Goodbye music of 2015, hello music of 2016

When the ball dropped at midnight in New York City on Jan. 1, 2016, it not only signaled the new year, but launched new music as well.

“I hope Beyonce will come out with some new songs, but [the 2016 artists] will mostly be the same popular artists from 2015,” Lili Mueller, eighth grade communications major said.

On Jan. 1, 2016, Rachel Platten released her third album, “Wildfire.” According to Headline Planet, “Wildfire” ranked number five in the U.S.

“When I listen to [Platten’s] songs, I feel empowered,” Brooke Ibarra, eighth grade communications major said, “like I can do anything in the world.”

Another anticipated album was “Death of a Bachelor” by Panic! At The Disco. According to Billboard, the album was released on Jan. 15, 2016 and sold 169 thousand copies in the first week.

“I was hyped to hear [“Death of a Bachelor], and I stayed up until midnight the day before the album was released,” Mueller said.

According to Idolator, new artists such as Steve James, who co-produced Justin Bieber’s “Purpose,” and August Eve, who released the single “Ghost,” will appear in trending 2016 music. However, many students thought 2016 would not bring a completely new music genre.

“I think pop is still going to be the dominant genre, and I think we will have a couple of new artists,” Ibarra said, “but the same people will stay at the top of the charts.”