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We will believe it when we hear it, but word on the street (and on Drake’s official Instagram) is that ‘Certified Lover Boy’ will be out on September 3.
Listen, we’ve been jonesing for this disc since the lead single, the Lil Durk collab “Laugh Now Cry Later”, dropped last August. Last. August. August 2020. That’s over a year ago.
Since then, there have been multiple delays: knee surgery, a global pandemic, and unrelenting video calls from DJ Khaled to shoot the “Popstar” video. We’ve had to make do with last year’s ‘Dark Lane Demo Tapes’ (that’s the one with “Toosie Slide”), his three-song “Scary Hours 2” EP in March, his tasty Kanye beef, and his delightful acceptance of the Artist of the Decade award at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards alongside his adorbs son, Adonis.
Still, we'll wager that ‘Certified Lover Boy’ will be worth the wait.
Lil Nas X
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This trailblazer dominates the culture so hard that it’s tricky to conceive that he has yet to release a debut album. That changes on September 17 when the delightful iconoclast drops ‘Montero’. In a tweet announcing the record, Lil Nas X wrote, “Creating this album has been therapy for me. I’ve learned to let go of trying to control people’s perception of who I am, what I can do, and where I will be. I’ve realized the only opinion of me that really matters is my own.” We stan this man. The record includes his smash hits “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” and “Industry Baby”.
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Kacey Musgraves’ last album, the genre-bending ‘Golden Hour’, won the coveted Album of the Year Grammy, so expectations and anticipation are sky-high for her new release ‘Star-Crossed’, due out September 10.
It also has an accompanying 50-minute film version.
“I’m excited to share ‘Star-Crossed’ just because people know me to be a songwriter that writes about what I’m going through. And I think it would have been extremely awkward if I just acted like this last chapter didn’t happen for me.”
That last chapter is her painful divorce, so get on board for the silver lining: some A+ breakup tunes.
In other Nashville news, Bexar's new EP, "It's Pronounced Bear", is out on September 3, and Randy Travis releases the 35th-anniversary deluxe edition of ‘Storms Of Life’ on September 24.
Scotty McCreery’s ‘Same Truck’ arrives on September 17. His last record, 2018’s ‘Seasons Change’, included the #1 hits “Five More Minutes” and “In Between”, so watch the charts for hits from this new release.
Covers & Tributes
Hi there, we have that cover of "Nothing Else Matters" you ordered. It features Miley Cyrus, Watt, Elton John, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Trujillo, and Chad Smith. Yes, it's part of 'The Metallica Blacklist', a tribute album that features Alessia Cara, Pup, Mac Demarco, J Balvin, and many more. It's out September 10 and it's mega.
Ska kings the Specials release 'Protest Songs – 1924-2012' on September 24, and it features a cover of Marley's "Get Up, Stand Up" (obviously) and Leonard Cohen's "Everybody Knows" (a less obvious choice but one that we're on board for).
'I'll Be Your Mirror' is a tribute to the Velvet Underground & Nico that features Kurt Vile & The Violators, St. Vincent & Thomas Bartlett, Thurston Moore, Iggy Pop & Matt Sweeney, and more. It's out on September 24.
Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood releases 'Mr. Luck - A Tribute to Jimmy Reed: Live at the Royal Albert Hall'. It features Mick Taylor, Bobby Womack, Mick Hucknall and Paul Weller. Wow, there are a lot of Micks in Ronnie Wood's life.
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Common’s 14th album, ‘A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 2’, features Jessica Care Moore, PJ, Black Thought, Seun Kuti, Marcus King, Isaiah Sharkey, Brittany Howard and Morgan Parker. “'A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 2' was created with hope and inspiration in mind,” Common said in a statement. “The spirit of the album was meant to emulate what a greater day would sound and feel like. We were in the midst of some tough political and socially challenging times. There was still hurt, anger and pain lingering, so I was thinking, ‘What is the next step in this revolution?’ I thought about what being still in these times had brought me and that was a peace beyond understanding, a greater love for self, a closer connection with God, and more appreciation for my family, friends and the simple things in life.” ‘A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 2’ is out on September 10.
Groundbreaking Brittish rapper and actress Little Simz (Simbiatu Abisola Abiola Ajikawo) will release her fourth album, ‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’, on September 3. This is the followup to 2019’s acclaimed album ‘GREY Area’ and last year’s EP, 'Drop 6'.
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"Un Dia (One Day)", his collab with Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, and Tainy, garnered over 900 million Spotify streams. But that's just a drop in the bucket for reggaeton's global ambassador, who has over 48 billion career streams to date. That count will only increase when the Colombian superstar's new record 'Jose', drops on September 27. The lead single is "Perra", featuring Dominican newcomer Tokischa.
The hotly anticipated 'Dawn of Chromatica' remix album drops September 3. Arca, Pabllo Vittar, A.G. Cook, Charli XCX, Dorian Electra and more are featured on this 14-song collection of remixes from last year's 'Chromatica'. Arca remixed the Ariana Grande collab "Rain on Me", Rina Sawayama and Clarence Clarity worked on "Free Woman", Pabllo Vittar remixed "Fun Tonight", and A.G. Cook and Charli XCX offered a new take on "911." The Blackpink track "Sour Candy" was re-imagined by Shygirl and Mura Masa.
