January was an exciting month for new music—from Megan Thee Stallion’s string of disses in her latest track “Hiss” to the controversy surrounding Ariana Grande’s relationship in “Yes, and?”. Vinyl Mag is here to deliver with our staff picks of the top music released each month. For a taste of our favorite singles and albums, tune in for a release recap every month!
Kali Uchis, Orquídeas
Colombian-American singer and songwriter Kali Uchis released the album Orquídeas, meaning “Orchids” at the start of the month. This is her second Spanish-language album, following 2020’s Sin Miedo. Some notable features on this album are Peso Pluma in “Igual Que Un Ángel”, Rauw Alejandro in “No Hay Ley Parte 2”, and Karol G in “Labios Mordidos.” Uchis also shined a light on many genres in this album, from house to R&B to reggaeton, ultimately making this album extremely versatile.
21 Savage, American Dream
American Dream is 21 Savage’s third studio album release, summarizing the ups and downs of Savage’s life in America. From the artist’s ICE arrest in 2019 to fallen friends and gang relations in Atlanta, he paints his persona neutrally throughout this album. It has notable features with Summer Walker, Brent Faiyaz, Travis Scott, and Metro Boomin. Savage, who had a jam-packed 2023, co-headlining with Drake on the “It’s All a Blur” tour, still plans on being a part of more features and projects as the year progresses.
Ariana Grande, “Yes, And?“
Ariana Grande’s new single “Yes, and?” is an upbeat song experimenting with genres like house and ballroom. Many also noted Grande’s inspiration from Madonna‘s 1990 hit single “Vogue”. “Yes, and?” has topped billboard charts and is still in the top ten at the date of publication. However, Grande is facing a divide among her listeners due to the controversial lyrics, which belittle the backlash surrounding her relationship with Broadway star Ethan Slater.
Megan Thee Stallion, “Hiss“
“Hiss” is spot on for Megan Thee Stallion’s snake theme, following her previous single, “Cobra”. It’s her second song released through her independent label Hot Girl Productions. In “Hiss,” Megan disses numerous celebrities who have previously spoken negatively about her in the past. Some notable callouts include Drake, who dissed Megan in “Circo Loco” from his 2022 album Her Loss, and Tory Lanez, who was on trial for assault after shooting Megan in the foot. Nicki Minaj is gaining notable traction, after assuing that the lines “don’t be mad at Megan / but that they’re mad at Megan’s Law” targeted her husband, a registered sex offender.
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