Your October Music and Entertainment Haul

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New music from various artists has hit all major music and streaming platforms recently. From hip-hop to pop to country and more, records of various genres have been released in the past week, and there is even more to look out for over the next month.

Breakout artist Blanco Brown, who is well-known for his summer hit “The Git Up,” dropped his debut album “Honeysuckle & Lightning Bugs” last Friday, Oct. 11 for his newly awaiting fans. Fans of country music can also expect upcoming albums from Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert in November.

Aldean’s seasoned fans will be awaiting his 9th studio album appropriately entitled “9” on Nov. 22, which will include 17 songs. “We Back” and “Blame It on You” are two of the six songs that are already available for purchase and/or streaming.

Lambert’s album, entitled “Wildcard,” will arrive earlier than Aldean’s, as it is expected on Friday, Nov. 1. It will feature 14 songs along with a digital booklet to complete the album. “Tequila Does” is one of the seven songs already out and is gaining much attention from country music critics and sites like Nash Country Daily and Rolling Stone.

UNA junior Kendall Roberts describes her music taste as relaxed. Roberts said she prefers artists like John Mayer.

“He’ll occasionally just throw out a single, and it’s my favorite because I love his lyrics,” Roberts said. “They’re very personal and relatable, but it’s also just very smooth vibes.”

For those who listen to rap and hip-hop, there are many new selections on the way from artists like NBA YoungBoy, DaBaby and more. Billion Dollar Baby Entertainment rapper DaBaby achieved major success on the Billboard Hot 100 charts with his first No. 1 album “KIRK.”

The increasingly popular NBA YoungBoy released his “AI YoungBoy 2,” a continuation of his “AI YoungBoy” mixtape from 2017. Site describes the 19 year old Baton Rouge rapper as “easily one of the more consistent figures in the rap game.”

Wale is yet another talented rapper and lyricist who dropped new music last week with his sixth studio album “Wow… That’s Crazy.” It is not a coincidence that his album premiered the day after World Mental Health Day, as Wale regularly promotes mental health awareness. In a tweet on Oct. 10, the day before his album dropped, he said: “U never know what other people are going through” followed by the hashtag #WorldMentalHealthDay.

Rap veteran Lil’ Kim reinstates her elevated status in the rap game with her new album also called “9” like Aldean’s. With a total of nine songs, “9” features other established artists such as Rick Ross, Musiq Soulchild, Rich The Kid, O.T. Genasis, and City Girls.

UNA senior Berklie Nix is a John Mayer fan like Roberts, but she also enjoys bands like Seafret and Bastille and genres such as Lofi hip-hop and jazz.

“I like listening to lots of different things, and I think being in band has definitely broadened my perspective of music and what I listen to and why I listen to it,” Nix said.

Pop fans who like Billie Eilish may be in for a special treat with new music from her brother Finneas. He has helped co-write and perform with his sister but will showcase his extended solo work “Blood Harmony” to preview his own personality and musical talents.

Previous bandmates of One Direction Niall Horan and Harry Styles both have new singles out which have fans questioning when their next albums should be expected. Styles in particular left his fans confused yet eager with a series of cryptic tweets last week. One of them was a single word: “Do” with no explanation. Five days later he put out the single “Lights Up” along with a music video that acquired over eight million views in less than 24 hours.

Movies and more

“Joker” set the bar high for other anticipated movies expected to premiere within the next few months. Although it was well-received by fans who watched the film, many feared the violence that could occur as a result of the violence portrayed in the movie. The Aurora Cinemark movie theater in Colorado, the location of the 2012 Dark Knight shooting, opted not to show the movie at all out of respect for those affected by it and still healing from that horrid memory.

Freeform continues to host its 31 Nights of Halloween movie special showing many classic staple spooky season films such as “Hocus Pocus,” “The Addams Family” and “The Haunted Mansion.” They will also show Maleficent again on Sunday, Oct. 21. For viewers who do not necessarily have to see movies on the night they make it to theaters, this may be a good memory-refreshing opportunity before the sequel, “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” is released on Oct. 18.

For lovers of podcasts and NBC’s “The Office,” cast members Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, who played Pam and Angela, have debuted their new podcast “The Office Ladies” on Wednesday. In a tweet from Sept. 13, Fischer said that each week they will watch an episode of The Office and give fans stories and behind-the-scenes scoop while also answering fan questions. Listeners can tune in via Apple Podcasts, Spotify or on