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Singles: Aug. 12, 2011

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Drake, ”Headlines”
Hip-hop’s champion of real talk is seriously over being famous: all that tedious after-partying, the excessive compliments, the lonely realization that ”it really is just me, myself, and all my millions.” But knowing that those millions are what bought him this cool staccato beat, sweetly syrup-dizzy vocal effects, and a whole lot of self-pity makes it a little hard to feel sorry for him. BMelissa Maerz

Cobra Starship, ”#1Nite (One Night)”
Onetime emo fashion plate Gabe Saporta ditches guitars and skinny jeans in favor of a shiny suit on this glossy, Auto-Tuned shimmy across the dance floor. It’s got flair to spare, but the tailoring could use some work. B-Kyle Anderson

Miguel, ”Quickie”
Love isn’t for this R&B stud. On his lustful, slow-winding cut, Miguel croons about how he wants a swift fix in the sack, sans hickeys, nail scratches, or any other evidence that might hurt his chances with the next lady. B+Brad Wete

Mastodon, ”Black Tongue”
Like a movie monster back for the sequel, Southern über-thrashers Mastodon continue to evolve, smothering their guitars in more molten magma and greasing the gears on their jackhammer rhythmic gymnastics. It’s the sound of pure evil, and it is good. A-KA

Young Jeezy, ”Shake Life”
Jeezy plots out how he’ll make his next million and sounds off on ills both local and national. Unfortunately, the sampling of Toto’s ”Georgy Porgy” undercuts the grittiness of his words. B-BW

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, ”The Death of You and Me”
The more talented Oasis sibling bakes his Beatles obsession into a country-tinged magic pie and serves it with a side of street-jazz horns. Sweet melodics offset the empty calories of the lyrics. B+KA

The Script, ”Nothing”
Opening for Paul McCartney and U2 and scoring two big Stateside singles haven’t made these Irish rockers any happier. This stadium-ready weepie finds them down at the pub, drunkenly mourning an ex-love. Cheer up, lads: At least she left you with another likely VH1 success. BMM

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