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Essential tracks: New from Ariana Grande, Ariel Pink and more
Essential tracks: New from Ariana Grande, Ariel Pink and more

Amid the thousands of new pop, hip-hop, EDM, rock, country and R&B songs that have been uploaded and eclipsed since Taylor Swift released "1989" last week, below are a recent five for a weekday that offer a glimpse of the (non-Swiftian) here-and-now. Ariana Grande featuring the Weeknd, “Love Me Harder,” (Republic). As a smooth seduction that serves to further transition a former Disney star into the mainstream adult marketplace, “Love Me Harder” goes all the way. It does so by following a path that worked so well for Miley Cyrus: diving in head-first. To do so, Grande teams with contemporary R&B’s current master of the bedroom, the Weeknd’s...

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