Music Madness: Fall Boasts New Releases

What better way to start off the 2015-2016 school year than with new music? Ranging from pop and alternative styles to R&B, artists left and right are releasing fresh tracks for their listeners. The next few months will be exciting ones for the music industry, and this is just a first taste of the multitude of songs being released.

This past August, Abel Tesfaye, more widely known as The Weeknd, transitioned his sound as a shadowy R&B figure to a full-blown pop presence, soaring his way to the top of the charts. His album, Beauty Behind the Madness, is a unique collection featuring hits like “Can’t Feel My Face,” “The Hills,” and “Often,” that reveal electrifying melodies and a brooding atmosphere. Those tuning in will surely keep his songs on repeat, and the same goes for supporters of Halsey and her music. Her debut album, Badlands, also released in August, includes intense songs such as “Hold Me Down,” and “New Americana.” The electro-pop singer/songwriter, in the genre of Lorde and Ellie Goulding, has a raw, honest sound, and openly speaks her mind through the lyrics.
October is packed with new releases from some of the most powerful women in the music industry. It has been announced that on October 16, Demi Lovato’s image-changing album, Confident, will be released. Her songs are expected to sound upbeat and mature, like her hit single “Cool For the Summer.” Lovato’s good friend, Selena Gomez, plans to release her album, Revival, on October 9, which is anticipated to debut high on the iTunes charts. Finally, to wrap up the month, Ariana Grande will release her new single “Focus” on October 30. The song will be a nice preview to her third album that is rumored to be coming out later this year.
In the music world, November will be a hectic month for many people around the globe. On November 13, both Justin Bieber and One Direction will be releasing their new albums. After taking a two to three year-long break, Bieber is ready to make a comeback and share his latest musical creations. He has only announced the date of his album, and has yet to reveal the title. Judging from his latest single “What Do You Mean,” which came out late August and broke records for most streams and the fastest single to reach #1, expectations for Bieber’s album are high and fans everywhere cannot wait to hear what the artist has been working on. One Direction will be releasing their fifth album on the same day, and it will be their first album without former member, Zayn Malik. Without any promotion from management, the boys dropped a single titled “Drag Me Down,” which quickly made its way to #1. The hit will be featured on the album, Made in the A.M., along with a new, slower track titled “Infinity” that was released late September. After their album release, the band will be taking a year-long break.
Stars have garnered lots of attention and excitement among their fans, from dropping hints and snippets of songs to engaging in countdowns for their music. With an array of different artists sharing dates and compilations, this fall certainly seems promising for the music business.