raye

This week’s column: Justin Bieber’s much awaited return, Usher’s collab with Ella Mai and a new song from Raye.

This Week’s Music is a weekly column that discusses the weeks’ best, worst, and most interesting songs. We try to select songs of different artists and genres to keep things interesting and to please a variety of music fans.

This week features Justin Bieber’s much awaited return, Usher’s collaboration with Ella Mai and a new song from Raye. Check them out!

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Justin Bieber – Yummy

After a year-long hiatus, Bieber is back and, if this is the kind of work he’s making now, he should have stayed gone. “Yummy” is awful, a rip-off of all of the worst aspects of modern hip hop without adding a personal twist or even some coherence. It’s three minutes of sound torture.

Usher feat. Ella Mai – Don’t Waste My Time

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Another artist making a comeback is Usher, who, unlike Bieber, seems to be more aware of his musical surroundings, partnering with Ella Mai and making something that’s fun and sexy. Mai and Usher’s voices compliment each other, creating an old school R&B song that capitalizes on each of their talents.

Raye – Please Don’t Touch

The best song of this week’s column conveniently comes from its least famous artist. Rachel Keen, aka Raye, is a British 20-something-year old who’s primed to make a big splash in 2020. “Please Don’t Touch” is melancholic and woozy in all the right ways, smart enough to trick you into dancing your heartbreak away. The song’s sad and reflective lyrics are perfectly hidden behind a glossy production that’s accessible and fun.

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