Beginning your entertainment career at a young age can either bode one well or lead them to a downward spiral. In the case of former One Direction member Harry Styles, this has given him a large playing field in the industry.
Styles released his debut solo single “Sign of the Times,” this past Friday, leading the former 1D teen heartthrob in a new direction. The new single is a slow, piano-rock ballad in the fashion of Elton John and David Bowie, setting Styles apart from his pop counterparts.
While an album title, or release date for said album is yet to be announced, Styles is scheduled to perform on this week’s Saturday Night Live. Hopefully, this means he will be sharing new material.
“Justice won’t be served by a hashtag,” Joey Bada$$ says on “Amerikkkan Idol,” the closing track to his sophomore album, All-Amerikkkan Bada$$.
With a simple 12 tracks, spoken interludes, and overall themes of socioeconomic inequality, Bada$$’s sophomore album gives listeners the feel of a classic hip-hop record.
While All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ contains collaborations with J. Cole, Schoolboy Q, and Styles P, tracks like “For My People” and “Devasted” prove that Bada$$ is great on his own, the latter of which is probably the most rhythmic radio-friendly.
His debut album, B4.DA.$$ proved his ability to spit rhymes, while All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ is a testament to his social consciousness, which is necessary in the current political climate.
While on the subject of social consciousness, singer/songwriter Father John Misty released his third studio album, Pure Comedy, this past Friday. The album is a commentary on fame, politics, evolving technology, and human nature.
Pure Comedy is primarily produced with live instrumentation, and all 13 songs on the album were written by Misty himself.
The album’s most recent single, “Total Entertainment Forever,” expresses the fear of technology taking over our lives and the constant need for entertainment is killing everyone.
Singer/songwriter Halsey came to fame last year when “Closer,” her collaboration with The Chainsmokers topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 consecutive weeks.
This year, she plans on breaking further into mainstream radio with her sophomore album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom.
This past Thursday, she released the album’s lead single, “Now or Never.”
While the Benny Blanco & Cashmere Cat produced track is a departure from the draining, emotional sounds of her debut album, Badlands, it sounds like an imitation of Rihanna’s song, “Needed Me.”
Frankly, you could sing one song over the other and it would fit almost perfectly.
Whether or not Halsey was influenced by Rihanna’s Anti cut, she seems to be ready to break into pop radio and expand her market.