Summer time is the best time for good pop music. When the weather is good and you’re on holiday, upbeat sounds feel right on point. Check out these four releases due out soon that will make the beginning of the season sweeter.
All Time Low
Dirty Work, out 6 June 2011
The four guys of All Time Low got their start playing in the underground punk circuit of their hometown, Baltimore, Maryland. By their late teens, though, they had already gained serious traction and by now the guys, especially frontman Alex Gaskarth, are bona fide pop stars — and heartthrobs. The group recently toured the U.K. with Yellowcard, Hey Monday, and the Summer Set, and revealed a couple new songs from this, the band’s fourth album and the first for a proper major label, Interscope Records. The group previously set the bar high with the success of its high-energy, punk-influenced pop, so there are plenty of expectations coming with the record.
Sorry For Party-Rocking, out 2 June 2011
The Los Angeles-based duo LMFAO gained fame — or, to some, infamy — for its 2008 party anthem, “I’m in Miami Bitch.” The group pioneered a mash-up of genres it calls “party rock,” which means dance beats, pop production, splashes of hip-hop, and whatever else sounds good while the drinks are flowing. This album features at least one song that’s already become a huge international smash, “Party Rock Anthem,” which features guest artists Lauren Bennett and GoonRock. Similar cameos will likely abound through the rest of the album.
Make a Scene, out 13 June 2011
Former lead singer of Theaudience and onetime model, Sophie Ellis-Bextor has had her hand in several entertainment hats. This record, though, her fourth as a solo artist, finds her coming back more lively than ever after giving birth to her second child. Motherhood hasn’t softened her bite at all, and on this record, she keeps things super-danceable with marked disco and synth-pop influences. She’s also collaborated with several marquee producers and songwriters for this effort, including Calvin Harris, Metronomy, and Armin Van Buuren.
Planet Pit, out 13 June 2011
Pitbull is pretty much the only major international pop superstar to come out of Miami in recent years, and the only one to successfully marry rap and dance music in a way that’s been both critically and commercially successful. That’s even when most of his songs liberally switch between English and slangy Spanish! But Pit’s found a party-friendly niche favoring big hooks and memorable lines over increasingly clubbier production. Planet Pit features a couple songs that have already found homes on dancefloors worldwide: “Give Me Everything,” featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack, and Nayer, and “Hey Baby (Drop it to the Floor),” featuring T-Pain.