The 6 Best New Songs of the Week: Ariana Grande, Lisa Prank, Nick Jonas, and More

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So much new music is released each week that it’s impossible to hear it all. Not that you’d want to; a lot of it isn’t so hot. But let us help simplify your search for new sounds with a roundup of the week’s 8 best new songs. Trust us. We have good taste. (And check out last week’s collection if your hunger has still not been sated.)

Nick Jonas – “Chainsaw”

I’ve fostered an intrigue for Nick Jonas as of late, possibly onset by his Gradutae-esque situation with Kate Hudson and perpetuated by his ability to make shapes sexy, so “Chainsaw’ was rightly on my radar. It features a broken Jonas brother (BroJoBro?) boasting his ability to take power tools to an innocent piece of furniture in order to adequately express the anguish of heartbreak to his former lover. If for no other reason, listen in at 2:28 when he takes the rare plunge into his lower register before he shoots back up into that growly little yelp. It’s a roller coaster, but a pleasure indeed. – Mia

CHVRCHES – “Warning Call”

This is classic Chvrches through and through. Poppy with a driving baseline that’ll make you nod your head, the song, which was written for Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, is something that almost everyone and anyone can jam to. – Gabi

Lisa Prank – “Take It All”

If you’ve ever gone through a breakup or the dissolution of a relationship only to find yourself at that delicate stage wherein you have to divvy up possessions, you are familiar with the scenario in Lisa Prank’s (again, great name) “Take It All.” But this song takes the defiant approach to handling said situation: “You can have that book we bought together / I don’t wanna read it again,” it begins. But you’ll soon realize there’s something more going on beneath the surface. – Matt

Ariana Grande – “Leave Me Lonely” (Feat. Macy Gray)

This is one soulful record. Ariana Grande showcases her powerful vocals and touches on the topic of heartache, while Macy provides her raspy cadence to it. The break-up tune on which she and Grande blast their respective “dangerous love.” At the beginning, Gray says her ex-lover turns her away like she’s “begging for a dollar.” Grande then calls out her own ex, telling him, “If you’re gonna love me and leave me hanging here/Then I’d rather you leave me lonely.” It is so nice to have Macy Gray back! – Michael

Brand New – “I Am Nightmare”

My inner emo is freaking out right now. It seems the Brand New drought is finally coming to an end as the band, whose last record was released over six years, has finally put out new music taken from an upcoming LP. Though “I Am Nightmare” doesn’t sound anything like last year’s one-off track “Mene,” which I adore, it’s still good to know that Jesse Lacey still got it. Catchy and angsty, it fits right into what the Long Island group was churning out during the Your Favorite Weapon era — though a little more grown up and polished than, say, “Seventy Times 7.” After all, that album would be 15 years old — a freakin’ teenager — today. - Gabi

– “Final Song”

You may recognize Karen Marie Ørsted’s (stage name: MØ) voice from last year’s inescapable Major Lazer and DJ Snake single, “Lean On.” Since then, she’s released a handful of more-than-solid pop songs on her own, and her latest, “Final Song,” may be the best of the bunch. In a perfect world, not only would “Final Song” get a ton of club play — if this song doesn’t make you want to dance, what’s wrong with you? — it would find a good home in the upper echelons of the Hot 100… and maybe even become a Song of the Summer contender. – Matt