I just discovered two new songs in the “Listeners Also Bought” box when I was listening to Erykah Badu on iTunes and deciding whether I’ll buy the digital album or the CD. Both Leela James and Vivian Green, two artists I’ve been waiting for new albums from, dropped singles in the last month or so.

I really enjoyed Leela’s on first listen. “Tell Me You Love Me” is a woman’s plea with her unexpressive man to understand that she needs to hear how he feels. Listen on her site.

Although Vivian Green sounds amazing as always, her song was less of an instant hit with me. “Beautiful” also speaks directly to a man, this time about what he needs to do better with the next one – “tell her when she looks beautiful.”

I love that she starts out this song by singing, “I don’t want to waste an entire album on you, I’ve been there and done that.” Pow!