Spoiler Alert … It is VERY underwhelming!
Lil Nas X burst onto the music scene through the hit song Old Town Road (and Old Town Road Remix) which has sat atop the Billboard Top 100 charts for 12 straight weeks now. An amazing feat for the up and coming 20 year old music & meme artist.
Fan’s of Lil Nas X and the music world have been anxiously awaiting what was to come next as he continued to define his image and brand in the music industry. What was next was the release of his EP “7” which dropped on Wednesday June 27th. The EP has 8 songs including both Old Town Road, and Old Town Road Remix, thus 6 new tracks. It’s run time is a mere 18 minutes and change, about long enough to listen to while taking a shower and getting ready for school or work.
The EP features the likes of Billy Ray Cyrus (obviously) as well as a song with Cardi B, called Rodeo. Rodeo maybe is the closest song to Old Town Road in terms of the mixture of a country and rap feel, outside of Cardi B’s verses of course. The other songs are kind of all over the place, ending abruptly at times, while never really establishing a theme or flow throughout the EP. “Panini” the second song on the EP, is rather a catchy trap beat with relatable lyrics, and likely will be the new song that grabs the most traction off this EP.
For me personally, the EP was a total disaster. I was (am) a big fan of the Old Town Road songs, and continue to listen to them in daily rotation. However, as far as the rest of the EP goes, I’ll take Panini for my playlist and toss the rest in the do not touch folder. Lil Nas X is only 20, and I have no doubt he has a bright future ahead of him, but he’s made some rookie mistakes and has failed to create an identity for himself with this EP.
X sounded like a combination of Kid Cudi & Khalid, but as if the Monstars from Space Jam stole their talent and forced the artist into the studio to perform. The EP gets a C- from me, and that is only because of Old Town Road. Remove Old Town Road from the equation and you’ve got yourself a major clunker. Hopefully Lil Nas X can rebound from this disappointment of an EP or he’ll find his name added to a famous list of “One and Done” artists that reads LOL Nas X.
“Drizzy” Drake has had quite the month of June. He has announced that he is in “album mode”, his beloved Raptors have won their first NBA Championship, and he released a two pack of songs to follow. One of those two songs, Money in the Grave, has debuted in the Hot 100, which was the icing on the cake for Drake’s June of successes.
With Money in the Grave debuting as number 7 in the Hot 100, Drake’s thirty-fifth top 10 track, he breaks the tie at thirty-four with The Beatles for the second most top 10 songs all the time. Any record that is broken previously held by someone with such prestige like The Beatles is an incredible feat, and yet another accolade to add on to the long list of accomplishments in Drake’s career to date.
Next up on the list for Drake is icon Madonna, whom Drake ironically has a song named after. She has 38 Top 10’s all-time, and there is little doubt that Drake will break her record in due time. Take into account the fact that he has done all this in a span of just over 10 years, one can imagine that he will not only break her record, but set a bar to be broken so high it almost seems implausible.
Suffice to say, June was a pretty good month for Canadian icon Aubrey “Drake” Graham.
Unlike The Voice and American Idol , Songland shines the spotlight on budding songwriters. Each songwriter competes weekly for the chance to have a different pop luminary record the song they present to a panel of hit-making producers.
On this first episode, EGOT winner John Legend is hoping to hear his next smash-a-roo, while seated next to recent Grammy winner Shane McAnally (Kasey Musgraves, Sam Hunt), ” Firework” and “Super Bass” writer Ester Dean, and Ryan Tedder, the OneRepublic songwriter/producer currently riding the airwaves with his Jonas Brothers composition “Sucker.” Meanwhile, Ryan slices and dices Max’s “Back Home” by switching the title to “Lookin’ Up” and speeding the tempo so as to stand out more, as their competition consists of two ballads … read full article: billboard.com
Unbeknown to me, Adam Levin has decided to leave The Voice after several seasons. “For me, it was time to move on,” Adam Levine posted on Instagram as he announced his departure as a coach on NBC’s The Voice. On the new episode of the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast, the team discusses Levine’s departure as a coach on The Voice and how his role on the show has impacted the chart fortunes and overall success of his band Maroon 5.
One could divide Maroon 5’s career into pre-The Voice, and post-The Voice, truly… read full article: billboard.com
This week, after Wrangler jeans announced the new collection with Lil Nas X, and some country music fans are calling for a full out boycott. The limited edition pieces are a nod to Lil Nas X’s No. 1 hit, ” Old Town Road” which features country star Billy Ray Cyrus. One thing is certain: this is the most anyone’s talked about Wrangler Jeans in a very long time … read full article: thegrapevine.theroot.com
The late singer’s sister-in-law, Pat Houston , the sole executor of the estate, has revealed plans for a ” hologram” tour, an album on unreleased material, a possible musical and increased branding opportunities thanks to a 50/50 arrangement with Primary Wave Music Publishing, according to The New York Times .The first act in this revival of Houston’s legacy will be the hologram tour, which is currently under development, the estate said. Houston would join other similar posthumous singers as laser-projected performers on the road, including Roy Orbison, Frank Zappa and Ronnie James Dio. The Times reports that Houston’s former backing band, including her brother Gary, Pat’s husband, would perform the music on the tour… read full article: billboard.com