Kesha's solo comeback Praying is a song that strikes at the heart of how pop is made and where the power lies. It also raises the question of whether authenticity is a prerequisite when listening to highly emotive songs.

Source material for this discussion includes Amanda Petrusich's excellent piece for the New Yorker:

And John Seabrook's highly recommended book The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory.

Elsewhere in this week's podcast, there's a J-Hus challenge, some bickering over Rita Ora lyrics and an argument over Katy Perry, Calvin Harris and whether songs written as a patchwork quilt of little ideas still work.

Popjustice's review of Liam Payne's new single is here:

And we've made a Songs of the Summer playlist, to be updated with new suggestions as they come along:

Laura's most-listened-to song this week is "Equestrian" by Omni and Fraser's is “ALIENS” by Coldplay.

As ever, all of this week's notable tracks are in our rolling Spotify playlist:

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