New Music Mondays: A Roundup

‘Release Radar’ is a weekly roundup of artists who topped the charts, dropped new singles, or finally released that much anticipated album, just in case you missed it.

Normani x Calvin Harris: Slowdown, Checklist, October 22.

        Following the break up of pop girl-group Fifth Harmony, Normani is continuing to make a name for herself as a solo artist. In the beginning of the year Normani topped the charts with her collaboration track with Khalid, Love Lies. Now, she surprised fans with a two track EP with Calvin Harris. We got the lucky chance to catch the rising solo-star put on a show at the Tidal X Brooklyn event last week. Normani grabbed the crowd’s attention with her intensely hot choreography and powerhouse vocals and finished off her set performing her newest upbeat song, Checklist. Her songs will no doubt be played as pre-going out pump-up songs in bedrooms around the country; and we’re here for it.

Cardi B: Money, New Single, October 25

        Cardi-B is showing no signs of slowing down in the last few months of her record breaking year. The rapper came out with a new single, titled Money last Thursday. The single is Cardi B’s first solo release since her debut album Invasion of Privacy released earlier this year. 2018 was a series of firsts for Bardi; she also welcomed her first child with Migos rapper Offset. Cardi references her baby girl throughout Money. If you thought the rapper was going to slow down because of her child; she’s doing exactly the opposite, and she’s thriving.

Joey Purp: Performed on “Fallon” with RZA

        Although not a new release, Joey Purp’s debut performance as a musical guest on a late night talk show is a welcome addition to this list. We’ve been following Joey Purp for a while now- especially since he joined Kami to perform Reboot on the stage at North Coast Festival in Chicago. Joey Purp took the stage on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and performed Godbody Pt. 2 from Purp’s album QUARTERTHING. Check out the performance here.

Tyler, The Creator: You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch (Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch)

        Ever thought that children could listen to a Tyler, The Creator song? Well, to prove everyone wrong, he served up a holiday song for the kids. Tyler’s take on the classic song You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch features hard beats and witty lyrics. The song is short but sweet and we’ve already replayed it plenty of times. This song, along with another Tyler recorded, will be featured on the soundtrack for the upcoming reboot of The Grinch.