5 new songs you should hear right now: Michael Jackson, Don Henley and more

29 June 2018, 12:43

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By Tom Eames

Here's our latest playlist of brand new songs we reckon you guys will love.

1. Drake and Michael Jackson - 'Don't Matter to Me'

We wouldn't normally think of Drake and Smooth in the same sentence, but the Canadian rapper has sampled a previously unheard Michael Jackson track on his latest album.

Paul Anka is listed as a co-writer on the song, which means it was probably written back in 1983, when Jackson collaborated with the crooner for his album Walk a Fine Line.

2. Passenger - 'Runaway'

This is the title track from Mike Rosenberg's upcoming album, which will come out in late August.

He said of the track: “‘Runaway’ is a bit of a personal song for me, for where I’m at in my life. It’s about not running away from everything. At some stage you should slow down, stop and enjoy where you are. My friend Ross played trumpet on the track, it sounds very Mexican, like Mariachi. I love how it’s come out.”

3. Don Henley and Vince Gill - 'Sacrifice'

This is taken from the recent Elton John tribute album Restoration, which saw various famous country artists give their own spin on Elton classics.

Here, Eagles legend Don Henley teams up with country star Vince Gill - who has filled in for the late Glenn Frey in the band - on this great version of Elton's 1990 number one.

4. Toni Cornell and Chris Cornell - 'Nothing Compares 2 U'

The late singer Chris Cornell's daughter Toni recorded this duet cover of Prince's 'Nothing Compares 2 U', made famous by Sinead O'Connor before he died.

Toni released the track for Father's Day, saying on Instagram: “You gave me courage when I didn’t have any. You believed in me when I didn’t. I miss your love everyday."

5. Gavin James - 'The Middle'

Irish singer-songwriter Gavin released this new track this week, ahead of the release of his upcoming second studio album.

Gavin has released various tracks since the release his acclaimed 2016 album Bitter Pill, and this is another example of why he's one of the most exciting young singer-songwriters around right now.