Rihanna Returns, Taylor Swift Breaks Records, and SZA Drops New Single – The Hilltop

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There has been no shortage of new music to listen to over the past two weeks. Whether it’s the Arctic Monkeys’ smooth return with ‘The Car’ after a four-year hiatus, or the release of seven new Baby Keem songs in ‘The Melodic Blue (Deluxe)’, artists have been keeping an eye on that their listeners are well fed.

Rihanna, however, has left listeners hungry for more music since her last full-length album, “ANTI,” released in 2016. After six years of waiting, news has finally arrived of Rihanna’s return ahead of Marvel’s latest movie. Studios. , “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” which features new music from Rihanna, including her latest single, “Lift Me Up.”

The song is a stripped-down, melancholic tribute to Howard University alumnus Chadwick Boseman, who played title character King T’Challa in Ryan Coogler’s 2018 “Black Panther.” Boseman’s death in August 2020 left the creatives behind the “Black Panther” follow-up movie wondering how to move forward without the main protagonist, an issue that was eventually resolved and will be released on November 11.

At a press conference promoting the film, Coogler explained why Rihanna decided to end her six-year hiatus and return to the music industry with such a non-commercial song as “Lift Me Up. “.

“The truth is, once she played the record for us, she says bluntly, I did that for Chad,” Coogler explained. “That was him. Sitting here, thinking about it, hits me right now…Chad brought us all together.

Rihanna wasn’t the only artist to release highly anticipated music. Just two years after her last album ‘Evermore’ and a slew of remakes/reimaginings of past works, Swift released ‘Midnights’, as well as ‘Midnights (3am Edition)’, an expanded version of the original LP.

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After just one week, “Midnights” became the best-selling record of 2022, selling over a million copies in the United States alone. For an artist on her 10th studio album to sell millions of copies in the first seven days of release is rare and a testament to her musical longevity.

In an interview on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” Swift spoke about the conception of the album, as well as the record’s monumental success.

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“I’m really beside myself,” she said. “It’s a concept record, but it’s my first directly autobiographical album in a while… I feel very overwhelmed by the fans’ love for the record, and I also feel very soft and fragile. Both can exist at the same time.

As if Rihanna and Taylor Swift ditching music weren’t enough, R&B/Pop singer SZA has released a new single titled “Shirt” along with a music video featuring “Atlanta” and “Sorry to Bother You” actor LaKeith Stanfield.

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In 2020, the song became a viral TikTok sound when she shared an unreleased snippet of the song on her account. The song gained more and more attention from TikTok users who decided to use the snippet for dance videos and the song was eventually called “Shirt”, a title SZA decided to use when of the song’s release on October 28, 2022.

The song finds SZA exploring similar themes that she has touched on before. Feeling lost in a tumultuous romantic relationship, questioning one’s partner’s intentions and the negative feelings that come with feeling disinterested.

“In the dark right now / I feel lost, but I like it / comfort in my sins and everything about me / everything I have right now…”

Among these new releases, a new album by Smino titled “Luv 4 Rent”, the last album of 1975, “Being Funny in a Foreign Language” and a new track by JuiceWRLD, “In My Head”, were released. Upcoming projects to watch in November are Brockhampton’s latest album, ‘The Family’, Drake and 21 Savage’s delayed album, ‘Her Loss’ and Joji’s latest project, ‘Smithereens’.

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