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Fresh Finds Friday: 6lack releases title track for an upcoming album; J-hope teams up with J.Cole; Macklemore releases third studio album “Ben”

Happy Friday, Bobcats. Another week has come and gone, and you know what the best part of my week is? Listening to new music. With that being said, it's always good to listen to some new tunes throughout the week and going into the weekend. 

While everyone has their favorite genre of music, we’ve made a playlist that will appeal to any mood or preference. Below are new songs that are perfect for walking to class, working out at the gym, sitting around in your dorm or cranking out those last-minute papers. Here are five new songs to get you through the week:

“On The Street” by J-hope and J.Cole

J-hope is best known for being one of the seven members of the Korean Pop Group BTS, now embarking on a solo path, returning after his acclaimed debut solo album “Jack In the Box” with J. Cole for “On The Street.” This is a melodic record in which both artists share their love and gratitude for their fans and those who’ve supported them, as described in J-hope’s verse: “Every time I walk, every time I run, every time I move, As Always for us.” Fans got the message as “On the Street” recently won Billboard’s Favorite New Music release this past Sunday. 

“Ben (Album)” by Macklemore 

Seattle-based rapper Benjamin Haggerty, best known by his stage name Macklemore is known for his hit singles “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us.” He is returning now with his third studio album, “Ben.” Throughout the album, Macklemore raps about growing up in Seattle and the rap culture there, a relapse he experienced after two years of sobriety and overall connecting to where he’s from and the stories that make who he is as a person.

“Dummy” by Portugal. The Man 

While in college, saving some money is always greatly appreciated. Hence, why many college students enjoy fast food chains such as Mcdonalds' and more notably here in Athens, Taco Bell. Portugal. the Man released their new single "Dummy" and just teamed up with Taco Bell by putting their song for the new ad campaign for the new "$5 Cravings Trio". This song's dreamy soundscape is the first taste of the band's upcoming album, "Chris Black Changed My Life." You can expect the album on June 23 and watch the Taco Bell ad here.

“89 Earthquake” by Larry June, The Alchemist 

“89 Earthquake” has rapper Larry June reflecting “on the journey that led him to his career, his earnings, and the reaps of what he’s sown.” All this is accompanied by a music video featuring June and The Alchemist, enjoying the luxuries in life juxtaposed with clips of June in a bodega and San Francisco neighborhoods, reminding the viewer where he comes from. Larry June and The Alchemist also announced a joint album entitled “The Great Escape” expected to release March 31.

“Since I Have a Lover” by 6lack 

It’s been five years since the last album release from Atlanta R&B artist 6lack (pronounced “black”). “Since I Have A Lover” has 6lack swooping back into the game with a reflection piece on the journey of newfound love. The title track is “the highs of having a healthy love, compressed into a song format,” according to a press release. You can expect his new album “Since I Have a Lover” on March 24.


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