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With every month comes a batch of new music releases, and March is often a busier month for new music than those before it. March 2020 is proving no exception, with beloved indie artists and massive names in hip-hop and rock releasing a barrage of new music this month. Learn about the five best March 2020 music releases below.
1. Lil Uzi Vert: Eternal Atake
(March 6, Atlantic)
After Lil Uzi Vert, the rapper behind the 2017 viral megahit “XO Tour Llif3,” first announced his sophomore album Eternal Atake in 2018, there were crickets. The album didn’t hit shelves at all that year or even the year after. However, after many delays, the album finally arrived on March 13 with a whopping 18 tracks, including the single “Futsal Shuffle 2020” as a bonus track on certain editions. Hip-hop fans eager to hear Eternal Atake have rejoiced that it’s finally here – and Uzi isn’t the only rapper with a long-delayed album arriving this month.
2. Megan Thee Stallion: Suga (EP)
(March 6, 300 Entertainment)
Thanks to Megan Thee Stallion, summer 2019 will forever be remembered as hot girl summer. Suga is Megan’s first release since her huge summer, and like Uzi’s Eternal Atake, it too faced massive delays before its release. Megan ultimately sued her record label prior to the EP’s sudden release, and both rappers dropping their long-awaited newest releases on the same day recalls a longtime, troubling industry trend.
3. U.S. Girls: Heavy Light
(March 6, 4AD)
Although Meg Remy first began releasing music in 2006, it wasn’t until 2018 when she had her big break. That year, her project U.S. Girls – which comprised solely her before she began collaborating with other artists for 2015’s Half Free – released its album In a Poem Unlimited, which boasted a massive band that turned styles as diverse as disco, rock, and jazz into fiery political anthems. Heavy Light is the first U.S. Girls album since her breakthrough, and though Remy has lessened these songs’ scope, her band remains as large as ever.
4. Porridge Radio: Every Bad
(March 13, Secretly Canadian)
If there’s any indie band to keep an eye on right now, it’s Porridge Radio. Ever since signing to leading indie label Secretly Canadian late last year, the band has accumulated all manner of hype, and Every Bad is the result of the band’s long journey toward more widespread attention. It follows three 2019 singles that got some blog attention and a 2016 album for which all physical copies have long sold out. The band was set to make its American live debut at SXSW before the festival was canceled due to coronavirus.
5. Pearl Jam: Gigaton
(March 27, Republic)
Pearl Jam may well be the only band from the grunge era that hasn’t broken up or seen its reputation severely tarnished. Gigaton will be the band’s eleventh album, and even though its release is still over a week away, positive reviews have already begun pouring in. Despite the initial acclaim, fans might have to wait longer than expected to see the band live, as Pearl Jam has also postponed its massive arena tour due to coronavirus.
What music releases are you excited about this month? Share your faves in the comments!