MuuMuse Approved Tracks for the Week of September 12, 2010

5. Madonna – Animal
It’s been two weeks of pure Madonna leaks, and this Hard Candy reject shines above the rest of the icon’s uninspired ’08 effort. Teeth bared, whip in hand…why wasn’t this on the album again?!

4. Ciara – Speechless
CiCi’s album campaign may be a messy, triflin’ mess, but the singer’s latest horn-heavy ballad is a surefire, hip swaying grower. Grind that rhythm deep!

3. Selena Gomez – A Year Without Rain
A dazzling, somewhat understated helping of delicate dance-pop from the only Disney chick in the building that seems to truly have the grace and charm to become a star outside the Mickey Mouse enterprise.

2. Nadine Coyle – Insatiable
From the sound of her big, brassy belter, Miss Cole (née Tweedy) is about to get a run for money in the solo business. As it turns out, Nuhdeen’s got a few tricks up her own sleeve–err, suggestive mini-dress. Blimey!

1. Rihanna – Only Girl (In The World) / Willow Smith – Whip My Hair
There’s no way this week wasn’t ending in a tie. From the tranced-out club commanding of “Only Girl” to the instant, unparalleled ‘tude of “Whip My Hair,” Riri and her future protegee are turning heads and snatching wigs quicker than you can possibly say “I whip my hair back and forth.” Legendary. And prone to neck injury.