With Katy Perry delivering a surprisingly decent Super Bowl performance (with the help of Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott, of course), and Rihanna releasing a new song for the first time in two years, this week has been all about the unexpected. Here’s a look at some songs that have been released in the past little while.<br /> <br /> 1. “Begin Again” - Purity Ring<br /> <br /> With their sophomore album, <em>Another Eternity</em>, Purity Ring seems like they’re pushing towards a more accessible, pop direction. Recently, one half of the band, Corin Roddick, was quoted saying “I don't have patience for long, wandering pieces. I need a focused song, usually with a vocal, and it has to be concise, and get from A to B quickly.” That focus is apparent on the second offering from the album, “Begin Again”. An ode to rekindling the passion that once was, Megan James sings over a trance-inducing electronic arrangement, “You be the moon / I'll be the earth / And when we burst / Start over, oh darling / Begin again, begin again.”<br /> <br /> 2. “FourFive Seconds” - Rihanna, Kanye West, Paul McCartney<br /> <br /> After the initial shock of Rihanna releasing a country-influenced ballad as a lead single, you kind of realize that she can do whatever the hell she wants and go with it. “FourFive Seconds” is pretty perfect for when you’re straight up over everything. “‘Cause all of my kindness / Is taken for weakness,” is a line that everyone can relate to at some point or another. Sometimes, you just feel underappreciated.<br /> While some people may think that Rihanna is rather limited in terms of vocal ability, I would argue that the huskiness really adds to the song. The song veers in the same direction as West and McCartney’s “Only One”, released earlier in the year, and in the back of my mind, I’m hoping for some sort of epic Springsteen-style song by the trio in the near future.<br /> Also, can we laugh about how so many people on Twitter were asking who Paul McCartney is after “Only One “and “FourFive Seconds”?<br /> <br /> 3. I” Bet” - Ciara<br /> <br /> Fresh out of her separation from singer/rapper Future, Ciara is back in the studio. I’m still hoping for some of those slow jams that she does so well on her upcoming album (seriously, “Promise” and “Body Party” are her two best songs), but who can be mad at her for showing some attitude and letting out some post-breakup stress? “I bet you’ll start loving me / As soon as I start loving someone else / Somebody better than you,” Ciara sings over some slow guitar. She’s not looking back, sorry Future.<br /> <br /> 4. “Anna” - Will Butler<br /> <br /> Arcade Fire member Will Butler is releasing his first solo album, <em>Policy</em>, in March, and “Anna” is the second cut from the album. The song is all about building momentum, as a few musical ideas loop around and around over a persistent beat. There’s a pentatonic electronic motif, a piano riff, a saxophone line, and Butler himself singing “pam pa pa pam pam pa pa pam.” It’s certainly catchy, and it’ll be interesting to hear it in the context of the album.