Quibbl Music Roundup: Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande & Travis Scott

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By Ellie Palmer

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“Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin died on Thursday at age 76 in her childhood hometown of Detroit. The singer’s publicist said the cause of death was advanced pancreatic cancer. In the 1960s, Franklin was the face of numerous hit songs including, “Do Right Woman — Do Right Man,” “Think,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “Chain of Fools”.  Over the course of her storied career, the Queen of Soul had over seventeen Pop hits in the Top Ten Billboard Charts and over 20 No. 1 R&B hits. In 2005, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush. After the news broke, Sir Paul McCartney, Barack Obama, Elton John, and Mariah Carey were among the first to pay tribute to Franklin. An Aretha Franklin Tribute Concert, already slated for this fall at Madison Square Garden, is sure to generate memorable, emotional performances from some of music’s biggest names. Which artists do you hope to see perform?

How Sweet is Ariana Grande’s Sweetner? The album was released on Friday and it features previously released tracks “God Is A Woman,” “No Tears Left to Cry” and  “The Light Is Coming,” featuring Nicki Minaj. “No Tears Left to Cry” is already at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Within minutes of the release, Sweetner began to trend on Twitter and Social Media with fans sharing their thoughts. You can listen to the album—full track list below—on Spotify. Will Grande’s new album hit No. 1?

1. ​raindrops (an angel cried) Lyrics
2. ​blazed (Ft. Pharrell Williams) Lyrics
3. ​the light is coming (Ft. Nicki Minaj) Lyrics
4. ​R.E.M Lyrics
5. ​God is a woman Lyrics
6. ​sweetener Lyrics
7. ​successful Lyrics
8. ​everytime Lyrics
9. ​breathin Lyrics
10. ​​no tears left to cry Lyrics
11. ​borderline (Ft. Missy Elliott) Lyrics
12. better off Lyrics
13. ​goodnight n go Lyrics
14. pete davidson Lyrics
15. ​get well soon Lyrics

Travis Scott is giving away money to fans. Yes, you heard that right. With the release of his new album Astroworld, the rapper is giving away $100,000 to loyal fans on Instagram and Twitter. He wrote

“SO I KNOW ITS HARD FOR THE KIDS SO I DECIDED TO UNLOAD MY BANK ACCOUNT ON U GUYS. IM BUSTING DOWN $100,000 AND GIVING AWAY TO ANY FANS THAT CAN TWEET ME THERE CASH TAG WITH LYRICS FROM ASTRO. GANG !!”

It seems like Scott is actually giving away the money: mostly in $50 increments, with some luckier fans banking up to $1,000. By the end of Tuesday, Scott had given away only a quarter of his promised sum, teasing fans with the additional $75,000. What will be the largest sum Scott gives away?

Even more importantly, will Travis Scott’s generosity generate a new album release giveaway trend? Music fans certainly hope so…

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6LACK announced his world tour on Tuesday, beginning in the fall. The tour will have 34 stops across 3 continents and will conclude in December in Atlanta. Opening performances will include new artists Tierra Whack, Summer Walker, THEY, and Boogie. Tickets go on sale August 17. Will 6LACK sell out each of his first 10 shows?


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