July 7, 2017 5:56 PM EDT

Kesha makes her musical return with the powerfully emotional ballad “Praying,” signaling a comeback — and a rebirth. HAIM’s sophomore album is full of fresh rock-pop tunes of sharp production like “Kept Me Crying.” German producer and DJ Zedd taps One Direction’s Liam Payne for his second solo outing on an easy-listening summer track. Meanwhile, under-the-radar grunge-rapper Jez Dior leans into his rap side on catchy new single “Sober,” while electro-pop production team Opia drop an EP of unusual — and infectious — new songs.

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