Music Reviews

Blackpink album “The Album”

 The South Korean girl group, Blackpink, released their very first album on October 2nd, 2020. After their debut in 2016, they have amassed over 50 million subscribers on Youtube. Thanks to their massive fanbase, their new album has sold over 100,000 copies in the US just during the first week. With streams, sales, and everything else included, they have generated $133k in total.

The album consists of 8 songs, some of which feature American pop artists like Selena Gomez and Cardi B. The girls worked closely with producers like Teddy, Tommy Brown, R. Tee, among others. The members Jennie and Jisoo also took part in writing the title song “Lovesick Girls.” While they were producing the album, Blackpink stated that not only did they want people to appreciate their singing, but also see their  mature side and all the emotions they experienced growing up and learning about love. 

K/DA

If you are a League of Legends fan, this might just be the perfect music group for you! K/DA is a virtual Kpop group that consists of both Kpop artists, like Miyeon and Soyeon from (G)-idle, and American artists like Madison Beer, Bea Miller, Jaira Burns, and Wolftyla. The members are portrayed by different champions that you can play in-game, which include Ahri, Akali, Evelyn, and Kai’Sa. 

Their second single, “THE BADDEST,” which came out on August 27th, 2020, has topped Billboard’s World Digital Charts as well as iTunes’ Kpop Charts. Despite only having two singles out—“POP/STAR” and “THE BADDEST”—both songs by K/DA have topped the charts mentioned.  Not only did they attract “League” players, but they were able to expand their listenership outside of the “League” community as well.

“A N N I V E R S A R Y” by Bryson Tiller

Singer-songwriter Bryson Tiller released his album, Anniversary, on October 2nd, 2020as a follow-up album to his debut album from exactly five  years ago called Trapsoul. This new creation consists of 10 songs, one of which features Drake. It charted number 5 on the Billboard 200, a list for the 200 most popular albums in the country. The message Bryson Tiller wanted to convey through this album to his audience is his growth as an artist both, lyrically and sonically. If you’re a RnB fan, this might just be the album for you.

“Savage Mode II” by 21 Savage and Metro Boomin

Also released on October 2nd, 2020, is hip-hop album, Savage Mode II, by 21 Savage and Metro Boomin. Despite being released a short while ago, it has now reached the number 1 spot on the Billboard 200 Chart. This album is about both artists coming back together as a superduo and serves as a sequel to  their mixtape in July 2016 called Savage Mode. Featuring stars like Drake and Young Thug, this album was regarded as “nearly” perfect by most listeners. 

“Shoot for the stars aim for the moon” by Pop Smoke

This was a debut solo album by a 20 year old rapper, Pop Smoke, who was murdered in a home invasion on February 19, 2020. The album was released posthumously  on July 30, 2020, and featured artists like Quavo, Lil Baby, Dababy, Swae Lee, Future, 50 Cents, Tyga, and many more. It reached the number 3 spot on the Billboard 200 Chart. The album also totaled with over 268 million streams and counting. Pop Smoke  holds the record for the most simultaneous songs on the Hot 100, so this album is definitely worth a listen. 

Playlists 1

If you’re looking for songs to listen to during one of those endless nights, sunsets, or car rides, the songs below may be just what you need! These songs have an effortless cinematic feeling to them that makes you feel like you’re the main character:

  • “Cold” by Boy In Space and unheard
  • “Dreamy Night” by LilyPichu
  • “Faded” by Tink
  • “Frozen” by Sabrina Claudio
  • “Special” by Lee Hi, Jennie
  • “Exchange” by Bryson Tiller
  • “Belong to You” by Sabrina Claudio, 6lack
  • “In Your Eyes” by The Weeknd
  • “Right here” by keshi
  • “Summer” by Nightly
  • “Paris” by The Chainsmokers

Playlists 2

If  you feel yourself starting to procrastinate or if you’re feeling a bit unmotivated, here are some upbeat songs to give you some energy throughout your day:

  • “Rain On Me” by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande
  • “Only A Fool” by Galantis, Ship Wrek, and Pink Sweat$
  • “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd
  • “Feeling Myself” by Nicky Minaj and Beyoncé
  • “Motivation” by Normani
  • “Confident” by Demi Lovato
  • “Woman Like Me” by Little Mix and Nicki Minaj
  • “Love in my Pocket” by Rich Brian and Jae from Day6
  • “Adore You” by Harry Styles
  • “Intentions” by Justin Bieber and Quavo