This Week in Music 11/6


Nolan Brown, Sports Editor

After a week in the industry with releases across the board, spanning from the likes of Ariana Grande in her sixth studio album ‘Positions’, Trippie Redd’s long awaited and heavily delayed ‘Pegasus’ as well as $not’s second studio album (both in his discography and this year alone) last night was a rather underwhelming performance. Perhaps the most notable drop was from XO signee and Toronto native NAV, partnering up with hit producer Wheezy for their tape ‘Emergency Tsunami’ which debuted on The Weeknd’s Apple Music Beats One radio show ‘Memento Mori’ at 11 PM est on Thursday night. The afternoon prior, after much teasing, The Weeknd and Maluma also came forth with their genre blending hit ‘Hawái Remix’, a surefire banger at any party and another notch under Abel’s impressive musical run this year. Numbers wise, Ariana Grande dominated the charts, expected to sell 190-200k units while on pace to snag her 5th number one album along the way. The lead song single off the album (of the same name) also made waves, becoming the first single in history to debut at the top of both global Billboard charts.

This week’s artist to watch, King Von, was met with a sad fate, as news broke earlier today of his tragic passing involving a scuffle with law enforcement on Thursday night. In the midst of an Atlanta showdown, two others lost their lives and three more were injured, being admitted to local hospitals in the area. Von, who’s real name is Dayvon Daquan Bennett, was a Chicago native, visiting the city in efforts to promote his new album ‘Welcome To O’block’  that was highlighted by features from Lil Durk and Polo G, sharing the sentiment of their hometown. Many artists have since shared their condolences, honoring the late rappers talents and ability, while extending love to the Bennett family.

The Late King Von