Debunking The Sophomore Album Curse

In music, it’s really easy to get caught up in the hype of a successful debut. The media will praise the artist, the fans will love him/her, but when the sophomore album comes, that’s when the hype is really identified.

And sometimes, the hype is actually real! But sometimes, unfortunately, it’s not.

Usually, this is something that we learn when an artist drops his or her sophomore album. Now, why is this? Let me explain.

Put your hypothetical cap on for a bit.

You’re an artist and you just dropped the debut album you’ve been spending years to make. It was a huge hit and now you’ve got the fans you always wanted, the money, and the lifestyle.

There’s so much more pressure that comes with it, that it can take the artist away from the art.

You’re touring all over the world, partying, doing interviews.. life is amazing.

Fast forward to the end of the tour and the people are basically demanding new music! Your friends, family, fans, and label executives want the music in 1 – 2 years or so. Wait, what? Just 1 – 2 years?

All of a sudden, you’re starting to feel the pressure. Not only do you have to make an album in a year or so, but you’ve got to do it all while still keeping up with your social media, doing interviews, maybe a few performances here and there. Basically, you no longer enjoy the luxury of total focus, as you did with your last project.

To make matters even worse, you already talked about a ton of your life experiences in the debut album! What are you going to do? Repeat your content? Repeat your sound? Show no growth? No.

This is where the artist shows what he/she can truly do as a professional in the music business.

See where I’m going with this? It’s just different when it’s your sophomore album.

There’s so much more pressure that comes with it, that it can take the artist away from the art. But, that is also where the artist must show the most shine. This is where the artist shows what he/she can truly do as a professional in the music business.

Now, of course, there are artists that have experienced a bit of a sophomore slump but still bounced back and regained their footing. Off the top, artists such as Big Sean (Hall of Fame) and Snoop Dogg (Tha Doggfather) have obviously bounced back *no pun intended*, but others such as Ab-Soul (These Days) unfortunately haven’t.

Some artists, fortunately, won’t experience the sophomore slump at all! Artists like Drake (Take Care), Kendrick Lamar (GKMC), and Kanye West (Late Registration), just to name a few, obviously soared with their sophomore projects.

Speaking of sophomore albums, Tory Lanez and DVSN have theirs incoming! Will they slump?

Leave us your thoughts and check out which albums are dropping this year!

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