Welcome to August! Here’s another edition of This Week In Music. Be sure to click the links below for what’s been highlighted this week:
- MMF Flashback — Destiny’s Child, The Writings On the Wall
- OFFICIAL [TRACK] REVIEW — ‘Bang Bang’
- OFFICIAL [EP] REVIEW — A Place Like This
- OFFICIAL [VIDEO] REVIEW — Janelle Monae, ‘Electric Lady’
- July Favorites
- OFFICIAL [VIDEO] REVIEW — Ne-Yo, ‘Money Can’t Buy’
- OFFICIAL [VIDEO] REVIEW — Keyshia Cole, ‘She’
- OFFICIAL [TRACK] REVIEW — Beyoncé x Nicki Minaj, ‘Flawless [Remix]’
Now onto other music news. 5 Seconds of Summer‘s self-titled debut topped the Billboard 200 this week wit 259,000 copies sold. That’s nearly double the sales of their EP, She Looks So Perfect, which peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 earlier this year with 143,000 copies sold in its first week. Last week’s #1 album, Mandatory Fun (“Weird Al” Yankovic) fell 2 spots to #3. Surging back to #2 is the Frozen Soundtrack which spends its 31st week in the Top 5. Common’s, Nobody’s Smiling, debuted at #6 making it his third top 10 album, To see who else ranked on the Billboard 200, CLICK HERE.
As summer is coming to a close, the release dates for Fall albums are being released. Chris Brown has just announced (via Instagram) that his long-awaited album, X, will be released September 16th. It will feature ‘Loyal’ (featuring Tyga & Lil Wayne) and his latest single ‘New Flame’ (featuring Usher & Rick Ross).
Breezy’s good friend and G.O.O.D. Music leading lady, Teyana Taylor, will finally be releasing her debut album. It will be titled, VII, and she tweeted the meaning of the album.
S/O to @DefJamRecords believing in my visions & trusting me creatively! Everything is falling into place. #VII #YearofCompletion #Oct.21st
I should tell y’all I got dropped by the label. My album is now free. If u hear ur beat or verse on it I hope you want dap cuz i got no money.
Trinidad Jams is known best for his gold certified track, ‘All Gold Everything’. He never released a debut album, only 2 mixtapes under his belt, Don’t Be S.A.F.E. and 10 PC Mild. The tweet has since been deleted and he’s still under the Artists Archive on the Def Jam site. Who knows.
As for other albums set to be released in the fall, Lenny Kravitz will be releasing his 10th studio album, Strut, September 23rd. Take a listen to his single, ‘Sex’, below:
Set to be released the same day as Lenny Kravitz album is Tony Bennet & Lady Gaga’s joint album, Cheek to Cheek. It will feature a compilation of jazz covers ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)’, ‘Sophisticated Lady’, ‘Lush Life’, and more. Check out ‘Anything Goes’ below:
To round off the week, aside from Bey and Nicki dropping the ‘Flawless [Remix]’, Remy Ma has been released from prison. WELCOME HOME REMY! Straight out the gate she has gone and teamed up with DJ Khaled for a remix of ‘They Don’t Love You No More’. The track is ok, I personally don’t like the original. While Remy is a great rapper in her own right, being that she’s been locked up for as long as she has she needed to hit the streets harder. There’s a buzz around her and she needs to be putting out music weekly, hell why not daily. Of course there’s this beef that is being created between her and Nicki Minaj and I would just prefer for them to go bar for bar on a track. Remy stated in an interview with Angie Martinez (Power 105.1) that there was no beef. She also said in that interview that she would be doing reality TV. No surprise she’s slated to appear on the newest season of LHHNY. CLICK HERE to listen to the track.
Until next time…