Out with the summer, folks. With the sweater season in full bloom, it’s really time to ditch memories of sunny beach days, tank tops, and outdoor music jams. The best new fall music, cool albums and hot singles, are starting to drop, and intimate live shows and new tour dates are being announced. Still not sure what you should be downloading to your Fall 2017 playlist? Check out just a few artists who are entering the music scene once again.
Taylor Swift, originally a country artist, has completely transformed into a pop superstar. Over the past few years, Swift has been receiving harsh criticism for her dating habits, her outfits, and basically anything she said in the industry. Her 2014 album, 1989, included her hit single “Bad Blood,” which was reportedly about singer Katy Perry, but nothing compares to her latest single, “Look What You Made Me Do.” The track is completely different from her previous work and is a huge jab at not only her feud with Kim and Kanye West but at all of her haters. She speaks in the song, “Sorry, the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Oh, because she’s dead.” This track, followed by single, “…Ready for It?” are featured on her highly anticipated sixth album, Reputation, dropping November 10.
Five years later, rock band The Killers have made a comeback record titled Wonderful Wonderful, featuring the dreamy new single “Some Kind of Love.” The album also includes the jammable tune “Run for Cover” and the passionate track “Wonderful Wonderful.” Although their old sound from hits “Mr. Brightside” and “When You Were Younger” can be heard in the band’s new songs, it’s also evident that they’ve returned better and stronger than their previous album.
Fall Out Boy
The alternative rock band Fall Out Boy was set to release their seventh studio album, Mania, this September, however, the date was pushed back to January 2018. Lead vocalist Patrick Stump explained in a Twitter post that the band collectively decided the album needed more work. Earlier this year, the band released two singles, “Champion,” and “Young and Menace.” Both these tracks are a different sound from their recent work, but they still stand true to some of the band’s older tunes. Although they’re keeping fans on their toes, Fall Out Boy released a third single, entitled “The Last of the Real Ones,” to hold everyone over. This track includes an undeniably catchy chorus along with a fast-tempo keyboard-driven beat.
R&B artist Rayana Jay dropped her debut EP, Sorry About Last Night, almost exactly one year ago, and just released a second EP, Morning After, in September. On her website, she explained that Sorry About Last Night was an intimate EP about her love life, questioning where to go next, while Morning After answers these questions. “I try to make sure that my music and my writing is always as honest as it can be. I write from experience, and I know if I went through it someone somewhere else has gone through it as well,” Jay explained recently. Her honesty shines through on her latest EPs, especially “Cupcake” and “Play Thing,” which talk about her refusal to settle down.
Jessie J and her spunky attitude have returned with the single “Think About That,” following her release of earlier this year, “Real Deal.” While “Real Deal” is a poppy-upbeat tune, “Think About That” is a slower, honest track. Three years after Sweet Talker, Jessie J is set to put out her fourth record, R.O.S.E, which stands for Realization, Obsessions, Sex and Empowerment.
America’s Got Talent 2016 winner, Grace VanderWaal, stole hearts across the nation for her quirky, innocent, songs which she not only wrote herself but played on her ukulele. Late last year, she released her first EP, Perfectly Imperfect, and is set to drop her debut album, Just The Beginning, this November. Songs “Moonlight” and “Sick of Being Told” will be included on the record, along with her new single, “So Much More Than This” – an inspiring, bubbly tune you won’t be able to stop tapping your foot to.
This August, Miguel released the airy single “Sky Walker,” featuring Travis Scott, which has already garnered over 10 million hits on Spotify. A month later the R&B and pop artist dropped “Shockandawe,” a fresh new tune that includes guitar riffs as background. Although the song is short in length – just making it to the 2:30 mark – it’s catchy and original. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but it seems that these two singles could be a part of an upcoming album — so keep Miguel on your music radar.
Sam Smith rocked worlds with his intense 2014 hit single “Stay With Me,” and he’s back to share his impressive, dynamic voice yet again. His latest tune, “Too Good at Goodbyes” is emotional and deep, with a chorus backing him up at times throughout the song. He sings, “But every time you hurt me, the less that I cry / And every time you leave me, the quicker these tears dry.” It’s relatable, heartbreaking and empowering all in one. Smith is due for his second album this year.
Keyshia Cole is back with her soul-filled, powerful voice on a new single, “Incapable.” The track is packed with emotion that will make you want to belt out lyrics alongside her as she sings, “Oh what a feeling / The one that I thought that I needed / Was incapable of needing me back / Incapable incapable of loving like that.” Her forthcoming album, 11:11 Reset will be released on October 20, featuring “Incapable” and “You,” with cameos by Remy Ma and French Montana.
Evanescence have drifted away from the music scene slightly since their 2011 self-titled album. Best known for their gothic, eerie style on their 2003 record, Fallen, Evanescence is incomparable. Last year, the rock band released Lost Whispers, a compilation album, but it wasn’t until this September that Evanescence released a brand new single, this one called “Imperfection.” The track includes orchestra-inspired beats as lead vocalist Amy Lee passionately belts out, “Don’t you dare surrender / Don’t leave me here without you.” Their fourth studio album, Synthesis, is set to release on November 10, followed by a tour.