This Week in Music 11/13/20

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Nolan Brown, Sports Editor

Surprise releases and long awaited returns were the overarching themes among this weeks releases, with variety being the focal point of the night. Rock supergroup AC/DC met fans with ‘PWR/UP’ their 16th studio album and the first in six years, riding the waves of their wildly iconic performances and household songs, most notably ‘TNT’, ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’, and ‘Thunderstruck’. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Atlanta native and rap conversant 2 Chainz debuted his 6th studio album, ‘So Help Me God!’, as what he described to be a “light in the dark times’. Lined with features and down to earth medleys that encapsulate the auspicious nature of Chainz’ (real name Tauheed Epps) career, his feature riddled successor does justice to the lighthearted approach. With an emphasis on collaboration and outreach, appearances from the likes of R&B phenom Brent Faiyaz , long time friend Lil Wayne, and Chicago native Chief Keef (to name a few) best present the child like take on a world packed with heavy hitters. To wind down the night is a soulful EP from the king of “TrapHouseJazz’ himself, Masego. Brought forth with the help of Cactus Jack’s Don Toliver and Jamaican born Shenseea, ‘Studying Abroad’ serves as an ode to the women who inspired him, and the sonical universe that has blessed him so well. Following his 2018 debut with ‘Lady Lady’, the long awaited return contains a “lotta easter eggs” for his returning fans to look forward to. Leading the global charts this week is Ariana Grande’s aforementioned ‘Positions’ moving 81,803 total units, followed by the late Pop Smoke’s ‘Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon’ with 57,601 streams (remaining on the charts after a long stint since its July 3rd release).