Lea Michele's first non-"Glee" single, "Cannonball" (Columbia), is a soaring pep talk, made all the more poignant by the very public loss of her boyfriend, Cory Monteith, this year.

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"I was in the dark and then it hit me," she sings, over some dramatic synths. "I chose suffering and pain and the falling rain, I know."

The song, written by Sia, fits in well with the current state of pop, a good sign for the first offering from Michele's upcoming "Louder" album, due in March.