Some Familiar Faces For You
Aussie-Brit singer-songwriter Natalie Imbruglia will release 'Firebird' on September 24. It's the "Torn" hitmaker's first album of new material since 2009.
'The Ultra Vivid Lament' is the Manic Street Preachers' 14th record. It's the Welsh rock trio's followup to 2018's 'Resistance Is Futile'.
British singer/songwriter James Blake will drop 'Friends That Break Your Heart' on September 10. It features collabs with SZA, JID and SwaVay.
Third Eye Blind are back with 'Our Bande Apart', plus a film called "How We Hold Each Other Right Now: The Making Of Our Bande Apart" on September 24.
Saint Etienne have been trying to tell you that they have a new record out, and it's called 'I've Been Trying To Tell You'. It's out on September 10, which is neat because this is also the British technopop trio's 10th record. In addition, they're taking a page out of the Third Eye Blind playbook and releasing a film named after the album, which premieres on September 3.
OutKast's Big Boi and Organized Noise's Sleepy Brown have a collaborative album called 'The Big Sleepover', which is also out on September 3.
New Music From Classic Icons
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Ringo Starr is out to change the world, or at least he plans to release an EP called "Change the World". The Beatles drummer is increasingly precious in the wake of Stones drummer Charlie Watts' recent passing. Starr's new four-song collection features members of Toto, Joe Walsh, Trombone Shorty, and Linda Perry. It's out on September 24.
'Johnny Cash At The Carousel Ballroom April 24 1968' is a long album title but it's also a descriptive one because this item is as labelled. The record is billed as "a historic and never-heard live concert recorded in San Francisco by innovative sound wizard Owsley Stanley". It's out on September 24.
Former (and potentially future) Fleetwood Mac guitar player and singer Lindsey Buckingham will release a self-titled disc on September 17.
"Come To My Window" singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge promises 'One Way Out' on September 27.
Indie Releases Galore
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So! Many! Records! Let's start with punk band Cancer Bats, who will unleash a new acoustic EP, "You'll Never Break Us — Separation Sessions, Vol. 2" on September 14.
Toronto folk-rock duo Whitehorse will release 'Sometimes Amy' on September 10.
Los Angeles-via-Toronto MC Jazz Cartier will have 'The Fleur Print' ready for us on September 10. Did we say he's an MC? He is. But he's also a rapper, singer, and songwriter. Versatile!
Victoria metal band Spiritbox share 'Eternal Blue' on September 17. It features "Holy Roller," "Constance", "Circle with Me," and the latest single, "Secret Garden".
The art-punk band Bad Waitress serve their debut, 'No Taste', on September 3.
Straight from Attawapiskat First Nation on the James Bay coast, it's Midnight Shine frontman Adrian Sutherland, and he's got a solo debut. 'When The Magic Hits' is due out on September 17.
Canadian folk-roots musician Tania Joy is finally releasing a followup to her 2013 EP, 'I'll Be Around'. Her new EP 'I Will Stand' is out on September 16.
"People will probably think that I made 'Under The Weather' during or about COVID," Homeshake (Peter Sagar) said in a statement about his upcoming release. "I was just already living my life that way . . . I've been writing about feeling isolated my whole life." 'Under The Weather' is out on September 10.
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Montreal dream-pop trio Afternoon Bike Ride deliver their self-titled debut on September 24. You can see it in the picture.
Acclaimed Yukon singer-songwriter Gordie Tentrees will release ‘Mean Old World’ on September 14.
Montreal pop-folk singer-songwriter Ada Lea will release her second album, ‘One Hand on the Steering Wheel the Other Sewing a Garden' on September 24.
Motorists are, like, folks out there driving cars and whatnot, but they are also a Toronto jangle-pop trio who are releasing their debut album, ‘Surrounded’, on September 3.
Um, okay. You know Usain Bolt of fast-running fame? Well, the retired Jamaican sprinter is releasing a record on September 3. It’s called ‘Country Yutes’. It’s not a country album. We would describe it as summer fun music to twerk to. And we hope it wins eight gold medals.
Hot enough for ya? No? Okay, well, rockers Central Heat Exchange drop their self-titled debut on September 10. Central Heat Exchange bills itself as a band from Winnipeg, Chicago, Austin, and beyond. We were, like, “You had us at Winnipeg”.
On September 24, electro-rocker Ashley Shadow will release her second album, 'Only The End'.
Caroline Marie Brooks of Good Lovelies is going to release her first solo album. ‘Everything at the Same Time’ is out on September 24.
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Imagine Dragons were the bestselling rock band of the 2010s. How big are they? The top three rock songs of the decade are all theirs: "Believer", "Thunder", and "Radioactive". And now the banger "Follow You" is everywhere because it's the single from their new record, 'Mercury - Act 1', which is out on September 3.
Thank heavens that Andrew W.K. is blessing us with his fifth record, 'God Is Partying'. The followup to 2018's 'You're Not Alone' is out on September 10.
Hard rocker Daughtry drops 'Dearly Beloved' on September 17.
'Senjutsu' is probably the name of a rad infomercial knife, but it is definitely the name of Iron Maiden's new disc. This just in: it's a Japanese word that loosely translates to "tactics and strategy". (Doublecheck it before you get that tattoo.) This is the British heavy metal heros' 17th record. It's been six years since their last release, 'The Book of Souls', so fans are getting edgy.