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The music industry is SO back!

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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UPRM chapter.

2024 has been a huge year for artists and the music industry. Ever since the beginning of this year, these releases have been so good, mind you it’s barely May; we already have many albums that will be nominated for next year’s Grammys. Not just albums but singles and many collaborations in such a short time. Yet there are more new artists brought into the spotlight getting recognition and all the attention they deserve. From underrated to “overrated” artists there’s no doubt that it will still be a big year for music and for people to dive into exploring new sounds and artists. This can mean more artists have the opportunity to get to experience new concepts in this industry or even better, to make collaborations with other artists so it helps the industry to grow more locally as internationally.  

Here’s a little recap of the artists that have released already, from January to April.

Starting off with albums:

  1. American Dream by 21 Savage: Hip-Hop and R&B.
  2. Orquideas by Kali Uchis: Kalis second Latin album consisting of other genres such as R&B, Reggaeton and Synth-Pop. 
  3. Underdressed at the Symphony by Faye Webster: Indie rock and R&B. 
  4. Eternal Sunshine by Ariana Grande: after almost 3 years, Ariana came to deliver us a pop masterpiece.   
  5. Coming Home by Usher: R&B and Pop. 
  6. ¥$ by Kanye and Ty Dolla Sign: Part I of a collaborative album
  7. We Don’t Trust You by Metro Boomin and Future: Collaborative album  
  8. Act II: Cowboy Carter by Beyonce: second album from the Acts trilogy, consists of Pop, R&B and Country elements. 
  9. Guts (spilled) by Olivia Rodrigo: a deluxe album of Guts with an additional 5 new tracks
  10. Found Heaven by Conan Gray: his promoters did an awful job by promoting this album. Debuting with 5,366,447 streams on global Spotify. 
  11. I’m Doing It Again Baby! by Girl In Red: Pop and R&B, with this album being a new start for the artist as she signed into columbia records for her success. 
  12. We Still Don’t Trust You by Metro Boomin and Future: the second album or more like a diss album to Drake. 
  13. The Tortured Poets Department by Taylor Swift: being her 11th album containing synth-pop with rock and folk stylings. 
  14. The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology by Taylor Swift: a double/ second album with TTPD but sadder. 

Then we have the singles: 

  1. Lana Del Rey – Blue Skies
  2. Dua Lipa – Training Season
  3. Wallows – Your Apartment
  4. SZA – Saturn
  5. Cigarettes After Sex – Tejano Blue
  6. Laufey – Goddess
  7. Luke Hemmings – Shakes
  8. ZAYN – What I Am
  9. Charli XCX – The von dutch remix with addison rae and a.g. cook
  10. Camila Cabello ft. Playboy Carti – I LUV IT 
  11. twenty one pilots – Next Semester
  12. Chappell Roan – Good Luck, Babe!
  13. Sabrina Carpenter – Espresso
  14. Dua Lipa – Illusion
  15. Alvaro Diaz and Rauw Alejandro – BYAK
  16. Rauw Alejandro – Espectacular 
Julybet is a writer at the Her Campus at Universidad de Puerto Rico at Mayagüez chapter. She is a very passionate enthusiast for films & music, she is also an advocate for human rights. Earlier in her teen years, she started to be drawn to activism and fighting for equality and justice. She strongly believes that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and much respect; and is committed to use her voice for those who can't, making a difference in the world. In addition to her advocacy work, her love for music and film is as much as important. She tends to find solace and inspiration in the power of storytelling through music and visual arts. Always seeking a meaning whenever she's listening to music or watching a movie, she's trying to understand the message. Overall, she strives to make a positive impact in her personal and professional life. By combining her passion for human rights with her love for music and films. Hoping to inspire others to join her for a more and inclusive society. “I believe that through creativity and activism, we can truly make a difference in the world”.