I’m Nicole Maroutsos, Manager of Music Services at PlayNetwork. I’m lucky that my job involves spending time every day exploring new releases and sharing them with people all over the world through in-store placement. While it’s impossible to narrow down the best, the two albums below were ones I often had on repeat.
Artist: Chaka Khan
Track: Hello Happiness
The Queen of Funk returned this year with her first album in over a decade. Although she’s been in the business over forty years, she sounds as contemporary as ever while still staying true to her classic funk roots. Her seven-track album is uplifting, empowering, and sure to cement her icon status with the younger generations as well.
Artist: Maren Morris
Maren Morris’ 2019 album Girl has a little something for everyone; she takes the country roots that made her first album a smash and weaves them with the pop appeal [...]