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Singles: June 3, 2011

The week’s newest singles from Colbie Caillat, Drake, and more

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Colbie Caillat, ”Brighter Than the Sun”
Caillat’s surf-and-sand voice, some infectious handclaps, and a big hook co-written by Ryan Tedder — coming soon to a beach-based montage in a teen movie near you. (And perhaps even more immediately, on her third album, All of You, out July 12.) B+Kyle Anderson

JoJo, ”The Other Chick”
Nobody does sassitude quite like JoJo. The ”Too Little Too Late” singer once again unleashes on a disrespecting dude who’s been cheating. It’s hard to truly want JoJo to find a great guy when her break-ups yield burn ballads like these. B+Tim Stack

Blondie, ”Mother”
Back from an eight-year hiatus — the new-wave legends are set to release their ninth studio outing, Panic of Girls, later this year — Debbie Harry still exudes simultaneous sauce and sadness, which more than makes up for the slightly silly-sounding keyboards bleating underneath. BKA

Gavin DeGraw, ”Not Over You”
The One Tree Hill theme song scribe previews his first album in two years with a soulful, majestic ballad about hiding heartbreak to save wounded pride, co-penned by the apparently very busy Ryan Tedder. BJoe Lynch

Sublime with Rome, ”Panic”
If you can get past the fact that new singer Rome Ramirez is an uncomfortable sonic doppelgänger for the late Brad Nowell, then this is a skankin’ good flashback to the mid-’90s ska revival. But that’s a big if. CKA

Drake, ”Dream Money Can Buy”
Over eerie coos and a crisp boom-bap beat, Drake gives a taste of his forthcoming album, Take Care. The Toronto rhymer’s latest, sugared with hubris, reflects on the fall of his idols, the realization of his dreams, and just for good measure, his Fendi carpeting. A-Brad Wete

Ty Segall, ”You Make the Sun Fry”
This tease from the prolific San Francisco rocker’s upcoming Drag City release, Goodbye Bread, is a tad calmer than his usual garage-fuzz frenzy, but the guitar solo is just as blistering as the sun-drenched days his relaxed, reverby tune evokes. B+JL