This week we take a deep-dive into the age-old question of how much time artists should leave between albums. Are there any exceptions? Is the time given different between genres? Tune in to find out!
(00:58) Spotlight Series #53: Graft
(06:05) Jon’s apology letter
(07:57) ENNY X Odeal - Bernie Mac
(12:35) JD’s Champion’s League of Everything
(32:00) Intro to discussion
(34:29) Why aren’t people content waiting 2-3 years?
(39:53) The UK culture surround album cycles
(45:23) Examples of those who drop too often or too little
(56:59) Does too often reduce the quality? Does the opposite make you out of touch?
(01:06:05) Expectations for singers compared to rappers
(01:15:12) Grace period after critically acclaimed albums
(01:19:03) How long is too long?
(01:22:37) Closing, Now and Then
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63: TVC Awards 2021
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