New year, new music releases

By Jenna Marchuk and Andrea Smith, Entertainment Editors

Only a month into 2021, there have been many great music releases. From whole albums to singles, artists have been producing quality content to keep us entertained as we spend more time than ever in our homes.

Lana Del Rey’s new single “Chemtrails Over the Country Club”

“Chemtrails Over the County Club” is the lead single from Lana Del Rey’s upcoming album of the same name, which is set to be released on March 19. The song was released on Jan. 12. This song is mellow and dreamy with a stunning music video. With Del Rey’s unique style of music and voice, this song is appealing to fans of all ages, as many of her songs have a similar sound to them. The music video features striking visuals and has a vintage vibe to it, as Lana drives an older car and wears vintage clothing and pearls. The video takes a dark turn and includes clips of Del Rey being swept into a tornado and images of wolves. With lyrics such as “Baby, what’s your sign? My moon’s in Leo, my Cancer is sun,” Lana references astrology, which has gained an amount of popularity recently due to social media platforms such as TikTok. The song also shows growth in Del Rey’s life with lyrics such as, “Like when we were kids under chemtrails and country clubs,” and then transitioning to “Wearing our jewels in the swimming pool, me and my sister just playin’ it cool.” These lyrics show Del Rey’s view attainment of wealth and material items throughout her life and how it is changed. Overall, the song gives off a youthful and vintage vibe and combined with Lana Del Rey’s unique and amazing vocals, it is a great song. 

Olivia Rodrigo’s new single “Driver’s License”

“Driver’s License” has been one of the most popular songs released in 2021 so far. This song debuted on Jan. 8 and was instantly a hit on the social media platform TikTok. Additionally, Rodrigo’s single hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Top 100:Global on Apple Music. At only 17 years old, Rodrigo experienced early success with this song. “Driver’s License”  is one of two singles she has released in her music career, following her Jan. 2020 single “All I Want.” This song appeals to young adults and talks about a romantic partner breaking promises and choosing someone else. Rodrigo writes, “And you’re probably with that blonde girl, who always made me doubt, she’s so much older than me, she’s everything I’m insecure about.” Rodrigo also writes: “And I know we weren’t perfect but I’ve never felt this way for no one, And I just can’t imagine how you could be so okay now that I’m gone, Guess you didn’t mean what you wrote in that song about me, ‘Cause you said forever, now I drive alone past your street.” These lyrics describe feeling love towards someone for the first time and also promises being broken about staying together forever. This song is emotionally evocative and very well written. 

Morgan Wallen’s new album “Dangerous – The Double Album”

Wallen’s album debuted on Jan. 8 and has an impressive 30-song tracklist. The lead single on the album is “More Than My Hometown.” Seven other promotional singles were also released before the album dropped: “7 Summers,” “Cover Me Up,” “This Bar,” “Somebody’s Problem,” “Still Goin Down,” “Heartless,” and “Livin the Dream.” “7 Summers” was released in April of 2020 and broke the record on Apple Music for the country song with the most streams. Wallen released his last album in 2018 and it was very popular, making this album highly anticipated. Wallen released the song “Whiskey Glasses” on his previous album in 2018. It was one of the biggest country songs of 2019, and it is still a very popular country song. After this song’s growing popularity, he had a quick rise to fame while simultaneously growing his fan base. This album appeals to young adults and teens who are fans of Wallen and had been waiting for new music. Top songs on the album include “Sand in My Boots,” “Wasted on You,” and “Somebody’s Problem.” This album has a variety of sounds including country-pop and slower songs. On this album, Wallen broke out of his comfort zone and included more slow songs than usual. Many of these songs include feelings of nostalgia and heartbreak as Wallen reminisces on past relationships. 

Ariana Grande’s single “34+35” Remix Featuring Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion

“34 + 35” is a track off of Grande’s most recent album “Positions.” The original song was a hit, and the remix peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song debuted on Jan. 15 and was popular among many. The three of these artists together are powerful, as they all have a large fanbase. Ariana Grande is a household name, and Megan Thee Stallion and Doja Cat are newer artists, but they have become very popular throughout 2020 and 2021. This song became a hit on social media platform TIkTok and appeals to young adults. Being a pop song, it has radio status and it is very catchy. Although loved by many, this song is poorly written as it does not have very meaningful lyrics. It is clear that Grande has better-written songs. These three artists together do have the capability to write and perform a hit song, and hopefully, they collaborate again in the future. 


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