Miley Cyrus, Ringo Starr, Taylor Swift and Shania Twain are just a few of the many artists who promised new music to their fans in 2017. Since the news broke, supporters of these artists have been anxiously waiting to hear what they have produced in the studio.
To start off the season, on Sept. 8, pop artist Sam Smith released a new single after a long break from the music scene. In the year and a half, during a management-imposed hiatus that Smith took from music, he managed to get a break from the limelight in which he spent most of 2014 and 2015.
In this time, he was able to “write music … freely,” according to a post on his Instagram, where he thanked his fans for being patient with him. His new single “Too Good At Goodbyes,” holds a light to the same slow piano melody and strong vocals that had so many people falling in love with his music at the beginning of his career in 2014.
The song debuted on Sept. 8 at No. 1 on the iTunes charts in both the United States and Smith’s own United Kingdom.
Also on Sept. 8, rising country artist Thomas Rhett released his third full-length album Life Changes, which also held the No. 1 position on the iTunes top charts for a while. The album is about the dramatic changes that the 27-year-old artist has gone through in the last few years of his life.
The title track, written with the help of his father, follows the pivotal moments in his career and private life from college until now. With a new addition to his family back in August, and in the midst of his first headlining tour, Rhett has a lot of changes to disclose.
Gucci Mane released his newest album Mr. Davis on Sept. 15, with tracks featuring Chris Brown, Migos, Big Sean, Ty Dolla $ign and others. He has been very busy in the last year and a half since his release from prison, in which he released two other full-length albums, along with a few cameos in other artists’ works.
Michael McDonald is another one of the many artists who have been working on their comeback to the music business. McDonald debuted Wide Open on Sept. 15 as well, which was his first all-original album in 17 years, as well as his first studio album in over nine years.
The soul-filled track list was well-received by fans, both from the premier days of his career, as well as a younger generation that he finds himself gaining popularity with today.
Another big release on Sept. 15 was Starr’s long-awaited album, Give More Love, which features musicians Starr met during his extensive career in the business. These features include Peter Frampton of Humble Pie and The Herd, Dave Stewart, Joe Walsh from the Eagles and Starr’s fellow Beatles member, Paul McCartney.
Fergie and Twain are two more artists set to release comeback albums in late September.
Fergie’s sophomore full-length album, Double Dutchess, comes 11 years after her first and only other solo album, Dutchess. Despite having a successful career through her position as frontwoman in the Black Eyed Peas and having her songs featured in film soundtracks, she only ever released one full-length album on her own.
Her second official album was available to download on Sept. 22 and includes collaborations with Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross.
Twain’s new album Now will be her first album in 15 years since Up! debuted. After divorcing her husband and producer, Robert “Mutt” Lange, the Canadian singer-songwriter opens up about her life. The album will be released on Sept. 29.
Also on Sept. 29, Cyrus is set to release her highly publicized new album Younger Now. With a solid classic rock, pop sound, Cyrus shows fans a calmer side of herself than they are used to seeing. Cyrus has been entirely involved in the making of this album, from songwriting to producing, as well as to working on the visuals.
The title track “Younger Now” was released on Aug. 18 and made it to No. 13 on the iTunes top charts.
Demi Lovato is releasing her sixth full-length album titled Tell Me You Love Me on Sept. 29. The slow-paced title track that conjures an image of Lovato longing for love was released on Aug. 24, following her upbeat July 11 release “Sorry Not Sorry,” which speaks more to the singer’s independent and confident side.
Lovato broke the news of her new album to her fans by posting an 18-second video of her singing “Tell Me You Love Me,” in addition to what fans assumed was the album’s cover photo.
In October, P!nk fans can look forward to Beautiful Trauma, her first full-length album since The Truth About Love, which went double platinum in 2012. Beautiful Trauma will be the singer’s seventh album to date and her breakthrough back into the music world after a five-year hiatus.
Swift announced that she will release her new album, Reputation, on Nov. 10. Swift made waves in the music industry and the media with the debut of her new single “Look What You Made Me Do,” which established a newer, edgier sound for Swift.
Fans should not be expecting the old Taylor to reappear in this new album since the artist even said in her music video for the new single that “she’s dead,” referring to her younger self.
This year has seen a lot of new music from both rising artists and popular artists, and this fall is set to be a highly anticipated season for the music industry.
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