COVID-19 has put a lot of things on pause, including in the music world. During quarantine we’ve all been waiting for several musical artists to come back after a long hiatus, such as Shawn Mendes, Black Pink, Why Don’t We, and Ariana Grande. The last song that Mendes made was Señorita, which came out in January 2019. So we have been waiting for something new from him for a while and he did not disappoint.
Mendes released his new single “Wonder” on October 1st, 2020; we’ve been waiting almost a year to hear a new song from him. It is definitely a different sound from him, and you can tell how he changes his style with his different albums. “Wonder” gives off more of a folksy style. He is also coming out with a documentary on Netflix also called “Wonder” which is coming out November 23.
BLACKPINK, which is a K-Pop girl group with 4 girls, released “Kill This Love” in April of 2019, from then they have been featured in songs with Lady Gaga, and Selena Gomez. They broke out of their music hiatus with their new song “How You Like That” in June of 2020 then slowly started releasing more songs throughout the year so far. Later on they came out with “Love Sick Girls” on October 1st, 2020, which is completely different from all the other songs they have sung. “Love Sick Girls” has a lighter tone, in contrast with the more darker tones their older songs have. There is also a documentary on Netflix called “Light Up The Sky” where it focuses on how the group was made and what they had to go through to be able to be in it.
“Personally I love their new music, I’m happy that they were finally able to make their first new album and can’t wait until I’m able to see them in concert,” said Junior, Sydney Vargas, “For me personally their music is my happy place and every time I listen to it I can’t help but have the need to dance.”
A smaller group called Why Don’t We is a boy band of 5 people last year they came out with a song every month but after that they went on a hiatus for about 9 months. Their fans have been waiting for a very long time for something new from them and recently they got it. They came out with “Fallin” in September of 2020. Which consists of actual instruments rather than more of their digital music. It is definitely a little more different for them, but it is a great new sound from them.
Ariana Grande has also been making music for a very long time, and during quarantine we didn’t get much from her until she shared a song she wrote with Justin Bieber towards the beginning of the lockdown called “Stuck With You”. After that we had to wait a couple more months to listen to her new song “Positions” which came out on October 22, 2020.
While we are still in quarantine, it is nice to be getting new music from all of these artists to keep us interested. I absolutely think these songs from all of the above artists are must listens; they have made such great music.
Lily is a junior at San Marcos High School…