This December was a slower month in the music industry compared to the thrilling past year. Though there wasn’t as large of an influx of releases like there was in the month of November, many artists released albums that will end the year off on a strong note. We should look forward to the exciting year ahead in the music industry and expect some extremely inspiring projects released from influential artists.
December 2018 Releases
Prod3am - Solo - 4/4
Rico Love - Even Kings Die - 0/13
Bastille - Other People's Heartache, Part 4 - 7/7
benny blanco - FRIENDS KEEP SECRETS - 7/7
Brett Young - Ticket To L.A. - 13/13
Chief Keef - The Leek Vol. 6 - 12/12
Coldplay - Live In Buenos Aires - 24/24
Cold War Kids - This Will All Blow Over In Time - 18/23
Gucci Mane - Evil Genius - 17/17
Ice Cube - Everythang's Corrupt - 16/16
John Mellencamp - Other People's Stuff - 10/10
Morrissey - Low in High School (Deluxe Edition) - 16/21
Tyde Levi - Tyde Levi - EP - 6/6
Van Morrison - The Prophet Speaks - 4/14
XXXTENTACION - SKINS - 10/10
Alan Walker - Different World - 10/15
Azealia Banks - Icy Colors Change
Kodak Black - DYING TO LIVE
Offset - TBA
The Decemberists - Traveling On - EP - 2/5
ZAYN - Icarus Falls - 9/29
21 Savage - I AM > I WAS
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie - Hoodie SZN
Billboard Hot 100 top 5 – Week of December 15
“Thank U, Next” – By Ariana Grande
“SICKO MODE” – By Travis Scott
“Without Me” – By Halsey
“Happier” – By Marshmello and Bastille
“High Hopes” – By Panic! At The Disco
Album of the Year – Pray For The Wicked by Panic! At The Disco
As the year comes to an close, I have decided to put a spotlight on the album that meant the most to me this year.
On June 22, 2018, Panic! At The Disco released their sixth album. Frontman Brendon Urie, the only original remaining member of the group, wowed many by bringing drama and attitude to his latest glamorous and theatrical project, thus reaffirming why he has become the master of reinvention and true eccentric of the world of emo music.
Over the last decade, Panic! At The Disco has experimented with various charismas such as the cabaret pop-punk starlets of 2005’s A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, the Beatles fanatics of 2008’s Pretty. Odd, and the pop, rock, synth masters of 2013’s Too Weird to Live, Too Rare To Die. All these acts occurred in while the band was dropping members, eventually reducing the group to a Brendon Urie solo project. Unsurprisingly, Urie released his fifth album titled Death of A Bachelor, celebrating his newfound freedom by assuming the role of an extravagant, Las Vegas casino-hopper on the peculiar, jazz-EDM project.
On Pray For The Wicked, Brendon Urie has retained his classic anything-goes attitude. Inspired by the neon glare of the Vegas Strip, much like Panic! At The Disco’s other albums, the sounds are wackier and somehow blending together the genres of modern pop and old school swing and jazz. From beginning to end, Pray For The Wicked tells the story of Brendon Urie turning his dreams into realities, even though these dreams happen to be at direct odds with his Mormon upbringing. The album is less absorbed in the high life, and instead focuses on the difficult journey to get there.
Pray For The Wicked showcases Panic! At The Disco’s new members, sounds, and talents, all while Brendon Urie has a total blast recording the album as you can tell in the tone of his talented voice. His exceptional performance skills on stage directly correlate to his ability to grasp the attention of anyone listening to his music with just one note. Listen, and be blown away.