TOP 5: NEWS IN MUSIC

BY MARQUIS GOODWIN

5. POST'S PRELUDE

Last week, Jaden Smith's favorite artist, Post Malone dropped a heavy featured project. The project titled August 26 featured, the aforementioned, Jaden Smith along with 2 Chainz, Lil Yatchy, Jeremih and many more. His breakout hit "White Iverson" is not on this mixtape project, but instead ten original songs made the cut. August 26 serves as the prelude to Post's upcoming album studio album. Be on the lookout for that later this summer. 

4. FUTURE'S MAJOR KEY

In a recent tweet Future dropped some key information.

"Special Cloth Alert...new jay z record gone f$ck da Summer up"

This collaboration with JAY Z will come in the form of a record featured on DJ Khaled's forthcoming album, Major Key. The track will serve as the single for the highly anticipated project. This news comes after Khaled signed a management deal with JAY Z's Roc Nation. Khaled, just as excited as Future, also took to Twitter to drop some major keys.

3. SAMPHA RETURNS

I’ve had a lot to process these past couple of years, as we all do. And it’s hard to articulate sometimes. I wanted to say thank you to all the people who’ve shown me so much love and support. I’m looking forward to sharing my music with you again.
— Sampha Sisay

After a prolonged absence, British electronic music singer-songwriter and producer, Sampha finally returned to the music scene. Best known for his heartfelt collaboration with Drake, "Too Much," Sampha returns with another earnest song. Check out Sampha's latest track, "Timmy's Prayer."

2. SAME GOAL

Half of the "Same Love" duo, Macklemore, teamed up with President Barack Obama to tackle a new controversy: opioid addiction. 

Deaths from opioid overdoses have tripled since 2000. A lot of time, they’re from legal drugs prescribed from a doctor, so addiction doesn’t always start in some dark alley; it often starts in a medicine cabinet.
— President Barack Obama

Macklemore, who dealt with this very addiction, engaged in a sincere discussion with President Obama during his White House weekly address. This video is supplemented by the President's call for Congress to pass $1.1 billion in funding for treatment and research. This is a battle Obama wants no American to fight alone. 

1.  TIDAL SIPS LEMONADE

Following the drop of Beyonce's latest studio album, Lemonade, her husband's streaming service, Tidal, gained over a million new subscribers. First reported by The New York Times, Tidal acquired 1.2 million subscriptions following the first week of the initial release of Lemonade. The New York Times is also reporting the album has been streamed over 300 million times. Streaming serves as the new way listeners are deciding to take in media. Kanye West's latest album drop on Tidal, prior to Beyonce's, doubled the amount of subscribers on the whole Tidal platform. Additionally, just this week Chance the Rapper's project, Coloring Book, released on Apple Music and is set to be the first release to chart on Billboard solely based on streaming numbers.