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Music is a universal language. It’s proven when strangers can jam together and when you can listen to songs from another country, being sung in another language and still know exactly what that person is feeling. A song can take me back to a specific moment, but there are times that I get stuck on an entire album for a long period of time, like when I spent the entire summer of 2007 listening to Sublime’s 40 oz to Freedom. So, because music is one of my biggest passions, I thought I’d share the albums I’m currently stuck on and one of my favorite songs you may have missed out on. My album recommendations:

Zayn “Mind of Mine”

Zayn Malik left One Direction in March 2015 after 5 years with the boy band, and while hearts were broken all over the world, I’m not sure his was one of them. He has since opened up about leaving the band, stating that he wasn’t able to write the lyrics he wanted, to look the way he wanted, and if there’s anything Zayn proves on this album, it’s that being true to yourself pays off. Mind of Mine’s lead single “Pillowtalk” shot to #1 almost immediately, and the rest of the album lives up to that standard, if not exceeding it. It’s grown up Zayn though, so don’t expect a lot of poppy One D style tracks. Song recommendations: “Wrong” (featuring Kehlani) and “TIO.”

Jeremih “Late Nights”

Maybe I’m late to the party on this one. It happens. Jeremih released his third studio album in December 2014, but the first single “Don’t Tell ‘Em” had been charting since June 2014. The second single “Planez” came out shortly after the album was released, and “Oui” is starting to get mainstream radio airplay now. Admittedly, I’m not familiar with Jeremih’s other two albums, though if they’re anything like Late Nights, they’re worth the money as well. Do yourself a favor and add it to your playlist. This is music to ride to, in the car on Route 1. And if you’re anything like me, you spend A LOT of time driving up and down that road. Song recommendations: “Pass Dat” and “Drank.”

If you’re someone who likes to just hear the current hits, and only fill your iTunes with singles, you could be missing out. Luckily, you have me. A song you may have missed out on: Hozier “Sedated”. I will never know why his record label did not release this song as the second single off his self titled album. Listen to it and you’ll see what I mean. Hozier is mature, has a message, and he kills it.

What I’m looking forward to: Drake’s “Views from the 6.” According to DJBooth.com, Drake has released six albums in six years, and all of them have gone platinum, and most multi-platinum. With the hype surrounding Views from the 6, there are a lot of expectations for this album. Look for it April 29th.

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