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Singer Ariana Grande’s latest studio effort, “Sweetner”, has topped the Billboard 200 chart, making it her third project to accomplish this feat, selling 231,000 units. “Sweetner” is also the second-largest debut for an album by a woman following rapper Cardi B’s “Invasion Of Privacy”, which sold 255,000 units. Rapper Travis Scott’s “Astroworld”, which has topped the chart for the last two weeks, falls to number two, while Nicki Minaj’s “Queen” shifts from number two to three. Drake’s “Scorpion” and Post Malone’s “Beerbongs And Bentleys” round out the top five. Elsewhere on the chart, Aretha Franklin’s Greatest Hits compilation sold 52,000 units this past week, climbing to number six, giving the late Queen of Soul her highest charting album in 50 years. “30 Greatest Hits” was released in 1985, but didn’t chart until 2012, where it spent two weeks on the chart, peaking at number 117. Singer Victoria Monet has delivered the visual for her new single “New Love.” The 90’s inspired clip captures the easy, breezy vibe of summer, which includes dancing and drinking at a backyard party. The clip also shows Monet enjoying time with friends as well as her eye candy. Directed by A. JaQuel Knight, “New Love” offers a fun, girl next door vibe. Monet’s fourth EP will be released during the fourth quarter of 2018. Singer Jhene Aiko has been bringing her 2017 album “Trip” back home. She recently shared her latest jam session live from Fistcuff’s studio. While seated in a studio chair and holding a wireless microphone, Jhene became engrossed in the song’s vibe.  Most recently, Jhene released the YG remix of her single “Never Call Me.” Emerging singer/songwriter Jess Connelly has just released her new EP “JCon.” This independent artist has quickly gained a following in the Philippines as a leader of the R&B scene. The 13 track project includes the singles “”Call Me”, “Deep + Involved” and “Turn Me Down.” Part Filipino and part Australian, the classically trained vocalist began singing as a child and delved into songwriting at age 13. She was born in Australia and moved to the Philippines with her parents to start a new life. Growing frustrated with the music industry in a country that traditionally favors industry built pop stars, she set out to change that with her art. She has since released music that stayed with the norm and her artistry has become sought after by the entertainment industry in Manila. “JCon” is a collection of songs crafted by several producers in Manila and around the world. Touching on such topics as love personal growth through her raw honesty, Jess delivers a project that showcases her artistry to the fullest.

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