Easter is nearly upon us with lots of chocolate goodies in store. Before we indulge our sweet tooth, DJ and pop blogger Conor Behan gives us a taste of what’s going on in planet pop.

Justin Timberlake’s six year gap between albums could have left him in a really vulnerable position on making his return. But whatever Justin’s been doing, it’s working because the 20/20 Experience is already doing big business. In it’s first week of release, it’s number one here and in the UK albums chart, and is expected to top the US chart later this week.

This is incredibly rare and shows that a slow build of momentum with new tracks has won over plenty of fans old and new.

For me the new album is interesting but not as rewarding or melody driven as I would like. Still, current single Mirrors has that Timbaland/Timberlake magic and it’s recently released video is rather beautifully:

Girls Aloud played Dublin on St. Patrick’s weekend at the tail end of their Ten tour. A greatest hits jaunt, it was a flashy and fun experience.

Rumours of a split had been rife before the tour started and after the final concert they tweeted a message to fans confirming they’d be bowing out after 10 years.

Plenty have remarked that they’ll likely reunite for some kind of tour a few years down the line but it’s still a loss for planet pop.

In a landscape littered with boy and girlbands it’s easy to forget that Girls Aloud did unusual, quirky songs and landed hits at a time when pure pop was not very successful. Still, we’ll always have gems like this to remember them by:

Alexis Jordan enjoyed moderate success here a few years back with dance pop tunes such as Happiness and Good Girl. On new single Acid Rain she nabs a sample from the Bingo Players club megahit Rattle, and has Rihanna writer Sia lend her a big chorus to devastating effect. Jordan is very much a baby Beyoncé and could have another big hit on her hands with this.

What do you get if you get buzzed about club producer Duke Dumont, throw in the voice of star on the rise, A*M*E and the co-writing skills of her best mate and pop producer MNEK? You get Need U (100%) a thumping slice of commercial house music that has an R&B style hook and addictive quality that will appeal to almost everybody. The vocals are pitch perfect, the beat is infectious and this has hit written all over it.

Jessie Ware was a critical and commercial darling throughout 2012 with her silky smooth voice and sophisticated electronic music. She’s currently planning a US takeover and adding new tracks to debut album Devotion. Among those is this new tune Imagine It Was Us. It teams her with dance music darling Julio Bashmore, a frequent collaborator with Ware and it’s a slick and hook piece of disco inspired pop. You’ll be nodding your head to this within seconds.

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