• Jackson Ward

New music gives students an escape during stressful times

ROCK

Machine Gun Kelly, who is known for his hardcore rapping style completely changed his sound with the release of his debut Rock album, “Tickets To My Downfall”. “Tickets To My Downfall” is an example of bringing an old sound back, however MGK’s previous style influenced this album to have a different feel.

“MGK’s album was one of my favorites that dropped this year. It provided a new sound in today’s music world and the use of alternative rock style caught my ear,” senior Jack Bell said.

Other new age bands that have revived an old sound and have found some levels of commercial success are Greta Van Fleet, Rival Sons, and Dirty Honey. New age contemporaries that developed a new sound consist of Royal Blood, Highly

Suspect, and Nothing But Thieves.


R&B

“Blinding Lights”, was The Weeknd’s first single off the album and created a plethora of TikTok dances. With that exposure, the song charted on the Billboard Top 100 for a total of 52 consecutive weeks. With the release of his 4th studio album, “After Hours”, The Weeknd showed his talent the way he promoted the album and challenged the genre. The album itself is combined with elements of new wave and dream pop, which is more of a glamour style of R&B. Regardless, the album had consistent success and charted at #2 on the R&B charts last week, and spent 36 consecutive weeks charted.

“I didn’t really like him until he dropped the album. After that, it really opened my eyes. Crazy that he’s only seventeen,” sophomore Tayten Edenfield said.

The Weeknd was “snubbed” from any Grammy nominations which raised eyebrows and created controversy not only amongst fans, but amongst other artists.

“The Grammys remain corrupt,” The Weeknd said via Twitter. “You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency.”


ALTERNATIVE

Joji was the artist that found the most success and spotlight this year. Joji is a previous YouTuber under the name of “TVFilthyFrank” that made videos that were comedic and sometimes overly grotesque. His style combines lo-fi, R&B, and electronic.

“The style of his music is very deep and emotional,” senior Mackenzie Scheidel said. “When you listen to it, you become fully invested into his words and how full of sounds and harmonies each song is.”

“Nektar” peaked at #2 on the Alternative charts and is currently charted for the last nine weeks and showed that the music industry is full of surprises.


POP

Since the ‘80s, Pop became one of the most consistent genres in music. The ‘10s had Bruno Mars and Ariana Grande, amongst other names. Ariana Grande released three albums in the last three years and secured a surefire name for herself as an artist. Her most recent album, “Positions” peaked at #1 and at the current time, the album is charted at #3 on the Billboard top 200.

“I liked her album because I feel like her music has only gotten better every time she drops something new,” junior Bella Gorges said.


RAP

An up-and-coming artist that goes under the name The Kid LAROI who is viewed to be a predecessor of Juice WRLD, due to their similar style of rap. His debut album, peaked at #2 on the Rap/Hip-hop charts and remained on the charts for the last seven weeks since releasing the deluxe version. The Kid LAROI embodies a young voice and a memorable flow which makes him a one-two punch for the industry and the genre.

“All the songs are very good. You can really hear his emotion through the entire album and he’s very talented,” sophomore Zaydie Ladner said.

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