Grande, Boomin, H.E.R. and More

Music Releases From The First Week Of November

By Ronak Dsouza

The amount of new projects and songs that were released the week of November 3 was insane and has been every music lover’s dream. From pop, to hip-hop, to R&B, every genre has received some great new music.

On Saturday, pop superstar, Ariana Grande dropped a surprise single titled “thank u, next,” right before the airing of Saturday Night Live. The song quickly gained a lot of attention and received a lot of streams.

It’s rumored she made this song to diss her ex-fiance, Pete Davidson, who is part of the Saturday Night Live crew. This theory is definitely confirmed by “thank u, next,” in which she talks about her past relationships, how she has moved on from each of them, and how she is now focused on herself. This song is perfect for those moving on from a breakup and for those learning to love themselves.


For hip-hop heads, the long-awaited return of producer Metro Boomin arrived with the release of his album, Not All Heroes Wear Capes. The album is filled with guest artists such as Travis Scott, 21 Savage, Young Thug, and Drake. The album greatly delivers in the production aspect, displaying Metro Boomin’s expertise with beatmaking with the different beat changes and transitions from song to song. The standout track on the album is “Space Cadet,” which features hip-hop newcomer Gunna. The track is melodic and hypnotic due to the beat and Gunna’s flow. This album for those wanting to turn up in their car with their friends, because of the amazing beat production.

For a more slowed down music listening experience, H.E.R. released her follow-up EP to I Used To Know Her-The Prelude EP titled I Used To Know Her – Part 2. The sequel contains more songs than the first EP with eight new songs. Part 2 also differs from The Prelude, having zero features. The standout track is the opening song, titled “Carried Away,” with H.E.R.’s dreamy vocals used on a enticing guitar loop. This project is great to keep in the background while getting some homework done, because H.E.R.’s voice will not distract you from finishing your homework.


Here are some other notable releases that you should give a listen: “Dip,” by Tyga, with Nicki Minaj being enlisted for the remix, “Machine” and “Bad Liar” by Imagine Dragons, the Calvin Harris and Benny Blanco collaboration, “I Found You,” and Takeoff’s solo debut album, The Last Rocket.


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