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It’s time to revamp those playlists, people!
Whatever your music genre of choice, there are plenty of new options this fall from LPs to tours. While several stars including Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton and more have confirmed release dates (See: That New-New, below), that’s not stopping us from putting out some positive vibes for a few albums we are hoping to see sooner rather than later (Wishful Thinking).
Read on for 35 of the latest musical offerings set to hit your earbuds this season.
The Killers: Wonderful Wonderful
The Killers return with their fifth studio album, their first since 2012’s Battle Born, featuring the singles “The Man” and “Run for Cover.”
“I wouldn't feel this excited if the songs weren't true,” lead singer Brandon Flowers told Billboard this summer. “We’ve been hearing a lot of false music out there »
The “American Idol” revival may be close to rounding out its panel of judges.
Charlie Puth and Lionel Richie are in advanced talks to join Katy Perry on the judges’ panel, sources confirm to Variety. Country singers Luke Bryan and Keith Urban, an “Idol” veteran, are being considered as well.
ABC is also deliberating whether to have four judges on its panel. The series has traditionally had only three, with the exceptions of Seasons 8, 9, and 12.
This isn’t the first time Richie has been in talks with ABC to judge a singing competition show. In 2012, he dropped out of the network’s short-lived “Duets” before it premiered, being replaced by John Legend.
ABC’s revival of the long-running Fox series has been slowly taking shape since it was announced in May. Perry was revealed to be a judge shortly after the deal at ABC was made, and is currently the only official judge announced.
- Alex Stedman
Grammy Award-winner Timbaland has joined ABC’s upcoming singing-competition series “Boy Band.” The veteran producer will serve alongside Spice Girl Emma Bunton and Backstreet Boy Nick Carter as one of three judges — referred to on the series as “architects.”
He also joins Rita Ora, who is set to host the show.
“I’m excited to be a part of this show and come on as an architect to help guide the next generation of undiscovered talent,” said Timbaland. “I want to continue giving back to music as I have been. I’m ready to find the next boy band that could change our business.”
Slated to premiere June 22 “Boy Band” will feature thousands of performers competing for one of 18 spots in three bands. Over the course of the season, the architects will shuffle members from band to band. After elimination rounds driven by fan voting, five winning performers will be selected to form the final band, which »
- Daniel Holloway and Elizabeth Wagmeister
The pop star and season-one “American Idol” champion will join longtime coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine for the NBC talent-competition series’ spring 2018 cycle. A fourth coach for the season has not yet been set. Jennifer Hudson and Miley Cyrus are already confirmed to be joining regulars Levine and Shelton this fall for the show’s 13th season.
Clarkson had been in long-simmering talks about possibly joining “The Voice” for an upcoming season. She was approached by the show multiple times in the past and had expressed interest, but had been unable to work the its production cycle into her schedule.
- Daniel Holloway
Musical.ly, like many other online video platforms, is launching a feature that brings more collaboration to its content. The app, known for letting its users set their videos to popular songs, has announced a new “Duets” feature. To draw attention to it, Musical.ly has teamed up with Bruno Mars for a contest set to his song “That’s What I Like.”
With Duets, Musical.ly users can splice multiple videos together in a split-screen format, which allows for coordinated musical performances. It’s basically a first-party, Musical.ly version of the YouTube Doubler, albeit with a much simpler layout. A few examples of videos made with the new feature can be found on YouTube.
With its new contest, Musical.ly hopes to promote Duets by offering up a shout-out from Mars as the top prize. Contestants are invited to record a Duet that complements a clip from the »
- Sam Gutelle
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