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🚨 THIS IS NOT A DRILL 🚨 ATTENTION: Justin Bieber has announced his fifth record, ‘Changes’, to be released on February 14. We know that this news is overwhelming. Try to breathe into your belly rather than your chest. Do not read on until your breathing has returned to normal. He has also announced the "Changes" tour. Breathe slowly into a paper bag or cupped hands. Ticket sales will begin on January 30. Kehlani and Jaden Smith are his tour-mates. Merch launches on February 3. Breathe through pursed lips or try holding your breath for 10 to 15 seconds at a time.
According to the official statement, "'Changes' is already receiving early buzz as “futuristic R&B/pop,” “trap-soul jams,” and “a new vocal plateau …".
The statement continued, "In step with today’s premiere of the 'Justin Bieber: Seasons' YouTube Originals docuseries, Justin is once again ruling the airwaves and dominating the charts.”
The Grammy winner’s last record, 2015’s ‘Purpose’ has sold over 21 million copies worldwide. The "Purpose" tour sold out 116 tour dates. Bieber has amassed over 50 billion streams. And now: 'Changes'. We’re excited. We may be over-excited.
Book February 21 off because there’s just too much K-pop coming out for you to be expected to deal with anything else. First off, BTS are going to drop ‘Map of the Soul: 7’. It’s the followup to last year’s ‘Map of the Soul: Persona’. According to distributors, pre-orders for ‘Map of the Soul: 7’ surpassed 3.42 million copies within the first six days of sales. And if that weren’t enough, K-pop group Monsta X drop their English language debut, ‘All About Luv’, on the same day. They’ll play Toronto and Vancouver in August.
When did Green Day go and release 12 albums? Doesn’t that sound excessive? We were surprised to see that ‘Father of All …' is their 13th disc. Hopefully, that’s lucky. PRO TIP: In real life, their album title doesn’t end with an ellipsis. It ends with a very, very bold profanity. In other news, was this record produced by Butch Walker? Yep. Does it come out on February 7? Yep. Lucky number 7.
Also out on February 7 is the soundtrack for the Harley Quinn movie, “Birds of Prey”. The album's first single was "Diamonds" by Megan Thee Stallion and Normani so you know that the various artists on this project are bringing it.
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“Juno Award-winning songwriter Rose Cousins’ newest offering, ‘Bravado’, is the sound of a heart trying to open. It explores the complication of emotion, its irrational tendencies and its wisdom. It invites us to feel the courage it takes to be vulnerable.” The announcement of Cousins’ new record, 'Bravado', makes some lofty promises and intriguing challenges. We’re pretty sure this PEI-raised Haligonian, who’s a pillar of the East Coast music scene, can deliver. ‘Bravado’ is out February 21.
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Boniface’s new single, “Oh My God”, came out on January 14. One month later to the day, this Canadian solo artist will release their self-titled debut album. We can also reveal that Boniface grew up in Winnipeg.
Australian indie outfit Tame Impala unleashes their fourth record, ‘The Slow Rush’, on Valentine’s Day. That’s not a secret, though. You can tell whoever you want.
This guy’s not just the rapper who shows up on Camila Cabello’s 2017 #1 hit, “Havana”. This Grammy-winning songwriter also co-wrote “This is America” with Donald Glover and Ludwig Göransson. If you’re checking the song credits for Young Thug’s name, here’s a hint: Young Thug isn’t his real name. Young Thug’s real name is Jeffery. It’s Jeffery Lamar Williams. His followup to last year’s debut is called ’Punk’. It’s expected this month but a release date has yet to be announced.
Caribou knows when he’s going to drop ‘Suddenly’, though. That sucker’s coming out on February 28. And since we’re spilling everyone’s birth names today, Caribou’s name is Dan. It’s Mr. Daniel Victor Snaith, a.k.a. Canadian folktronica composer Caribou. He also performs under the names Manitoba, and Daphni. He’s one tricky customer. ‘Suddenly’ is his first record in five years so get involved.
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The main thing is that the main thing isn’t the main thing on ‘The Main Thing’. The main thing isn’t even that this Jersey indie band are a hard band to research online because their band name is an SEO nightmare. The main thing is that this band’s bio features a super-long sentence that sums up the band better than we could: “The sound of the wonder years refracted through the confusion of the everyday present, the songwriting — principally by Martin Courtney — executed by a band in perfect harmony ... Real Estate are the exemplar of an independent guitar band.“ The ellipsis is theirs. ‘The Main Thing’ is out February 28.
This multi-talented “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum is a drag queen, singer-songwriter, comedian, and television personality from Milwaukee. “A decade of being Trixie has me looking back at my initial sketches of her with freshly painted-on eyes,” says Mattel in a statement. “She’s still the plastic paragon I’ve always imagined; a Malibu-mod fashion doll with a darkened wit — but now there’s more.” ’Barbara’ is her fourth record and it's out February 7.
Mush have a new record, ‘3D Routine’, out February 15. These guys sound like Pavement fans because they are Pavement fans. Are you a fan of Pavement? Prove it. Name three of their albums. Just kidding: You can be a fan if you heard one of their songs one time and liked it. And if you like Pavement, you may very well qualify to be a fan of Mush. Stereogum called them "buzzy post-punk...knotty and propulsive”.
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This multi-award-winning, platinum-selling Canadian singer-songwriter and environmental activist hasn’t put out a record in a decade. A decade. All the more reason to pay attention to ‘Are You Gone,’ out February 21.
And what a time it is to be alive for Grimes. The Vancouver electro-star is with child and is with Elon Musk but she may not be with Elon Musk’s child or she may be but that’s not any of our business right now anyway. What is our business is ‘Miss_Anthrop0cene’ drops February 21.
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She was born in Canada but she lives in New Zealand and her name is Tami Neilson and she is force. Her record is called ‘Chickaboom!’ and it’s out on February 14. According to a statement from her record company, “She can hush a room with an original song that channels the hurting spirit of Patsy Cline or the sensuality of Peggy Lee, or bring the audience to its feet on a rockabilly raver”. 'Rolling Stone' called her a “fire-breathing belter.” We agree and we also live for the Canadian/New Zealand spelling of tonne in her new single, “Ten Tonne Truck”.
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This Juno-winning Winnipeger's country/folk single, “The Spark”, has found major success. It hit #1 on CBC Music’s Top 20 and it was included in 'Rolling Stone'’s list of “10 Best Country and Americana Songs To Hear Now.” “The Spark” is featured on his new sophomore record, ‘Reliever’. It comes out on February 7.
Also, it’s time to pre-order Americana singer/songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff’s ‘And It's Still Alright’. It’s out on February 14. Yes, he is the same Nathaniel Rateliff as the Nathaniel Rateliff who's in Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats. Furthermore, yes, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats are the outfit behind the 2015 scorcher, “S.O.B.”