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This weekend’s new music playlist features releases from iconic female artists including Adele, Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Lopez.

Adele relies solely on slow, soft piano chords and advanced vocals on her song “To Be Loved.” The single is one of many tracks on her new album “30,” which she released Friday and which tackles themes of divorce, motherhood and fame.

As on the rest of the album, Adele’s vocals on “To Be Loved” are beyond impressive and full of emotion. “To be loved and love at the highest count / Means to lose all the things I can’t live without,” Adele sings. The pop icon spotlights the sacrifice that can accompany love despite one’s best intentions and effort, and the level of vulnerability she displays in the song will certainly bring many to tears.

Singer Emmy Meli’s “I AM WOMAN” radiates confidence and power. Accompanied by prominent percussive rhythm, Meli lists all the attributes that make her the strong, radiant person she is. “I am woman / I am fearless / I am sexy / I am divine / I am unbeatable / I am creative / Honey, you get in line,” Meli sings. The song is going viral as a sound on the popular social media app TikTok, where influencers like Anna Sitar showcase shots of themselves that fit with the lyrics.

Speaking of impressive vocals, Christina Aguilera released the Spanish song “Somos Nada,” on which her silky voice glides perfectly over piano chords. The lyrics describe the doubt and anxiety that accompany staying in a rocky relationship, a theme reflected by the clear anguish in her voice. The translated lyrics read “Though I drown in pain / I don’t lose faith in love / We are the flowers growing from the mud / We are nothing, we are everything.”

Jennifer Lopez’s piano ballad “On My Way” previews the upcoming romantic comedy “Marry Me,” in theaters Feb. 11. The song is about learning from past mistakes, finding your person and ultimately ending up exactly where you are meant to be in life. “Every teardrop fell so heavy / Hurt like Hell but Heaven sent through / I was on my way to you,” Lopez sings.

With this weekend’s girl-power playlist full of heartbreaking ballads and powerful lyrics, women everywhere will put their headphones down feeling validated, confident and strong.

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