by NORAH MEISCH '23
Keeping up with current music can be overwhelming, especially with so many artists releasing popular new music this summer, but it’s crucial to be informed on the industry as we kick off the fall.
USA top charts have featured Justin Bieber, Meek Mill, the Kid Laroi, Olivia Rodrigo, Glass Animals, and Kendrick Lamar this year, as well as many other big names today, especially after many early-summer debuts released in 2021. More recently, Wizkid, Billie Eilish, and Baby Keem's new releases have landed him on the top charts as well.
The music world was again shaken by Kanye’s album Donda dropped on August 29th. Kanye West’s album has caused plenty of back and forth; some fans feeling spiritually touched and changed by his music, others left disappointed by the less-than-revolutionary album. Kanye’s work was especially well received as it was long awaited, and he had been teasing the album’s release for an excruciating number of weeks before it became public. The 27 songs are both a tribute to the death of Kanye's mother Donda as well as an expression of his personal faith and struggles over the past year.
On September 3rd, about a week after Donda dropped, Drake released the album Certified Lover Boy, and many of the songs have remained in the top 25 USA song charts since its release. Drake fans are partial to his older music and earlier hits, though this new album is still proving to be very successful.
Additionally, on the country music scene, the new album Star-Crossed by Kasey Musgraves was released September 10th, and has since been featured on Apple Music’s “Today’s Country” playlist - a well-met new step for the beloved pop/country artist.
Another upcoming female artist, Chloe Bailey, released her debut single, “Have Mercy” on the 10th as well, a long awaited song that’s gaining popularity on the R&B charts.
These are just some of the very recent and popular additions to top charts today, but the music industry is constantly growing, shifting, and changing day by day. Regardless of what kind of music you listen to, there’s plenty of music coming up this fall and out now to discover.