(This is an archived article from the old website, so the name of the author appears incorrectly. The original article was written by Rebecca Ajih)
With a new year comes new music, majority of the most popular artists who reigned in 2015 on the music charts are taking breaks, while other artists are striving to have the best album after taking time off.
Many artists are going all out to release one of the top albums of the year. Kanye West is releasing his new album Waves on February 11th which, West changed the title three times. It was previously named Swish, and before that So Help Me God.
After a disagreement with the Nike for using their Swish logo, even though he is no longer their spokesman, he changed it once again. As if that dispute was not enough he had a twitter war with Wiz Khalifa, when he changed the name to Waves.
Drake also is giving his fans a sneak peek at his album we have been waiting for, Views from the Six. He recently released his single diss track Summer Sixteen, which was aimed towards Meek Mill to show his ongoing feud from last summer is not over, and to top it off he mentioned his album will drop in April.
During Rihanna’s hiatus she worked on her accessory line and her fashion line. Unfortunately she got backlash for her signature title “school kills” on majority of her clothing line because some people thinks it very controversial knowing parents are reading a deeper meaning.
Also, her soundtrack Home was not as popular as her other albums from a couple of years ago, like Unapologetic. Rihanna’s new album Anti which, was released for free on an app called Tidal that she co-owns with Jay Z. To promote her upcoming album, she teamed up with Samsung to advertise their product and her album with ten second clips.
After being on tour last year, The 1975 decided to make their second album more with a 90’s type of vibe compared to their first album which, was more of 80’s style of music. With it being more centered on love, money, and drugs.
For this album, lead member Matt Healy thought of the lengthy title I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It. Since their previous album and their recent singles were a success, the album as a whole will hopefully have the same outcome.
One Direction last album Made in the A.M topped the charts consecutively for months . After former member of One Direction Zayn Malik went solo, the group decided to finish the last album before taking a break to spend time with friends and family. On the other hand Zayn Malik’s new single PillowTalk is on iTunes top ten with him also announcing his album will be called Mind of Mine, and will be released in March 2016.
Compared to other artists who are taking time off for unrelated reasons. Taylor Swift claims she needs to take a break or people are going to get tired of listening to her. Sam Smith is one of the most unexpected breaks because he wants to work on getting into another relationship.