This Week in Music 10/1

This Week in Music 10/1

Nolan Brown, Sports Editor

Following a fairly loud week of releases, highlighted by the likes of Joji and A$AP Ferg (neither with finalized sales) Friday seems to be another promising day in the industry. Expected releases from K-Pop supergroup Blackpink and their self titled album are sure to do big numbers on the global charts, accompanied by Bryson Tiller’s ‘Anniversary’ (his first complete project in 3 years) as well as Long Beach native and Drake collaborator Giveon’s second EP ‘When It’s All Said And Done’. A late announcement also took fans by surprise Tuesday night as rapper/producer duo 21 Savage and Metro Boomin announced their highly anticipated second collaborative tape ‘Savage Mode 2’. 

An alternate take from Tiller’s ‘Anniversary’ cover

This week we highlight Texas based Xinyi, a rising, self instructed talent, reminiscent of late 10’s bedroom pop with all the nostalgia of your favorite coming of age movie. Drawing from a wide selection of genres, she has begun to find her own pocket within the scene, but she is no stranger to this production. “Growing up, I really loved watching Hannah Montana, and at the time she was one of my role models, funny as it seems. I just remember myself really wanting to be a “pop star” like Hannah Montana, and so when I was around 7, I started playing the guitar. My parents couldn’t really afford guitar classes back then and so I basically learned everything by myself. And from then on I would say I started writing songs for fun, but when I was 13 I took songwriting more seriously and discovered that songwriting allowed me to express myself.” Xinyi also cited Clairo, Paramore, Coldplay, and an array of K-Pop artists as her main sources of musical influence, but if she could only collaborate with one artist? “I would really like to collaborate with HONNE, they are one of my favorite musical artists and one of my main inspirations. As for her future, she wants her music to “be able resonate with others and overall just enjoyed by others.” While she is focusing on college as of now, she expressed hopes to “expand [her] musical hobby into something bigger.” Since she began posting on Soundcloud and Spotify, the 18 year old has amassed tens of thousands of plays across both services. You can listen to Xinyi’s singles ‘Wake Up’ and ‘Hard’ on spotify here.