By: Gerardo Biviano
Demi Lovato- Tell Me You Love Me
Released September 29
The powerhouse vocalist’s sixth album was one of the most anticipated albums of 2017 and is already being considered for Grammy nominations. The album is being described as one her best works yet. Less than 15 minutes after it was released it shot up to No. 1 on the iTunes music charts, becoming No. 1 on the iTunes charts in 36 countries. The album consists of a combination of songs that are sexy, confident and romantic. Her single “Sorry Not Sorry” gave just a taste of what this album holds. In her song “Ruin The Friendship,” which has been the talk on social media, she describes a friendship with a guy who she wants to take a chance with and have a relationship. Many of her fans believe the song is about her best friend and business partner Nick Jonas. Lovato has always been vocal about her dream collaboration with rapper Lil Wayne, and it finally came to fruition. Wayne is featured on “Lonely,”, a song that is more ballads with some explicit language, but is still tasteful and emotional. Inspired by Christina Aguilera’s Stripped, this album is Demi at her most vulnerable. Overall the album is a masterpiece that deserves a Grammy!
Miley Cyrus- Younger Now
Released September 29
Wow, what a change from Cyrus’ Bangerz album to her latest release Younger Now. The album is Cyrus’ sixth, and is quite different both lyrically and sonically to her other work. Cyrus only has one featured artist on the album, her godmother and music legend Dolly Parton, who appears on the song “Rainbowland.” The album opens with “Malibu”, a soft, pop romantic song that showcases Cyrus’ smooth vocals.“Inspired”casts a beacon of hope in dark times. Cyrus has admitted that “Inspired” is about Hillary Clinton, who during her campaign showed Cyrus that women are strong and can change the world . Cyrus is public with her political and social views (she created the Happy Hippie Foundation for homeless LGBT youth in 2014), some of which gleam through lyrics on the album. Younger Now is an exciting departure back to Cyrus’ roots that deserves your attention.
Fergie- Double Dutchess
Released September 22
After a decade after her solo debut, Fergie is back! The singer’s second solo album follows the 2017 trend of creating a visual experience to accompany an audio album. Every song on this album has a music video! Double Dutchess has a variety of sounds, and Fergie showcases her versatility as a performer. “Hungry,” “Like It Ain’t Nuttin’,” and “You Already Know” prove how talented Fergie is as a rapper as well as a singer. Aside from the braggadocious rap tracks, Fergie shines on “Save It Till Morning” and “A Little Work” where she displays her powerful voice on the melodic pop pieces. Double Dutchess is a fun and gloriously confident pop album with a mature vibe that featured artists like Rick Ross, YG, and Nicki Minaj.
Fifth Harmony – Fifth Harmony (self-titled)
Released August 25
The girls of Fifth Harmony are back! With the departure of one member, Fifth Harmony is now a powerful foursome made up by Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke Hernandez, Normani Kordei, and Dinah Jane, these talented women return for their third studio album. The album is one their most personal yet as the members wrote more than half of the album themselves. Lyrically the songs reflect who they are as artists and people, and what they’ve lived through . The vocals on the album shine, and the harmonies are, of course, incredible. There’s songs t you can dance to in the club and songs that just make you feel sexy, flirty, and confident. “Bridges” is a stand out song written about the current social/political state of the world where the girls spread a message of love and unity. The song can also be seen as a response to Donald Trump with lyrics like,“we build bridges not walls.” Fifth Harmony is composed up of women of color from different cultural backgrounds so a song sending a message of unity is inspirational. Check it out now.