2020 has been filled with great albums. From well known artists to up and coming acts, there has been no shortage of projects with re-play value. This article is specific to the month of March. Whether you were looking back at the month to see which songs dropped or are comparing which month had the best R&B releases, this article has you covered. March saw new releases from some of the space’s heavy hitters. PARTYNEXTDOOR, Jhené Aiko, Childish Gambino and The Weeknd all released albums in March.
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Check out the Top R&B Albums of March 2020
Chilombo, Jhené Aiko
Following the release of Jhené Aiko’s “Triggered (freestyle)” and “P*$$Y Fairy” singles, expectations were high for her first official project since 2017. Throughout the 20 tracks on Chilombo, Jhené explores themes heartbreak, loss and acceptance. With contributions from Big Sean, Nas, Ab-Soul, Ty Dolla $ign, Future, Miguel, Dr. Chill and John Legend, the album has no shortage of star power and each feature provides something unique to the album.
After Hours, The Weeknd
Four years after releasing his massively successful Starboy album, The Weeknd returned with a brand new look and sound for After Hours. The LP is a less pop-heavy and more introspective affair taking listeners into Abel’s world of heartbreak, loss and realization. And if the project’s 14 tracks weren’t enough, Weeknd kept fans on high alert with an ever-expanding deluxe edition of the album that added new chapters and remixes to his Billboard 200 chart-topping LP.
03.15.20, Childish Gambino
Donald Glover’s last album under the Childish Gambino moniker arrived after a temporary teaser the week before. Beginning with the slow build-up of “0.00,” the 12-track project once again flexes Glover’s innate ability to get weirdly experimental whether it’s commercially viable or not. But unlike 2016’s Parliament-influenced Awaken My Love! album, there’s a sense he was at least attempting to be more accessible to a mainstream audience with features from SZA, Ariana Grande and an oddly placed 21 Savage. Overall, the album is another solid addition to the Childish Gambino catalog, if the listener is willing to take that journey.
PARTYNEXTDOOR fans have been waiting (not so) patiently for the release of PARTYMOBILE. After countless announcements and pushbacks, Party finally dropped the project. With a standout feature from Rihanna and plenty of quotable lines, the album didn’t disappoint his base.