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.

Ariana Grande: “Imagine,” Single 

Still on a career high from her hit song, “Thank U, Next,” Ariana is giving fans yet another anthem to keep on repeat. “Imagine” is a sultry ballad about the what-if’s and what could be’s in a relationship. In her new single, Ariana shows off her vocal range, even singing her “whistle” tone that shocked the world in her 2013 song, “The Way,” featuring Mac Miller. Right away, fans took to Twitter to discuss their theories about why “Imagine” was about Ariana’s ex and late rapper Mac Miller. While “Thank U, Next” celebrates old relationships and looks forward to new opportunities, “Imagine” takes a deep dive into the emotional toll of a breakup, which left Ariana dreaming about what life would be like back together.

Ric Wilson: “No Hands,” Single

Attendee has been following Chicago native Ric Wilson since his epic soul train dance at North Coast Festival, where we caught up with the rapper to talk new music and what inspires him to write. Wilson’s new single, “No Hands,” is a product of that deeply creative zone he described last time we talked. Keeping true to his disco sound and retro vibe, “No Hands” is a happy song with lively verses. Wilson takes it upon himself to relate to, and interact with, his audience. “No Hands” encourages his audience, who are more like his peers, to get up and get involved in something they love. The track ends with a sax solo — which is quickly becoming a staple in Wilson’s songs and performances. This past weekend at Rolling Loud, Ric danced with the crowd of hundreds as a saxophone player on stage put everyone in the mood to groove with Ric.

Miley Cyrus: “(Happy Xmas) War is Over,” Single

In a Christmas miracle, Miley Cyrus released a holiday tune. Cyrus teamed up with recent collaborator and friend, Mark Ronson, and Sean Ono Lennon to put their own spin on Lennon’s parents’ (John Lennon and Yoko Ono) iconic holiday classic released in 1971. Cyrus reinvigorates the classic song with her passionate vocals layered with Sean Ono Lennon’s subtle harmony singing “War is over/ If you want it.” Cyrus spends much of her time as an activist and philanthropist, making this song, with its message of peace and hope, the perfect fit. The group performed the song live on Saturday Night Live’s last show of 2018. Watch the debut performance here.

Kodak Black: “Dying To Live,” Album

Drake called Kodak Black’s newest album, “Dying To Live,” one of his “Favorites in the last 5 years.” If you haven’t yet taken a listen, that testimony should get you listening as soon as possible. Kodak Black has had a career-making year. The 21-year-old rapper frequented the top charts with his song, “ZEZE,” featuring Offset and Travis Scott. He has also been making rounds in the music festival world. Attendee got the chance to see Black at Tidal X Brooklyn and this previous weekend at Rolling Loud festival in Los Angeles. “Dying To Live” is Black’s second studio album and a very personal one — it’s the rapper’s first album since his release from prison in August. Black runs solo on a majority of the tracks on the 16-track album, which is rare for most rappers these days.

Bad Bunny: “Solo De Mi,” Single

From J Balvin to Cardi B, reggaeton and Latin music has been all over the top charts in 2018. Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny has had quite the year. His hit single, “MIA,” featuring Drake has been streamed over 250 million times on Spotify, and his song with Cardi B, “I Like It,” has been streamed over a whopping 658 million times. His latest release,“Solo De Mi,” is bound to be a staple on your playlist for a while. Bad Bunny also released a music video accompanied by a strong message for the song — domestic violence against women should be condemned. Bad Bunny took to social media to share his message that it is time to take action to stop gender violence against women. Watch the “Solo De Mi” music video here.