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Though the new music selection this week is sparse, artists like Miley Cyrus, Kylie Minogue and Little Mix provide a temporary yet lively escape from the uncertain reality following the U.S. Presidential Election.

What started as a fan-made remix posted to YouTube in September has resulted in one of the best collaborations of the year. Miley Cyrus and Stevie Nicks, legends in their own right, teamed up to blend their hit songs “Midnight Sky” and “Edge of Seventeen,” leaving me forever indebted to their genius. Layering elements of Nick’s guitar-driven classic with Cyrus’ bold and empowering anthem transcends genres and decades of female icons. It really doesn’t get better than this.

Remixing their Tik Tok hit, 24kGoldn and iann dior collaborated with Justin Bieber and J Balvin on “Mood (Remix).” The upbeat, feel-good track boasts a Spanish-infused feature from Balvin, showcasing the Colombian singer’s bilingual talents and leaving listeners wishing for warmer days. If I didn’t know it was November, I could see this track becoming a catchy pop song to round out the summer.

The multilingual features do not stop there. On Columbian singer Maluma’s “Hawái - Remix,” The Weeknd surprises audiences by performing the track’s chorus in Spanish, signaling the first Spanish feature from “El fin de semana.” Though one may need to know Spanglish to understand the Latin hit, the track’s soulfully crooned vocals paired with its rhythmic beat offer something for everyone.

For those longing to return to the nightlife scene, Kylie Minogue’s new album, “DISCO (Deluxe),” transports listeners from their cars or bedrooms to the dance floor. Leading track “Magic” is a glitzy and playful staple about losing oneself in moments of passion, described with lyrics like: “Free falling, it’s a new emotion / I swear there’s diamonds in your eyes.” Other tracks, like “Miss a Thing” and “Real Groove” showcase Minogue’s appeal to losing inhibitions — something listeners may desperately need during the election’s postponed results.

British girl group Little Mix added to this week’s album releases with “Confetti,” featuring compelling odes to female empowerment. Tracks like “Break Up Song” and “Happiness” infuse elements of ‘80s, ‘90s, and ‘00s pop hits to create new-age, millennial bangers. Lyrically cheeky, “Not a Pop Song” draws inspiration from former boss Simon Cowell with “I never do what Simon says / Get the message ‘cause it’s read.”

Best encapsulating the current trepidation of the nation, Amy Allen’s “What a Time to Be Alive (feat. Pink Sweat$)” is an emotional exposé about growing up. The slow-building yet heavy track sums it up best with: “Would you want to live / In a world that isn’t right? / Would you just forgive / All the things we pushed aside?”

Though there were no major releases this week, the new tracks and albums showcase newfound talents from a mix of well-known artists. I look forward to future music releases following the final results of the election, but until then, catch me listening to “Edge of Midnight” on repeat.

Hanna Ellington is an assistant editor for the Arkansas Traveler.

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