January 18, 2013 at 05:00 AM EST

Singles

Destiny’s Child
”Nuclear”
Nobody was expecting a 2001-level explosion of bootyliciousness from the newly reunited supergroup, but the mellow vibe of this ultrasultry, echo-heavy single — recorded as a bonus track for their Love Songs anthology (out Jan. 29) — wouldn’t even make a Geiger counter twitch. B-Adam Markovitz

David Bowie
”Where Are We Now?”
The Thin White Duke marked his 66th birthday with this elegantly moody lead single from the upcoming The New Day, his first new album in 10 years. The song finds the icon once again floating in his beautifully bizarre comfort zone: that spacey, nebulous no-man’s-land somewhere between home and lost. A-Ray Rahman

Ke$ha
”C’mon”
Warm wine coolers, lollipops, and stolen bubble gum? Pack your pinkest toothbrush, because the carefree lyrics and glittery beat of Ke$ha’s latest Warrior offering has all the makings of a great PG-13 sleepover — sans the lost retainers and awkward little brothers. B+Ray Rahman

Albums

Gary Allan
Set You Free
Gary Allan’s whiskey-soaked rasp has often lent itself to melancholy musings — as previous hits like ”Life Ain’t Always Beautiful” attest. But on his ninth disc, he’s beginning to let a small amount of sunshine in; see: his gently tuneful ”Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain),” already in the top five on the country charts. B+Grady Smith

Yo La Tengo
Fade
Thirteen albums in, New Jersey’s indie idols melt icy hearts with a set of spare, slow-building dream pop that doesn’t blast like a furnace as much as it hums like a hair dryer. Despite the general air of stark autumnal stoicism, the punchy ”Paddle Forward” has its own sweet sweater fuzz. B+Kyle Anderson

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