Newest Album: A Seat at the Table

Solange's third studio album

Yuri Cain, Editor In Chief

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On September 30, 2016, Solange Knowles dropped her studio album called A Seat at the Table. It is Solange’s third studio album with her Columbia Records label. The album is not only a musical beauty, but also hits on topics such as black culture and history. Much of it was recorded in Louisiana, bringing back the roots of Solange’s family and the start of everything. Her new album consists of 21 songs with some of the biggest hits being “Cranes in the Sky” and “Don’t Touch My Hair,” which she performed at Saturday Night Live.

Although her album came out in September, most of the world is just catching wind of the artistic style and vibe it produces. From the music videos and songs, listeners are able to see the difference between Solange and her sister, Beyonce Knowles-Carter. The album hit #1 on the Billboard Charts and was featured as the hottest album on Spotify. Solange went above and beyond with A Seat at the Table and used her creativity and free spirit in everything she showcased. The singer played a part in all the production of the music, which is rare for new and old artists.

Solange is usually outshined by her sister, Beyonce Knowles-Carter, but in her recent album, Solange is able to bring her style and art form to light. She chooses a different tone from her sister and sings about black history, feminism, and rights. Two of her 21 songs have videos that are available on YouTube. The cover art for her album has been seen as a symbol of empowerment on different social sites like Tumblr. Her vinyl comes out on December 9th and you can preorder it from different stores online.

On some of her many expanded song playlists, she features Lil Wayne, Kelly Rowland, Kelela, Q-Tip, The Dream, Dev Hynes, Sampha, Moses Sumney, The-Dream, BJ the Chicago Kid, Sean Nicholas Savage, and Tweet. The R&B album was a musical piece of artwork that included a bold message. With a slower tempo of music, some of the rappers added the kick that some of the songs needed. The album is available on Spotify, iTunes, and Apple Music, so go add/stream it now.

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