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Single Review: “Nobody Love” by Tori Kelly

Maybe you’ve heard of her. From her fantabulous YouTube covers (like this one of JT’s “Suit & Tie”) viewed by millions, to a stint on American Idol during its Simon Cowell glory days (who told her multiple times her voice was annoying. WHAT?!), Tori Kelly has been flirting with mainstream success for years.

And now, with the release of her first single under the direction of mega-manager Scooter Braun (Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber), Tori Kelly is on her way to becoming the It-Girl of 2015. Produced by Max Martin (seriously, this guy probably farts catchy melodies), “Nobody Love” is an urban-pop stomper, with a scale-climbing, horn-filled pre-chorus that leads into a minimal, finger-snapping, head-bopping chorus (not unlike Grande’s “Problem,” also produced by Max Martin).

But it’s that final minute when Tori unleashes a wail that’s definitely a statement: “Yes, I can SANG.” And then she gives the cleanest run I’ve heard since Xtina’s “Your Body” climax (which, again, was produced by Max Martin) and I wonder why this girl isn’t a star already.

But I won’t have to wonder much longer.