Do you have any idea how big this country is? This country is so big that it has three rock music charts. And JJ Wilde’s debut single, “The Rush”, is topping all of them. That doesn’t happen very often. For women, it happens never. "This has only happened 11 times, that somebody has hit No. 1 on all three, and it's the first time for a female to do it and it is the first time on a debut single," the Kitchener, Ontario, native said in a Twitter vid. The song has been streamed on Spotify more than 2.4 million times. “I don't know if it’s really sunk in yet but I feel very lucky,” Wilde told CTV. “It’s pretty surreal.” Wilde’s debut record, ‘Ruthless’, hasn’t even dropped yet. That happens on June 12.
He’s not just a legend and an EGOT, he’s Chrissy Teigen’s husband. Together, they rule over social media and, thereby, our lives. As a kind and gentle king, Legend is here for his people in our time of need with his seventh record, Bigger Love. He's endeavouring to create “a big musical hug for people around the world who are finding ways to stay connected to family, help their neighbours, and make time for a needed dance break despite the crazy circumstances we find ourselves in,” he said in a statement. Bigger Love is everywhere June 19.
This album has a bummer title. It’s called I Can Feel You Forgetting Me. Maybe they’re back after a six-year absence because they could feel you forgetting them. Maybe you remember that lead singer Tyler Glenn released a solo disc in 2016. Maybe you forgot about that and he felt it. Maybe you think this is pop psychology. You’re wrong. Pop Psychology was their last record. This is the one with the singles “Used to Like” and “New Best Friend”. This is the one that’s out June 26. Don’t forget.
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Online learning break!
Tenille Towne is:
a) the pride of Grande Prairie, Alberta;
b) the rising country singer-songwriter who sings “Somebody's Daughter”;
c) releasing her debut album, The Lemonade Stand, on June 26;
d) performing for Nashville’s July 4 celebration broadcast along with John Hiatt, Lilly Hiatt, and Keb’ Mo’; or
e) all that and a lemonade stand.
(Hint: it’s ‘e’. Good luck with exams.)
Run The Jewels
RTJ is the American hip-hop superduo comprising rapper/producer El-P and rapper Killer Mike. On June 5, they’ll release their first record in four years. And not just any four years. These past four years. A particularly protracted four years. And you can tell they got it out straight away without wasting time dreaming up a moniker for it because this sucker is stamped, Run The Jewels 4. And if you like logic, then you’ll like that this is, in fact, their fourth record. 2 Chainz, Pharrell Williams, DJ Premier are on this, so get involved.
There’s a limited edition of the former Late Of The Pier frontman’s new album Gene, that glows in the dark, so 2020’s not a total loss. The indie electronic artist, whose IRL name is Samuel Eastgate, once told the Guardian, “I’m not trying to be freaky for the sake of it,” so that gives you a taste of how freaky this is. Gene drops June 5 so schedule in some freakout time for yourself. #selfcare
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“Wimp is a hilarious word,” Este Haim said in a statement. Who is Este Haim? She’s one of the three L.A. sisters who make up the band Haim. And why is she reawakening us to the glories of the word “wimp”? She’s not. She’s actually talking about the acronym W.I.M.P., W.I.M.P. III in particular. We’re talking here about ‘Women in Music Pt. III’, the band’s new album, out June 26. Danielle Haim said the album title “came to me in a dream and I woke up laughing so I told my sisters.” Alana Haim added, “I liked it because we are literally women in music and we always get written about that way, so it seemed cool to make it our own and control the narrative. It made me think about some of our experiences more.” Este says, “I just thought it was funny, plus the initials are WIMP3.”
The Winnipeg-born star’s eighth album, Get To You, is out June 5. “I would call it my least second-thinking album. Like my most flowing…free-flowing album,” the star told ET Canada.
Chloe x Halle
This Atlanta sister duo just played their latest single, “Do It”, at Teen Vogue’s Virtual Prom. In a statement, they had this to say about the track: “During this time, music brings a lot of healing. We hope this song inspires someone to get up and dance, shake all the stress and anxiety away, and to “Do It” as the song says." They continue, "We are always very serious about the musicality of our songs and our musicianship, but the beauty of this song is that it shows a more carefree and fun vibe from us. We felt so good writing a song that will make people wanna bop to it and lift their spirits.” The Grammy-nominated pair drop Ungodly Hour on June 5. Add it to your 'to do' list.
You remember country up-and-comer Barrett from season 16 of “American Idol”, where she placed third. Goldmine is out June 19. It features “The Good Ones”, which we are ready to declare as the wedding song of the season. Plus, she just scored a big No. 1 hit with "I Hope”. How big of a hit? It’s a hit so big that she’s the first female country artist to top 10 million single-week streams, with 11.3 million. And it's a hit so big that it garnered a call from Barrett’s hero, Trisha Yearwood. Squee!
The Vancouver electro-pop artist’s debut record, Horizon, drops June 19. In a statement, here’s how he described the title track: “'Derailed' looks at the distractions we have to navigate along our path, and the decisions we face when given the choice between something easy and something real." You might remember his “Dream-Spark” single from back in 2016. It has more than five million Spotify streams to date. “My intent from Day 1 was literally to make the most beautiful songs that I possibly can,” he says. So if you like beautiful songs, then this record might be for you.