Who knew that 4/20 wasn’t the only reason why April would be so lit? For fans of R&B and Hip-Hop, 6 album releases make April 2018 an appreciable period for music consumption.
- Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy – April 6, 2018 – Hip-Hop
On the first Friday of April, Cardi B released her debut album, Invasion of Privacy. The album was supported by her smash hit, “Bodak Yellow,” a song that made her only the second female rapper in history to achieve a number one on the Billboard Hot 100 with a solo performance. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 255,000 copies in its first week, with 103,000 of those copies being physical sales. She is the first female rapper to debut with over 100,000 physical sales since Nicki Minaj’s, The Pinkprint in 2014.
2. Alina Baraz – The Color of You – April 6, 2018 – R&B
Hailing from Cleveland, OH, singer, Alina Baraz, joins Cardi B in releasing a debut album. The Color of You contains 9 tracks of slow, downtempo R&B that is reminiscent of her 2015 EP, Urban Flora, an 8-track set that she made in collaboration with Danish electronic producer, Galamatius. The Color of You was released by independent record label, Mom + Pop Music. The album debuted at number 59 on the Billboard 200.
3. Kali Uchis – Isolation – April 6, 2018 – R&B
Sharing the release week with Cardi B and Alina Baraz, Colombian-American singer, Kali Uchis, also released her debut album, Isolation, on April 6th. The album was backed by singles, “Tyrant,” “Nuestro Planeta,” and “After the Storm.” The 15-track set is comprised of contemporary R&B fused with retro influences of Colombia and Cuba. The album currently has an average score of 88 on Metacritic and debuted at number 32 on the Billboard 200 with 17,000 sales-plus-streams.
4. Tinashe – Joyride – April 13, 2018 – R&B
Released this past Friday, Tinashe’s Joyride comes 3 years after it was originally supposed to be released. The album, which is made up of alternative R&B, was promoted by singles, “No Drama,” “Faded Love,” and “Me So Bad.” The track list includes records produced by Hit-Boy, T-Minus, Stargate, J. White, Hitmaka, Ritz Reynolds, Soundz, and more. It currently has an average score of 71 on Metacritic. The album is on track to debut with 15,000 to 20,000 sales-plus-streams, with 5,000 to 7,000 being physical units.
5. Mýa – TKO (The Knock Out) – April 20, 2018 – R&B
Arriving this Friday, Mýa’s TKO is the her eighth studio album. The album comes 2 years after the singer’s last R&B set, Smoove Jones; which was nominated for Best R&B Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards. The nomination was a major triumph for the singer, who has been an independent artist for 11 years, after splitting with her label, Universal Motown, in 2007. Now, Mýa releases music through her own record label, Planet 9. Like Tinashe’s latest release, TKO is alternative R&B, and has been promoted with a barrage of singles, including, “Ready for Whatever,” “Ready, Part II,” “You Got Me,” “Damage,” and “Knock You Out.”
6. J. Cole – KOD – April 20, 2018 – Hip-Hop
After his last album, 4 Your Eyez Only, was snubbed at the 2018 Grammy Awards, J. Cole makes his return with KOD. Earlier this week on Monday, April 16th, Cole revealed in a listening session that KOD had three meanings; Kids on Drugs, King Overdose, and Kill Our Demons. The album will feature 12-tracks, with only two including a featured artist named Kill Edward. Cole’s fans suspect that Kill Edward is his alter ego. The album was announced only 4 days prior to the release date, and is not yet supported by any singles. In typical J. Cole fashion, singles will be released after, rather than before, the album comes out.
7. Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer – April 27, 2018 – R&B
Five years after her 2013 release, The Electric Lady, Janelle Monáe is back with her third studio album, Dirty Computer. The album succeeds its three previously-released singles, “Make Me Feel,” “Django Jane,” and “Pynk.” In a departure from the Neo-Soul influences of her former bodies of work, Dirty Computer champions the inclusion of Hip-Hop. Serving as the album’s executive producer, Monáe affirms that the album will feature her most personal music to date.
Which April 2018 releases are you most excited for? Let us know!