Will Love’s Music Memo
Nobody Is Listening marks Zayn Malik’s third studio album. The album was recorded primarily during the coronavirus lockdown. The record is predominantly about Zayn’s on-again, off-again relationship (since 2015) with supermodel Gigi Hadid, with whom the couple recently welcomed their first-born child, a daughter born September 2020 whose name remains a mystery.
Zayn has described this album as his most personal project to date, largely in part because he had complete creative rein. By the end of the album, it is evident that Zayn has grown significantly as an artist, as he is at his most intimate in Nobody Is Listening. Furthermore, Zayn has developed a way of writing songs that reflect his feelings while at the same time showcasing his emotions vocally.
Best Track: “Tightrope.”
Rita Ora has teamed up with DJ and producer Imanbek in her latest EP, Bang, the follow up to her second studio album, Phoenix. Featuring names like David Guetta, Gunna and Khea, Bang is a versatile effort from vocals to production, which does not disappoint. Moreover, Bang showcases Ora at her best, illustrating that house music is certainly her strong suit and the direction she should take on her third studio album.
This EP acts as the ideal pregame soundtrack to that perfect night out.
Best Track: “Big.”
Why Don’t We
The Good Times and the Bad Ones marks the second studio album by American boy band Why Don’t We. Supported by three singles, this latest effort continues where 2018’s “8 Letters” left off, providing quintessential pop anthems from start to finish.
With that said, at times it could be difficult to tell each of the five singers apart from one another, albeit the vocals are on point nonetheless. The sweet spot here is the none singles, highlighted by minimalistic production and vulnerable lyrics.
Best Track: “Slow Down.”
The highly anticipated debut album from Madison Beer, Life Support, has been three years in the making. Although Beer has accumulated a variety of radio and viral streaming hits over the past several years, this is her first studio album, supported by four singles. Diverse in nature, with a multitude of influencers ranging from R&B to pop to alternative, Beer makes an effort to differentiate herself from the Ariana Grande comparisons.
For a pop album, the music is surprisingly strong lyrically, with an emphasis on topics such as mental health, toxic relationships, insecurity, and introspection. In total, Life Support establishes Madison Beer as an artist who should be taken seriously, with content much richer and more relatable than the pop artists she has been compared to in the press.
Best Track: “Good in Goodbye.”
Spring Top 5
As the weather gets warmer, Covid-19 numbers drop, and businesses fully reopen; these are bops to help you get into a better state of mind and look forward to the future.
- Justin Bieber – “Hold On”
- Maroon 5 & Megan Thee Stallion – “Beautiful Mistakes”
- Nick Jonas – “This Is Heaven”
- Bebe Rexha – “Sacrifice”
- Ava Max – “My Head & My Heart”
Live Music Dates at the Prudential Center
Following a year riddled with consecutive tour date changes, these are the performances slated to finally take place at Newark’s Prudential Center throughout 2021.
Mega Mezcla 2021: May 22nd, 8pm
Justin Bieber: July 9th, 7pm
Silvestre Dangond: July 24th, 8pm
My Chemical Romance: September 21st & 22nd, TBD
Enrique Iglesias & Ricky Martin: October 16th, 7:30pm
Dan + Shay: December 5th, 7pm