New Year, New Music

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By Julia Leonard

Staff Reporter

Many musical artists like Drake, Migos, Camila Cabello and Justin Timberlake are starting the new year with new singles, albums, performances, and tours. 

On Friday, Jan. 19, Drake unexpectedly released an EP, or an “extended play” record for promotional use, called “Scary Hours.”   

The EP has two new songs called “God’s Plan” and “Diplomatic Immunity.”

On Billboard Hot 100, “Gods Plan” is number 1 on the chart, and Diplomatic Immunity falls at number 7 on the hot 100 chart as well. 

Overall, Drake’s fans of were excited that he dropped new music, and hoped that this EP would lead to a larger album release.

“Drake is the man,” said senior Kayla Mad.

While Drake has been very popular in the past, there were some people who didn’t love the songs on his new EP.

“I like the song ‘Gods Plan.’ I don’t like the other song ‘Diplomatic Immunity’ though,” said senior Christina Mavroudis.

Some thought otherwise.  “Personally, I am not a fan of Drake. Despite me being into his music when he was a novelty to the music industry, I was slowly pushed away. Partially, this was due to the multiple controversies he was involved in. Other reasons include the revelation that he uses a team of ghost writers and that he’s simply better as an actor,” said senior Derik Beckett.

On Jan. 26, the highly-anticipated album, “Culture II” by Migos was released.

This album is the extension of their 2017 album, “Culture.”

The album features big name singers and rappers like Big Sean, Post Malone, Travis Scott, Drake, and 21 Savage.

“MotorSport” is a single on the album that features female rappers, Nicki Minaj and Cardi B. 

This single is currently number 11 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Migos member, Offset, is engaged to the rapper Cardi B.

Migos will be performing this year at Coachella in California. They will be performing the first and second weekend. The dates for the performances are April 15 and April 22.

“As for the new album, I liked that it is catchy.  I think people put a lot of pressure on them they were just a small rap group doing their thing and then ‘Bad and Boujee’ came out and then people were acting like they’re the Beatles,” said senior Anthony Pellerin.

“I would have to say my favorite song is ‘Notice Me.’ I like the album because of the beats and the big-name rappers that are featured in the album ‘Culture II’,” said freshman Julia Carroll.   

Camila Cabello also debuted her solo album “Camila,” on Jan. 12January 12th.

The former member of Fifth Harmony is now a solo artist since she started  releasing her own singles in late 2017.

Cabello’s first single is called “Havana,” a track on her debut album. The album is currently number four on the Billboard 200 chart.

Since then, numerous songs from her debut album have been reaching the top spots on the charts and the Billboard 100 and 200.

This was also a big weekend for Timberlake with the release of his fifth studio album, “Man of the Woods” and his performance during the Super Bowl LII Halftime show.

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