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Singles: July 5/12, 2013

Reviews of new songs from Kelly Clarkson, Drake, and more

Kelly Clarkson, ”Tie It Up”
The onetime ”Miss Independent” is now engaged (to Reba McEntire’s stepson, no less), so she’s clearly in wedding mode on her stomping, church-bell-infused country-pop ditty. No doubt it will find a spot on some summer-nuptial soundtracks — but unlike Clarkson classics such as ”Since U Been Gone,” the honeymoon for this nonstarter will probably be brief. B-Tanner Stransky

M.I.A., ”Bring The Noize”
Raising a fist against ”the f—ing banks,” M.I.A. hurls agit-pop cherry bombs at any symbol of the establishment she can reach. And it’s good to hear her fired up again, shooting off machine-gun rhymes, a bhangra-inspired outro, and a few goofy lines. ”Do you like my perfume?” she cries. Yep. Smells like victory. B+Melissa Maerz

Drake, ”I’m On My Way”
If you’ve ever dreamed of getting a baggage-claim booty call from Drizzy himself, this one’s for you: ”Baby I just landed/’Bout to get my bags in/All I need’s an address.” Nobody does sleepy sex talk better, but the heavy-lidded beat makes you worry he’ll just doze off in a corner before he even gets out of the terminal. BAdam Markovitz

John Mayer, ”Paper Doll”
Most of the conversation around Mayer’s lullabyish latest has centered on whether it’s a counterpunch to Taylor Swift’s ”Dear John” — probably because there’s not much else to say about a song this toothless and unfocused. Besides, nobody out-revenges the Red Queen. CKyle Anderson

Gavin DeGraw, ”Best I Ever Had”
DeGraw doesn’t want any cool-kid cred for this uptempo Mumford-style ballad (”Cuz there’s too many hipsters/And I just can’t relate”), and he won’t get it. Still, the pretty, syrupy chorus might just make your next latte line feel a little bit shorter. B+Adam Markovitz