The year in music so far has been CRAZY! We have gotten new debuts from some of music brightest new stars all the way to new classics from the greats! Here are some of the biggest releases of 2017 so far!
Kehlani’s debut album and follow up to 2015’s Grammy-nominated You Should Be Here did not come to play. Giving you all things sweet, sexy and savage, Kehlani proves once again she is a new force to be reckoned with. Singing over some of the dopest hip hop and R&b tracks of the year, Kehlani takes you on a musical journey that you will soon not forget. Memorable Tracks: Piece OF Mind, Personal, Get Like, In My Feelings
Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE
As the lead single off his fourth studio album, DAMN, Humble showcases Lamar in his element. Rapping about his past, where he comes from and how he remains humble serve as the message behind this power offering, while reminding everyone to BE HUMBLE!
The fourth studio album from rapper Big Sean did not come to disappoint. Debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200, this album continues the rap legacy Big Sean has begun to cultivate. With producing credit and features from some of the hottest people in the game, including Big Sean’s current love instead Jhene Aiko (billed as Twenty88), there is no wonder why Big Sean is one of the hottest rappers in the game! Memorable Tracks: Bounce Back, No Favors, Jump Out The Window, Same Time Pt. 1
Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You
Released by Sheeran as one of two singles from his album, Divide, this song saw more success than his Castle On The Hill. Originally written for Rihanna, Sheeran turned this dance classic out in a way only he could. Debuting at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Shape OF You became Sheeran’s first #1 hit!
Debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 and becoming Drake’s SEVENTH #1 album, More Life has already made major moves in the music industry less than five months after its release. Described more as a playlist than an album, More Life could be considered Drake’s most versatile body of work to date, bringing together different sounds and artists from all over the world! Memorable Tracks: Passionfruit, Portland, Free Smoke, Glow, Fake Love
Calvin Harris ft. Frank Ocean & Migos – Slide
Slide is the lead single from Calvin Harris’ new album, Funk Wav Bounce Vol. 1. Featuring music heavyweight Frank Ocean and hip-hop group Migos, this summer bop to perfect to let the top down, grab a cold one and have a great night with some friends!
Kung Fu Kenny did not come to play! Kendrick Lamar’s fourth album raised the bar for hip hop albums to come. As his third consecutive #1 album, we see Lamar dive into many topics affecting him, his community and the world as a whole. Receiving critical acclaim from multiple outlets, Lamar continues his reign as one of the modern hip hop greats! Memorable Tracks: DNA, GOD, LOVE, FEAR, LOYALTY
SZA ft. Travis Scott – Love Galore
The second single from SZA’s upcoming debut album is showing why SZA has one of the most anticipated releases and debuts of 2017! Pairing SZA’s one of a kind vocals with Travis Scott’s one of a kind sound makes this anthem an unforgettable one!
After taking a little over a year off from the spotlight, Ed Sheeran returned with his smash third studio album, Divide. Debuting at number in the US and the UK, this album is on track to be Sheeran’s most successful offering to date, already claiming him the title of fastest selling album by a male in the UK and the third biggest opening week of all time in the UK! Memorable Tracks: Shape Of You, Galway Girl, Castle On The Hill, Perfect
Lady Gaga – The Cure
Fresh off her performance from this year’s Coachella, Gaga released her first single since Joanne. Debuting the song during her Coachella set, Gaga released the song for streaming and purchase soon after. This leaves the question; will we be getting a new album from Gaga this year?
After more than four years of waiting and anticipating, Paramore dropped their fifth studio album, After Laughter. The follow-up to their 2013 self-titled album, Paramore has seen some major changes before releasing this project, restructuring the group by adding some old members and parting ways with some members. Unfortunately, the album leaked before its scheduled release, hurting its overall performance. However, After Laughter has received some of Paramore’s highest praise to date, making Paramore’s future only brighter! Memorable Tracks: Hard Times, Rose-Colored Boy, Fake Happy, 26
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Missy Elliott ft. Lil’ Kim, Trina & Eve – I’m Better (Remix)
This track sees four of the biggest female rappers to ever touch a mic all on one song together! MAJOR! This fresh new track with its hard-hitting hip hop beat allows Lil’ Kim, Trina and Eve to play in a way that we haven’t heard in quite some time. Looks like a female hip hop revolution may be upon us!
Strength of a Woman
The Queen of Hip Hop and R&B has definitely had a difficult year. After announcing her split from her longtime husband and manager and details started to come out about what caused the demise of such a Hollywood relationship success story, Mary decided to take matters into her own hands. This album chronicles what it’s like to go through heartbreak and pain and how it takes a strong woman to come out on the other side. Memorable Tracks: U+Me, Glow Up, Thick Of It, Set Me Free
After a trying year or so, Tamar Braxton is back with her latest single, My Man. The R&B songstress pulls inspiration directly from her parent’s strenuous relationship to chronicle the pain one can feels from losing his or her loved one to the heart of someone else.
Trap music megastar Future released not one but TWO albums so far this year! Future is the fifth studio album by the rapper, giving his fans more of the trap feel that they love. HNDRXX, released a week after FUTURE, gave him fans that love the radio version of Future what they wanted. FUTURE and HNDRXX both went #1 on the Billboard 200, earning Future his fourth and fifth #1 album and making him the first artist to debut two different albums at number one a week apart, further solidifying his crown as trap music king! Memorable Tracks: Mask Off, Draco, Selfish, Coming Out Strong, Incredible, I’m So Groovy
Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – Down
After a shocking departure from the group, Fifth Harmony is back with a new summer smash! With a fiery assist from rap heavyweight Gucci Mane, this foursome is back and stronger than ever!
SZA finally releases her highly anticipated and long-awaited debut and it does not disappoint! A collection of 14 tracks; SZA takes us on a journey illustrating the power of the control and the role it can play in life. With small anecdotes from her mother along the way, SZA truly provides an overall and connected listening experience, often lacking in today’s musical landscape. If this is her debut, I can not wait to see what the future has in store for SZA! Memorable Tracks: the whole damn album!
With all the AMAZING music we have been blessed with so far this year, it’s hard to imagine what we could be blessed with in the second half of 2017. While there are some highly anticipated releases (*cough cough* Nicki *cough cough* Jay) , it will be interesting to see what the rest of 2017 brings! Wondering what new TV shows you have missed out on? Stay tuned for next week’s review of all things television!