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Snap judgment: Kylie's '2 Hearts'

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America is mean — at least when it comes to Kylie Minogue. The adorable pixie is a star the world over, but she’s only had two big U.S. hits — “The Loco Motion” in 1988, and “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” in 2002. At that rate, Kylie can expect to crack Billboard’s top 10 sometime around 2016, but I’m thinking that her new single, “2 Hearts,” her first release since battling back from a 2005 breast-cancer diagnosis, might speed up her hit-making timeline.

With a frisky beat, a piano line that chugs along like (dare I say it?) a little locomotive, and the jaunty “WHOOs!” that populate the chorus, “2 Hearts” is nothing short of irresistible. Add a lyrical nod to Stacey Q‘s “Two of Hearts,” and frankly, the music police should be sending a SWAT team to any radio station that refuses to play it. How’s that for tough talk?

As for the accompanying video clip, it’s a pretty low-budget affair, with Kylie channeling her inner Marilyn, and writhing around on a piano, backed by some glam-rock backup players. Still, the explosion of metallic confetti at the end is a metaphor for what happens to my heart every time I press “replay” on the YouTube clip — it’s positively bursting with excitement! (“I’m in love — WHOO! — I’m in love — WHOO!”) How ’bout you, PopWatchers?