From Drake’s two-part album, and the continued bread crumbs Ariana Grande keeps leaving her anxious fans for her upcoming album, it was a big week in the world of new music releases. I have chosen quite a few favorites, so sit tight.
Emotionless // Drake
Drake made headlines this week, dropping a two-part album, Scorpion. In all honesty, all twenty-five songs are worth mentioning this week, but my initial favorite track is Emotionless. The lyrics reveal that he is a father to a son he has only seen in person once. The rocky relationship between the mother of this child and Drake has seemingly taken a lot of his attention, and he is ready to speak out about it. In true Drake fashion, he gifts fans with an album that takes hours to get all the way through.
Heard About Us // The Carters
Beyoncé and Jay-Z are now a package deal…musically. The power couple has released their first album together—Everything Is Love—and in just nine tracks, I was won over. Heard About Us, is arguably Bey’s strongest vocal track on the album. I am convinced this album was just a way for Beyoncé to coerce her fans to accept her husband again after his infidelity. I am not convinced his character is strong, but his talent is his redeeming quality.
Glory // The Score
Having seen The Score in concert before, I could imagine the high energy, intense performance Glory would draw out of this rock duo. It is almost hard to decipher The Score from chart-topping, modern rock group, Imagine Dragons. If you are a fan of the Whatever It Takessingers, The Score is the next group you should dive into.
Girls Like You // Maroon 5, Cardi B.
Stepping away from the rock and rap genres, Maroon 5 is going to take us into the realm of pop the only way they know how… with an instant hit. My favorite track off of their latest album, Red Pill Blues, is Girls Like You feat. Cardi B. Miss Cardi B is giving Pitbull, the man featured on every song for a few years there, a run for his money. It is hard to come by a song these days that the female rapper does not have her hand in, and this song with Maroon 5 is one of her best collaborations yet.
The Light Is Coming // Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj
It would not be a pop culture moment these days if Ariana Grande was not involved. The No Tears Left To Cry singer dropped yet another jam this week with her “big sister” Nicki Minaj and fans cannot get enough of The Light Is Coming. Grande and Minaj have now collaborated on so many songs together that they might as well become a pop/rap duo and take over the world. Grande’s fourth studio album is set to release in August, and Sweetener is easily the most highly anticipated album of the year for many.
Cleveland, what is your favorite new release this week?