Migos, Brantley Gilbert, and Kehlani arrive with highly anticipated new albums, closing out a relatively, quiet January.
The final music release week of January 2017 packs a mightier punch than the weeks preceding it. Last week was another quiet week, with AFI (The Blood Album) among the crème de la crème. This week, the top three releases all pack a punch. Migos lead the charge with Culture, thanks to “Bad and Boujee,” while Brantley Gilbert (The Devil Don’t Stop) and Kehlani (SweetSexySavage) deserve love as well.
1. Migos, Culture
2017 looks to be a big year for rap trio Migos (Offset, Quavo, and Takeoff). Migos drop new album Culture following their breakthrough, no. 1 hit, “Bad and Boujee” (featuring Lil Uzi Vert). Culture arrives more than a year after their 2015 album, Yung Rich Nation. Comprised of 13 tracks, four singles were released ahead of the album: “T-Shirt,” “Call Casting,” “Bad and Boujee,” and “What the Price.”
2. Brantley Gilbert, The Devil Don’t Sleep
Georgia country standout Brantley Gilbert returns with his fourth album, The Devil Don’t Sleep. The Devil Don’t Sleep follows his 2014 platinum-certified album, Just As I Am. Just As I Am debuted at no. 2 on the Billboard 200 back in 2014, right behind Coldplay’s Ghost Stories. Five singles arrived ahead of The Devil Don’t Sleep: “Rockin’ Chairs,” “The Weekend,” “You Could Be That Girl,” “Tried to Tell Ya,” and “Outlaw in Me.”
3) Kehlani, SweetSexySavage
Up-and-coming R&B singer Kehlani drops her debut album, SweetSexySavage. Kehlani released a mixtape in 2015 entitled, You Should Be Here. Interestingly, the mixtape was nominated for a Grammy for Urban Contemporary album. Ahead of SSS, Kehlani released five singles: “Distraction,” “Undercover,” “CRZY” & “Advice.,” and “Do U Dirty.”
Also Released: Train, a girl a bottle a boat [Columbia]; Lauren Alaina, Road Less Traveled ; Bell Biv DeVoe, Three Stripes [The Triangle / Entertainment One]; Brian Johnson & Jenn Johnson, After All These Years [Bethel Music]; Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau, Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau [Nonesuch]; Japandroids, Near to the Wild Heart of Life [Anti]; Joshua Radin, The Fall [Glass Bead]
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