Music News: 1975, Kendrick Lamar, and more

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

The 1975’s second album, I like it when you sleep for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it, released February 26th, landed a number one spot on Billboard’s Top 200 list even without being released on Spotify. (But don’t worry—you can start streaming the album on March 11th!) Fun fact: this is the longest album title to sit at number one. It took three years for the band to release their second album, but after one listen it’s clear it was worth the wait. In contrast to their self-titled first album, I like it when you sleep embraces a…well, pinker sound, with upbeat tracks like Love Me, UGH!, and She’s American. Still, the album doesn’t lose sight of The 1975’s signature edgy lyrics and dark twists. Only a few bands could keep you reeled in with a three minute instrumental called Please Be Naked, but the band knows exactly what they’re good at—and they keep doing it.

Kendrick Lamar surprised the world last week with an album comprised of unreleased tracks from To Pimp a Butterfly’s production. untitled unmastered, released on March 4th, is thirty-five minutes of everything you didn’t know was missing from Lamar’s 2015 album. It has the same political drive that made Butterfly the raw, iconic album that it is, but touches of jazz and funk makes untitled unmastered a fresh extension of what Lamar was getting at with Butterfly.

QUICK UPDATES:

George Martin, producer for The Beatles, died on March 9th at 90 years old.
The Life of Pablo still isn’t complete—Kanye West announced on Twitter that he has not yet released the finished product.
A$AP Rocky is hosting The 2016 MTV Woodies on Wednesday, March 16th. Musical performances by: CHVRCHES, A$AP Ferg, The Chainsmokers, Travis Scott, Kehlani, and BØRNS.
Zayn Malik released the tracklist for his debut solo album, Mind of Mine. The hype is real.

Katherine Hall

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