So far, there have been great new music releases in 2016 that have really rocked the start of the year and some great ones coming soon. I want to focus on 3 in particular that have been shaking up the music industry: Kanye West- The Life of Pablo, Rachel Platten-Wildfire, and Zayn-Mind of Mine.
Pop Music Releases
Rachel Platten really became one of the hottest new music artists towards the second half of 2015, with her smash single “Fight Song”. It got a huge boost when she performed the song for 50,000 plus fans during a stop on Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour. This really catapulted Rachel and her music to a larger mainstream demographic. Her debut record also includes the hit single “Stand By You,” which is another great upbeat pop song. Her new music videos give a good glimpse into Rachel and her performance and artistic styles. I think Rachel is just getting started and, as she has stated recently, is working on even more brand new music to give to her fans.
New Music Releases This Month : Zayn-Mind of Mine
It was just about a year ago when the pop music world stopped for a moment. Zayn Malik had announced he was leaving One Direction and pursuing a solo career. While it has worked out for some artist that leave a successful boy/girl group i.e. Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce to name a few, many were uncertain if Zayn, known as the “quiet one,” would be able to be a star in his own right.
IF the first single, “Pillow Talk” is any indication, Zayn’s release is definitely one of the most highly anticipated new music albums coming out this year. His sultry tone and semi risqué lyrics are enticing – it seems as though his credibility as a solo artist is building each day and the fans are embracing Zayn.
New Music Lyrics : Kanye West-“Famous” from The Life of Pablo
Arguably one of the most controversial releases in 2016 would be Kanye’s album. Not only did he change the title and the track listing several times before it was released, one of the songs, “Famous” referenced Taylor Swift in not the kindest of ways and has reignited their “famous” feud. Additionally, the way West released this album was different and in some ways, very 2016 of him: he exclusively released it via the high fidelity streaming service, Tidal.
This made the album the most pirated album in history, because Tidal is a paid subscription only service that costs significantly more than its competitors, most notably Spotify and Apple Music. Time will tell if this was the smartest business and artistic decision, but I am sure it will not be the last of Kanye.