Reviews of new songs from Madonna, Chris Brown, Brandy and Monica, and more

By EW Staff
Updated February 10, 2012 at 05:00 AM EST

Madonna Feat. Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., ”Give Me All Your Luvin”’
Her Madgesty’s Super Bowl-friendly cheer-pop ditty has a kitschy-cool guitar riff, but Madonna’s wet-blanket vocals and poor sportsmanship (her two guests get a measly eight bars each) aren’t exactly easy to luv. B-Adam Markovitz

Brandy and Monica, ”It All Belongs to Me”
Singing sweetly over a piano-pounding groove, the ”Boy Is Mine” ladies reunite to list everything they’re stealing back from their exes, right down to the very last MacBook. The boy isn’t theirs anymore, but they sure are having fun packing up his stuff. B+Melissa Maerz

K’naan Feat. Nelly Furtado, ”Is Anbody Out There?”
Minus the inspirational backdrop of the World Cup, ”Wavin’ Flag” rapper K’Naan takes a full-throated assist from Furtado. But he trips, alas, over his own inspirational clichés. B-Kyle Anderson

Chris Brown, ”Turn up the Music”
Of all the singles Brown could’ve given us for Valentine’s Day, he goes with a dance-floor-humping electro banger? Guess it’ll set the mood during a nice intimate evening with your Pimpbot 5000. B-Ray Rahman

One Direction, ”What Makes You Beautiful”
Simon Cowell’s British fivesome isn’t just a lost product of the circa-1998 boy-band factory. Sure, they’re slickly produced, but listen close (over the piercing tween screams) and you’ll hear an expertly constructed pop anthem. A-Grady Smith

M. Ward, ”The First Time I Ran Away”
Zooey Deschanel’s better half in the indie-pop duo She & Him returns with this salvo from his upcoming eighth studio album, a prettily atmospheric argument for him to keep strumming solo. B+MM