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'Fearless (Taylor's Version)' is a re-recording of her 2008 sophomore album — but this version is much bigger, and we're going to tell you just how big in a minute. Now, know that this release comes after her very public battle with music biz mega manager Scooter Braun, who acquired the masters of her albums. This prompted her to announce in 2019 that she'll be re-recording and releasing her earlier work.
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The original version of 'Fearless' included 13 songs, and the new version weighs in at 26 songs — that's twice the size! The additional 13 tracks (it's her lucky number) are "from the vault." These songs weren't included in the original release.
Featuring Maren Morris
"One thing I've been loving about these 'from the vault' songs is that they've never been heard so I can experiment, play and even include some of my favourite artists," Swift posted on Twitter. One of those favourite artists is Maren Morris, who is featured on the lead track, "You All Over Me (From The Vault)". The official lyric video is attracting almost a million views a day.
Fellow chart-topper Olivia Rodrigo (of deliciously ubiquitous "Drivers License" fame) is planning a listening party for the album's drop date, April 9. You should, too. "I literally am going to have a listening party with all my friends," Rodrigo told Jimmy Hill on Capital FM. "It's gonna be incredible. I just think that she's such a great artist and it's actually such a blessing in disguise that she, you know, unfortunately, cannot get her masters back and has to re-record them ... it's such a silver lining that we get all these other amazing songs ... Taylor's been really lovely and so welcoming of me. I feel really lucky to be in an industry at such a young age where I get to walk through so many of the doors that she's opened. [I'm] really, really lucky to have her as a mentor."
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This is how we live now. We live in a perpetual state of anticipation of Drake's long, long, long, long, long-awaited followup to 2018's 'Scorpion'. The release date for Drake's sixth disc, 'Certified Lover Boy', has been delayed twice, and fans are practically frothing and writhing as we wait for the beat to drop. There is still no official release date but last month, YouTube hip-hop news reporter DJ Akademiks said, "Drake told me that it's going to be dropping before April so he's not waiting until summer to drop his sh*t. I don't wanna say before April … April or before." So hopefully, we'll have our 'Certified Lover Boy' by May. Til then, enjoy the lead single, "Laugh Now Cry Later" and the much-appreciated EP he dropped last month, 'Scary Hours 2', a followup to his 2018 EP, 'Scary Hours'.
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We waited 40 years for a followup to 'McCartney II', and the Macca finally gave unto us 'McCartney III' in December. Now, like, just four months later, we're getting what we've dubbed 'McCartney 3.1' but what Sir Paul has christened 'McCartney III Imagined' and you're not going to believe what it is. It's a star-studded rework of 'McCartney III,' and the stars are very excellent. Check out the tracklisting ....
Beck, St. Vincent, Anderson .Paak and More!
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Out April 16, 'McCartney III Imagined' includes
- Find My Way (feat. Beck)
- The Kiss of Venus (Dominic Fike)
- Pretty Boys (feat. Khruangbin)
- Women And Wives (St. Vincent Remix)
- Deep Down (Blood Orange Remix)
- Seize The Day (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)
- Slidin' (EOB Remix)
- Long Tailed Winter Bird (Damon Albarn
- Lavatory Lil (Josh Homme)
- When Winter Comes (Anderson .Paak Remix)
- Deep Deep Feeling (3D RDN Remix)
- Long Tailed Winter Bird (Idris Elba Remix)*
*This is a "physical release exclusive track". Look for it on the vinyl edition (including limited-edition coloured vinyl!) available this summer.
In related news, McCartney and producer Rick Rubin announced a new tell-all Beatles documentary in December. And McCartney's releasing a book of his lyrics since '56, and it's titled, very helpfully, "The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present". It's not out until November 2. In unrelated news, Paul McCartney is 78 years old but also ageless and timeless. Discuss.
‘Parallel World’ is out April 30 from the rapper born Roland Pemberton. You know this guy is legit because he served as the poet laureate for his hometown of Edmonton from 2009 to 2011. We’re going to go way out on a limb and tell you to look for this album on next year’s Polaris long list. Why? Because all his other albums have landed there since his debut, ‘Breaking Kayfabe’, in 2005.
New Alt-Indie Rock
The Toronto-based sweet grunge-pop band Pony will release their debut record, ‘TV Baby’, on April 9. Check out the highly entertaining video for the latest single, “Couch”. And Dinosaur Jr. (pictured) is back with their first record in five years. ‘Sweep It Into Space’ is out on April 23. The lead single is “I Ran Away”. They’re planning to play Théâtre Corona in Montreal on September 7, the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto on September 9, and Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom on February 8, 2022.
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PJ Harding and Noah Cyrus (pictured) are putting out an EP called “People Don’t Change” on April 23. Guided By Voices bring you ‘Earth Man Blues’ on April 30, and Montreal’s Godspeed You! Black Emperor has ‘G_d’s Pee At State’s End!’ for you on April 2.
Demi's devil dance is having a moment. "Dancing with the Devil" is her new single, new album title, and the name of her new YouTube Originals documentary. And it's serious as all heck. The song lyrics draw plainly on the allure drugs hold for the recovering superstar with the mega voice:
"It's just a little white line, I'll be fine.
But soon that little white line is a little glass pipe
Tinfoil remedy, almost got the best of me
I keep prayin' I don't reach the end of my lifetime.
Twisted reality, hopeless insanity
I told you I was okay but I was lyin'
I was dancin' with the devil, out of control"
The 'Devil' Is Coming
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The album 'Dancing With the Devil' drops April 2. Rarely has a pop star suddenly seemed so precarious yet so solid in the face of an extraordinary life lived in the glare of fame from a young age. It's captivating and profoundly moving. Lovato has over 108 million follower on social media. Her 2008 debut album, 'Don’t Forget', was followed with sold-out world tours and five hit records, including 2017’s 'Tell Me You Love Me', featuring the enduring bop, "Sorry Not Sorry".
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The CMA Entertainer of the Year announced an upcoming album bundle in an online video back in January. "I have three albums coming out in April. They came out of my 28 days in the mountains of North Carolina, where the songs were recorded and written. The collection is entitled 'Heart & Soul'."
A Hat Trick From Church
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So: three albums. One named 'Heart', out April 16. One called 'Soul', out April 23. And one named '&', which is only available to members of the "Church Choir", out on vinyl on April 20. The Church Choir is the fan club, it costs $35 a year, and you can join it online here.
"It's been a long 10 months," Church said. "With the power of music and love for each other, we will get through this, we will gather again soon. I cannot wait to play this music for you live."