The Strumbellas Break New Music Silence With Upbeat New Song And Meek Mill Fights For Freedom In New Album

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

The Strumbellas: “Salvation,” Single

This six-piece collective has been working overtime since they wowed us at Chicago’s North Coast Festival last summer. The Strumbellas released a new single last week titled “Salvation.” This is the first new music release – and a tease for the group’s upcoming fourth studio album – since their last album release in 2016. The alternative folk group is back with a stylistic change – turning away from melancholy tunes and delivering a fun, pop vibe. “Salvation” stays true to The Strumbellas’ previous records with heavy instrumentals in the background that contribute to their small town cool-vibe music. This uptempo release is sure to go to the top of the charts just as The Strumbellas’ hit single “Spirits” did in 2016.

Meek Mill: “Championships,” Album

Fans knew this album was on the horizon and Meek had them counting down the minutes until Championships” dropped. Championships” has a stacked features list that made waves in the rap world instantly. The album includes a track with former rival Drake, officially marking the end to their notorious feud. And Jay-Z made headlines with his verse on the song “What’s Free” – Jay finally addresses rumors about his friendship with Kanye West. This album is Meek’s personal diary about his struggles with the law, the hardships in his upbringing and how he’s using his platform to fight back not just for himself but for everyone who is underrepresented. For Meek, and all the featured artists, Championships” became a passion project where rappers delivered powerful punchlines with strong messages.

The 1975: “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships,” Album

The British rock-pop group released its third studio album, “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships,” early last week. The album already has received rave reviews by critics, even mentioning Grammy nominations (unfortunately, the album isn’t eligible for a Grammy nom until the 2020 awards). “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships” is an album built on the feelings of discomfort about the changing times in the socio-political world. Lyrics referring to political issues, as well as viral stories and internet phenomena, are sprinkled throughout the album, creating the classic The 1975 sound of angst and emotion. The 1975 cuts that tension down by adding indie-pop beats and acoustic guitars which help the songs become empathetic, decadent displays of the highs and lows in one’s personal life. From moody and mellow, to hopeful and clear-eyed, this album has it all. 

DaniLeigh: “The Plan,” Album

DaniLeigh was catapulted into fame this summer when she went viral after taking on the dance craze and cultural phenomenon – Drake’s “In My Feelings” challenge. The singer-songwriter-dancer from Miami has been working her way up in the music scene for years. She has danced for major music icons and at the age of 18 she directed and co-starred in Prince’s “Breakfast Can Wait” video. DaniLeigh’s debut album, “The Plan,” touches on all aspects of DaniLeigh’s background; from trap and rap, to songs touching on her Dominican heritage and slow-moving R&B. The album includes a remix of one of DaniLeigh’s most notable songs, “Lil Bebe,” which Attendee got to see her perform live at Tidal X Brooklyn.

Honorable Mentions For Your Playlists:

Ariana Grande: “Thank U, Next,” Music Video 

Chance The Rapper: “The Man Who Has Everything,” “My Own Thing,” Singles