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News Round-Up – 20th April, 2018

Quite a few artists have made announcements in the recent days about new album releases, with some new music coming our way already. June will be a busy month for music fans, with some big names preparing for new album releases.

The first one to confirm a new record coming was Drake, who announced via his Instagram account that his new album, titled Scorpion, will be released sometime in June 2018. The latest single from Drake, ‘Nice For What’ was dropped earlier this month, along with a music video:  

A new album will also be coming from a Swedish indie pop artist Lykke Li. Her fourth LP, titled so sad so sexy, which she teased with a short, cinematic video earlier this month, will be released on 8th of June via RCA. Lykke Li has already shared two new singles, ‘hard rain’ and ‘deep end’ which are promoting her newest record. The artist’s previous album, I Never Learn, appeared in 2014.

The next big name to announce and share new music was Father John Misty, who confirmed a new album release, along with dropping two new singles, ‘Just Dumb Enough To Try’ and ‘Disappointing Diamonds Are The Rarest Of Them All.’ His new record, God’s Favorite Customer, is set for a release on the 1st of June via Sub Pop and Bella Union, but not without a little bit of drama. The album was accidentally made available on Apple Music before being officially announced on the 18th of April, an error to which Misty reacted himself, by changing his Facebook profile picture to a meme:

Posted by Father John Misty on Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Tyler The Creator has also been sharing some new music in the past weeks. His newest song ‘Rose Tinted Cheeks’ follows ‘OKRA’ an earlier release from March. ‘Rose Tinted Cheeks’ was described by Tyler as “a song I never finished or went back to,” being an outtake from his latest album, Flower Boy.

In other news, Kendrick Lamar’s was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his 2017 album, DAMN. Lamar is the first ever hip-hop artist to have won the Pulitzer Prize since it was established in 1943. With all the previous laureates being either jazz or classical artists, Lamar’s Pulitzer has already been called culturally and politically groundbreaking. DAMN was described by the Pulitzer as “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life”. DAMN beat two other finalists, Quartet, by Michael Gilbertson and Sound from The Bench, by Ted Hearne.

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