By Julius Brown
Since the beginning of 2017, John Mayer has announced a tour and artists Migos and Ed Sheeran have had chart topping singles.
Migos released their album “Culture,” on Jan. 27.
Drawing from the success of their hit single “Bad and Boujee,” the Atlanta natives began the new year with a 13 track studio album, a project that managed to earn Quavo, Offset and Take Off their first number one album on the Billboard 200.
Featured guests on their new album included DJ Khaled, Travis Scott, Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz and Lil Uzi Vert.
By mixing gritty lyrics with mellow instrumentals, Migos takes fans on a journey of their rise to success.
“They definitely surprised me with their growth from making mixtapes to now a full length album,” said senior Justin Calitro.
Other students reacted to the creativity of the new release.
“The Migos ‘Culture’ album was a creative project that was thought out by three of hip hop’s rising stars. This album was filled with melodic and well thought out songs that lead you on a journey to success from bando upbringing” said senior and “Banter with the Brothers” radio show host, Carl Kenner.
Although his musical stylings are different from Migos, Sheeran has also contributed to the start of 2017.
According to Billboard, Sheeran was the first to debut in the Top 100 with two singles at number one and two on the charts.
Sheeran gave fans a glimpse of his upcoming project with “Shape of You” and “Castle On the Hill.” These two songs are on Sheeran’s upcoming album “÷” is set to release on March 3.
Continuing his mathematical album concept, “÷” aims to show fans a different side of Sheeran.
“It’s a different side of him, he is more outgoing in his music” said junior Kim Labady.
Following the release of his album, Sheeran will begin touring. According to MTV News, he will be going on tour in the U.K., Ireland, Europe, Mexico, Central and South America. No North American tour dates have been released yet.
Another artist releasing music in 2017 is John Mayer.
Mayer announced “The Search for Everything World Tour” on Jan. 30. According to Billboard, Mayer’s first tour since 2014 is set to start at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y. on March 31. The tour spreads across eight different countries, beginning in North America and ending in Europe.
To support the upcoming tour, Mayer also released a four track EP on Jan. 20 titled “The Search for Everything: Wave One.” The EP debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, edged out of the number one spot by The Weeknd’s “Starboy.”
“John Mayer has been around for a long time and has made some really good projects,” said senior Christiano Lopes. “I’m excited to see where his music goes in 2017.”