By Michael Cerio
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Somehow we managed to survive the “Great Minaj-Swift Twitter Misunderstanding Of 2015”. Where were you when two musical icons clashed one hundred and forty characters at a time?READ MORE: Hyram Hill, Son Of Philadelphia Police Officer, Killed In Targeted Shooting In North Philly, Sources Say
One day we’ll tell our children about the time society was almost ripped apart. But as we piece our lives back together, this seems like a great time to spotlight the amazing women making music today, with a New Music Friday packed full of ladies doing it right.
Jill Scott – Woman
Straight from North Philadelphia, Jill Scott is back with an hour of swagger on Woman. Scott slides through styles with confidence, and more fire than ever before. No matter the setting, the slow grind groove, or the sixties girl group clap-along, she moves effortlessly. She’s on point, and Woman is solid.
Bea Miller – Not An Apology
At sixteen, Bea Miller has already won the praise of Britney Spears on The X Factor, been a voice in Toy Story 3, and won the Radio Disney Music Award for “Best Song To Rock Out To With Your BFF”. She makes your kid look kind of lazy. Her debut album Not An Apology sees Miller showcase her older-than-you-think voice over pop-infused rock songs. If Paramore had a JV squad, she would be captain.READ MORE: Flyers Tie Franchise Record With 12th Straight Loss
DeJ Loaf – #AndSeeThatsTheThing
When Nicki Minaj brings her Pinkprint tour to Camden next month, get there early to check out DeJ Loaf. The Detroit rapper and singer drops her debut EP today, lacing melody between assured sex-soaked rhymes. Big Sean and Future are brought in for backup.
Ashley Monroe – The Blade
Pistol Annies’ Ashley Monroe returns today with another solo offering called The Blade. The country singer and recent Miranda Lambert relationship therapist is another beautiful voice who manages to shift gears with precision. She knows her way around a whiskey-soaked retribution tune like “I Buried Your Love Alive”, but also stretches out gracefully across songs like “Has Anyone Ever Told You”. The sweet spot though is in between, with tight country-tinged pop songs like “On To Something Good”.
There are some dudes that put out music too this week.
Eminem anchors a hip hop all-star collection with the Southpaw soundtrack, Lamb Of God is thunderously loud with VII: Strum Und Drang, and White Reaper has a killer straight-ahead punk record with White Reaper Does It Again.MORE NEWS: Gino's Ristorante & Pizzeria Reopens Amid Hepatitis A Investigation That's Linked To 10 Cases, 3 Deaths
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